Home > Celebrity > W > will.i.am




Famous as :

Hip hop singer, lyricist, producer

Birth Name :

William James Adams Jr.

Birth Date :

March 15, 1975

Birth Place :

Los Angeles, California

Claim to fame :

Founding member of Black Eyed Peas


William James Adams Jr. who later took up the nickname will.i.am as his stage name was a boy with strong determination. Born on March 15, 1975, he was raised by his mother who became his No. 1 fan since Day 1 and encouraged him to explore his talent and pursue his musical career by sending him to public schools in affluent West Los Angeles.

While in high school, he became friends with apl.de.ap and later they formed a group with three other people. They began performing from stage to stage in Los Angeles under the name of Atban Klann and caught the attention of Compton rapper Easy-E who signed them to Ruthless Records. After several lineup changes, they finally became The Black Eyed Peas with Stacy Ferguson and Taboo joining the mix.

Latest News

Jimmy Fallon and will.i.am Transform Into Teenage Girls in 'Ew!' Music Video

October 07, 2014 08:24:30 GMT

and turn into their teenage girls alter-egos Sara and mir.i.am in their "Ew!" music video. Rocking wigs, colorful dresses and braces, the two hit a high school dance party and show off some wild moves on the dance floor while rapping about things they consider gross, including silicon butts, ratchet outfits and duck lips.

will.i.am Premieres New Track 'Birthday' Ft. Cody Wise

May 21, 2014 04:38:55 GMT

returned with a new track called "Birthday" on Tuesday, May 20. Featuring guest vocals from a newcomer named Cody Wise, the club-friendly tune sounds refreshing. It finds the duo dropping their respective lines over a Bollywood-inspired beat.

will.i.am Rants on Twitter After He Was 'Kicked Out' of First Class Lounge

May 12, 2014 08:07:53 GMT

apparently just had a not-so-good experience with an airlines. The multi-talented musician took to Twitter on Saturday, May 10, to tell his 12 million followers that he was kicked out of United Airlines First Class lounge after he was told that his membership card was fake.

will.i.am Says He Never Agreed to Perform at New Year's Eve Gig in Brazil

December 31, 2013 03:59:27 GMT

Recent reports suggested that had canceled his New Year's Eve appearance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The member has now denied the reports, saying that he never officially signed on to perform at the event.

'American Idol' Casting Report: Jennifer Lopez May Be Back, will.i.am Could Join

July 26, 2013 06:55:22 GMT

After departing "" in 2012, Jennifer Lopez has been recently linked to the show again. Latest rumor says the show's producers and the "Live It Up" songstress have been in talks about having her back as a judge for season 13.

will.i.am Would 'Like to Work' With Taylor Swift

July 12, 2013 09:01:34 GMT

has collaborated with several big names in music industry, including , , and . Now, he has expressed his desire to work with country singer .

Pharrell Williams Sues Over Use of 'I Am' Brand, Beats will.i.am to It

July 02, 2013 08:00:59 GMT

takes a preventive action in his trademark battle against fellow musician . The star is taking the case to court after he received a cease and desist letter from the member due to similarity in their brands.

will.i.am Denies Lawsuit Against Pharrell Williams, Says It Is Just Standard Procedure

June 28, 2013 03:58:50 GMT

After expressed his disappointment towards after learning that his fellow record producer had filed a case against him over his "i am OTHER" brand, the leader is quick to make a clarification over the "misinformation." Through his lawyer, the "" artist says he's not suing Williams but rather just complying with routine trademark procedure.

will.i.am Sues Pharrell Williams Over Use of 'I AM' Trademark

June 27, 2013 04:51:54 GMT

' leader is suing fellow artist over his use of the former's "I AM" trademark on the latter's "i am OTHER" brand. The "Scream & Shout" artist claims that he owns the copyright to the phrase "I AM" and Williams' creative brand dilutes his ownership of the "I AM" and "WILL.I.AM" marks.

