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William Adams (born March 15, 1975), professionally known by his stage name will.i. am (pronounced "Will I am"), is an American recording artist, songwriter, entrepreneur, voice actor, DJ, record producer, educator and philanthropist, best known as one of the founding members of the hip hop/pop band, The Black Eyed Peas.
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Will.i.am slams Cowell over artist support
Calgary Sun - almost 5 years
Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am has accused <a class="fplink fp-253681" href="/Simon+Cowell+1">Simon Cowell</a> of failing to develop the talented hopefuls who appear on his TV contests.
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Will.i.am: Wouldn't It Be Cool to Get More Kids Excited About STEM?
The Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Everyone in America has a role to play in changing the way kids view math and science, and how they answer the age-old question "what do you want to be when you grow up?"
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Will.i.am Fuses Music, Technology
Bloomberg - Businessweek - almost 5 years
March 20 (Bloomberg) -- Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am talks about the integration of music and technology. Bloomberg contributor <a class="fplink fp-261958" href="/Tabitha+Soren+1">Tabitha Soren</a> reports on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." Bloomberg's <a class="fplink fp-421111" href="/Emily+Chang+1">Emily Chang</a> also speaks.
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Comment on AHH Stray News: Mick Jagger Goes Hip-Hop With will.I.am, Nas Links With Mary J., Crooked I Drops New EP by DJ G-MANI
All Hip Hop - almost 5 years
Reblogged this on Toronto's Own dj G-mani.
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Will.i.am: 'My instrument is the computer'
USA Today - almost 5 years
'We still use keyboards and guitar, but it all ends up in the computer,' says Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas.
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Going old school: Black Eyed Peas Will.i.am takes his custom-built 1959 Chevrolet Corvette for a spin
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
It features an iPad built into the centre console.
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Will.i.am Talks Music, Science with Korean Kids
Wall Street Journal - almost 5 years
Will.i.am, on Seoul visit, tells his story to disadvantaged kids and encourages them to use their voice.
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will.i.am Unveils “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” Z-Trip Remix
Icon vs. Icon - almost 5 years
will.i.am is going hard with a brand new, club ready remix of his hit single “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever).”  The track comes courtesy of LA based DJ/producer Z-Trip, who has provided official remixes for Far East Movement, Beastie Boys, and Daft Punk. “I was really stoked when asked to do this remix.” said Z-Trip. “It’s will.I.am &amp; Mick Jagger [...]
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Justin Bieber and Will.i.am Collaborate for New '#WillPower'
Gather - Entertainment - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-158118" href="/Justin+Bieber+1">Justin Bieber</a> has enlisted the help of numerous rappers and singers to help him make one of the biggest albums ever produced. He is not all about taking and is actually lending his voice out as well. . . .
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Will.i.am: Too geeky for fashion
Bucks Free Press - about 5 years
Will.i.am has said he is too much of a geek to bring out his own fashion range.
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will.I.am Aims To “TRANS4M” Los Angeles Neighborhood
All Hip Hop - about 5 years
(AllHipHop News) Black Eyed Peas founder will.i.am hosted his TRANS4M conference last week at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. The first annual TRANS4M conference was an invitation only event, that featured 250 attendees from various industries. will.i.am served as the curator, while a variety of speakers were featured on panels throughout the day. Speakers like Katy Haber, M.B.E., (co-founder of the Compton Cricket Club), Robert Appleby (particle physicist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research) Angela Ahrendts (Burberry CEO), Andrew Hessel (co-chairman of Singularity University’s Biotechnology Department) and others discussed a number of topics, mostly revolving around the future of science and technology. “TRANS4M is about finding intersections between what you do and what we can do together,” will.i.am said. “Here in the room are brands, businesses, innovators, community organizations, educators and scientists. Sitting next to you are donors, philanth ...
