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will.i.am launches legal action against Pharrell Williams over logo

June 26th, 2013 3:28pm EDT
will.i.am has launched legal action against fellow hip-hop star Pharrell Williams over a branding dispute.

The Black Eyed Peas frontman claims he owns the copyright to the phrase "I AM" and Williams' new creative brand "i am OTHER" is too "confusingly similar".

In his official notice of opposition, will.i.am states, "The registration of the mark... is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark."

Williams' lawyers have promptly filed a response to refute the allegations, and the Frontin' hitmaker tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I am disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would...

Will.i.am Angered Over Record Company's Lack Of Promotion For British Winner Of 'The Voice'

June 19th, 2013 12:20pm EDT
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am has spoken out over his frustration with executives at Universal Music and blamed them for the lack of success singer Leanne Mitchell, who won the British version of The Voice last year.

Mitchell, who was mentored by Welsh crooner Tom Jones, has had no chart success since releeasing her debut single, "Run To You," which failed to crack the British Top 40. Her debut, self-titled album was released in the UK on May 27 and also failed to chart, and now the music producer has spoken out over the lack of support for the singer, who signed a record deal worth over ...

will.i.am becomes partner in brand licensing firm

June 18th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Rapper will.i.am is expanding his business empire by becoming a partner in a Los Angeles-based brand licensing and marketing company.

The Black Eyed Peas frontman will help bosses at memBrain to come up with "visionary ideas" for their clients and will even direct ads for the new projects after tasting recent success with their joint recycling campaign for Coca-Cola, Ekocycle.

Their work on Ekocycle has earned them a nomination for the top industry prize, the LIMA Licensing Excellence Award for best corporate brand licensing programme, and will.i.am is looking forward to embracing his new...

will.i.am and William Orbit to team up with Britney Spears on new album

June 17th, 2013 4:07pm EDT
Britney Spears' next album will be full of 'Will'-power - the pop star is teaming with will.i.am and Madonna's longtime collaborator William Orbit.

The pop star is at the beginning stages of her next project after taking time away from the recording studio and concert stage to become a judge on The X Factor in America and she's excited to work with her two Williams.

She tells U.S. radio presenter Ryan Seacrest, "will.i.am has a lot of really interesting different tracks that I've listened to that are really cool that I haven't actually written on yet, but there's a lot of guitar and I thi...

Sting, Elvis Costello and will.i.am record poverty protest songs

June 11th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Elvis Costello
Sting, Elvis Costello and will.i.am are among the stars who have recorded new versions of celebrated protest songs to highlight the issue of global poverty.

The superstars are joining forces with dozens of other acts, including British singer Ed Sheeran, folk band Mumford & Sons and rockers Green Day, for the agit8 campaign, which aims to prompt world leaders to focus on poverty ahead of the G8 summit, taking place in Northern Ireland later this month (17-18Jun13).

The mission has been backed by the One Campaign - co-founded by U2 frontman Bono - with videos of the protest songs being sho...

Ke$ha and will.i.am bonded in the studio over tequila

May 30th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Pop singer Ke$Ha and rapper will.i.am decided to work together on new track Crazy Kids after bonding in the studio over shots of tequila.

The stars were in the sound booth working on separate projects when they realised they shared a common interest, a love of drinking, prompting the two to hit it off and plan a songwriting collaboration.

Ke$ha recalls to MTV.com, "We were recording next door to each other, and we played this fun game that was, 'We're gonna play our music louder than the other one.' So by the end of the week, we both had just taken over the studio and we would go back and...

Ke$ha Rocks Cornrows & Bling In Latest Video, 'Crazy Kids,' Featuring will.i.am

May 29th, 2013 7:55pm EDT
Pop star Ke$ha took over MTV Tuesday night for the release of her latest video, "Crazy Kids," and for the season finale of her reality TV series, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life.

The singer had her hair braided into cornrows for the new promo and wore a gold grill as she rapped part of the song, before giving away to flowing blonde locks while dancing with a group of overweight rednecks who looked more Duck Dynasty than crazy kids.

The singer's new video features will.i.am, who appears digitally on the helmet of a spaceman. The Black Eyed Peas singer co-wrote the song with Ke$ha along w...

Stars to team up for night of top pop at the Billboard Music Awards

May 16th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Justin Bieber and will.i.am are teaming up to perform together at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (19May13).

The pop pair will hit the stage for a performance of new tune That Power, while Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne will join forces for High School and Christina Aguilera and Pitbull will team up with a surprise guest for their performance of Feel This Moment.

