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The Black Eyed Peas have returned to the charts and reimagined one of their biggest hits to help bring attention to gun violence and terrorist attacks around the world.
Band members will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie have put together a star-studded line up to help re-record their 2003 track “Where Is The Love” and raise money for will.i.am’s i.am.angel Foundation, a non-profit foundation that offers scholarships, college prep and more to underprivileged students.
The band spoke about the new track ahead of its release today, explaining that while the song’s initial inspiration came from the 9/11 terrorists attacks, recent events prompted the group to reunite and bring their song of love and acceptance back to the airwaves. The bombings and shootings in Paris, Belgium, Turkey and Orlando, as well as the high-profile killings of unarmed black men in the US over the past year were used as the inspiration for the remixed track, which includes new verses from The Game and A$AP Rocky.
After hearing from fans that “Where Is The Love” needed to be back on the radio, the Black Eyed Peas decided to re-record the song with the help of their famous friends. Justin Timberlake, who sang the chorus on the original version 13 years ago, was back in the studio, along with Mary J. Blige, Diddy, Cassie, Tori Kelly, Jessie J, Jaden Smith, Jamie Foxx, Usher, Andra Day and Nicole Scherzinger.
The moving black and white video, which is available now on Apple Music, also features a number of celebrities showing their support, including Kendall and Kris Jenner, Ian Harding, Becky G, Vanessa Hudgens, Shailene Woodley, Norman Lear, Lance Bass and many more.
— The Black Eyed Peas (@bep) September 1, 2016