Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am to premiere new song on Mars today (August 28)
Singer's new track 'Reach For The Stars' to be blasted through speakers of Mars Curiosity robot
The new track from the singer, who starred as a judge in the UK version of reality show The Voice, will be played for the first time on the Red Planet at 1pm PST (9pm GMT) today when it's blasted through the speakers of NASA's Mars Curiosity robot.
According to Reuters, the song – which has been described as a tribute to Will.i.am's "passion for science, technology and space exploration" – will be broadcast live to students via a news conference at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The project is a collaboration between the space organisation and the singer's i.am.angel foundation, which aims to provide learning resources for young children in need.
Will.i.am previously joined NASA employees at Cape Canaveral in Florida when the Curiosity rover made its initial landing. Shortly afterwards, he tweeted: "We did it!!! We landed on mars... we did humans... humans landed curiosity on mars."
Yesterday, meanwhile, Britney Spears revealed that she will feature on the track via her Twitter account, writing: "Just left the studio w/ @iamwill working #willpower. Look out 4 #reachforthestars beamed 2 earth from mars tmrw via my friend @MarsCuriosity." She later posted another message which read: "Can't wait for y'all to hear @iamwill's next single featuring me. Coming very soon. Stay tuned people...."
Spears has gone on record with her fascination for the Curiosity robot before; earlier this month, she made contact with the robot via Twitter and sent it a link to the video for her classic single 'Oops… I Did It Again', which is set on Mars. The track was omitted from the playlist that NASA use to wake up the rover each morning, however, with employees preferring artists such as The Beatles, The Doors and Anthrax to rouse the remote-controlled robot.
You can read NME's list of the best songs about Mars here.
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