Sarah Silverman teamed up with will.i.am to help kick off off YouTube Comedy Week. To help celebrate the funny men and women on the web, Silverman sings about her perfect night, which pretty much describes my perfect night aside from one obvious extra activity Sarah chooses to share with us.
It’s a girls’s night in for the comedian as she chooses to lounge in sweats and watch a good movie, The Holocaust (though I’d normally opt for something a little lighter, more likely a comedy) over going out and painting the town red. As for will.i.am, hats off to him for finally writing something comparable to The Black Eyed Peas’ “Where is the Love.” The song is pretty much an anthem for anyone (like myself) who would much rather stay in and relax than go out clubbing and listen to brain pounding music all night.
Oops, looks like will.i.am is finally fessing up to stealing a song from Mat Zo and Russian producer/DJ Arty. Kind of.
Will.i.am has been getting a lot of flack about a couple of songs from his latest album and it looks like he’s admitting that he did in fact plagiarized on the track, “Let’s Go (featuring Chris Brown)” from Mat Zo and Arty’s “Rebound.”
The Black Eyed Pea member told KISS FM, “I got in touch with Arty and showed it to him, did a different version to it ’cause I asked him [to] make it newer ’cause I don’t just wanna take your song and rap over it.” Arty, on the other hand, took to Twitter to say that neither will.i.am or anyone from his team contacted him about using his music.
With all the money will.i.am is probably raking in, I’m surprised he can’t hire a legal team to make sure all the licenses have been cleared. He would’ve avoided yet another embarrassing plagiarizing scandal.
Ke$ha is back with another anthem with her new song ”Crazy Kids.” Featuring will.i.am, the track offers the classic Ke$ha sound fans know and love that is sure to give her another hit on her hands.
Sticking with the theme of her current album Warrior, the song is all about being young and acting crazy. Would we expect anything different from the glitter songstress?
LISTEN TO “CRAZY KIDS” BY KE$HA HERE:
Justin Bieber gets holographic for will.i.am’s new video for “#thatPOWER.” The video, which dropped Friday morning, is a highly modern visual wonder. The Black Eyed Pea producer also seems to be taking some sartorial cues from the Biebs as he too rocks some drop crotch pants.
Will.i.am has recently been accused of plagiarizing “Let’s Go” featuring Chris Brown from his #willpower album.
The similarities were first brought into light by Arty who tweeted the following on Tuesday: “They never cleared rights through Anjunabeats, who’s only one label, who ownes [sic] the rights for ‘Rebound’.”
Chris Brown, who seems to have control of his Twitter account again, responded via Twitter, “I don’t even know who mat zo Or arty is? I ain’t got shit to do with if ur mad or not. Someone asked for a feature on a record and i did it.”
Will.i.am has yet to respond to the controversy.
“Let’s Go” isn’t the only song off will.i.am’s upcoming #willpower album facing controversy. He is currently being sued over “Scream & Shout” which features Britney Spears.
Unfortunately, will.i.am’s plagarism troubles don’t end there. He was also accused of stealing from musician Adam Freeland while with the Black Eyed Peas in 2009. A part of Freeland’s song “Mancry” “somehow” ended up in BEP’s “Party All The Time.” Freeland and the BEP later settled the case. Futhermore, will.i.am has also been accused of stealing from the likes of Boys Noize, Daft Punt and Deadmau5.
Listen to the two tracks below. Do you think will.i.am has been unfairly accused of stealing or is it all too similar?
LISTEN TO “REBOUND” BY ARTY AND MAT ZO BELOW:
LISTEN TO “LET’S GO” BY WILL.I.AM FEAT. CHRIS BROWN BELOW:
Looks like will.i.am’s new album will be heavy with big name collaborators. With artists like Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and now Miley Cyrus, the rapper seems to have roped in some of the hottest stars.
will.i.am released a new single titled “Fall Down” featuring Cyrus Tuesday morning.
The song is undeniably catchy like most of the rapper’s songs. This track isn’t obnoxiously techno heavy or geared towards the club-scene. It’s a perfect radio song, because it’s upbeat enough to be catchy but mellow enough to be a song to chill out too. Will.i.am may have struck gold with this one. This may just be my favourite single off of the rappers upcoming album so far.
Miley (who recently collaborated with Snoop Lion) sounds great too! She tweeted about the single and seems excited about its release.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 16, 2013
Will.i.am’s upcoming album #willpower is set to be released Friday, April 19. “Fall Down” is now available on iTunes
LISTEN TO “FALL DOWN” BY WILL.I.AM FEAT. MILEY CYRUS HERE:
Jumping out of winter and into spring means starting fresh, and this begins with your home. Many see cleaning as the most mundane of all tasks but here’s a Spring Cleaning playlist to help liven things up! You might as well dance as you clean, right?
