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Black Eyed Peas to Return

Black Eyed PeasBlack Eyed Peas are set to return next year.

The "I Gotta Feeling" group - will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo - are getting back together for their first studio album and tour since The Beginning in 2010. "The Black Eyed Peas are all in agreement they should put a new tour on for the fans - it's not like they properly split when they parted for a hiatus in 2012. This time around they're going to head back into the studio and lay down a new album quickly and then hit the road once again. Will.i.am has been instrumental in persuading all the Peas to get back into shape and hit the road again," a source said.

The source says new mother Fergie - who has five-month-old son Axl Jack with her husband Josh Duhamel - has been holding the process up. "Fergie's been stalling and wants to hold out for as much money as she can guarantee. She's got a baby now and needs it to be a very worthy amount to make her take her baby on the road," the insider added.

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Britney Spears to Release New Album This Year

Britney SpearsBritney Spears is to release her new album this year. The "Gimme More" hitmaker says her eighth studio album will debut before the end of 2013 and has revealed she's taken a leap in a different direction with her sound and believes her fans will be "surprised" by the new material.

"It's definitely in the beginning stations right now. I want to take this album and have a new approach with it, make it different from anything I've ever done," she told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show. When asked if fans can expect new music in 2013, she replied, "By the end of the year, yeah."

The 31-year-old singer has confirmed will.i.am will be featuring on her upcoming record and has teased that British producer William Orbit will be working with her next week to produce some songs: "will has some really interesting tracks. There's a lot of guitar. I think people will be surprised. I think William Orbit is coming into town for me to work with next week. I've never worked with him before so I'm so excited."

Britney premiered her new single "Ooh La La" today, which she has recorded for upcoming animated movie The Smurfs 2.

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Will.i.am Records New Tracks for His Album After Songs Were Leaked

Will.i.amWill.i.am is recording new tracks for his solo album to replace those leaked online.

The Black Eyed Peas singer was so angry tracks from solo album #willpower leaked, he is writing new ones to replace them. This means the release date has been delayed from the original September 24, so he can go back into the studio.

Urging fans to help him find the culprit who shared the songs, he Tweeted, "I'm trying to finish #willpower...& now because of all the leaks I have push the album back to make new songs...I will give you updates soon. If you know anyone that knows the people responsible #stopthem (sic)"

The tracks were leaked shortly after the singer's car was stolen last month during a launch party for the album. An anonymous man later claimed to have stolen the car and posted a video online threatening to leak the album. In the video the anonymous man rummages through a bag, saying, "Now what's inside, let's take a peak, gadgets, gadgets, songs to leak. I'll leak them here, I'll leak them there - I will leak them everywhere."

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Celebrities Rush to Pay Tribute to Adam Yauch

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Hip-Hop & Rap,

Adam YauchA number of celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Adam Yauch.

The Beastie Boys co-founder - also known as MCA - passed away this morning after battling cancer in his parotid gland and a lymph node since 2009, and Justin Timberlake is just one of a number of celebrities who took to twitter to pay tribute to him. "Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch's passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.#RIPMCA (sic)" he wrote.

The Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am wrote, "1 of my favorite hiphop groups...hiphop raised a lot of us & now we have to wake up because are hero's are dying too young (sic)."

Run DMC'S Reverend Run was equally distraught, writing, "R I P Adam... I'm devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch's family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!" while Snoop Dogg Tweeted, "RIP MCA U are a Legend and a pioneer. #BeastieBoys4life (sic)."

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Will.i.am Calls for Better Use of Music Technology

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Will.i.am at the London Royal College of ArtWill.i.am has called for the music industry to better embrace technology. The Black Eyed Peas boss believes record labels should look to the success of Apple's iTunes and invest more money into using digital advances to further their market and prevent further decline in the ailing industry.

"The music industry never had an appreciation for technology. We're going to work out how to make money once we marry music and science. Apple is worth $800 billion now - the music industry far less. Music helped define what that company is, but they made all the money," he said, speaking at London's Royal College of Art's Innovation Night last night.

The "I Gotta Feeling" hitmaker later admitted he had had fun at the event and was pleased to get the chance to express his opinion. "I had fun... I'm glad you got to see that side of me... this is how I think & talk every minute of the day outside of music. I like future talk," he wrote on his Twitter.

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Will.i.am Compares Cheryl Cole to Michael Jackson

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Will.i.am and Cheryl ColeWill.i.am believes Cheryl Cole is similar to Michael Jackson.

The Black Eyed Peas star - who manages the Girls Aloud singer - thinks Cheryl is as much as a perfectionist as the late "Thriller" hitmaker, and claims her upcoming third solo album will be "big."

"I can't give too much away but Cheryl's album is going to be big. Like Michael Jackson she is a complete perfectionist. Unless she is 100 per cent happy with something she just won't put it out there. She has got some of the biggest artists and producers in the industry to work with her, not just because she is talented but because everybody who meets her loves her."

Will.i.am believes Cheryl's genuine nature is what makes people warm to her: "She is one of the most likeable people in the industry and to be genuine is as important as talent."

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Will.i.am Booked to Perform on American Idol

will.i.amJust one Black Eyed Pea will return to the American Idol stage next month, but he won’t be alone. Will.i.am will team with Jamie Foxx to sing “Hot Wings (I Wanna Party),” which is featured in the animated film Rio.

The Black Eyed Peas performed as an act on the reality series last week, and will.i.am is sure to put on a great show when he appears on April 15.

Stay-up-to-date on all the show spoilers, gossip and performances when you read all our American Idol 10 posts.

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DJ Earworm Mashes Up 2010’s Biggest Hits

You can look back at 2010 and think about the Gulf Oil Spill, the Tea Party movement or the Chilean Mine incident.

Or, you can fondly remember the year for a whole new round of infectious music.

Can’t recall the tracks you were introduced to over the past 12 months? Then check out the latest creation from DJ Earworm above.

Billboard’s Top 25 Hits of 2010 – which are all incorporated in the mashup -- are listed in full after the jump.

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Black Eyed Peas Booked for Super Bowl Halftime Show

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Artist News, Performances, R&B / Soul,

The Black Eyed Peas have officially announced, through will.i.am’s Twitter account, that they will be performing during the Super Bowl halftime show.

This season, the sporting event will be held in Dallas on February 6.

“They could have picked anybody,” will.i.am told Rolling Stone. “It says something that they picked us.”

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Is Fergie Leaving the Black Eyed Peas?

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UPDATE: “Don’t belive gossip about fergie leaving the group (we are never breaking up) its all lies!!!” will.i.am recently wrote on Twitter.

If a new report is true, could soon be losing some lady lumps.

According to RadarOnline.com, the Peas’ sole female singer - - is considering leaving the chart-topping act. This decision could affect a 2011 tour currently being planned.

So why is the 35-year-old thinking about making this move? Does she want to focus on her successful solo career? Is she looking to do more films like Nine?

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