The ‘Baby’ singer is working on his second album – a follow-up to 2010′s ‘My World 2.0′ – and is keen not to stick to one genre of music because he believes he has a voice that suits many styles.
He told MTV: “I want to work a lot with myself. I’m not gonna limit myself – I think music is music, and genre, I mean, there’s country, rock, but my music is very different. My voice is not meant for any style.”
The 17-year-old heartthrob is writing the album while he is on his ‘My World’ tour and said he couldn’t wait for fans to hear his new music.
Writing on his twitter page, he said: “been writing alot of songs on the road. excited to just get this music out later this year and record this summer.
While he is working on his second album, Justin recently revealed he would love to record a duet with girlfriend Selena Gomez because he thinks the Disney starlet’s music is “amazing”.
He said: “Maybe I’d sing with Selena, I’ve heard all of her new stuff it’s amazing. I would also love to work with Will.i.am as well as Jay-Z – on a cool fun record.”
If you didn’t get your fill of the royal wedding in April, then you’re in luck. The Hallmark Channel recently announced that it will premiere its own original William and Catherine movie this summer.
“William & Catherine: A Royal Romance” is a two-hour movie produced by Emmy Award winner Linda Yellen and Emmy Award nominee Brad Krevoy.
Yellen also produced “The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana,” which is noted as being one of the most watched movies on television.
Jane Alexander, who has been previously nominated for three Golden Globes, will play the role of Queen Elizabeth. Alongside Alexander is Victor Garber playing the role of Prince Charles. Garber has had previous roles in “Alias” and “Will and Grace.”
The royal couple, William and Catherine, will be played by Dan Amboyer and Alice St. Clair. Amboyer is new to the world of television movies.
“William & Catherine: A Royal Romance” will premiere on the Hallmark Channel Saturday, August 27 at 9 p.m. ET.
The Black Eyed Peas star wrote the track ‘Big Fat Bass’ for Britney’s new album ‘Femme Fatale’ and loved working with her because her enthusiasm was infectious.
He said: “I discovered her love for music. I have never seen anyone, like, come alive, full of excitement and giggling and laughing behind the mic.
‘She was like a little kid when she was recording the song and it just brought the whole atmosphere, it changed the whole atmosphere when someone really loves music. So it was great working with her.”
Despite Britney’s enthusiasm, will.i.am said she is also completely professional and didn’t any advice from him.
He added to MTV: “When someone’s excited to go out and just do it, what advice? You don’t need no advice. She is like, ‘When I say on the song, ‘You all better get ready for the kick drum,” she was already anticipating what she was going to do onstage when that beat broke down.
‘Adding that type of perspective, when we were recording it, you don’t need to give nobody like Britney advice.”
Meanwhile, will.i.am and the other members of the Black Eyed Peas ‘ Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap ‘ have announced plans to open a school for New York teenagers to learn video and music production through their charitable organisation, The Peapod Foundation.
will.i.am said: “Our passion for music and media was fuelled by many generous people on our road to success. Expanding the network of Peapod Adobe Youth Voices academies enables us to pay it forward, giving more youth the skills and encouragement they need to realise their dreams.”
This week, the cast of the upcoming animated flick “Rio” held the world premiere for their movie in—wouldn’t ya know—Rio de Janeiro! Jesse Eisenberg (who voices the main character Blu) and his co-stars headed down to Brazil for all the colorful fun, including Will.i.am. who snapped pictures with his “Rio” pal Anne Hathaway (pictured) and shared with followers, “Me and ann hathaway in rio…she sings the fabulous by the way.” But they weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves, as Jamie Foxx, who also lends his voice to the movie, previously posted, “I’m canceling my life…. I’m in Brazil to stay…..”
Meanwhile, back in La La Land, the ladies of “Sucker Punch” held their premiere on Wednesday night. Everyone from Emily Browning to Vanessa Hudgens walked the red carpet, and it seems Zack Snyder’s dreamy caper is already getting raves. “Juno” writer and all-around kick-butt chick herself Diablo Cody checked out the film and gave her own unique thoughts on it from her Twitter, “Saw the amazing “Sucker Punch” last night. I have officially retitled it “Holly Madison vs. the World.”
After will.i.am joined the rest of the Black Eyed Peas for an explosive Super Bowl Half-Time Show, he got right back to work, hitting the studio with none other than Britney Spears. Spears is hard at work on her seventh studio album, “Femme Fatale,” and is still recording some last minute tracks for inclusion on the album. She teamed up with will.i.am, who’s not only produced hits for the Peas but for Usher, Fergie, Estelle, and Cheryl Cole.
“In the studio with @iamwill,” Brit tweeted. “You guys are gonna love this one.”
Will.i.am also tweeted his thoughts about hitting the studio with the pop princess for the first time. “She’s such a sweet heart. She’s a perfectionist,” he said.
Other than will.i.am, Brit’s been relatively quiet over just who she’s hit the studio with, but some of the hitmakers that could appear on her latest effort include Bloodshy & Avant (“Toxic”), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, and Billboard.