1) Freaks and Geeks – Childish Gambino
When I’m cleaning, I become possessed by the spirits of both Tupac and Biggie and think I’m some kind of reincarnated rap goddess. This is my favourite song to rap along to, especially if nobody is home and I can use my spray bottle as a mic.
Best for: getting into the cleaning mood, doing your audition tape for Young Money.
2) Are You That Somebody – Aaliyah
I also enjoy dancing while I clean and as a wee youth I had the choreography from this video memorised. I’ve realised that I still know about 50 per cent of the moves (coincidence because my middle name is Alia? I think not!) and always decide that I should try them, especially if I am in the bathroom where the lighting is good.
Best for: cleaning grout, performing for yourself in the mirror.
3) Chocolate – The 1975
I’m obsessed with this song and have been trying to find a way to jam it into this column for ages (seriously, I think all the YouTube views might just be me. You’re welcome, The 1975!) I have a recurring iPod fever dream where I am the lead singer of a band which has the popularity of One Direction but the credibility of an indie band. Yes, it’s very elaborate; I don’t expect non-insane people to understand. Annyway, this song is our lead single and we perform it on talk-show stages which are actually my bathroom. The moral of this story is that a fun fantasy actually makes cleaning super fun and rewarding, even if the rewards are entirely in your mind.
Best for: making cleaning way less boring.
4) Scream & Shout – will.i.am and Britney Spears
What’s the deal with Britney in this song? Is she British? Why is she British? This in-depth analysis has led to me listening to this song an alarming number of times and is perfect at distracting me from some of my most hated jobs. Grossed out by the hair that has been living in your U bend? Just put this song on and Brit’s dulcet faux-English tones will take you to your happy place (unless you’re me and find bad accents displeasing).
Best for: doing gross out jobs such as removing hair from various place and having to decide which of your treasured cat sweaters should be given to charity.
5) F—kin Problems – A$AP Rocky ft. Drake and 2 Chainz
You’ve got to admit, Justin Bieber’s European leg of his Believe tour has been a bit crazy. I swear I can’t go a few days without hearing news about him. From getting booed at the O2 arena in London, to Selena’s “Well, that makes two of us” on Letterman when the late night host said that he made Justin cry— it’s actually been a crazy few months.
It’s not all that bad for Justin, however, since he has had a few good moments while in Europe. Here’s a graph detailing the high and lows of his tour so far. Keep in mind, there are a lot of stories that have come out from Justin that I couldn’t fit on the graph, like how he honoured the death of Briana, a fan who he’s met that passed away, and getting schools in Norway to rearrange their exam schedule. (I mean seriously, you have to be THAT awesome and important to get a few schools to change their exams schedule!). Take a look below:
The Black Eyed Peas’s will.i.am collaborates with another pop idol for his next single. This time, he and Justin Bieber bring their musical powers together for “#thatPower” off of his upcoming album #willpower.
will.i.am always finds the most successful pop stars to collaborate with, and the songs always hit high on music charts. From Britney Spears to Fergie, to Nicki Minaj, and now Justin Beiber, Will.I.Am is a master at the successful collab.
Like all will.i.am songs, his new track is catchy, up beat, and sure to take over the club scene.
Will.i.Am’s #willpower is set to be released on April 9.
LISTEN TO THE SONG BELOW:
“Scream & Shout” — Britney Spears & will.i.am
Seems like Britney Spears has been hanging out a bit too much with X-Factor exec Simon Cowell, because she’s rocking a pretty heavy British accent on will.i.am’s new track “Scream & Shout.” Off will.i.am’s upcoming album #willpower, the pop princess and hip-hop genius make magic together. The track is perfectly produced with will.i.am’s futuristic touch, and Brit’s famous line “It’s Britney, bitch” makes a comeback all the way from 2007s “Gimme More.” Although the collab sounds like a match made in heaven, I would have liked to hear Brit singing a little more. Oh well, it’s still going to make you dance your pants off. #Willpower hits stores early next year.
“No Worries” — Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne pays homage to Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in his new video for “No Worries,” which sees him replaying the famous drive through the desert and Vegas shenanigans from the film. Wayne plays the gonzo journalist with the infamous sunglasses and cigarette holder, his long-haired pal rides shot gun, and the two spend the rest of the video roaming through a casino high on ether. Enjoy!
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It was barely in the trailer for next week’s X Factor, but the teaser for Britney Spears’ and Will.I. Am’s new music video will surely have an effect for Brit Brit’s legion of fans.
Featuring multiples of both singers, the teaser shows Will sporting a black suit while Britney looks glamourous in a black outfit with pouffed hair.