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UK Charts: will.i.am Debuts Big
Misformusic - about 5 years
Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am has yet to finalise his '#willpower' album but he has already scored his first hit from the project. Indeed, the record's lead single, 'T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever) (Ft. Jennifer Lopez &amp; Mick Jagger)', has roared onto the Official UK Singles Chart and landed in the top 5. 'The Hardeest Ever' has debut at #3 on the Singles Chart. The track has become will.i.am's 5th top 10 single on the listing, following the Usher's chart-topping 'OMG' on which he was featured. However, 'The Hardest Ever' is only will.i.am's 2nd top 10 entry as a lead act. His first top 10 song was 'Heartbreaker (Ft. Cheryl Cole)'. UK fans of will.i.am will be able to purchase his '#willpower' album on April 30th. Britney Spears, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Nicole Scherzinger and Busta Rhymes are all expected to contribute to the record. See other leading Urban/Pop releases on both the albums and singles charts below: UK Albums Chart 1. Lana Del Rey – ‘Born to Die’ 2. Maveric ...
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Will.i.am: He isn't 'magic man'...
Drudge Report - about 5 years
Will.i.am: He isn't 'magic man'... (Second column, 4th story, link) Related stories: Obama budget to miss deficit goal... Plans pitch to lower corporate tax...
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Will.i.am: Obama isn't a 'magic man'
The Sacramento Bee - about 5 years
Will.i.am said he hoped to raise $1 million for his charity that benefits needy students at a concert Thursday night. Instead, he raised $5 million.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Will.i.am
  • 2015
    "The German telecom has teamed with i.am+ to market a new smartwatch across European countries." Since retiring from music he has taken into helping assist the design of Smart Watches for a Dutch company in late 2015
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    He didn't return for series 4 in 2015, neither did Minogue.
    More Details Hide Details He has contributed to The Voice UK since 2012.
  • 2014
    On April 4, 2014, Will appeared on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, where he talked about plans to release his own Smartwatch.
    More Details Hide Details He revealed that it can be used as a phone, to store music, and use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He also showed a preview of a music video for a song called "It's My Birthday". On May 20, 2014, a 90-second snippet was uploaded to SoundCloud. It features American singer-songwriter Cody Wise, is produced by Will and Damien LeRoy and is written by himself, Cody Wise and Keith Harris. It was released on July 6, 2014.
  • 2013
    In April 2013, he stated that he has ADHD.
    More Details Hide Details He is the nephew of former NFL player Lynn Cain, who played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams. will.i.am spent a large part of his life looking up to his uncle as a role model. On June 22, 2009, gossip blogger Perez Hilton accused will.i.am and his entourage of assaulting him in Toronto after the MuchMusic Video Awards, a charge will.i.am denied in a video posted on his blog. No further action was taken. Daytime Emmy Awards Grammy Awards will.i.am has won 7 Grammy Awards: Latin Grammy Awards Television Rack Awards
    In April 2013, will.i.am and Chris Brown's track "Let's Go", also from the #willpower album, became the centre of a copyright controversy, with trance producers Arty and Mat Zo claiming that will.i.am used elements of their 2011 track "Rebound" in his song without permission from the artists or their label.
    More Details Hide Details This claim was later backed by Anjunabeats, the record label behind Arty and Mat Zo. will.i.am's fourth studio album #willpower was re-released in December 2013 featuring several new tracks, including the lead single "Feelin' Myself" featuring Miley Cyrus, French Montana, and Wiz Khalifa. will.i.am was also featured in Britney Spears's song "It Should Be Easy" her eighth studio album Britney Jean and he co-wrote and produced several tracks from the album.
    It debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard 100, eventually reaching a peak of number 3 and debuting at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart and reaching number one in January 2013 for two weeks.
    More Details Hide Details During an interview with Capital FM, will.i.am confirmed he had collaborated with Justin Bieber for his next release "#thatPOWER" and premiered the single on the same day it was released onto iTunes in the US the same day and debuted on the Billboard 100 at number 42.
    He also stated there is a possibility Shakira could feature on the album. #willpower is due for release in 2013. will.i.am later confirmed that Cheryl Cole and Justin Bieber would also appear on #willpower.
    More Details Hide Details In mid-October, Britney Spears confirmed on her Twitter account that she had filmed the music video for the single she was featuring in called "Scream & Shout". He was among the performers at the Diamond Jubilee Concert held outside Buckingham Palace on 4 June 2012. The first song broadcast from Mars was his new single, "Reach for the Stars". He discussed and listened to it with a live audience at NASA in Pasadena, California after it was returned from Curiosity rover.