Other musical get togethers at the Billboard Awards include Ne-Yo, David Guetta and Akon, who will perform Play Hard, and Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez will show up for Live It Up.

Solo performers at the MGM Grand Garden Arena...

Will.I.Am: 'I Have ADHD'

April 28th, 2013 3:30pm EDT
Will.i.am has opened up about a medical condition he has - the hip hop star has been battling Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The Black Eyed Peas star reveals in a new interview that he struggles to concentrate and complete simple everyday tasks. On the positive side, music helps keep him focused.
He told Britain's Sunday Mirror, "I have ADHD. I'll admit it... I've got all this stuff in my head at the same time as I'm doing stuff and I don't know how to stop or slow down. But it's all good because I know how to control it.
"For every obstacle there's some type of solu...

Will.i.am Admits To Accidentally Ripping Off Music Producer

April 23rd, 2013 2:32pm EDT
Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am has confessed to accidentally ripping off a dance track by house producers Mat Zo and Arty for his new song Let's Go.

The rapper's collaboration with Chris Brown debuted online last week and immediately caused a stir after Arty accused the 38 year old of copyright infringement, insisting the song sounds strikingly similar to his tune Rebound.

Brown distanced himself from the allegations on Twitter.com, and now the Scream & Shout hit-maker has broken his silence on the controversy during an interview with radio station KISS FM.

Confessing he intended ...

will.i.am: 'The Future Is Technology'

March 13th, 2013 5:14pm EDT
will.i.am is heading back to school to boost his knowledge of computer science, insisting technology is the future of education.

The Black Eyed Peas star is enrolling in a computer science class at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles in September to indulge his passion for gadgets, and he is urging kids to focus on a career in a hi-tech industry.

The rapper has long been a champion of furthering the use of technology and has decided to go back to school so he can keep abreast of the latest technological developments.

He tells British newspaper The Sun, "The f...

will.i.am Sued Over Britney Spears Song

February 10th, 2013 10:13pm EST
British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos is suing will.i.am over allegations she is owed a writing credit on his hit collaboration with Britney Spears.

The former N-Dubz star initially recorded "Scream & Shout" for her debut solo album The Female Boss, but it was dropped from the record and subsequently given to will.i.am and Spears.

The song was a chart hit in both the U.K. and U.S. following its release last year, and Contostavlos is now suing the Black Eyed Peas star over claims she wrote some of the song's lyrics.

The singer has filed a lawsuit alleging she is owed royalties and a writin...

will.i.am's Star-Studded Charity Gig Raises $3.3 Million

February 10th, 2013 1:49pm EST
Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas and Bobby Brown helped to raise $3.3 million for rapper will.i.am's Los Angeles charity on Thursday by performing at his second annual benefit show.

The Black Eyed Peas headlined the TRANS4M gig at The Avalon Hollywood club and recruited Keys to fill in for absent bandmate Fergie on a rendition of "Where Is the Love?", while British singer Estelle joined the group for "The Time (Dirty Bit)."

Peas stars will.i.am and Taboo also raised laughs as back-up dancers for Brown as the R&B star sang his hits "Every Little Step" and "Tenderoni."

Rapper Ludacris also...

Stars Launch Barack Obama's Inauguration

January 20th, 2013 6:00pm EST
Michelle Obama
Will.i.am, John Legend, Katy Perry and Usher were among the stars who helped kick off U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration celebrations in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

A whole host of famous faces descended on the U.S. capital as Obama prepares to be sworn in for a second term in front of hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall on Monday.

Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am was at the star-studded OurTime.org Generation Now party, where Legend, Common and T-Pain performed in honour of the next generation of American voters.

will.i.am talked about the importance of youth ac...

Will.i.am Launching Line Of iPhone Accessories

November 24th, 2012 3:15pm EST
Rapper will.i.am is set to launch a new range of accessories for Apple's iPhone.

The Black Eyed Peas star, who was hired as a creative director for technology firm Intel last year , has created a collection of hardware which he insists will transform the cell phones.

The first product from the collection is a camera enhancing gadget, and will.i.am tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "We have our own sensor and a better flash. You dock your phone into our device and it turns your smartphone into a genius-phone. We take over the camera."

The i.am+ accessories will be launched next w...

Which Fellow Black Eyed Pea Did Fergie Make Out With?

October 22nd, 2012 8:55pm EDT
Pop star Fergie once made out with one of her Black Eyed Peas bandmates.

