Pictured (l-r) are Dante Santiago,
A&R; will.i.am,; mixer Dylan “3D”
Dresdow; Padraic “Padlock” Kerin,
recording engineer; Chris Bellman,
mastering engineer. Photo by
Hollywood, CA (May 22, 2009)–Rapper/producer will.i.am booked Bernie Grundman Mastering for sessions with engineer Chris Bellman to finalize the new Black Eyed Peas album for manufacturing and distribution. The album, The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies), is set for June 9 release on the Interscope label.
Will.i.am rose to fame as frontman and founder of the Black Eyed Peas, with singer Fergie and rappers Taboo and apl.de.ap. After the 2008 U.S. presidential election, will.i.am released “It’s a New Day.” The video depicts historical events that led to the election of the first African-American President of the United States and features celebrities such as Fergie, Olivia Wilde, Kanye West, Harold Perrineau, Kevin Bacon and his wife Kyra Sedgwick. It first debuted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and appears on the 2009 compilation album, Change is Now: Renewing America’s Promise.
In honor of the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States, will.i.am collaborated with producer David Foster on “America’s Song” with contributing vocals from Seal, Bono, Mary J. Blige and Faith Hill.
In the just-released film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will.i.am plays Wraith, a teleporter who befriends Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) during a mutant military mission to Africa. Years later, Wolverine tracks down his pal at a nondescript boxing gym in Las Vegas and the two take off on a fact-finding adventure.
“Boom Boom Pow,” the first single from the Black Eyed Peas’ new album, is now available.
Bernie Grundman Mastering