Will.i.am clears up New Year’s Eve Brazil concert dispute

Black Eyed Peas member accused of cancelling Rio de Janeiro performance

Will.i.am has moved to clear up allegations he cancelled a scheduled performance in Rio de Janeiro on New Year’s Eve, saying he was never agreed to be part of the Brazilian city’s festivities.

It had been reported the Black Eyed Peas frontman had cancelled his appearance at Rio’s Copacabana New Year event, but a spokesperson for the entertainer said his client had never signed on to take part.

Polo Molina, will.i.am’s manager, said: “will.i.am and his management received an invitation for will.i.am to perform at a New Year’s Eve event on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During discussions about the invitation, the event producer expressed an intention to televise the concert. will.i.am’s management team requested certain staging elements be added for the show in order to accommodate his televised performance. These staging elements were not confirmed, so no agreement to perform was ever reached.”

Additionally, according to the official statement, information about talks leaked without the consent of will.i.am and his team. They maintain that the singer was never contracted or scheduled to perform in Brazil. Their statement continued: “will.i.am apologises to his fans for confusion caused as the result of the unauthorized and premature external discussion of his involvement.”

The event, also known as Réveillon, is one of the biggest money-making events in the city which attracts people from around the world who celebrate along the shoreline of Copacabana to ring in the new year.