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New Black Eyed Peas album (and a U2 collab?) for will.i.am

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The Black Eyed Peas haven’t released a record since their 2005 smash, Monkey Business, but frontman will.i.am (birth name: William Adams) has remained nearly as ubiquitous in pop culture as lady-Pea-turned-solo-star Fergie. This year alone, there were the much-watched celebrity-stuffed Obama videos he spearheaded, the score he co-wrote with legendary film composer Hans Zimmer for Madagascar 2, an Election-night appearance as a hologram(!) on CNN, and more recently, several newsy announcements the recent multiple-Grammy nominee sat down to discuss (or, in some very top-secret cases, beg off).

First order of business? A role in the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine. “I’m a big fan,” i.am says, “But I know I’m not allowed to say much. What I can talk about is that I’m in it and that I’m a mutant, John Wraith, and I have the power to teleport.” He recently flew to London (the old-fashioned way) to work with U2 as well, but alas, on that topic his lips are even more sealed. “I can’t say anything,” he promises, “I swear!”

So what can can talk about? The upcoming BEPs record, due next spring and entitled The E.N.D.

(a.k.a. The Energy Never Dies). “We’re gonna try to experiment with

what a song is, what an album is,” he says passionately. “The world’s

different, and this is our attempt to get in on that. These kids that

are on the Internet are utilizing all these tools, they’re being more

creative than artists that have million-dollar contracts. So here we

are talking about yesterday’s culture, saying what’s the first single

or whatever. F— yesterday, it’s about what are we going to do to

define tomorrow. I’m really trying to push what it is and how we do it

and why we do it. With technology, a song can do anything, and I don’t

want to give away too much because I don’t want motherf—-s biting on

what I’ve been working hard for, but there will rollouts on my network,

DipDive.com, rolling out different versions and different songs and

interactive stuff…I’m moving away from the record business and

starting the experience business.”

Don’t look for his Go-Bama stance to make any big waves on The E.N.D.

(“it’s not fair to the people who aren’t as passionate as I am about

the political endeavors,” he claims), but do look for Fergie to return

to the fold, refreshed and ready to reunite for a tour with the band

through next summer. Says will.i.am: “We’re all one big family, you

know? We didn’t break up, we still toured while she was promoting her

solo record, and there’s no division because of our solo efforts. It

pretty much made us appreciate what we bring to the table individually,

and it strengthened us by knowing how powerful we are. There are

certain things that BEP as a group does that we can’t achieve on our

own…. We’re looking forward to new realms of ways to do things. Now

that there’s no records stores, it’s gonna take some real visionary

people to see around those corners and formulate a new plan.”

More Will.i.am:


Will.i.am’s solo album re-release with new tracks


Will.i.am on the hologram: “It was crazy!”


Will.i.am trapped in the hologram at 236.com

So what can can talk about? The upcoming BEPs record, due next spring and entitled The E.N.D.(a.k.a. The Energy Never Dies). “We’re gonna try to experiment withwhat a song is, what an album is,” he says passionately. “The world’sdifferent, and this is our attempt to get in on that. These kids thatare on the Internet are utilizing all these tools, they’re being morecreative than artists that have million-dollar contracts. So here weare talking about yesterday’s culture, saying what’s the first singleor whatever. F— yesterday, it’s about what are we going to do todefine tomorrow. I’m really trying to push what it is and how we do itand why we do it. With technology, a song can do anything, and I don’twant to give away too much because I don’t want motherf—-s biting onwhat I’ve been working hard for, but there will rollouts on my network,DipDive.com, rolling out different versions and different songs andinteractive stuff…I’m moving away from the record business andstarting the experience business.”

Don’t look for his Go-Bama stance to make any big waves on The E.N.D.(“it’s not fair to the people who aren’t as passionate as I am aboutthe political endeavors,” he claims), but do look for Fergie to returnto the fold, refreshed and ready to reunite for a tour with the bandthrough next summer. Says will.i.am: “We’re all one big family, youknow? We didn’t break up, we still toured while she was promoting hersolo record, and there’s no division because of our solo efforts. Itpretty much made us appreciate what we bring to the table individually,and it strengthened us by knowing how powerful we are. There arecertain things that BEP as a group does that we can’t achieve on ourown…. We’re looking forward to new realms of ways to do things. Nowthat there’s no records stores, it’s gonna take some real visionarypeople to see around those corners and formulate a new plan.”

More Will.i.am:
Will.i.am’s solo album re-release with new tracks
Will.i.am on the hologram: “It was crazy!”
Will.i.am trapped in the hologram at 236.com