Will.i.am Promises March Release For New Album '#willpower' After Delays

30 January 2013, 10:54

The 'This Is Love' rapper also says he is trying to rethink the traditional process of releasing a record.

Will.i.am has promised fans his long awaited album '#willpower' will be out by Easter time this year, as well as dismissing online leaks of the record's supposed track list.

The 'Scream And Shout' rapper has been teasing the record for much of the past year or two, after being forced to delay the release last summer after several tracks were stolen and leaked online.

"A lot of those track lists are hocus pocus bogus, but I remain focused. But I'm not going to smoke this!" Will rapped, when asked by MTV News about the online leaks. "A lot of those things were fans creating track lists.

"But I think an album is a song [and then] four or five months later another song, then a couple months later another song," Will explained. "I wanted to change the cycle and the process of putting out songs as it relates to an album, whatever that is nowadays."

Check out a picture of will.i.am at US President Barack Obama's inauguration celebrations last week below (Credit: Getty):

Despite his reluctance to bring out '#willpower' within a traditional timescale, the Black Eyed Peas frontman did hint at March as a potential release window for the long-gestating record.

"This record will be out before the Easter Bunny comes hoppin'," he promised. "I'm really proud of ['Scream And Shout'] because I've been doing music for a minute now and had huge success with my group.

"Coming out with records when you're in a big, successful group that plays stadiums, that's scary to come out by yourself," he added. "And to have success at the tune I'm having it, is overwhelming and I'm so grateful."

Last week the 'This Is Love' rapper confirmed he was back in the studio finishing work on the record, as well as revealing he plans to work with Britney Spears again on her own new album.

Will.i.am is expected to debut a brand new song in the coming weeks which he described to Capital as being "mega".