Will.i.am: ‘I wanted Mick Jagger to say ‘No’ to collaboration’

Black Eyed Peas man says he thought his Rolling Stones singer request would be shot down

Black Eyed Peaswill.i.am has revealed that he asked to collaborate with Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger on his new single because he thought his request would be rejected.

He told Rolling Stone that he hadn’t wanted anyone to feature on his new track ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)’, so told his record label he wanted to work with Jagger so they “would stop asking” him about roping in a guest vocalist for the track.

The singer, who will release his new album ‘#willpower’ in 2012, said: “I went to play material for the label and [label boss] Jimmy Iovine’s like, ‘Yo, this is dope. Who are you gonna put on it?’. I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? It’s finished, it’s me’. So, he’s like, ‘Oh, you don’t feature no-one?'”

He then went on to add:

You play your music and the first thing someone says, ‘Who’s gonna be on it?’ So I think of the hardest thing ever. And it happened. Mick Jagger. I just wanted to throw something out there that I thought could never be possible so they would stop asking me.

In October, it was reported that the Black Eyed Peas would be splitting up. They had previously announced they were going on indefinite hiatus in July, although will.i.am insisted it would just be a break.

Earlier this month, meanwhile, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards said that he would welcome Mick Jagger if he wanted to join the band for rehearsal sessions in London, amidst rumours that the group were planning on celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first gig with a show in the capital.

When previously asked if a reunion show was likely to take place, Jagger had replied: “Don’t hold your breath”. He also recently claimed that if The Rolling Stones were to celebrate their 50th anniversary next year, then Richards would not be invited.