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Michael Jordan, Russell Simmons, Wesley Snipes, Bob Johnson and Butch Lewis were at Diddy’s big birthday bash/Obama watch party Tuesday night at a club in New York when the Illinois democrat was elected president.


       According to Page Six, “A huge roar shook the dining room” where they had all gathered to watch the returns. Jordan and Snipes later partied at Tenjune with fellow Chicagoan Larenz Tate, Knicks Jared Jeffries and Jerome James, and “Last Comic Standing” host Bill Bellamy, the surprise emcee for the night who shouted with excitement: “We are officially a country of change.”


       Meanwhile, Forrest and Keisha Whitaker, Common, will.i.am, Star Jones, Hill Harper and Kevin Liles (Warner Music VP) celebrated Barack Obama’s victory until 4 a.m. at The Underground in Chicago, Page Six reported.      

       Television cameras captured Oprah Winfrey watching Obama’s victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park, but Brad Pitt – also at Grant Park – managed to escape the night undetected by media, as well as Oprah.      

       “I was looking for you and would have invited you down to sit with the rest of us,” Oprah told the actor during a taping of her talk show that will air later this month.      

       “You mean the non-VIP area?” Brad joked, before assuring his host that he took public transportation to be at the rally “just like everyone else.”      

       The show, on which Brad will promote his movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” alongside co-star Cate Blanchett, is due to air on Nov 17, according to Star magazine.


       In Los Angeles, Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Reggie Bush, both Obama supporters, ended up in a heated argument over some of his policies following his announcement as president.       

       “Reggie and I had this two-hour long conversation at the end of the night,” Kardashian told People. “We got so carried away that we had to call his mom. We had to call my mom, it ended up in this huge conference call.”      

       And, even after the outcome was clear, “We were going off on tangents about politics, different theories, the Bible,” Kardashian admitted. “It was pretty intense, but then we passed out.”



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The new will.i.am video celebrating Barack Obama’s victory that was supposed to debut on his website Wednesday – but didn’t – will now make its premiere this afternoon on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” reports the Associated Press.


       The Black Eyed Peas leader had said “It’s A New Day” would debut on dipdive.com the day after Obama was elected. A rep for the artist Will.i.am’s now says the Chicago-based talk show will broadcast the clip, with other celebrities on hand. Dipdive.com will then post it later in the day.


       Will.i.am became a part of 2008 election lore when he debuted the video “Yes We Can” in February to millions of online views. Several stars including Ryan Phillippe, John Legend, Scarlet Johansson appeared, reciting lines from an Obama speech over will.i.am’s music.



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Will.i.am has created a new song about Barack Obama to follow up “Yes We Can,” his previous ode to the Illinois senator who on Tuesday became the 44th president of the United States.


      “This was inspired by America,” the Black Eyed Peas leader told The Associated Press Tuesday night of his song “It’s A New Day.” “It’s about Obama winning, and really paying tribute to those people who are responsible for that happening, and that’s the American people.


       The clip was due to premiere Wednesday on his website dipdive.com. Once again, will.i.am enlisted fellow celebrities, asking them to send him their video testimonials: He spent part of Election Night editing them so he could debut the final product the next morning. However, as of this posting we couldn’t locate the song at the site.     

       “The whole thing is really for people to leave testimonials, to create a page and leave testimonials on how they feel about this American accomplishment,” the music star explained.


       Will.i.am’s video for “Yes We Can” featured celebrities such as Ryan Phillippe, John Legend, Scarlet Johansson and others giving vocalizations to an Obama speech over will.i.am’s music. It was a viral hit when it debuted in February, getting millions of views online.      

      Meanwhile, will.i.am was on CNN on election night to help show off the network’s new hologram technology. He was actually in Grant Park in Chicago, but visually he was in the studiio being interviewed by Anderson Cooper to discuss the making of the “Yes We Can” song and video. It was quite freaky and fascinating. Take a look:



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       “Whether Obama’s president or McCain’s president, it’s still important for people to be just as passionate and just as involved in moving and shaping their communities,” he told E! Online at the SHIN restaurant grand opening. “I’m going to do that regardless of who is president. You don’t just bail the f*** out.”      

