Will.i.am: "New Album '#Willpower' Delayed By Stolen Car" - Audio

29 November 2012, 09:10

The 'Scream & Shout' rapper says he was forced to delay his album to record new music.

Will.i.am has opened up on his decision to delay the release of his album '#willpower' and promised the record will be finally launched in "Soon-tember".

The album had been expected to be released in October, but the Black Eyed Peas star revealed during an interview with Capital FM that when his car was stolen in the summer thieves also took his hard-drive containing songs from the record.

"So the new album is going to come out on the first of Soon-tember," Will.i.am revealed exclusively to Capital FM. "I said that on a radio station and then somebody outdid me! 

"They said, 'If it doesn't come out in Now-gust I'm kicking your ass"," the rapper joked. "I was like, wow, that was dope."

Will.i.am went on to explain the decision to delay '#willpower', although he has yet to announce an official release date for the record.

"Here's what happened. They stole my bag, they stole my car, and then in my car I had a bag, and in the bag I had a hard drive," Will.i.am explained. "Now I have my car back but my bag is still out there, and now the leaking of the materials has forced me to go and make new songs.

"Because in the anticipation that my whole stuff gets leaked then I'm left with nothing, so I have to quickly [record new songs]," he added. "Well I've done it, 'Scream & Shout' was one of the new songs I did since my stuff got jacked."

Will.i.am launched his range of i.am+ camera accessories in London this month, as seen below (Credit: Getty):

Will.i.am premiered the music video for his new single 'Scream & Shout', a collaboration with Britney Spears, today and claims working with the pop star changed his life.

Will.i.am is set to launch a new digital camera accessory and app combination called i.am+ in Selfridges from 6th December.

Listen to Will.i.am talking to Capital's showbiz reporter Kevin Hughes about the progress of his new album '#willpower' below:

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