We’ll see how good of a team Britney and will.i.am make when “Femme Fatale” hits stores on March 29th. The album, executive produced by and featuring additional tracks from previous collaborators Max Martin and Dr. Luke, will of course feature the #1 single “Hold It Against Me.”
Paramore were the only alternative act in the top ten downloads, Hayley Williams and co only managed to make it to number ten with their track ‘crushcrushcrush’ which sold 6.1 million copies reveal xfm.co.uk. Top spot went to American singer Kesha’s debut release ‘Tik Tok’ with more than double that – 12.8 million copies. Although the digital market increased by 6% bosses are still blaming illegal downloads for it not being bigger. IFPI chief executive Frances Moore said: “As we enter 2011, digital piracy, and the lack of adequate legal tools to fight it, remains the biggest threat to the future of creative industries. “Great new legitimate music offerings exist all over the world, offering consumers a wide range of ways to access music. “Yet they operate in a market that is rigged by piracy, and they will not survive if action is not taken to address this fundamental problem. This is the challenge and the opportunity for governments to seize in 2011.”
The top 10 digital singles in the world in 2010 were:
1. Tik Tok by Kesha sold 12.8 million copies.
2. Bad Romance by Lady Gaga sold 9.7 million copies.
3. Love The Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna sold 9.3 million copies.
4. Telephone by Lady Gaga sold 7.4 million copies.
5. OMG by Usher featuring Will.i.am sold 6.9 million copies.
6. California Gurls by Katy Perry sold 6.7 million copies.
7. Hey, Soul Sister by Train sold 6.6 million copies.
8. Baby by Justin Bieber sold 6.4 million copies.
9. I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas sold 6.1 million copies.
10. crushcrushcrush by Paramore sold 6.1 million copies.
The Black Eyed Peas reveal details of next album. The Black Eyed Peas spill the beans on the follow-up to their multi-platinum The E.N.D. Curiously enough, it’ll be called The Beginning and will be released in Australia on November 26. Will.I.Am said of the title: ‘The Beginning is symbolic of adopting new technologies, such as augmented reality, 3D, and 360 video. It’s also about being experimental and taking songs we’ve liked from the past and playing around with sick, crazy beats.’ The first single will be ‘The Time (The Dirty Bit)’ is due out on November 9. Much like all of their major hits, it’ll be built around a sample from a previously successful and market-tested hit. Tthis time it’s Bill Medley and Jennifer Warne’s ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, the smash hit from the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing. Fergie said of the song, ‘The song is a celebration of this amazing time in our lives. We’ve been on tour all over the world, and looking out at stadiums full of people who came out to see us – that’s as big as it gets. After the shows, we go out to the clubs and meet the fans; those are moments that we have to remember.’ The Beginning will be released as a standard CD, a deluxe edition with three extra songs, vinyl, and a two CD set with 20 songs from The Beginning and The Best Of The E.N.D.
Fergie Reportedly Wants To Leave The Black Eyed Peas. Fergie could be going solo again, but this time for good. Reports have begun circulating of rising tension within the Black Eyed Peas, with some saying the superstar group’s female lead is ready to leave the rest of the boys behind. According to our source, Will.i.Am is the main reason Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson wants to leave the band. A source close the band told us that there’s been a clash of egos as of late. “Things have gotten really bad with Will.i.Am. And it’s not just Fergie who is clashing with him. So is the rest of the band. His ego is out of control,” the source said. “Fergie just wants to get away from the whole thing.” Fergie reportedly doesn’t want to commit herself to a 2011 tour. She‘s also reportedly ready to settle down and have her first baby with husband Josh Duhamel, something her current exhaustive touring schedule won’t allow. “Between that and the bad blood with Will, it looks like the 2011 tour is in big trouble and she’s saying she’s going to split for good,” the source continued. Will.i.Am has already taken to Twitter to debunk the reports, saying, “Don’t believe gossip about Fergie leaving the group (we are never breaking up). It’s all lies!!!” Fergie has not commented on any reports, however. The group is currently performing overseas on their “E.N.D.” tour.
Katy Perry Spends Third Week Atop Billboard Hot 100 With “California Gurls”. The entire country is crazy for “California Gurls,” as the new Katy Perry single spends its third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “California Gurls,” which features rapper Snoop Dogg, sells another 337,000 digital singles this week to remain at #1.
