Barack Obama’s “We Are the Ones” as Another Song by will.i.am

We Are the Ones - will.i.am - Barack Obama
will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas has put together another star studded celebrity ensemble to create a second song for Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama. “We Are the Ones” is the follow-up music video to “Yes We Can“. In both videos will.i.am was able to convey the self empowerment and hope feelings that the Illinois senator has based his campaign on by gathering celebrities to express their support for Barack Obama.

“Yes We Can” was based on the now famous New Hampshire concession speech Obama delivered after losing the primary in that state to Hillary Clinton. It used the words of his speech as he delivered them and those same words sang by the likes of John Legend, Scarlett Johansson, Common, and recent Grammy winner Herbie Hancock.

In “We are the Ones” the core of the song is taken from the Obama line “we are the ones we’ve been waiting on” which basically implies that we can make the difference in controlling our fate in this country. will.i.am wrote in his blog about the effect of that line and Obama’s words in general have effected him and America. His blog is inspiring as well which shows the profound effect Obama has had on people in this country. HopeActChange.com is a collection of people expressing themselves similar to will.i.am in videos, words, and images.  The Grammy winning Obama has effected those throughout the world as well as in the United States. In Kenya residents have unofficially renamed a beer in his name.

This particular cast of 30+ includes:
jessica alba, ryan phillippe, george lopez, adrianne palicki, regina king, zoe kravitz, freddie rodriguez, john leguizamo, luis guzman, jay hernandez, kerry washington, ryan key, macy gray, omar benson miller, malcolm jamal warner, taboo, eric mabius, tichina arnold, nate parker, kate del castillo, tyrese, jesse plemons, ben mckenzie, leonor varela, n’dambi, cucu diamantes, andres levin, noah segan, troy garity, simone bent, susanna hoffs, jackson roach, anna david, javier castillo, adriana castillo, and will.i.am

“O-Ba-Ma, O-Ba-Ma” 

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Senator Beer Named After Grammy Winner Barack Obama

Barack Obama Beer

The last few days for Illinois Senator, and presidential hopeful, Barack Obama have been overwhelmingly positive. He just recently won three states to pass Hillary Clinton in delegate count in the Democratic nominee race primaries. He had a higher winning percentage than Kanye West at the Grammy Awards where he beat former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as Maya Angelou and M*A*S*H star actor Alan Alda for Obama’s second Grammy award. He won his first in 2005 in the spoken word category for his reading of his own book “Dreams Of My Father” and the recent award is for another book of his, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” in the same spoken word category.  The tribute song and music video by will.i.am and 40+ celebrities for his “Yes We Can” speech is getting millions of hits (including being a favorite here at SoupyTrumpet.com).  It has also inspired numerous “Yes We Can” parody videos including “I Like Turtles” and “No You Can’t” (a John McCain slam) as well as many others .

As if all of this is not enough, Obama has had at least one more honor bestowed him.  In his father’s homeland of Kenya, there is a beer called Senator Keg Lager that has been consumed at an alarming rate in celebration of Obama’s recent victories.  During all of this alcohol consumption, “having a Senator” has been informally renamed to “having an Obama“.  Now Barack Obama joins Samuel L. Jackson as men that sort of have beers named after them.

Now you can say “I’ll have a Sam Jackson” OR “I’ll have an Obama“.

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Album Turns 25 and Prisoners Dance

Michael Jackson Thriller 25 Photoshop

Yesterday Michael Jackson‘s Thriller, “The World’s Biggest Selling Album Of All Time”, was re-released celebrating the 25th anniversary of the landmark album.  Two versions of the album are available for purchase; standard and deluxe.  Both versions contain the nine original, Quincy Jones produced tracks as well as seven bonus tracks for the 25th Anniversary Edition.  Six of these songs have been released for the first time on this album.

