How much is Will.I.Am worth?
|Net Worth:||$75 Million
|Date of Birth:||March 15, 1975|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Will.I.Am
After being in the entertainment industry since he was 20 years old, Will.I.Am, born William James Adams Jr., has become one of the most prolific producers in pop music today. The rapper, songwriter, producer, and television personality releases music so beloved for its upbeat, sing-along, and endorphin releasing nature with his band, The Black Eyed Peas. He is a super-producer, having worked with some of the most famous entertainers in the industry including Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, and is now a resident judge on The Voice UK. The rapper has released four solo albums and and six albums with The Black Eyed Peas, many of which have been certified platinum.
Will.I.Am has a net worth of $75 million dollars, as of 2020.
How Did Will.I.Am Get So Rich?
Will.I.Am has made tens of millions of dollars from his own music and producing other musicians’ songs. The E.N.D.sold over five million copies and Monkey Business sold over nine million copies! He has produced for a slew of superstars including Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Rihanna, and many more.
On top of his music performing well, a lot of Adams’ songs are used for promotional purposes in commercials, mostly due to his music being so overwhelmingly positive and upbeat. Adams’ music is also used relentlessly at sports events. Most notably “Go!”, which was used as the theme song for the NBA and Madden NFL in 2005. The now iconic Elephunk track, “Let’s Get It Started”, was used as the theme for the EA game, The Urbz: Sims In The City, a spin-off of the incredibly popular PC simulator.
Though there is no indication on how much the BBC pays the judges of The Voice UK, it’s likely to be millions each, and possibly even eight figures. If the salaries for the rival show X-Factor are anything to go by, ITV pays their judges anything between $4 – $10 million per season.
Why Is He So Famous?
Will.I.Am first formed The Black Eyed Peas in the mid 1990s, and their first two records, Behind The Front and Bridging The Gap, were released by Interscope, selling hundreds of thousands of copies. Though the band didn’t get world wide exposure, they did enjoy the ability to work with some of their influences including Macy Gray, Mos Def, and De La Soul.
As the band had created a modest sized fan base with their first two albums, it was their third record, Elephunk, that really skyrocketed them to stardom. They adopted the approach the 60s band The Velvet Underground took that helped their music perform better on the charts, by hiring a female lead vocalist. When Fergie joined The Black Eyed Peas, the band felt more whole and that’s what most of the world thought too, as “Where Is The Love” became one of the most powerful and most popular songs of the 2000s. Elephunk charted at number 14 on the Billboard 200 and sold over three million copies.
With a high performing album and several successful singles to boot, The Black Eyed Peas had found their own sound that continued to grow exponentially with songs that became anthems for tonnes of different televised sports. The band released Monkey Business, a genre hopping album that featured artists ranging from Sting to James Brown to Timbaland, and this time it peaked at number two on the Billboard 200. But the biggest success for the band came with the release of the 2009 techno sounding album, The E.N.D., one of the biggest albums of the year with multiple singles that went 5x platinum, including “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling”.
After putting The Black Eyed Peas on hiatus, Will.I.Am grew even further as a solo artist by becoming a judge on multiple different versions of the music competition reality show, The Voice. He has judged on The Voice Australia and The Voice Kids, but most prominently, the singer has been the main judge on The Voice UK for eight years and counting.
What Makes Will.I.Am So Successful?
Adams’ decision to add Fergie to the group was not only an ambitious creative leap that paid off, but it was also business savvy, as The Black Eyed Peas then became a pop band and instantly more marketable. No longer were they a three piece hip-hop group that were negatively compared to 90s groups much better than them. Including Fergie added dimensions to their music, and the male rapping and female singing is a style that his become imitated to no end.
The rapper’s lyrical content is very inoffensive compared to other rap songs and has made a living out of creating upbeat, radio friendly pop-rap songs. The songs can be enjoyed by people of all ages, whether it’s at a six year old’s birthday party or at a student club with sticky floors. Because his music gets so much air play on the radio, many other artists have looked to Adams to produce their music, including Lady Gaga, The Pussycat Dolls, and Michael Jackson.
Though always upbeat, his musical style doesn’t always remain the same, which is why his work with The Black Eyed Peas and his solo music has continued to be so successful over 20 years in to his career. As Black Eyed Peas’ music was generally R&B and sample based, Adams decided to dive in to the sound of techno for The E.N.D. and The Beginning, as he grew up around rave culture. This decision revitalized the Black Eyed Peas and three singles from The E.N.D. became the band’s highest performing songs in their discography, with all of them reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, which the band had never achieved prior to that. And most recently, the producer adopted the raggaeton sound, which was made popular by Latin American musicians, on the newest Black Eyed Peas album, Translation.
Thanks to Adams’ production skills, creating catchy and fun music, and hiring strategically featured guests, many of his songs have close to 500 million plays on Spotify, and the band has a mind blowing 38 million monthly listeners on the streaming platform. Will.I.Am has an estimated net worth of $75 million, which is likely to increase with his newly released album with The Black Eyed Peas, Translation. The singer will also take up the mantle once again as the judge on The Voice UK next year.