Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Can a song stir up a campaign? Yes, it can

LOS ANGELES - In the long history of political campaign theme songs, there has never been one quite like "Yes, We Can," starring Barack Obama and a host of A-list celebrities.

For one thing, it's more than a song - it's a viral video hit with more than 2.7 million views on YouTube since being posted Feb. 1.

There's also the fact that the Obama campaign did not commission the song - will.i.am, frontman for the Black Eyed Peas, says he was inspired to create it while watching Obama's speech after his second-place finish to Sen. Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary.

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