Will.i.am admits illegal use of Arty's beat for Chris Brown's song

Will.i.am admits using without permission the beat of Arty’s 2011 hit “Rebound” for his new single “Let’s Go,” a collaboration with Chris Brown.

“They never cleared rights through Anjunabeats, who’s only one label, who ownes the rights for “Rebound,” Arty posted on Twitter.



In an interview with KIIS-FM, Will.i.am defended himself against Arty’s accusation that he stole the song and didn’t formally license it with his label.

The singer-producer claims he tried to collaborate with the Russian producer and DJ, but reports said it never materialized.

“Arty is a dope producer so I wrote this song to ‘Rebound’ this last year,” he said, according to Billboard Biz. “I got in touch with Arty and showed it to him, did a different version to it ‘cause I asked him [to] make it newer ‘cause I don’t just wanna take your song and rap over it.”

The Black Eyed Peas agreed that “something happened, and the clearance...hopefully, we resolved the issue.”

Meanwhile, Brown distanced himself from the issue, tweeting “I don’t listen to that s--t half the time anyway.”

It was not clear whether or not the label would charge Will.i.am of copyright infringment after he admits ripping Arty’s song off for his own use.