Usher is at #2 for another week with “OMG,” featuring will.i.am. B.o.B. and Hayley Williams continue at #3 with “Airplanes” this week, which crosses over the 2 million mark this week in digital sales for the single. Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars stay put at #4 this week with “Billionaire,” which crosses the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. At #5 is Drake, who currently has the #1 album in the country with “Thank Me Later,” who moves up from #10 last week. At #6 is Ke$ha with her latest hit, “Your Love Is My Drug.” Dropping down to #7 is Lady Gaga with “Alejandro,” which hit a peak of #5 last week. Moving into the top 10 this week is newcomer Mike Posner, who climbs up from #14 last week to #8 with his debut single “Cooler Than Me.” Down a spot to #9 this week is Eminem with his latest “Not Afraid,” from his new album “Recovery,” which is expected to top the albums chart next week.Closing out the top 10 is Taio Cruz and Ludacris, who finally drops near the end of the top 10 after hitting #1 in March, with “Break Your Heart” at #10. Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 For the Week Ending July 3rd, 2010:
1. “California Gurls,” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
2. “OMG,” Usher feat. will.i.am
3. “Airplanes,” B.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams
4. “Billionaire,” Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars
5. “Find Your Love,” Drake
6. “Your Love Is My Drug,” Ke$ha
7. “Alejandro,” Lady Gaga
8. “Cooler Than Me,” Mike Posner feat. Big Sean
9. “Not Afraid,” Eminem
10. “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
For Second Week Katy Perry Tops Billboard Hot 100. Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” is the hottest song in the country for another week, holding on to the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. “California Gurls,” Perry’s second #1 following her first international smash “I Kissed a Girl,” also saw an increase in digital sales this week. She moved 353,000 copies of her new single, which also features rapper Snoop Dogg. Usher is at #2 for another week with his single “OMG,” featuring will.i.am. The single surpassed the 2 million sales mark this week, selling another 204,000 copies. Also staying put at #3 are B.o.B. and Hayley Williams with “Airplanes.” The single sells another 243,000 copies this week. Moving up a spot to #4 is Travie McCoy with “Billionaire,” featuring Bruno Mars. The single, off McCoy’s “Lazarus” album, sells another 179,000 copies this week Down a spot to #5 this week is Ke$ha with her latest single “Your Love Is My Drug.” Trailing at #6 is Lady Gaga with her single “Alejandro.” Down a spot to #7 is Taio Cruz with his single “Break You Heart,” featuring Ludacris. Moving back into the top 10 at #8 this week is Eminem with his former #1 single “Not Afraid.” Following at #9 are the Black Eyed Peas with “Rock That Body,” their fifth top 10 single from “The E.N.D.” Closing out the top 10 is Drake, who climbs into the top 10 for the first time with his latest single “Find Your Love.” The single, off his new album “Thank Me Later,” hit stores this week and is expected to debut at #1.
Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 For the Week Ending June 26th, 2010:
1. “California Gurls,” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
2. “OMG,” Usher feat. will.i.am
3. “Airplanes,” B.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams
4. “Your Love Is My Drug,” Ke$ha
5. “Billionaire,” Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars
6. “Alejandro,” Lady Gaga
7. “Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
8. “Not Afraid,” Eminem
9. “Rock That Body,” The Black Eyed Peas
10. “Find Your Love,” Drake
B.o.B. And Bruno Mars Unseat Rihanna From Atop Billboard Hot 100. After Rihanna spent five weeks in the top spot, her “Rude Boy” can’t get it up past #2 this week. That’s thanks to newcomers B.o.B. and Bruno Mars, who earn their very first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. The single, “Nothin’ On You,” climbs to #1 from last week on the strength of its digital sales and airplay. The single is also #1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart this week. B.o.B.’s next single, “Airplanes” with Hayley Williams of Paramore, could crack the top 10 next week as well. While Rihanna slips to #2 with “Rude Boy,” Train remains at #3 for yet another week. The band also tops the 3 million mark in digital sales for its single “Hey, Soul Sister,” which slips to #2 on the Hot Digital Songs chart this week. Taio Cruz remains at #4 this week with his former #1, “Break Your Heart” featuring Ludacris. Lady Antebellum climbs up to #5 this week with “Need You Now,” while Jason Derulo drops to #6 this week with “In My Head.” Lady Gaga and Beyonce remain steady at #7 with their hit duet “Telephone.” “OMG,” the new single from Usher featuring will.i.am, climbs up to #8 this week from #10 last week. The song is also #1 in the U.K. this week. At #9 is Ke$ha, who earns her third top 10 single with “Your Love Is My Drug.” The song climbs all the way up from #19 last week. At #10 is Adam Lambert, who earns his first Top 10 single on the Hot 100, with “Whataya Want From Me.” The song recently received a boost following his performance of the track on “American Idol.” The song moved all the way up from #23 last week. Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 For the Week Ending May 1st, 2010:
1.”Nothin’ On You,” B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars
2.”Rude Boy,” Rihanna
3.”Hey, Soul Sister,” Train
4.”Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
5.”Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
6.”In My Head,” Jason DeRulo
7.”Telephone,” Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce
8.”OMG,” Usher feat. will.i.am
9.”Your Love Is My Drug,” Ke$ha
10.”Whataya Want From Me,” Adam Lambert
Just days after Perez Hilton’s alleged altercation with Will.I.Am and the Black Eyed Peas’ road manager Liborio “Polo” Molina, Zac Efron has teamed up with Breckin Meyer for a Funny or Die parody of Hilton’s passionate video account of the incident. In the video, Meyer says he is using his legal name of Luigi Lopez Hyack Banderas Conchito Alonzo as he describes an incident that occurred between him, Efron and Efron’s girlfriend at the Robot Chicken skate party. In the same shaky-but-emphatic tone that Perez used in his video, Meyer says, “What happened to me … happened to me as a human being and should never ever happen. Never. Ever. Never.”