The "My Humps" hitmaker, who is now happily married to actor Josh Duhamel, cuddled up to the 37-year-old Pea one lonely night on tour, but when band leader will.i.am caught wind of the romance, he forbade the couple from taking its relationship any further in order to protect the longevity of the band.

Fergie tells Oprah Winfrey, "One time, it was at night, we had been drinking, [he] and I made out...

"Of course will.i.am hears about it the next day and calls a meeting, saying, 'We can't have this is, this is busine...

Simon Cowell Teaming Up With will.i.am For Technology Talent Search

September 30th, 2012 6:15pm EDT
Music mogul Simon Cowell is joining forces with his TV rival will.i.am to find the world's next technology giant.

The two stars faced off in a ratings war earlier this year, when Cowell's British version of The X Factor went head-to-head with the U.K.'s The Voice, which features will.i.am as a judge.

However, the pair is now putting the rivalry behind them in a bid to discover the next technology genius, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.

The Black Eyed Peas hitmaker tells the publication, "We're working on a project called X Factor for Tech - and it's going to be out of this worl...

NASA Broadcasts will.i.am Song From Mars

August 29th, 2012 11:19am EDT
The Black Eyed Peas singer was broadcast from the red planet today to teach children, but only the ones on Earth.

will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas may become the first musician heard by alien beings in the universe.

On Saturday, NASA released a statement announcing will.i.am’s song was to be broadcast Aug. 28 from Mars aboard the Curiosity rover.

Today, they played the song during an education event to share with students their findings so far from the red planet. The event took place at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

"Members of the team that successfully lan...

Will.i.am Hires Private Investigator To Track Down Car Thief

August 25th, 2012 6:48am EDT
Rapper Will.i.am is close to discovering the culprits responsible for stealing his beloved sports car after hiring private investigators to track them down.

The Black Eyed Peas star's white, custom-made supercar disappeared on August 14th from the parking lot at The Avalon Club in Los Angeles, where he held his album launch party, and he pleaded with fans on Twitter.com in a bid to get it back.

He refused to contact police about the incident and instead decided to enlist Ryan Friedlinghaus of West Coast Customs, the garage which helped customize the vehicle, to locate the car.

They ma...

Will.i.am Donates $800,000 To Prince Charles' Charity

June 21st, 2012 12:36pm EDT
Rapper Will.i.am has handed $800,000 of his fee from appearing on Britain's The Voice to Charles, Prince Of Wales' charity.

The Black Eyed Peas star served as a mentor on the reality show earlier this year, but rather than keep his wages, he's donated the cash to The Prince's Trust to fund a technology program for young people.

The rapper says, "As a judge on The Voice, the people of the U.K. have welcomed me into their sitting rooms week after week and I feel very much at home here. Working with The Prince's Trust, I am joining the mission to help transform the lives of disadvantaged y...

Will.i.am: 'I Need Auto-Tune'

May 26th, 2012 9:11am EDT
Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am is working on his singing abilities as he is currently forced to depend on computer technology in the studio to improve his voice.

The I Gotta Feeling hitmaker, who is a judge on the U.K. version of The Voice, claims he uses pitch-correcting software Auto-tune to save time while recording, but sheepishly concedes he is seeking help to improve his singing.

He tells Britain's Alan Carr: Chatty Man talk show, "I use Auto-tune because I write and produce. A lot of the time I am in the studio by myself and no one works as much as I do. So the computer allows me...

Stars Pay Tribute To Beastie Boys' Legend Adam Yauch

May 4th, 2012 3:18pm EDT
Adam Yauch
will.i.am, Q-Tip, Travis Barker, and Fred Durst are leading the tributes to tragic Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch following his death on Friday.

Rapper Yauch, also known as MCA, was diagnosed with a tumor in his salivary gland in 2009, and he lost his battle with cancer on Friday at the age of 47.

The hip-hop pioneer's passing has sent shockwaves through the music community and now dozens of celebrities are speaking out to share their grief on Twitter.com.

Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am writes, "restinpeaceMCA 1 of my favorite hiphop groups...hiphop raised a lot of us & now we have to w...

Will.i.am Criticizes Simon Cowell Over Talent Show Winners

March 25th, 2012 10:36am EDT
Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am has accused Simon Cowell of failing to develop the talented hopefuls who appear on his TV contests.

The rapper insists Cowell lets down his acts by not providing them with career guidance after they compete in shows such as The X Factor.

will.i.am cites British teenage singer/rapper Cher Lloyd, who competed in The X Factor in 2010 but who the hip-hop star claims has not been given the "right material" to record after being signed to Cowell's Syco Music label.

