"#thatPOWER" is a song by American recording artist will.i.am, taken from his fourth studio album, #willpower. The song features Canadian singer Justin Bieber, who wrote the song alongside will.i.am and Damien Leroy (DJ Ammo). The latter two also produced the song. "thatPower" was released in the United States and Canada on March 18, 2013, via Interscope Records, as the third single from the album. The song has since charted in several countries. A special version of the song is used for 2013 NBA Playoffs telecasts on ESPN and ABC.
"#thatPOWER" was released on YouTube on March 15 and on iTunes on March 18. The song made its radio premiere on Capital FM in the United Kingdom on March 15. Will.i.am tweeted the cover art for the song on March 15. The song was recorded on February 20 at Metropolis, when Bieber and will.i.am were in London for the 2013 BRIT Awards. The song was released to American Contemporary radio on March 26, 2013. The single sold 108,000 digital downloads in its first week of release.
Will described "#thatPOWER" as uptempo.MTV's Jocelyn Vena said the song had "lyrical swagger" and noted how "Bieber brings his sweet vocals to the chorus", with a vibe that "recalls Kanye West's 2010 hit, 'Power'". According to The Hollywood Reporter, the song is dance-club oriented.
"#thatPOWER" received mixed reviews from music critics. E.E. Bradman for Common Sense Media wrote, "This one's all about the club: With its uptempo four-on-the-floor bass and kick assault, repeated choruses, and surging synths, "#thatPOWER" sounds and feels more like a remix than the first iteration of a new song." The Daily Star's John Earls rated it 8 out of 10 and commended Bieber's guest appearance in the song, saying that "it’s worth swiveling your chair around, Voice style, among Will’s predictable rave malarkey...#savedbythebieber."Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone called the song "a wan melody warbled by Bieber over generic 4/4 beats" and gave it two out of five stars, ending his review with "#FAIL."
On March 21, will.i.am tweeted about how exhausting rehearsals for the video were. On March 25, Capital FM reported that will.i.am was seen taking part in the production of parts of the video for the song in Los Angeles. The official video premiered on April 19, 2013. The video was filmed in Japan. An alternate "second screen" music video is available through an unlisted YouTube link when the song is tagged via Shazam. The alternate video does not contain audio and is meant to be viewed alongside the original music video in order to spot the differences between the two.
A funk and soul-infused version of "#thatPOWER" was arranged, recorded and performed by Judith Hill, on the television singing competition show The Voice. The performance was held on May 27, 2013, and was broadcast live on NBC. The studio-recorded version was digitally released during the same period.