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will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway Team Up on ‘Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)’ for ‘Rio’ Film

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will.i.am and Jamie Foxx team up with actress Anne Hathaway on ‘Hot Wings (I Wanna Party),’ a song from the soundtrack to the upcoming animated feature ‘Rio.’

‘Rio’ tells the comedic story of a rare blue macaw, voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, who must overcome his fear of flying to win over the world’s only other remaining blue macaw, voiced by Hathaway.

Fittingly, ‘Hot Wings’ opens with the sound of birds chirping. To match the movie’s setting in Brazil, the song evokes a jungle vibe, with steel drums and plenty of Latin percussion. Forty seconds in, a hip hop beat joins the colorful mix of instruments.

The lyrics match the lighthearted tone of the film. Taking on the role of the yellow canary he plays in the movie, Foxx sings, “Imma fly, fly just like a bird / (But you are a bird!) / Oh yeah, you’re right, so let me fly just like a rocket then / Fly so high where I need to come down for oxygen / Cause once we start it, baby, ain’t no ain’t no stoppin’ then.”

will.i.am delivers a brief rap verse in which he declares himself “the samba master,” while Hathaway appears near the end of the track, singing a wordless, atmospheric melody.

As we noted last week, will.i.am will perform ‘Hot Wings’ live on an upcoming broadcast of ‘American Idol.’

Listen to will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, ‘Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)’

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