Will.I.Am’s Upcoming Album & Debut of “Reach For The Stars” On Mars

August 28, 2012

Just nearly a month away on October 15th, 2012, #Willpower will be hitting stores near you, and judging by the A-list collaborators, you might need a little will power to prevent yourself from having the album on repeat.

The track list for Will.i.am’s fourth studio album was recently revealed, and features a variety of singers from Rihanna and Britney Spears to Justin Bieber and Chris Brown. Will.i.am did hint at the wide diversity of the album, telling Billboard back in June, “There’s classical sh–, like just me and a guitar and an orchestra or me with just an orchestra and a kid’s choir. There’s some ghetto, ugly, dirty stuff. And then there’s dance stuff, global world stuff and, like, avant-garde, left-of-center, for-art’s-sake music that has nothing to do with getting played on the radio. I’m just art-ing out. It’s pretty diverse.”

Three singles from #Willpower have already been released. “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)”, broadcasted back in November, features vocals from Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger. “Great Times” was also released back in November, but as a single from the album in Brazil. Released this June, “This is Love” features Eva Simons and although it slows down a bit with the piano, the dance breakdown still appears after the chorus. Listening to these songs shows the type of “dance stuff” that will surely get people up and out of their seats!

The fourth single, “Reach For The Stars”, received a special debut unlike the others. Actually, it received a special debut unlike many singles out now! On Tuesday, August 28th, NASA held an event to share findings about Mars with students in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. They also included the premiere of “Reach For The Stars” from the Mars Curiosity rover. If that isn’t a unique way to debut a single, I really don’t know what is.

According to NASA, the song is “a new composition about the singer’s passion for science, technology and space exploration”, so it’s pretty fitting to be premiered via planet Mars.

Check out the song below and let us know what you think!

-Aisha R


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