Will.i.am de­nies steal­ing from Rus­sian pro­ducer

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

WEST HOL­LY­WOOD, Calif. — Will.i.am says he’s been un­fairly ac­cused of steal­ing a song from a Rus­sian dance pro­ducer.

The pro­ducer-rap­per-singer has ac­knowl­edged reach­ing out to trance pro­ducer Arty af­ter hear­ing his 2011 song with Lon­don’s Mat Zo, Re­bound. Will.i.am recorded a new ver­sion with Chris Brown ti­tled, Let’s Go.

He said he emailed Arty, who ini­tially re­sponded pos­i­tively to an in­vi­ta­tion to col­lab­o­rate. But in re­cent weeks, the Rus­sian DJ and pro­ducer told fans on his Face­book page that there was no fi­nal deal.

Will.i.am cred­its Arty as a writer on the song in the liner notes for his al­bum #willpower, re­leased this week. He blamed the slow le­gal clear­ance process and said his le­gal team was also at work on the is­sue.

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