The duo will premiere their music video for “Scream and Shout” on X Factor on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
That being said, this is what the song sounds like.
As Fox gears up for Season 12 of American Idol, there’s lots of talk and speculation about who the new judge will be and who will be replaced.
Top speculations started off with fan fave and Idol alum, Adam Lambert who seems to be the perfect pick in my eyes. Not only does he have mad vocal skills, killer style and a very honest personality, he was also the runner up to Kris Allen on Season 8 and has a clear vision of what it was once like.
In a statement Adam responds, “Idol has an amazing history of introducing great musical talent, and I was very fortunate to have had the Idol stage play a big part in my career,” Lambert says. “If Idol wants to talk to me about judging, I’d be more than flattered to have that conversation.”
Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry would bring in the younger, modern crowd while Will.I.Am (who has been a past mentor on the show) and Fergie know everything there is to know about making catchy hits, both members of the popular band, The Black Eyed Peas.
With new competing shows such as Fox’s X-Factor and NBC’s The Voice, it would actually be refreshing to see someone new judging these upcoming singers and not have to hear the same feedback over and over. No offence dawg, I mean Randy Jackson. Let us know who’s your vote?
The Hives – “Go Right Ahead”
In The Hives’ new video for their latest single “Go Right Ahead,” which we previously featured on Musical Prozac, the boys (men?) suit up, leave the garage behind and head to the studio. The video was filmed in Benny Andersson from ABBA’s brand new studio in Stockholm. The Hives were lucky enough to be the first band to record here. The whole video looks they shot it in one take, though with all their energy the rowdy song doesn’t need anything more to carry it. Oh, and top hats are included. The Hives’ new album Lex Hives will be released on June 1.
Nelly Furtado – “Big Hoops”
The bigger the better, the bigger the better, the bigger the better…. Hoops that is. As in, Nelly Furtado’s new single “Big Hoops” off her fifth album, The Spirit Indestructible (June 19.) Nelly’s first music video in three years delivers, with Native American hoop dancers, and Nelly herself wearing stilts, towering over LA. The song has some serious swag and is on par with her new hip-hop style. Also, as Nelly adamantly sings, she can move fast, she can move slow, she can go places nobody else goes! Wait, we’re still talking about hula hoops right?
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Will.I.Am. overdoses on punctuation with the release of his music video for the song, “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever’) By ‘hardest’, I’m sure Will means ‘suckiest’, because that’s what this video is. Take a look:
Will.I.Am, dressed as the white Power Ranger, keeps singing about how the beat is “so hard” in the introduction. We, the listeners, not oblivious to sexual innuendos.
J.Lo is never seen in the same fram as Will. She’s only featured in the animated posters randomly placed on the airplane runway. She keeps telling me I can go hard or I can go home. Yeah, I’d rather go home, Jenny, especially after seeing Mick Jagger placed in the center of the universe doing some of the most ridiculous dance moves I’ve seen in a long time.
Usually when Will.I.Am is alongside his Black Eyed Peas members, they produce really fun, energetic music videos. This solo effort, unfortunately, just makes me want to take a nap, for a really, really long time.
This leaves me wondering how Granda Al would react if he were to see this monstrosity. Granda Al, if you can remember, is the old man whose famous for his cute YouTube video of his reaction to Dubstep music. I somehow believe he’d have get the same impression.
The fantastic foursome of Will.I.Am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap – otherwise known as the Black Eyed Peas, came together for a final farewell at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday.
Hosted by Queen Latifah, the concert also featured performances from Cee-Lo Green, Jason DeRulo, Flo Rida, T-Pain and Sean Kingston – all respectable fans of the Peas.
Will.i.am reflected on the earlier days of the Californian group. “I remember when we got 30 dollars to play a Cal State Northridge party. And it feels so good that this many years later we’re here and we thank you guys from the bottom of our hearts for helping us pursue our dreams.”
He also had some advice for up-and-coming musicians:
“Whatever it is you wanna do in life, if somebody tells you no, don’t listen to them. Pursue your dreams, surround yourself with good friends,” he preached. “Black Eyed Peas is a family, we are friends, and we helped each other get here—and you guys are an extension of that friendship. We are here in this stadium today representing family and love, a day before Thanksgiving, and we thank you guys for the love.”
He is in the midst of prepping his much-hyped solo album “#willpower” that is set for release next year. Fergie, the 36-year-old songstress, wants to focus on starting a family with her husband, actor Josh Duhamal. While apl.de.ap is planning on going home to the Philippines and Taboo will get to spend more time with his family. It’s the end of an era, my friends.
