[artist id="1521450"]Will.I.Am[/artist] has never been shy about his love for President-elect Barack Obama. And in honor of the future president, Will.I.Am has written “America’s Song,” which features appearances by [artist id="15858"]Seal[/artist], [artist id="1022"]Bono[/artist], [artist id="854"]Mary J. Blige[/artist] and others. It’s the first collaboration between the [artist id="30064"]Black Eyed Peas[/artist] MC and composer David Foster.
The song made its debut on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Monday (January 19), with the chorus “America is beautiful/ My America, your America, our America is beautiful.”
“The meaning of this song is being proud of America,” Will told Oprah. “I wanted to write the new American anthem for this day and age — for this generation.”
It will be available as a free download for 24 hours on Oprah.com.
This isn’t the first time Will.I.Am debuted a politically charged song on Oprah’s show. In November, just days after Obama won the election , Will premiered the video for his new song “It’s a New Day.” The video flashed pictures of Obama on election night and crowds celebrating the Illinois senator’s victory, alongside images of historical figures like Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman. It also featured celebrity appearances from his bandmate Fergie, as well as actors Olivia Wilde, Jonathan Schaech and Kerry Washington.
When he released his first song about the then presidential hopeful, “Yes We Can,” Will gathered celebrity friends including John Legend, Scarlett Johansson and Common for the video. The next song, “We Are the Ones,” also had a star-filled video, featuring George Lopez and Jessica Alba.
“Be the Change: Live From the Inaugural” will air live on MTV on Tuesday, January 20, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. MTV News will have wall-to-wall coverage of the event and of the scenes in Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Kenya in the days leading up to the event and in the days that follow.