Black Eyed Peas are reuniting to spread the love again, but this time the alternative hip-hop group are recruiting a few additional stars for a special re-release of one of their biggest hits.
The American group, consisting of rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, and singer Fergie, originally announced a hiatus in 2011, but now they are reforming for a remake of their breakthrough hit Where Is The Love?
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The song that launched the quartet to international stardom in 2003 addresses global issues, including poverty, war and inequality, via its expressive and emotive lyrics.
Thirteen years later, Black Eyed Peas are set to release an updated version of the track – with new vocal contributions from the likes of Jessie J, Mary J. Blige, Nicole Scherzinger, Tori Kelly and Jaden Smith – as a response to the current state of world affairs.
Will.i.am announced the project on Instagram and Twitter, sharing a list of musicians with the hashtag #WHEREStheLOVE.
Black Eyed Peas want to inspire millennials to “care like your freedom depends on it” following a series of tragic new stories, which have recently broken around the globe.
“I remember when the attack in Paris happened, people would say, ‘We need Where Is The Love? Again,’” will.i.am said in the teaser video. “And then Belgium happened, then Turkey, and then Orlando, and then Philando and Alton before him, and then Dallas. Everyone was calling on us like ‘we need that song again.’”
Meanwhile a website, whereisthelove.com, has also been set up to encourage fans to donate to charities of the events that inspired the remake.