Despite their hiatus, the group insists they are not breaking up. ”We always have two cycles of records and then we take a break. And then two cycles of records and then a break. When we take breaks you know, we work on side projects and get our personal stuff in order then come back and make beautiful music. We think beautiful music,” he recently told Ellen DeGeneres.
Will you miss BEP? Let us know.
In more music news, Will.I.Am is collaborating with to very unusual artists.
The former Black Eyed Peas member hooked up with Jennifer Lopez and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger for a song called “T.H.E.” which stands for The Hardest Ever.
I’m not too sure why Will.I.Am loves to abbreviate everything. From albums to songs, E.I.A.A. (everything is annoyingly abbreviated).
It’s a really plain song that relies to heavily on computerized sounds. If you’re getting Mick Jagger involved with the song, it’s wiser to use actual instruments and not a MacBook Pro. Mick sounds like a washed up rockstar (which, I guess he is) and doesn’t bring anything innovative to the table. He just keeps repeating “you can go hard or you can go home”.
This song fails at going hard, so I except these three to just go home.
Listen to the song Perez Hilton posted below.
Ian Clarke took the advice of his oldest daughter and named his second daughter ”Meggie Maisie Lady GaGa” and his first born son “Tommy will.i.am.”
His wife was not so pleased. ”I’m trying to convince him not to. He’s done it once so I’m sure he will do it again.”
Natalia Kills has been slowly murdering her way through the music industry by working with industry heavyweights (Will.i.am, Akon, LMFAO) and her debut album “Perfectionist” debuted on North American shelves this past Tuesday.
Born Natalia Keery-Fisher, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter was signed onto Interscope’s Cherrytree Records label in 2008, after the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am heard her “Wommanequin” EP. The demo was self-written and produced by Kills, showcasing talent that catapulted her into a promising direction that landed a feature on LMFAO’s single “Champagne Showers” and her debut EP.
Although she may be the best female-singer-you-haven’t-heard-of-yet, her single “Mirrors” has already cracked the top ten in Austria, Germany, Poland and the United States. A change of pace from her past-life as an actress.
Her sound is a pinch of Lady Gaga with a fiercer-punch of Kate Bush, and it has been labeled as ‘revenge-pop’, electropop and ‘synth-pop’, but she describes it as “pop with an opinion”. In other words, she delivers a much needed refreshing dose of attitude that the Christina’s and the Britney’s have faked.
“I’m a perfectionist. It’s the source of all my ambition, desire and drive. But, it’s also what destroys me sometimes.”
Her stage-name “Kills” defines that passion and mentality to commit herself entirely to her music. And as a singer-songwriter, that commitment to her art has drawn inspiration out of every aspect of her life.
“I wrote ["Free"] when I was broke and writing songs in my tiny apartment, trying to figure out how to pay the rent,” says Kills of penning her single, which she also notes as her favourite song to play live. “But, I was still happy. When I went out I felt fabulous and I wanted everyone to know that style is not dictated by how much money you have or where you shop. We should be free from our possessions and not let material things own us or effect our happiness.”
Kills has come a long way from that tiny apartment, going on tour with big names like Bruno Mars, Ke$ha, Black Eyed Peas and will be supporting Katy Perry on her California Dreams Tour later this month.
When we spoke with Kills, the sudden passing of Amy Winehouse was fresh and she felt a strong connection to the pop-singer.
“I’ve always been a huge fan, and not just because I’m English. She’s truly one of the greats, and I relate to all other artists like myself who write about personal afflictions and deeper darker places. I know from experience that when you write about your true pain it has to be because you battle with it. We were lucky to have her, and at least she gets to escape her pain now.”
Her album “The Perfectionist” can be streamed on her website and is also available in stores and on iTunes now.
“I was with Justin Bieber in the studio two days ago, working on his new album, and we had a really great conversation,” he revealed to the radio show, via MTV UK.
“Justin Bieber could be like Prince,” he continued. “Justin Bieber could be like Michael Jackson, where his career is like, ‘Wow! Explain [how] it’s 2030, Justin Bieber, [and] your career is so long. You’re the first artist to be broadcasted to Mars. How do you feel about that?’ Justin Bieber could be that dude.”
That all sounds great, but hopefully Bieber lives longer than MJ and doesn’t go insane like Michael.
He tells Los Angeles DJ Ryan Seacrest, “I want to get Justin Bieber into writing his own music and producing his own songs…”
“Justin as an artist has to fight. Michael Jackson fought, Prince fought, the ones that stood around for a long time are the ones that are always fighting for something.”
Will.i.am is producing Bieber’s next album, and he is encouraging the young pop star to get involved with all aspects of his career.
He adds, “He’s gonna hurt. He’s going to go through relationship drama… We know the ones that get comfortable and then their career is short, ‘Oh I remember that one song he had, that was cool.’”