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21 November 2011, 15:43 | Updated: 21 November 2011, 15:47
The 'I Gotta Feeling' singer originally didn't want his new single to have any guest vocalists featured on it.
Will.i.am has admitted he expected Mick Jagger to turn down the offer to contribute on his new single 'T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever).
The Black Eyed Peas frontman says he originally suggested Jagger because his label wanted to have a guest vocalist on the track and he had been initially reluctant about the idea.
"You play your music and the first thing someone says, 'Who's gonna be on it?'" Will.i.am told Rolling Stone magazine. "So I think of the hardest thing ever. And it happened. Mick Jagger.
"I wanted to throw something out there that I thought could never be possible so they would stop asking me."
The Black Eyed Peas frontman performed his new track live for the first time at the American Music Awards 2011 in Los Angeles last night (20th November) with fellow collaborator Jennifer Lopez.
Will.i.am's 'T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)' is available to download now and serves as the lead single to the singer's second album '#willpower', which is expected to be released in early 2012.