DJs Arty and Mat Zo had previously accused Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am of copyright infringement by plagiarizing the beats of “Rebound,” originally recorded by them and using it with his new song, “Let’s Go.”
Will.I.Am is finally responding to the plagiarism allegations. During a recent live in studio interview on UK’s KISS FM, Will.I.Am explained that it was all a mistake. He said that he had originally recorded his own version of “Rebound” for use in the new song, “But in a year’s time, time’s gone by we preferred writing over and using the [original] Rebound”. “Something happened and the clearance… hopefully we resolved the issue,” he said.
Will.I.Am also added that he has contacted the rights owners and that a deal is being negotiated. “I’m a fan of Arty. I think he’s great and the world needs to know about how talented those guys are,” he told KISS FM. “It’s sad that it’s turned into a fiasco, but hopefully it’s resolved, because I’m a fan of those guys to the point where I wrote to their instrumental.”
On their Facebook page, Zo wrote, “Arty and I are not bitter about this, more surprised, we knew Will.i.am was interested in this track, but we declined working with him at the time.”