will.i.am's Ten Greatest Hits

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Born March 15, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, will.i.am (real name William Adams) is one of the most successful composers, producers, and recording artists in music history. He is the founder and leader of The Black Eyed Peas, one of the most popular groups of all-time with over sales over 35 million albums and 40 million singles. In addition to recording six CDs with the group, he has also released four solo albums. His many honors include seven Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, three World Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, two Emmy Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and a Teen Choice Award.

will.i.am has also composed and produced music for many more stars, including Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Miley CyrusU2, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj,  and Earth, Wind & Fire. He served as the executive producer of the triple platinum 2006 debut solo album from The Black Eyed Peas lead vocalist Fergie titled, The Dutchess. In 2008, he released "Yes We Can" which became a theme song for Barack Obama's presidential campaign featuring John Legend, Common, and many more celebrities. On June 13, 2008, "Yes We Can" was honored for "New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment" at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Always on the cutting edge of technology, will.i.am made history when he became the first artist to stream a song ("Reaching for the Stars") from another planet. The song was uploaded to the Curiosity Rover spacecraft which was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on November 26, 2011, and landed on Mars on August 6, 2012. 22 days later, on August 28, 2012, "Reaching for the Stars" was broadcast from Mars.

Here is a list of "will.i.am's Ten Greatest Hits."

will.i.am. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

From The Black Eyes Peas' 2005 Monkey Business CD, "My Humps" won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and a MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video. Composed and produced by will.i.am, the song was certified platinum and peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

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will.i.am with Fergie. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

will.i.am wrote, produced and is featured on Fergie's second solo single "Fergalicous" which was certified triple platinum. From her 2006 debut solo solo CD The Dutchess, the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

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apl.de.ap, will.i.am and Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas perform during the Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

From the 2009 CD The E.N.D., "Imma Be" was certified triple platinum and became the third Black Eyed Peas single to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

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Black Eyed Peas. Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

"The Time (Dirty Bit)," the first single from The Black Eyed Peas' 2010 CD The Beginning, was certified triple platinum and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the group's sixth consecutive top ten hit.

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will.i.am and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

The Black Eyes Peas reached triple platinum again with "Just Can't Get Enough" from their 2010 CD, The Beginning. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100

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From will.i.am's 2013 #willpower solo CD, "Scream and Shout" featuring Britney Spears was certified triple platinum, and is his best selling solo single. He composed and produced the song which hit the top of the charts in 24 countries, and peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. 

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The Black Eyed Peas, Taboo (L-R) Fergie, Will.I.Am, and Apl.De.Ap pose backstage with their award for 'Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group' for their song 'Let's Get It Started' during the 47th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center February 13, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. Carlo Allegri/Getty Images

The Black Eyed Peas won a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group  for 'Let's Get It Started." It was also nominated for Record of the Year, and Best Rap Song. The triple platinum single was featured as the theme song for the 2004 NBA Playoffs on ABC .

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Usher performs with will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas during the Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

From the 2005 Raymond vs. Raymond CD, "OMG" by Usher featuring will.i.am won a Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song. Composed and produced by will.i.am, it became Usher's ninth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and has sold over seven million copies worldwide.

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The Black Eyed Peas at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on January 31, 2010 where they won three awards, including Best Short Form Music Video for 'Boom Boom Pow.'. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The Black Eyed Peas won Best Short Form Music Video for "Boom Boom Pow" at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The song was also nominated for Best Dance Recording. From their 2009 CD, The E.N.D., "Boom Boom Pow" was the group's first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, staying at the top of the charts for 12 weeks. It has sold over seven million copies in the United States, and the video has over 200 million views on YouTube.

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The Black Eyed Peas during the 2010 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for DCP

From The Black Eyed Peas' 2009 CD, The E.N.D., "I Gotta Feeling" is one of the most successful singles in music history. It is the best selling digital single ever, with over eight million downloads. "I Gotta Feeling" remained at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks. It won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group, and was nominated for Record of the Year.

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