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Will Smith to launch first new music in a decade, and tour with Jazzy Jeff

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Published 06/10/2015 | 09:49

Will Smith posted this pic of his reunion with Jazzy Jeff on Facebook
Will Smith posted this pic of his reunion with Jazzy Jeff on Facebook
Will Smith. Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty

Will Smith has confirmed he is in the studio every day working on new music for the first time in 10 years.

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The 47-year-old is best known for his film work, starring in big budget movies including Men in Black, I Am Legend and Ali. But the multi-talented star has also had a successful music career, releasing four albums as a solo artist in addition to collaborating with DJ Jazzy Jeff. His last record Lost and Found reached listeners in 2005, but Will has revealed he’s back in the studio working on new music.

“I’m pretty much poppin’ in the studio every day and I’m looking for artists to collaborate with,” he told DJ Zane Lowe on Monday (05Oct15). ”I’ve probably recorded 30 songs. I have six or seven that I really like.”

Will had major hits in the 90s and early noughties with songs like Gettin’ Jiggy wit It, Miami and Wild Wild West. But the father-of-three admits things have changed a bit since he was last in the recording studio and it’s taking some time for him to find his voice again.

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Singer/actress Willow Smith, actress/producer Jada Pinkett Smith and actor Will Smith attend the UFC 170 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on February 22, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Singer/actress Willow Smith, actress/producer Jada Pinkett Smith and actor Will Smith attend the UFC 170 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on February 22, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

“I have so many things I wanted to say,” he explained. “I’m struggling with saying them that fit the flavour of the music I turn to.”

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors/musicians Will Smith (L) and Jada Pinkett Smith attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors/musicians Will Smith (L) and Jada Pinkett Smith attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

During his chat with the radio host, Will also confirmed he will be touring with his close pal DJ Jazzy Jeff next year (16).

“Jeff and I actually have never done a full tour,” he added. “So this summer will be the first time we go out on a full world tour.”

Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith pose for pictures during a photo call to promote their latest movie
Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith pose for pictures during a photo call to promote their latest movie "After Earth" on the mainplane of the Soviet-made Buran space shuttle, placed at the Central Park of Culture and Leisure named after M. Gorky, in Moscow May 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ivan Burnyashev

As well as his music, Will is still working on acting projects, including the highly anticipated Suicide Squad movie. The film has an all-star cast including Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Jared Leto. But two-time Oscar-nominee Will admits he never got to know Jared outside of his Joker persona.

“We worked together for six months and we’ve never exchanged a word outside of ‘action’ and ‘cut.’” He laughed. “I’ve only ever spoken to him as Deadshot and him as the Joker character.”

DJ Jazzy Jeff performed the original track alongside Will Smith
DJ Jazzy Jeff performed the original track alongside Will Smith
Actors Will Smith and Jaden Smith attend the 'After Earth' South Korea Premiere Time Square on May 7, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Will Smith and Jaden Smith are visiting South Korea to promote their recent film 'After Earth' which will be released in South Korea on May 30. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
Actor Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith pose at fan meeting on May 3, 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan. Will Smith and Jaden Smith will stay in Taipei for 3 days to promote their new movie "After Earth". Photo by Ashley Pon/Getty Images

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