Stitches Shawn Mendes
18 June 2012, 18:45
The 'This Is Love' star says he worked on 200-300 songs before selecting the final tracks which will appear on '#willpower'.
Will.i.am has confessed that his upcoming new studio album will feature collaborations with Justin Bieber, Ne-Yo and LMFAO.
The 'Great Times' star told Billboard that his record '#willpower' is "finished four times over" and may not include his Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez song ' T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)' as well as his Nicki Minaj and Cheryl Cole track ' Check It Out'.
"I just always want to put out songs. They don't necessarily have to be part of an album," he revealed. "Those are just songs to let people know along the way what I'm working on. That's me having an audio, musical conversation with the public."
He also confessed that he had worked on 200-300 songs before making the final cut, and said the sound of his album is "pretty diverse" going ranging from classical to "ugly" and "dirty" songs.
"There's classical s***, like just me and a guitar and an orchestra or me with just an orchestra and a kid's choir," he admitted. "There's some ghetto, ugly, dirty stuff. And then there's dance stuff, global world stuff and, like, avant garde, left-of-center, for-art's-sake music that has nothing to do with getting played on the radio. I'm just art-ing out. It's pretty diverse."
Both Justin and Will had already teased the possibility of teaming up on one another's records when they headed into the studio earlier this year.
You can view a picture of Will.i.am on his Olympic torch run which caused controversy last month below:
He has also admitted that he thinks his latest work is just as special as his 2009 Black Eyed Peas album 'The E.N.D'.
"'The E.N.D.,' right now, is the work that I'm most proud of, and this is just as special as 'The E.N.D.'
'#willpower' has been a journey, and I'm proud of the journey to get all the songs I have right now and the work I did to get all the songs for this record."
Meanwhile, Cheryl Cole recently defended the star's controversial Olympic Torch relay run calling him an "honourary Brit".
'#willpower' is expected for release sometime later this year.