He tells Britain's The Sun, "I love Cher Lloyd. She should have been the biggest star in the wo...

Slash Falters In 'Top Gear' Challenge

March 12th, 2012 8:24am EDT
Rock legend Slash turned the air blue as he tested his driving skills in a celebrity racetrack challenge on British TV show Top Gear.

The former Guns N' Roses guitarist cursed up a storm while behind the wheel of a Kia hatchback for the show's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment.

Producers were forced to bleep out his expletives as Slash shouted, "Alright, let's not f**k this up!" while speeding along the course.

However, Slash admits the wet track was difficult to navigate following heavy showers in Britain last week.

He tells host Jeremy Clarkson, "It was actually pretty trick...

2012 Brit Awards Fashion: Rihanna Sparkles, Nicole Scherzinger Shines & More

February 22nd, 2012 8:45am EST
They aren't on the same scale as the Grammy Awards, but the Brit Awards are very important to those on the other side of the pond. Several U.S. stars attended the event in London yesterday to hobnob with their British counterparts.

Rihanna, who just released two controversial songs with her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, wore a low-cut sparkling dress accessorized with long gloves.

Former "X Factor" judge Nicole Scherzinger opted for a pretty pale yellow strapless gown. And Florence Welch picked a dress that eerily matched her skin tone.

Check out the fashion on the following pages...


Will.i.am Is Going Back To His Ghetto To Build A Car Company

January 31st, 2012 9:15am EST
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am has launched his own car company.

The hip-hop star has designed a sports car made from Chrysler parts for IAMAUTO, which is based in the troubled Boyle Heights neighborhood in East Los Angeles, where he grew up.

And he admits he's trying to boost the area and give back something to locals now he is a successful artist.

Appearing on Britain's "Top Gear" he told host Jeremy Clarkson, "(The car is) made down in the ghetto that I'm from... My whole thing was I want to make music so I can take care of my mom and move everybody in my family out together... So now...

Madonna To Perform With LMFAO At Super Bowl Half-Time Show

January 26th, 2012 12:57pm EST
Madonna is set to thrill at the Super Bowl next month after landing LMFAO to join her during the coveted half-time performance.

The pop superstar is headlining the show at the football final in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 5th and she recently teased fans about the nature of her set by declaring, "Pom poms. That's all I can tell you."

Now, rapper will.i.am, whose band the Black Eyed Peas landed the big gig last year, reveals Party Rock Anthem hit-makers LMFAO will take to the stage with the Material Girl.

The star, who signed the duo to his will.i.am Music Group label, tells Brit...

Beyonce & Other Stars Mourn Etta James' Death

January 21st, 2012 2:37pm EST
Pop superstar Beyonce has hailed late soul legend Etta James as "one of the greatest vocalists of our time" following her tragic death on Friday.

James died just five days before her 74th birthday after suffering complications from leukaemia.

A host of celebrities took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the icon as soon as the sad news broke and the messages of condolence are continuing to pour in.

Beyonce has now issued a statement in memory of James, who she portrayed in the 2008 film Cadillac Records. The Crazy In Love beauty also had the honor of singing a cover of James' classic balla...

Will.i.am Performs 'Great Times' With University Of Wisconsin Marching Band

January 18th, 2012 4:50pm EST
william marching band
will.i.am recently joined the University of Wisconsin marching band at LA Live in Los Angeles for a performance of his new song "Great Times." The celebration was part of the pep rallies for the 2012 Rose Bowl game between Wisconsin and Oregon, as well as the iamFIRST initiative to create awareness for will.i.am's efforts with education. The 301 person marching band, led by Professor Michael Leckrone, chose "Great Times" for its fitting lyrics and energy. The track is the Brazilian promo single for will.i.am's upcoming solo album, #WILLPOWER, which is due out soon.

will.i.am is also workin...

Will.i.am Worked With Michael Jackson For Free

January 5th, 2012 8:37pm EST
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am refused to accept cash from Michael Jackson when the two superstars teamed up to record new material in Ireland in 2006 - because the chance to work with the King of Pop was payment enough.

The hitmaker and producer turned down Jackson's generous offers of flights and accommodation because he didn't want to become one of the many hangers-on who took advantage of the "Thriller" singer.

The "I Gotta Feeling" star says, "A week before the trip, he was like, 'My manager is gonna call you to make sure all the travel stuff (is taken care of). Do you fly commercial...

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