       He added, “This political cycle isn’t like Christmas. On Nov. 4, it isn’t like I got my presents, and now I’m not gonna pay attention anymore.”      

       So will the Black Eyed Peas frontman create more of his celeb-filled pro-Obama music videos, such as “Yes, We Can” and “We Are the Ones?”      

      “Not anytime soon. If I start making songs just like a factory, then they’re not the truth,” said the rapper. “You have to be inspired to do that kind of stuff, and when an inspiration calls, I’ll answer it and do it again.”



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Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas has teamed with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer for the soundtrack to “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” which also features the artist as the voice of new character, Moto Moto, in the DreamWorks Animation movie.       

       The rapper wrote four original songs (and the instrumental score) for the soundtrack, which is due for release on Election Day (Nov. 4) in the physical and digital marketplace. The movie opens nationwide on Friday, Nov. 7.       

       The soundtrack for “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” will contain 17 tracks, including the four new songs co-written by will.i.am and Zimmer, and performed by will.i.am: “The Traveling Song,” “Big and Chunky,” “She Loves Me,” and “Best Friends.” Will.i.am. also performs his own new version of Reel 2 Real’s 1993 dance classic “I Like To Move It” (which Sacha Baron Cohen originally performed on the first Madagascar soundtrack in 2005).       

       The album will also include a number of instrumental themes written by Zimmer and will.i.am for the movie: “Once Upon A Time In Africa,” “Party! Party! Party!,” “Volcano,” “Rescue Me,” “Foofie,” and “Monochromatic Friends.”



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Musicians Will.I.am and Angelique Kidjo were among the celebs gathered at the United Nations Thursday to launch a new campaign designed to cut global poverty in half by 2015.


      According to the Associated Press, Will.I.am and his Black Eyed Peas group member apl.de.ap performed a new song written for the Global Call to Action against Poverty called “in my name” outside the UN, where world leaders are gathered this week.


       “It’s calling individuals to realize their power in solving global poverty and ending world hunger,” Will.I.am sang. “Enforcing the politicians to keep what they promised and picking the world leaders that will lead the world honest.”      

       “How can we continue this injustice and move forward, how can we prepare the next generation not to repeat the same mistakes that are happening today?” said Kidjo, who is from Benin. “As an African artist, as an African mother, as an African person I cannot just standby.”      

Angelique Kidjo

       Also on hand Thursday was actress Kristin Davis, model Elle Macpherson, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and economist Jeffrey Sachs.      

       YouTube launched a new channel on its site Thursday where users can upload a video stating their name, home country, and a message to their government about the need to meet the poverty goals.      

       Steve Grove, head of news and politics for YouTube, said the company will accept videos until Nov. 1, at which point Will.I.am will mash up all the videos into another version of the song. He then will present it to world leaders and broadcast it directly to the U.N.



OBAMA CD IN THE WORKS September 22, 2008

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Kanye West, Will.I.Am, Stevie Wonder and John Legend are among a number of artists contributing songs to an upcoming fundraising album for Barack Obama.

      Titled “We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement,” the effort from Hidden Beach Recordings will retail for $24.99 per digital download and $30 for the physical CD with proceeds benefiting Obama’s presidential campaign through Election Day on Nov. 4.
      Hidden Beach CEO Steve McKeever, a longtime Obama supporter, said the idea for “Yes We Can” had been in the pipeline for a while. 

      “We had conversations quite some time ago about how to harness what was happening really organically and naturally with so many artists,” he told the Associated Press. “The whole concept (was) how do we translate that to inspire and invigorate and also give people a keepsake that they can own while at the same time providing some important capital needed for this campaign.”


      McKeever said he had over 150 submissions for the CD, a mix of previously-released tunes such as John Mayer’s “Waiting On the World to Change” and Stevie Wonder’s classic “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”; and new songs, including Legend’s “Pride in the Name of Love” and “Promised Land,” a song by Malik Yusef featuring Kanye West and Adam Levine of Maroon 5.
      To make sure the CD project met federal campaign standards, McKeever said it went through a rigorous vetting process. The Obama campaign purchased the rights to the CD, he said, declining to name the price. The artists on the CD “are all being compensated as fair market value for their services,” he added.
      After the election, the CD is due to be released through other outlets and Hidden Beach will reap the profits.