will.i.am Premieres 'Bang Bang' Music Video 'Great Gatsby' Style

May 18, 2013 06:30:44 GMT

' frontman has premiered the Roaring Twenties-inspired music video of his new single "Bang Bang". The 38-year-old songwriter/ record producer's new track appears on both his new "" album and the -executive produced soundtrack of the Baz Luhrmann-directed film, "".

will.i.am, David Cook and Harry Connick Jr. Perform on 'American Idol' Results Show

May 03, 2013 09:02:32 GMT

In recent weeks, the "" results shows have welcomed back some of their more successful alums such as past winners, , , and . On tonight's episode, the hit reality TV singing competition brought back season seven champion but since the current season is now almost in its final stretch, they had ' leader and yesterday's mentor performing as well.

will.i.am Admits He Has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

April 29, 2013 07:42:44 GMT

admits that he struggles to concentrate and complete simple everyday tasks due to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). In an interview with Britain's Sunday Mirror, the frontman opened up about his medical condition.

will.i.am Insists He Didn't Steal 'Let's Go'

April 27, 2013 05:06:22 GMT

In the ongoing controversy surrounding his collaboration track "Let's Go" with , has spoken yet again to defend himself against allegations that he ripped off producers Arty & Mat Zo's dance track "Rebound" to come up with his new single. The 38-year-old songwriter/record producer said he's unfairly being accused of stealing the song's beat since it was all done with the prior notification.

Video: will.i.am Performs '#thatPOWER' on 'Dancing with the Stars'

April 24, 2013 09:33:33 GMT

appeared on Tuesday's episode of the hit TV celebrity dancing competition, "", to perform his new single "#thatPOWER". His collaborator on the song, , wasn't actually there to perform live with him but the leader made sure he would appear onstage with him during "DWTS" April 23 results show.

will.i.am Claims 'Let's Go' Rip-Off Allegation Is a Matter of Unresolved Licensing Issues

April 24, 2013 02:46:18 GMT

During an interview over at KIIS-FM on Tuesday, April 23, explained his side of story in the controversy, which his new single with entitled "Let's Go" has been embroiled in. The collaboration track off his new "" album was allegedly ripped off by the 38-year-old songwriter/record producer from producers Arty and Mat Zo's dance track "Rebound".

Artist of the Week: will.i.am

April 22, 2013 07:55:12 GMT

The long wait for 's new solo album will be worth it when fans get to hear his collaborations with so many A-list stars in the record. After pushed back from its initial release schedule of 2011, "" will finally hit the stores on April 23, poised to top albums chart following the success of the second single "Scream & Shout" featuring .

will.i.am Premieres '#thatPOWER' Music Video Featuring Justin Bieber

April 20, 2013 06:51:14 GMT

Just a little over a month after they released their new collaborative single "#thatPOWER", frontman and pop heartthrob premiere its futuristic music video. The empowering track is a cut off the 38-year-old songwriter and record producer's new solo album, "".

will.i.am Unleashes 'Let's Go' Featuring Chris Brown

April 17, 2013 06:10:19 GMT

Just a day after debuting "Fall Down" with , unleashes another superstar collaboration track off his soon-to-be-released album "". This time, the 38-year-old songwriter/record producer drops his team-up single with hip-hop superstar entitled "Let's Go".

will.i.am Releases New Single 'Fall Down' Featuring Miley Cyrus

April 16, 2013 07:58:33 GMT

is a week away from releasing his new "" album and to give eagerly-awaiting fans another sampling of his much-anticipated studio LP, he debuts another single off of it. This time he taps pop superstar to sing the hook with him on "Fall Down", making her the third in a line of superstars who have supported the leader after in "Scream & Shout" and in "That Power".

