The Black Eye Peas member and The Voice UK coach will.i.am also talks to BBC News about his plans to become a UK citizen.
Well, this is… different. For those of you who watch the UK version of The Voice, you’ll know will.i.am as one of the four coaches. The 38 year-old says his new album #willpower has been influenced by his time in the country, according to an interview with BBC News. Nothing wrong with that. But that’s pretty much where the “Britishness” ends as he also claimed that he asked Britney Spears to jump on the album and perform with a British accent for single Scream & Shout, “to show appreciation for the UK”. Oh, but it gets worse. He also added that Britney “replaced former X Factor judge Tulisa after she recorded a demo of the track”. Now, I’m no patriot but if you’re making an album influenced by the UK and you had a British singer perform a demo for you, why would you then replace them with someone from the US and ask them to put on an accent? And the other collaborators? Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown and Nicole Scherzinger. In fact, the only thing “British” about the damn thing was that they he effectively ripped off Arty & Mat Zo’s (Mat Zo is British) latest track “Rebound”.
To me, it seems that with the vast amount of talent coming out of the UK in the way of female singers (Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas, Laura Mvula, Adele, Emeli Sandé, Aluna from AlunaGeorge, etc.), he really could have picked at least one of them for the album, if his claim of British inspiration was to be believed. Hell, he worked with Rita Ora on her debut album!
Stream the full interview over at the BBC News website.