    He released his fourth studio album, #willpower, in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Will.i.am is also a music producer. He has produced with other artists including Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Kesha, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, David Guetta, U2, Rihanna, Cheryl, Lady Gaga, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Nicki Minaj. In collaborations and with the Black Eyed Peas, he has a total of 34 top-40 entries on the UK Singles Chart since 1998, and has sold 9.4 million singles in the UK. Adams was born William James Adams Jr. in Eastside Los Angeles, and was raised in the Estrada Courts housing projects in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, where he and his family were among the few African Americans living in a predominantly Hispanic community. Adams has never met his father, William Adams Sr. He was raised by his mother, Debra (née Cain), who encouraged him to be unique and to avoid conforming to the tendencies of the other youth in his neighborhood on the east side of Los Angeles. To encourage his musical career, she sent him to public schools in affluent West Los Angeles. While attending John Marshall High School, he became best friends with Allan Pineda (stage name apl.de.ap), who was also a future member of The Black Eyed Peas. While still in high school, Adams and Pineda performed in East L.A. clubs and were soon joined by three other entertainers to form the socially conscious rap group, Atban Klann.
  • 2012
    will.i.am featured in the song "Hall of Fame" by The Script. It debuted onto radio on July 23, 2012 and was released for digital download on August 21, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He later featured in Priyanka Chopra's debut single "In My City". It was announced in October 2012 that will.i.am will feature on Kesha's second album Warrior on the track "Crazy Kids". He also co-wrote and co-produced the Dr Luke produced track. In November 2012, will.i.am released the third single from #willpower which was "Scream & Shout" featuring Britney Spears.
    In March 2012, it was reported that he had turned his "plush" dressing room into a recording studio, and "instead of just listening with his headphones, he has installed some mega bass bins".
    More Details Hide Details On November 26, 2013, will.i.am was announced as a coach for the 2014 series of the Australian version of The Voice, along with fellow Voice UK judge Kylie Minogue.
    In January 2012, he appeared on the BBC TV series Top Gear, as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, where he claimed he was starting his own car company called IAMAUTO.
    More Details Hide Details will.i.am has made history by being the first artist to stream a song from the surface of Mars on August 28, 2012. The event took place at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT) Tuesday, Aug. 28, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. Song title: Reaching for the Stars. Expanding his forays into iPhone accessory development, will.i.am has announced plans to release a camera enhancer that will "dramatically enhance the clarity and definition of iPhone photographs," by making the 8-megapixel sensor into an effectively 14-megapixel one. Termed the i.am+, the device is said to be the first in a series of "digital real estate" for the singer. In April, 2016 it was announced that i.am+ acquired Tel Aviv machine-learning technology start-up Sensiya. Will.i.am was appointed CCO of 3DSystems January 8th 2014
  • 2011
    He also performed a concert for FIRST at the 2011 FIRST World Championship at the Edward Jones Dome. will.i.am appeared in concert with the Black Eyed Peas as a part of a special concert for 2011 FIRST Robotics Championships. It was recorded for a special aired by ABC on August 14, 2011 at 7 pm. will.i.am continues to support FIRST, and at the 2013 FIRST World Championship he became the first recipient of the Make It Loud award, which is given to the person who has contributed the most in increasing the awareness of FIRST to the general public.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2011, Intel Corp. named will.i.am as director of creative innovation, with input in developing smartphones, tablets and laptops.
    He also starred in the 2011, animated film Rio and Rio 2, as a rapping red-crested cardinal named Pedro, and like Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, he contributed his singing voice to the film's soundtrack, along with his fellow co-stars. will.i.am played a fathering role in The Urbz: Sims In The City, which uses The Black Eyed Peas' songs as its own soundtrack.
