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Black Eyed Peas have just announced their new album Masters of The Sun, set for release on October 12th via Interscope Records.
The news comes with the group's anthemic new single "BIG LOVE" and follows previous releases "RING THE ALARM, pt.1, pt.2, pt. 3" and "CONSTANT PART 1 & 2". Masters of The Sun is the group's first studio album in eight years, following their multi-million selling 2010 LP The Beginning.
A song for our time, "BIG LOVE " broaches topics of gun violence, police violence, social media disconnection, race relations in America, the rise of the alt-right and our current political uncertainty, while reminding the world of the importance and power of love and hope.
Written by The Black
Eyed Peas and produced by will.i.am, the song is a spiritual successor to the group's multi-platinum global smash hit "Where Is The Love?
" and follows a string of politically charged songs.
"BIG LOVE" continues this movement with a voter registration campaign and call-to-action for reform on issues such as gun reform and immigration. Proceeds from the song will go to via the March for Our Lives, the student-activist movement dedicated to ending the mass shooting epidemic, foundation and the Families Belong Together foundation coalition leading the fight against the Trump Administration's cruel family separation policy.
Speaking to Complex earlier in the year, will.i.am explained that the group's upcoming record reflects" the philanthropy side of who we are as people."
"It's more than just a message," he said. " This next record is like GPS directions on how to get there. There's a lot of messages out there, but I think the world wants some direction. How do we get there, though? Because there's so many messages out there; I don't know the right messages from the wrong message. Can you send me the coordinates to get there? This is the coordinates, bro."
Along with new music and with over 20 years' experience pushing creative and collaborative boundaries in genre, visuals and digital content, earlier this year the Black
Eyed Peas entered the realm of print publishing by releasing their first graphic novel, Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles, distributed by iconic comic book publishers Marvel Comics. The novel is based on an original idea by will.i.am and is accompanied by an augmented reality app.
Eyed Peas will also be heading out on 'The Masters of the Sun Tour.' The tour (full dates below) also marks the first full run for the group as a unit for the first time in eight years. It will kick off on October 27th in London and extend through to November 18th in Dusseldorf, Germany. Tickets are available now here.
Comprised of will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, the Black
Eyed Peas are multi-platinum artists who have released six studio albums, selling over 30 million records worldwide.
The group have won 7 Grammys and both as a group and individually have helped shape and define the genetic makeup of popular music. Masters of the Sun is the group's seventh album.