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Background information
Birth name William James Adams Jr.
Also known as Will 1X
Born March 15, 1975 (1975-03-15) (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Genre(s) Hip hop, pop rap, R&B,
Occupation(s) Rapper, lyricist, producer
Instrument(s) Vocals, keyboards, bass, clavinet, drums, piano
Years active 1989 – present
Label(s) Ruthless Records
BBE Records
A&M Records
Interscope Records
will.i.am music group
Associated acts Black Eyed Peas,
Fergie, Nicole Scherzinger, Michael Jackson, Cheryl Cole, Common, Flo Rida, Hilary Duff, Jesse McCartney, Busta Rhymes
Website www.will-i-am.com

William James Adams, Jr. (born March 15, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA), better known by his stage name Will.I.Am, is a Jamaican-American hip hop musician, songwriter and founding member and frontman of Black Eyed Peas. He also has his own label called will.i.am music group. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 480 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 1000 pixel, file size: 376 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. 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This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... 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Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger (also known as Nicole Kea) (born June 29, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, and occasional actress best known for her work as the lead vocalist for the Pussycat Dolls. ... For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Cheryl Ann Cole (née Tweedy) (born 30 June 1983) is an English singer and member of the girl group Girls Aloud. ... Look up common in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the U.S. state, see Florida. ... Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, producer, fashion designer, and spokesperson. ... Jesse McCartney (born April 9, 1987) is an American pop/R&B singer songwriter and Daytime Emmy-nominated actor. ... Trevor Smith (born on May 20, 1972), better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop musician and actor. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Frontman (also front man) is a term referring to the lead singer or band leader of a music group. ... This article is about the American hip hop group. ...

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Biography

Personal life

In September 2007, will.i.am's record label Universal Music Group decided on a pilot scheme to reward certain file sharing with cash incentives, including will.i.am tracks from his latest solo album Songs About Girls.[1] Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... Songs About Girls is the third solo album from will. ...


will.i.am has recently been cast as John Wraith in the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a prequel to the X-Men film series. The X-Men film series currently consists of three superhero films based on the fictional Marvel Comics team of the same name. ...


Fashion

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 [2]. In 2007, Will.i.am teamed up with Blue Holdings to design a premium denim collection, i.am Antik, that is scheduled to debut in August of 2007 at the Project Show in Las Vegas [3]. He has also designed clothing for the Black Eyed Peas. The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising or FIDM is a two-year accredited, private college located in California that offers Associate of Arts degrees in Merchandise Marketing, Merchandise Product Development, Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing, Graphic Design, Flim & Television Production, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Visual Communications, Apparel Manufacturing Management, and Textile...


Political advocacy

In January 2008, will.i.am wrote a song, "Yes We Can", in support of the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign of Barack Obama, which in turn became 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. The video features appearances from numerous celebrities like 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, Common and first appeared on the website for Dipdive, and within a week of its appearance racked up three million views, and over four million views on Youtube. Barack Obama, the junior United States Senator from Illinois, announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007. ... “Barack” redirects here. ... Jesse Dylan, son of musician Bob Dylan, is an American director whose credits include the 2001 Redman comedy How High, the third film in the American Pie trilogy American Wedding (2003), and the 2005 Will Ferrell film Kicking & Screaming. ... is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... The New Hampshire primary is the first of a number of statewide political party primary elections held in the United States every four years, as part of the process of the Democratic and Republican parties choosing their candidate for the presidential elections on the subsequent November. ... Scarlett I. Johansson[1] (born November 22, 1984) is a BAFTA-winning and four-time Golden Globe-nominated actress and singer, of dual American and Danish citizenship. ... Tatyana Marisol Ali (born January 24, 1979 in Long Island, New York) is an American actress and R&B singer best known for her role as Ashley Banks in the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. ... John Legend (born John Stephens on 28 December 1978) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Academy Award and Grammy award-winning American jazz pianist and composer. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 in New York City, New York) was a successful high school, collegiate, and professional basketball player. ... Adam Rodriguez (born April 2, 1975 in Yonkers, New York) is an American actor of Jewish and Cuban descent. ... Kelly Ann Hu (Chinese: 胡凱麗 Pinyin: Hú KÇŽilì) (born February 13, 1968) is an American actress and former fashion model from HawaiÊ»i. ... Hill Harper (born Frank Hill Harper on May 17, 1966) is an American film, television and stage actor. ... Amber Evangeline Valletta (born February 9, 1974) is an American model and actress. ... Eric Salter Balfour (born April 24, 1977) is an American actor. ... Aisha Tyler (born September 18, 1970 in San Francisco, California) is an American actress, stand-up comedian and occasional writer. ... Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger (also known as Nicole Kea) (born June 29, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, and occasional actress best known for her work as the lead vocalist for the Pussycat Dolls. ... Nicholas Scott Cannon (born October 8, 1980) is an American actor and rapper. ... Bryan E. Greenberg (born May 24, 1978) is an American actor, known for his role as Jake Jagielski in the CW Network TV show One Tree Hill and Nick Garrett the ABC drama October Road. ... Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ...