    More Details Hide Details He briefly played himself in the Tina Fey and Steve Carell comedy film Date Night. On 25 October 2011, it was reported that will.i.am would be joining The Voice UK as a coach. A source said, "Will is 95 per cent a done deal. He is a big star and loves nurturing new talent. He shoots from the lip, and will not be afraid to tell it like it is. Although, I doubt The Voice will be as bitchy as The X Factor". will.i.am was later confirmed as a coach on The Voice UK, of this he said, "I'm proud to be doing The Voice UK because the UK was the first place I saw success," he said. "It's the place I'm the most creative outside of home." Cohen added, "I am thrilled that will.i.am has signed up to be a coach on The Voice. He is a huge star who will bring a unique creativity to the show." Talking about the differences between the show and X Factor, "I won’t be a judge on X Factor. The Voice is different. You can’t even compare the two. One, you have people in the music industry, current and legends, coaching the next generation. The other format you have judges critiquing, giving their opinions on things when they don’t really know, other than Randy Jackson on Idol".
    In April 2011, will.i.am recorded four songs for the soundtrack of the animated film Rio, in which he voiced a character. "Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)", "Drop It Low", "Real In Rio" and "Advice For The Young At Heart", featuring an array of artists including Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway and Tears for Fears.
    More Details Hide Details None of the songs managed to chart, however, Will announced that he was going to remix the tracks for inclusion on Black Einstein. In September 2011, a fourth cut from the album, "Forever", a collaboration with Wolfgang Gartner, was released as a single. It was around this time that will.i.am announced that he changed the title of the album from Black Einstein to #willpower. The video premiered on August 26, 2011. In November 2011, Will premiered what is intended to be the album's official lead single, "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)", a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger. Will announced via his Twitter that the video for "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" was filmed in LA, and that before he returned home, he stopped off in Brazil to film the video for the album's second official single, "Great Times". In December 2011, a fifth cut from the album, "Party Like An Animal", a collaboration with Dutch singer Eva Simons & LMFAO, premiered at the HTC Beats Launch party. will.i.am also announced he has collaborations with Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz and a couple others on the album.
    In February 2011, a third cut from the album, "Dance", a collaboration with Natalia Kills, peaked at #62 on the UK Singles Chart.
    More Details Hide Details The music video was directed by James Sutton, and features a cameo by Natalia.
  • 2010
    In a YouTube video posted by YGLifeOfficial on March 15, 2010, will.i.am expressed his desire to work with Korean K-pop girl group 2NE1, and help them achieve international success.
    More Details Hide Details Will has recorded a collaboration with Britney Spears, "Big Fat Bass", which features on her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale. During the recording of The Black Eyed Peas' sixth studio album, The Beginning, band colleague Fergie announced in an interview that will.i.am was in the process of recording a new solo album, tentatively entitled Black Einstein. will.i.am formally announced that he was in the process of recording a fourth solo album, with some material being recorded under the pseudonym Zuper Blahq. In January 2010, a cut from the album, "I'm In the House", a collaboration with Steve Aoki, was released as a single, charting at #29 on the UK Singles Chart due to strong downloads. In October 2010, a second cut from the album, "Check It Out", a collaboration with Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj, peaked at #4 on the UK Singles Chart.
    In February 2010, he wrote and produced the single "OMG" by Usher, which appeared on Usher's seventh studio album, Raymond vs. Raymond.
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  • 2009
    In March 2009, will.i.am announced plans for The Black Eyed Peas to return, and within months, their comeback single, "Boom Boom Pow", had reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details They went on to have three number 1 singles before releasing their comeback album, The E.N.D. The album's success warranted a second comeback album, The Beginning, released in November 2010. The album spawned another three hit singles, but the band soon announced plans they were to break again, following the conclusion of their world tour. In 2009, will.i.am worked with rappers Flo Rida and Akon for Flo's second studio album, R.O.O.T.S., and recorded four tracks with Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole for her debut solo album 3 Words. He also worked with Rihanna on her fourth studio album, Rated R, for a track called "Photographs".
  • 2008
    On November 4, 2008, will.i.am spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper about his support for then-Senator Obama using CNN's 'hologram' technology (actually tomography).
