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The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am forgets lyrics, but cell phone saves his 'Party' verse

Imagine being a superstar, performing on stage in front of thousands nightly. You’d probably want to know the lyrics to your tunes like the back of your hand, right?

Well, the Black Eyed Peas‘ will.i.am, usually on-point with his rhymes when it’s go time, dropped the ball recently during a taped performance of “Don’t Stop the Party” on French television  show Taratata.

Luckily, his smartphone saved the day; still, points were definitely deducted from what could’ve been a great showing. Check out Will’s quick-save method after the jump.

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The Black Eyed Peas jam all over the world in 'Don't Stop The Party' video: Watch here

Resistance to the Black Eyed Peas‘ party reign is futile. Their joyous club records have not only taken over America, but country by country, the planet.

In the video for “Don’t Stop The Party,” their latest single from The Beginning, the group uses tour footage from numerous trips overseas to show that folks from every hemisphere are dancing to their grooves. Check it out after the jump:
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Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale': A listening guide to all the leaked tracks and snippets!

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Another day, another leak from Britney’s much-anticipated album Femme Fatale! Today, we’re getting the full versions of “(Drop Dead) Gorgeous” and “Inside Out,” plus a snippet (the Britney leaking team just loves a snippet!) of “Gasoline.” You can hear those three all over on Idolator. We here at EW are waiting for the full, mastered versions of everything before we weigh in too much, but I can say this: This album is already rocking my world, based on what we’ve heard. Our official review is forthcoming, of course, and will be timed to release. The interesting thing is that so many of the Femme Fatale tracks have leaked — in fact, some version of each track from the regular release is somewhere out there on the internet. So in the mean time while we wait for the album to drop on March 29 and for a little Friday fun, let’s recap what we’ve heard exactly and where you can listen, based on the official track listing:

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Britney tweets studio collaboration with will.i.am

britney-spears-will-i-amImage Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; Gabriel Bouys/Getty ImagesShe’s minding her Peas and Q’s, y’all.

According to a post on Britney Spears’ official Twitter today, the singer is currently Holding It Against the BEPs mastermind and thwarted Super Bowl halftime tweeter will.i.am: “In the studio with @iamwill…you guys are gonna love this one.”

It’s been a busy week for la Brit, who also announced the premiere of her Jonas Akerlund-directed “Hold It Against Me” video, set to air Feb. 17 at 9:56pm EST before a new episode of Jersey Shore (and simultaneously online on Vevo). Her upcoming seventh album, Femme Fatale, is due for release March 29.

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More on EW.com:
Black Eyed Peas perform at Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show: Missing the feeling
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will.i.am attacked online for 'blackface' makeup at VMAs pre-show, hits Twitter to defend himself

will-i-amImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comKanye and Taylor weren’t the only talking pieces after last night’s VMAs. Black Eyed Peas leading man will.i.am also sparked up a bit of controversy when he performed alongside rapper Nicki Minaj during the pre-show. Though not purposefully, the eccentric rapper and producer known for his futuristic costumes ticked off some of his fans after wearing an all black leather outfit and matching black makeup all over his face.

Instantly the Twitterverse hopped on their computers and smartphones to cry foul, comparing his makeup to the racist 19th century blackface minstrel shows. When Will caught wind of the criticism, he responded through his Twitter account to defend his costume choice.

“1st. just because I where all black including head mask as expression and emphasize my outfit, it shouldn’t be looked at as racial…,” he tweeted. “Let go of the past. there are far more important things 2 bark about. (Jobs, health, education) not a black man wearing all black everything,” he followed. Then after noticing that people were still attacking him, he asked, “Are you guys serious? my outfit set “black people back 100 yrs” choose your twits wisely. no education sets people back, no jobs, bad health.”

Personally, I think these accusations are nuts. In the past Will has participated in various causes for uplifting black people–really, all people. He was one of the first artists to campaign, promote, and support Barack Obama’s presidential run years ago and frequently returns the impoverished East Los Angeles neighborhood he grew up in to speak to its children. And let me not forget to mention that he does all of this philanthropic work during breaks from making huge pop records that boast positive messages.

If there’s anything that Will’s guilty of, it’s giving people the benefit of the doubt and hoping that his costume would be seen simply as interesting, fun, and artsy. I, for one, knew the peanut gallery would think otherwise. I can’t say I loved his makeup. Will probably should have known that more than a few people would be peeved and nixed it. But I’m pretty sure that there was nothing malicious behind the concept.

What do you think? Was Will’s makeup a slap in the face to African Americans or just an eccentric’s mistake? Sound off in the comments below.

More MTV VMAs coverage on EW.com:
MTV VMAs: We’re live-blogging it!
Inside the VMAs: What you didn’t see on TV
Kanye vs. Taylor, Round 2: Is there a winner here?
Lady Gaga announces title of her upcoming new album during VMA speech, steals show
Kanye West apologizes to Taylor Swift: ‘I only want to do good.’
VMAs: 15 terrible fashion choices

Usher's 'OMG' climbs to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100

usherImage Credit: Wendy WashingtonAs of today, Usher has eight No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles. But tomorrow when the new chart is released, he’ll have nine.

His latest single, “OMG,” jumps from No. 6 to No. 1, Billboard reports. The infectious Euro-pop record from his Raymond v. Raymond, produced by and featuring the Black Eyed Peaswill.i.am, will push B.o.B’s run at the top with “Nothin’ on You” over in the process, though we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see where the latter places.

This is Usher’s first No. 1 song in two years: His last, “Love in This Club” featuring Young Jeezy from his 2008 set Here I Stand, held the spot for three weeks.

I knew this track would be No. 1 from the first time I heard it. Did you?

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