On February 29, 2008, a second video, "We Are the Ones" was released on Dipdive and YouTube. Including cameo appearances from Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, Kerry Washington, John Leguizamo, Regina King, Tyrese Gibson, Eric Mabius, Tichina Arnold, Adrianne Palicki, comedian George Lopez, and singers Macy Gray, Zoe Kravitz and 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. YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ... Jessica Marie Alba (born April 28, 1981) is an American actress. ... Ryan Phillippe (born Matthew Ryan Phillippe on September 10, 1974) is an American actor. ... Kerry Washington (born January 31, 1977) is an American actress. ... John Leguizamo (born July 22, 1964) is an Emmy-winning and Golden Globe Award-nominated American comedian, actor and producer. ... Regina King (born January 15, 1971 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film and television actress. ... Tyrese Darnell Gibson (born December 30, 1978), often known simply as Tyrese or Black-Ty, is an American hip hop singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and former fashion model and MTV VJ. After releasing several successful albums, he made the transition into films, with lead roles in several Hollywood films, including... Eric Harry Timothy Mabius (born April 22, 1971) is an American actor. ... Tichina Arnold (born June 28, 1971) is an American actress known for her role on Martin playing Pamela James, as Rochelle on Everybody Hates Chris and as Nicole on the sitcom One on One. ... Palicki Adrianne Palicki (b. ... George C. Lopez (born April 23, 1961) is an American comedian and actor. ... Macy Gray (born Natalie Renee McIntyre on September 6, 1967[1]) is an American Grammy Award winning R&B, soul, and neo soul singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress, famed for her raspy voice and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday and Betty Davis. ... Zoe Isabella Kravitz (born December 1, 1988) is an American actress known for her roles in The Brave One (2007) with Jodie Foster and No Reservations (2007) with Catherine Zeta-Jones. ... Jaime Luis Gómez, born July 14, 1975, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California[1], better known as Taboo Nawasha, is an American musical performer who achieved fame as a member of the Black Eyed Peas. ... “Barack” redirects here. ...


Discography

See also: will.i.am production discography
Main article: will.i.am discography

A chronological listing of songs produced by will. ... This is a discography of the American hip hop musician will. ...

Studio albums

Lost Change is the debut album by will. ... Must B 21: Soundtrack To Get Things Started is the sophomore album by will. ... Songs About Girls is the third solo album from will. ...

Singles

  • 2007: "I Got It from My Mama"
  • 2008: "Heartbreaker" (featuring Cheryl Cole)
  • 2008: "One More Chance"
  • 2008: "Yes We Can"
  • 2008: "We Are the Ones"

I Got It From My Mama is a hip-hop song by American rapper will. ... Heartbreaker is the second single from rap singer will. ... Cheryl Ann Cole (née Tweedy) (born 30 June 1983) is an English singer and member of the girl group Girls Aloud. ... One More Chance is a hip-hop song by American rapper will. ...

Featured singles

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Pussycat Dolls are an American hip hop, pop and R&B quintet, and dance and burlesque ensemble founded by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995. ... I Love My Bitch or I Love My Chick (Edited Version) is the second single from Busta Rhymes The Big Bang. ... Trevor Smith (born on May 20, 1972), better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop musician and actor. ... Kelis Rogers-Jones (née Rogers, born August 21, 1979[1]), better known as Kelis, is an American R&B singer-songwriter. ... Fergie UK singles chronology will. ... For other uses, see Fergie. ... Hip Hop Is Dead is the first and title single taken from Nas 2006 album of the same name. ... For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... A Dream is rapper Commons first single from the forthcoming Finding Forever album, released early as part of the soundtrack to the movie Freedom Writers. ... Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... will. ... Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger (also known as Nicole Kea) (born June 29, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, and occasional actress best known for her work as the lead vocalist for the Pussycat Dolls. ... Talib Kweli Greene (born October 3, 1975), better known as Talib Kweli, is an American MC from Brooklyn, New York. ... Fanta Estelle Swaray (born 18 January 1980), most widely known as Estelle and formerly Estelle, is a female English hip-hop artist, singer and producer. ... I Want You is a single from Commons album Finding Forever. ... Look up common in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Girl Is Mine was a hit duet for singers Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney in 1982. ... For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Here I Come is to be a single from Fergies album The Dutchess. ... For other uses, see Fergie. ...