    More Details Hide Details Following the 2008 election, and Obama's victory, Will released the album's third single, "It's a New Day". The video reflects on the historical events that led to the election of the first African-American president and the public's reaction to his election. The video features celebrities such as Fergie, Olivia Wilde, Kanye West, Harold Perrineau, Kevin Bacon, and his wife Kyra Sedgwick. The video debuted on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In honor of the inauguration of Barack Obama as president, will.i.am collaborated with producer David Foster on the album's fourth single, "America's Song", with contributing vocals from Seal, Bono, Mary J. Blige, and Faith Hill. In response to Barack Obama's reaction following Kanye West's interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, will.i.am penned the album's fifth and final single, "The Jackass Song". Will. I.Am It features a sample of Kanye West's "Heartless". Will wrote a blog post which featured the song on Dipdive, and released in February 2009. will.i.am attended and spoke at the FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff on January 8, 2011, declaring, "I am a FIRST fan." He has also named FIRST Founder Dean Kamen "one of his heroes" on his verified Twitter account.
    In January 2008, Will announced plans that he was masterminding a political album, Change is Now: Renewing America's Promise, in support of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. The first single, "Yes We Can", featured a music video directed by Jesse Dylan. The lyrics of the song are composed almost entirely of excerpts from Obama's speech on January 8, 2008, following the New Hampshire presidential primary election.
    More Details Hide Details The video features appearances from numerous celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Tatyana Ali, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Adam Rodríguez, Kelly Hu, Hill Harper, Amber Valletta, Eric Balfour, Aisha Tyler, Nicole Scherzinger, Nick Cannon, Bryan Greenberg, and Common and first appeared on the website for Dipdive. The video racked up three million views within a week and over four million subsequently on YouTube. On June 13, 2008, "Yes We Can" won an award at the 35th Annual Creative Arts and Entertainment Daytime Emmy Awards for "New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment". On February 29, 2008, the album's second single, "We Are the Ones", was released on Dipdive and YouTube. Including cameo appearances from Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, Kerry Washington, pop punk band Yellowcard's front man, Ryan Key, John Leguizamo, Regina King, Tyrese Gibson, Eric Mabius, Tichina Arnold, Adrianne Palicki, comedian George Lopez, and singers Macy Gray, Zoe Kravitz and The Black Eyed Peas' Taboo, the video features everyone chanting "O-BA-MA" as a portrayal as their hopes and wishes for Barack Obama and his presidential campaign.
    Also in 2008, Will featured on rapper Flo Rida's debut album, Mail on Sunday, where he produced and featured on the song "In the Ayer", and featured on Usher's fifth album, Here I Stand.
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  • 2007
    In 2007, Will announced that he had co-created an all-female soul band entitled the Paradiso Girls, who he intended to work with on an upcoming solo project.
    More Details Hide Details The album, Songs About Girls, was released in 2007. The album spawned three singles, "I Got It From My Mama", "One More Chance" and "Heartbreaker", and fared slightly better than his previous solo efforts, however, failed to shift more than 75,000 copies. Will also did a remix to the song With Love by actress and singer Hilary Duff. In 2008, Will contributed the song "One Tribe" to the Survival International charity album, Songs for Survival.
  • 2006
    The album's tracks earned the group four 2006 Grammy Award nominations and they also won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Don't Phunk with My Heart".
    More Details Hide Details According to IFPI, over 2 million copies have been sold in Europe. In the UK alone, it has sold over 1 million copies, although this is significantly lower than their sales of Elephunk, which stand at over 1.6 million copies and 10 million worldwide. the band announced they were going to take a break to focus on their own personal projects. Will went on to produce Ferguson's first solo album, The Dutchess, which was released in 2006, before beginning work with Michael Jackson, who had requested Will's expertise for the recording and production of his new album. Work began on the Jackson album in 2006, and continued until the singer's death in 2009, at which point Will revealed that none of the material recorded during the period would be released. However, remixes recorded for Jackson's Thriller 25 anniversary album were released in 2008.
  • 2003
    In November 2003, work began on a fourth Black Eyed Peas album, entitled Monkey Business, the second album with new band member Fergie.
    More Details Hide Details Upon the success of Monkey Business, which was released in 2005, the album was certified three times Platinum by the RIAA in the U.S. and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. The Canadian Recording Industry Association (or CRIA) has certified Monkey Business 6x Platinum, with sales of over 600,000 copies. The Australian Recording Industry Association (or ARIA) has also certified Monkey Business 6x Platinum, denoting sales of over 420,000 copies.