New for this version are songs done by contemporary artists.  Soupy Trumpet favorite will.i.am helped to make 2008 updated versions of “The Girl is Mine” (originally with Paul McCartney) and P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).  Black Eyed Peas bandmate Fergie collaborated on “Beat It 2008″.  Grammy Awards star Kanye West did a remix of “Billie Jean” for the album and Akon’s version of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ has been the primary source of buzz for this release.  There is an unreleased track excerpt from the Vincent Price voice-over sessions added and available only at Best Buy there is a “Thriller (def Remix)” exclusive hidden track.  “For All Time” is the only bonus track from the original Thriller sessions that had not been released before.  Also included is a bonus DVD that comes with videos for “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Thriller”, and the live performance of “Billie Jean” at the “Motown 25:Yesterday, Today, and Forever” special.

Thriller is credited for selling 27 million albums in the United States, making it #2 of all time behind the Eagles’ Greatest hits.  Around the world though, Thriller has sold 104 million albums which makes it the biggest selling album in the world to date.

A few months ago (if not longer) another famous Viral Video popped up on YouTube and the internet of 1500 Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in Cebu, Philippines rehearsing their Thriller dance routine.  There are very few things more surreal than a large group of prisoners choreographing Thriller while incarcerated (link to video below).

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Timbaland Has Tantrum at His Own People Magazine Pre-Grammy Party

Timbaland Pouts at His Party

People Magazine threw a pre-Grammy‘s party for music producer Timbaland at the Avalon Club Saturday night.  The party was celebrating a combination of it being time for the Grammy’s, an early birthday party for Timbaland, and to announce the new deal Timbaland has in place with wireless provider Verizon to create a mobile album and additional content.

The party was packed with celebrity guests and performers including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Ludacris, Miley Cyrus aka “Hannah Montana”, will.i.am, Fergie, Jordin Sparks, and Mr. AC Slater himself – Mario Lopez.  Paramore, Missy Elliott, and Chris Cornell were performers on the bill that lasted early into the morning hours.

During the show Timbaland was seen on the side of the stage essentially pouting and later grabbed the microphone and tore into People Magazine in a tirade that included several instances of foul language.  Before popping off at the mouth, Timbaland warned the crowd that he was about to outdo Kanye West in this public outburst.  The reason he was so mad was apparently some of his friends were denied access to the event and were waiting outside.  After he was done crying the party he just ruined was basically over.

None of this should be surprising to anyone.

Additional reading: Mercury News

Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” Speech as a Song by will.i.am

Yes We Can - will.iam - Barack Obama

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Democratic Illinois Senator Barack Obama delivered a speech in New Hampshire at the site of the presidential primary on January 8, 2008 that inspired will.i.am of the rap group Black Eyed Peas to create a song called “Yes We Can”. In a matter of 2 days will.i.am was able to gather up around forty celebrities to help him record the song and shoot the video. It is making rounds on the internet just in time for “Super Tuesday” tomorrow.

Among those that helped will.i.am were Jesse Dylan, Common, Scarlett Johansson, Herbie Hancock, Tatyana Ali, Nick Cannon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Legend, Kate Walsh, Aisha Tyler, Amber Valletta, Taryn Manning, Nicole Scherzinger, Adam Rodriguez, Alfonso Ribeiro, Austin Nichols, Ed Kowalczyk, Eric Balfour, Esthero, Harold Perrineau, Johnathon Schaech, Kelly Hu, Maya Rubin, and Tracee Ellis Ross.

The New Hampshire concession speech to Hillary Clinton has been getting major press and has been thrown about as the modern brother to the famous “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. In his blog, will.i.am made comparisons of Obama to King, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. Many people share the same sentiments and are pulling for the man running a campaign called “Change” simply on the hope that he offers and not on his politics.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.

Yes we can.

The video for “Yes We Can” has been seen already by more than 11 million viewers via YouTube.com and at the official site for the song YesWeCanSong.com.

Additional Reading at MTV.com: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1580884/20080204/will_i_am.jhtml