Lana Del Rey, will.i.am, Fergie and More Sing on Jay-Z's 'Great Gatsby' Soundtrack

April 05, 2013 04:04:48 GMT

When rap mogul said he's bringing the world's top musical artists together for " soundtrack he has signed on to executive produce, the 43-year-old superstar really put his money where his mouth is. After it was announced a few days ago that his wife would be covering 's "Back to Black" with Andre 3000 a.k.a , Interscope Records has now unveiled the full track list to reveal more A-list acts in the roster.

will.i.am Announces Release Date and All-Star Collaborators on Solo Album

March 19, 2013 04:34:18 GMT

When dropped the new song "That Power" featuring last week, fans eagerly awaiting his new album were hoping that the release of the new single would soon usher his long-delayed solo project. They finally got the good news from the founder, who in a press statement, announced that his much-anticipated album "" would be coming out next month, on April 23 to be exact.

will.i.am Premieres New Song 'That Power' Featuring Justin Bieber

March 16, 2013 03:55:48 GMT

' founder enlists the help of fellow pop/dance superstar for his new track "That Power". Bieber sings the hook on the new empowering track, which appears on the 38-year-old artist's forthcoming solo album, "", set to be released in the United States on April 9.

Britney Spears Taps will.i.am and Hit-Boy for Her Next Album

January 04, 2013 04:02:04 GMT

Contrary to earlier pronouncements made by American hip-hop songwriter Elijah Blake that he would collaborate with for her "surprising" new album, the pop icon denied that she was working with Blake, as told by her representative in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Instead, she revealed that she's working with "new, inspiring producers" for her next album, particularly her longtime friend and collaborator of , and rising producer Hit-Boy.

Taylor Swift, will.i.am and More Artists Perform at KIIS Jingle Ball

December 03, 2012 02:06:04 GMT

Music giants and took the stage to perform some of their most loved hits of the year at 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball held at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre on Saturday, December 1. The two artists joined a long list of top performers such as , , , and .

Alicia Keys Sets Black Ball Redux Date on December 6

November 29, 2012 06:58:50 GMT

Not even a super hurricane can stop singer from bringing hope this year to a lot of deserving children. The "" artist and proud mom announced on Wednesday, November 27 that her Black Ball REDUX gala, originally planned for November 1, would now take place on December 6 at Harlem's Apollo Theater. Superstorm Sandy hit New York early this month causing the event's rescheduling.

Britney Spears and will.i.am Premiere 'Scream and Shout' Video on 'X Factor'

November 29, 2012 06:45:54 GMT

The official visuals of and 's new colab "Scream and Shout" premiered on Wednesday, November 28 on the episode of "". The clip, which has a fine mix of dance moves and futuristic sets, matches the track's upbeat club tune. It also shows a very glammed-up Spears hitting the dance floor in multiplicity effects.

Britney Spears and will.i.am to Premiere 'Scream and Shout' Video on 'The X Factor'

November 23, 2012 06:38:24 GMT

Music fans have something to be excited about during the Thanksgiving festivities as pop diva and ' member announce the video premiere of their new collaboration "Scream and Shout". The much-awaited video is set to launch on the November 28 episode of "" and is already getting a lot of media attention.

Britney Spears and will.i.am's 'Scream and Shout' Lands Online

November 19, 2012 08:18:20 GMT

"Scream and Shout", ' newest collaboration with member , has been premiered on U.S. radio and can now be heard online in full. The song brings in new music from Spears since her 2011 release titled "".

Britney Spears and will.i.am Collaborate on New Single 'Scream and Shout'

November 17, 2012 04:21:50 GMT

Fans of have something to watch out for next week as the pop singer premieres her new single "Scream and Shout" on U.S. radio at 3 P.M. EST on Monday, November 19. The accompanying music video is set to launch three days later during the thanksgiving episode of "" where Spears is one of the judges. The "I'm a Slave for You" hitmaker will duet with the member for the new track.

will.i.am Delays Latest Album '#willpower' After Songs Leak

September 20, 2012 02:42:15 GMT

Fans of have to wait a little longer before they can enjoy his latest LP "". On Thursday, September 19, the member announced to his fans that he would postpone the release of his latest studio set after some irresponsible persons leaked some materials of the album following his car theft.