  • 2002
    The group released their breakthrough single, "Where Is The Love", in November 2002 (featuring Justin Timberlake, although he did not appear in the video).
    More Details Hide Details On the strength of that single and follow-up singles like "Shut Up", Elephunk went on to sell 8.5 million copies worldwide. During this time, Will recorded a second solo album, Must B 21. In 2002, Will recorded the song "Secrets" for the soundtrack to Dexter's Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment, a musical accompaniment to the Cartoon Network original series. Prior to this, he had also composed the theme music for another Genndy Tartakovsky series, Samurai Jack.
  • 2001
    In November 2001, work began on a third Black Eyed Peas album, Elephunk.
    More Details Hide Details Development of the album began on November 2, 2001 and was released just under two years later in 2003. At the time of development, only will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo were to feature on the album. During the production of "Shut Up" (the second single released from the album), they realized that a female vocal would work well with the song. Originally, Nicole Scherzinger (lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls) was approached to make a guest appearance on the record. She was forced to decline because she already was signed to a contract with Eden's Crush. Danté Santiago then introduced Fergie to Will who was impressed with her vocal talents. She immediately formed a bond with the band and became a permanent member of the Peas and her photo was printed onto the album cover. Nine out of the fourteen tracks were composed by lyricist Robbie Fisher, who has been working closely with the band since the beginning stages of the album. In the United States, Elephunk reached number 14 on the Billboard Top 200 and is their first album to chart in the top 15. It gained even more commercial success in the UK Album Charts where it reached number 3. It has sold over 1.6 million copies in the UK and 8.5 million copies worldwide. The singles "Where Is The Love? " and "Shut Up" reached number 1. "Hey Mama" has been used for several advertisements including advertisements for Apple and iTunes. "Let's Get It Started" also received universal acclaim in the media section where a cover version of the song appears in the film Hot Tub Time Machine.
    Before joining The Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. In 2001, he began designing his own signature clothing line, i.am, which made its official debut in 2005 at the Magic Apparel Trade Show in Las Vegas. In 2007, will.i.am teamed up with Blue Holdings to design a premium denim collection, i.am Antik, that was scheduled to debut in August 2007 at the Project Show in Las Vegas. will.i.am instead had new partners and was launching i.am. will.i.am is currently being sued for $2 million for abandoning the project for which, the label states, he was obligated until 2016, but will.i.am insists is already over.
    More Details Hide Details will.i.am appeared at the kickoff event for the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition, Logo Motion held at Southern New Hampshire University. He stated that he is "a big fan", and that the newly unveiled game was "dope". During his interview, he said that "his mama will work with yo mama".
  • 1997
    In 1997, they once again changed their name, this time to The Black Eyed Peas, and began recording their first album, Behind the Front, with the help of soul singer Kim Hill. They were soon signed to Interscope Records, and released their debut single, "Joints & Jam", in early 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The album was successful enough for the group's contract to be renewed, and in 2000, a second album, Bridging the Gap, was released. Following the release of Bridging the Gap, Will began recording his first solo release, Lost Change, which was the official soundtrack to the film of the same name. Featuring collaborations with Medusa, Planet Asia and Terry Dexter, the album was a critical success.
  • 1992
    They began performing together around Los Angeles and were soon discovered by rapper/entrepreneur Eazy-E, who signed them to his label Ruthless Records in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Will was known as "Will 1X". The Atban Klann's first ever official track, "Merry Muthafuckin' Xmas", was included on Eazy-E's EP 5150: Home 4 tha Sick. After this, the trio began recording an album, "Grass Roots", with the help of producers Mookie Mook and DJ Motiv8, however, the album was never released, due to Eazy-E's death in 1995. After Eazy's tragic death, Atban Klann changed their name to the Black Eyed Pods, and Will replaced Dante with Jaime Gomez, better known under his stage name of Taboo.
  • 1988
    will.i.am's music career began in the summer of 1988, when as an eighth-grader, he met up with fellow rapper Allan Pineda (apl.de.ap) and fellow student Dante Santiago.
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  • 1975
    Born on March 15, 1975.
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