Will.i.am Collaborates With R&B Singer Cody Wise on New Single “Birthday”
Will.i.am continues to put out singles from last year’s #willpower, in spite of the fact that the last few haven’t had spectacular ranks on the Billboard Hot 100.
#Willpower was a star-studded collaborative effort for the Black Eyed Peas member, and the latest cut, “Birthday,” is no exception.
While previous tracks have featured major stars, such as Miley Cyrus on “Fall Down” and “Feelin’ Myself,” “Birthday” utilizes the talents of up-and-coming R&B singer Cody Wise.
Will.i.am wrote the track with AR Rahman, Wise, and Keith Harris, and co-produced it with Damien LeRoy.
Although the track is now available for streaming through the rapper’s Soundcloud page, it won’t appear officially until July 6.
#Willpower came out officially in April 2013, although the release had originally been slated for the end of 2011 with the title Black Einstein. As such, singles began dropping as early as 2012, with six cuts released prior to “Birthday”: “This Is Love,” “#ThatPower,” featuring Justin Bieber, “Scream & Shout,” featuring Britney Spears, “Bang Bang,” “Fall Down,” and “Feelin’ Myself.” Although “Scream & Shout” scored him a hit, the latter two failed to crack the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, falling at No. 58 and No. 96, respectively.
#Willpower itself found success upon release. As Will.i.am’s fourth solo studio album, it peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200.
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