Filmography

  • 2009: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  1. ^ Pay-per-listen innovation from Black Eyed Peas man (thelondonpaper)
  2. ^ Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am Launches Clothing Line
  3. ^ http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/070515/20070515005780.html?.v=1

External links

For the in-memory database management system, see In-memory database. ... Lost Change is the debut album by will. ... Must B 21: Soundtrack To Get Things Started is the sophomore album by will. ... Songs About Girls is the third solo album from will. ... I Got It From My Mama is a hip-hop song by American rapper will. ... Heartbreaker is the second single from rap singer will. ... One More Chance is a hip-hop song by American rapper will. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... I Love My Bitch or I Love My Chick (Edited Version) is the second single from Busta Rhymes The Big Bang. ... Fergie UK singles chronology will. ... Hip Hop Is Dead is the first and title single taken from Nas 2006 album of the same name. ... A Dream is rapper Commons first single from the forthcoming Finding Forever album, released early as part of the soundtrack to the movie Freedom Writers. ... will. ... I Want You is a single from Commons album Finding Forever. ... The Girl Is Mine was a hit duet for singers Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney in 1982. ... Here I Come is to be a single from Fergies album The Dutchess. ... This article is about the American hip hop group. ... For other uses, see Fergie. ... This is a discography of the American hip hop musician will. ... A chronological listing of songs produced by will. ... This article is about the American hip hop group. ... Allan Pineda Lindo, (b. ... Jaime Luis Gómez, born July 14, 1975, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California[1], better known as Taboo Nawasha, is an American musical performer who achieved fame as a member of the Black Eyed Peas. ... For other uses, see Fergie. ... Kim Hill is an American soul singer-songwriter, best known for being the backup vocalist in the hip-hop band Black Eyed Peas. ... Behind the Front is the debut album by the Black Eyed Peas, released in 1998. ... Bridging the Gap is the second album by the Black Eyed Peas, released in 2000. ... Elephunk is the third album by The Black Eyed Peas, first released in 2003. ... Monkey Business is the fourth album by The Black Eyed Peas, released in various countries in late May to early June 2005 (see 2005 in music). ... Behind The Bridge To Elephunk was the first DVD released by The Black Eyed Peas. ... Bring In The Noise, Bring In The Phunk is a one hour DVD made by Urban Edge. ... Live From Sydney To Las Vegas was the second official DVD by The Black Eyed Peas. ... Fallin Up is the debut single of the Black Eyed Peas, featured on their debut album, Behind the Front. ... Get Original is the fourth single released from The Black Eyed Peas second album, Bridging the Gap. ... Request Line is a song by the American Hip Hop band Black Eyed Peas. ... This article is about the Black Eyed Peas single. ... Shut Up is a song by the American hip hop band Black Eyed Peas. ... Hey Mama is a song by the American hip hop band Black Eyed Peas. ... Lets Get It Started is the edited radio version of the Black Eyed Peas song Lets Get Retarded. The colloquial meaning of retarded, as used in this song, refers to being very carefree and having a good time - and sometimes meaning intoxicated, similar to the colloquial use of... Insert non-formatted text hereThe Apl song is a song which is made by the Black Eyed Peas. ... Dont Phunk with My Heart is the first single from The Black Eyed Peas fourth album Monkey Business. ... Dont Lie is the second single from the Black Eyed Peas fourth album Monkey Business. ... Audio sample My Humps is the third single from The Black Eyed Peas fourth album, Monkey Business. ... Audio sample Info (help· info) Pump It is a song by The Black Eyed Peas that heavily incorporates music from the Dick Dale version of the song Misirlou (known by many for being featured on the Quentin Tarantino movie Pulp Fiction). ... Gone Going is an Black Eyed Peas song off the Album Monkey Business, that contains an interpolation with the composition Gone, taken off Jack Johnsons album On and On. ... Like That is a song by The Black Eyed Peas that features guest vocals by Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, and John Legend. ... Mas que nada (No way or Come on) is a song originally written and performed by Jorge Ben in 1963, which later became the signature song of Brazilian musician and performer Sergio Mendes. ... Bebot is a Tagalog song from the Black Eyed Peas 2005 album Monkey Business. ... Elephunk is the third album by The Black Eyed Peas, first released in 2003. ... Monkey Business is the fourth album by The Black Eyed Peas, released in various countries in late May to early June 2005 (see 2005 in music). ... The Honda Civic Tour is an annual concert tour, sponsored by Honda Motor Company. ... Black Blue & You Tour is an upcoming world concert tour by The Black Eyed Peas, presented by Pepsi. ...

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