Picture Gallery

Trans4m Benefit Concert Hosted by will.i.am - will-i-am-trans4m-benefit-concert-01 Trans4m Benefit Concert Hosted by will.i.am - will-i-am-trans4m-benefit-concert-02 will.i.am in The 15th NRJ Music Awards - Arrivals - will-i-am-15th-nrj-music-awards-02 will.i.am in The 15th NRJ Music Awards - Arrivals - will-i-am-15th-nrj-music-awards-05 will.i.am in The 15th NRJ Music Awards - Arrivals - will-i-am-15th-nrj-music-awards-04 will.i.am in The 15th NRJ Music Awards - Arrivals - will-i-am-15th-nrj-music-awards-03 will.i.am in The 15th NRJ Music Awards - Arrivals - will-i-am-15th-nrj-music-awards-01 will.i.am at The BBC Radio 1 Studios - will-i-am-at-bbc-radio-1-studios-01 will.i.am at The BBC Radio 1 Studios - will-i-am-at-bbc-radio-1-studios-02 will.i.am in Capital FM Summertime Ball 2013 - Arrivals - will-i-am-capital-fm-summertime-ball-2013-01 will.i.am in Capital FM Summertime Ball 2013 - Arrivals - will-i-am-capital-fm-summertime-ball-2013-02 will.i.am in Capital FM Summertime Ball 2013 - Arrivals - will-i-am-capital-fm-summertime-ball-2013-03 will.i.am in Capital FM Summertime Ball 2013 - Arrivals - will-i-am-capital-fm-summertime-ball-2013-04 will.i.am in Capital FM Summertime Ball 2013 - Arrivals - will-i-am-capital-fm-summertime-ball-2013-05 will.i.am in 2013 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals - will-i-am-2013-billboard-music-awards-03 will.i.am in 2013 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals - will-i-am-2013-billboard-music-awards-01 will.i.am in 2013 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals - will-i-am-2013-billboard-music-awards-02 will.i.am Attends The French Press Conference for The Launch of His Album - will-i-am-launch-his-album-02 will.i.am Attends The French Press Conference for The Launch of His Album - will-i-am-launch-his-album-01 will.i.am Attends The French Press Conference for The Launch of His Album - will-i-am-launch-his-album-03 will.i.am Filming on Location His Music Video - will-i-am-filming-video-01 will.i.am Filming on Location His Music Video - will-i-am-filming-video-02 will.i.am Filming on Location His Music Video - will-i-am-filming-video-05 will.i.am Filming on Location His Music Video - will-i-am-filming-video-03 will.i.am Filming on Location His Music Video - will-i-am-filming-video-04 will.i.am in BBC's The Voice UK Launch Photocall - will-i-am-photocall-the-voice-uk-01 will.i.am in BBC's The Voice UK Launch Photocall - will-i-am-photocall-the-voice-uk-02 will.i.am in BBC's The Voice UK Launch Photocall - will-i-am-photocall-the-voice-uk-03 will.i.am in BBC's The Voice UK Launch Photocall - will-i-am-photocall-the-voice-uk-04 will.i.am in 7th Annual Stars and Strikes Celebrity Bowling and Poker Tournament Benefiting A Place Called Home - will-i-am-7th-annual-stars-strikes-celebrity-bowling-01 will.i.am in 7th Annual Stars and Strikes Celebrity Bowling and Poker Tournament Benefiting A Place Called Home - will-i-am-7th-annual-stars-strikes-celebrity-bowling-02 will.i.am in Clive Davis and The Recording Academy's 2013 Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons - will-i-am-clive-davis-and-the-recording-academy-s-2013-pre-grammy-gala-02 will.i.am stars as John Wraith in The 20th Century Fox Pictures' X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Taylor Kitsch, will.i.am, Liev Schreiber, Hugh Jackman,Tim Pocock, Ryan Reynolds and Lynn Collins in The 20th Century Fox Pictures' X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Hugh Jackman stars as Logan/Wolverine and will.i.am stars as John Wraith in The 20th Century Fox Pictures' X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Photo credit by James Fisher. will.i.am stars as John Wraith in The 20th Century Fox Pictures' X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)