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The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas is a hip-hop act from America, based in Los Angeles. The line-up of the band is Fergie, Will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo.
The Black Eyed Peas: The Early Years
The Black Eyed Peas signed to Interscope Records and released their debut album in 1998. The album was entitled Behind the Front and received critical acclaim, as did their live backing band, The Bucky Jonson. The single 'Joints and Jams' was selected for the soundtrack of Bulworth, which starred Warren Beatty and Halle Berry. The album included appearances from De La Soul, Macy Gray and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5. Two years later, they released their second studio album, Bridging the Gap, which also featured Macy Gray, on 'Request Line'.
The Black Eyed Peas: Breakthrough & Career
In 2003, The Black Eyed Peas released their third studio album, Elephunk. It was the first of their albums to feature the vocals of Stacy 'Fergie' Ferguson, who replaced Kim Hill. The original choice of singer had been Nicole Scherzinger, who went on to become a singer of Pussycat Dolls. Elephunk contained the single 'Where Is the Love?' which featured Justin Timberlake and was the band's first major hit. Another hit single from the album was the track 'Shut Up', as was 'Hey Mama'.
The Black Eyed Peas re-recorded 'Shut Up' and 'Let's Get It Started' in 'Simlish': the language used in The Sims computer game.
The Black Eyed Peas then released Monkey Business in 2005, much of which was written during their tour with N*E*R*D. the lead single for the album was 'Don't Phunk With My Heart'. Monkey Business features Jack Johnson on guitar.
The biggest hit from the album was 'My Humps', which was critically panned (largely for its lyrical content) as much as it was commercially celebrated. They toured the album supporting Gwen Stefani. The Black Eyed Peas also performed at the London leg of the Live 8 concerts along with Razorlight, Eddie Izzard, Kasabian and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In 2005, The Black Eyed Peas' cover of John Lennon's 'Power to the People' was released by Amnesty International. They have also performed the song live with Mary J Blige and John Legend.
A remix album entitled Renegotiations: The Remixes was released to iTunes. Among the various remixers were DJ Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock and Erick Sermon.
June 2009 saw the Black Eyed Peas release The E.N.D. (the Energy Never Dies). The track 'Boom Boom Pow' was a number one hit for twelve weeks in the US and also reached number one in Australia, Canada and the UK. The track 'I Gotta Feeling' was produced by David Guetta and will.i.am has stated that the sound of the album was inspired by The Presets. The third single from The E.N.D. was 'Meet Me Halfway'.
The Black Eyed Peas: Side Projects
Will.i.am has had a successful solo career in his own right and has collaborated with a number of high profile artists, including Michael Jackson, Cheryl Cole, Sergio Mendes, Carlos Santana and U2.
Fergie has also had a successful solo career, with the release of The Duchess, her 2006 album.
Apl.de.ap announced that he was working on a solo album, with Chad Hugo of the Neptunes as well as Illmind of G-Unit.
Taboo announced that his debut, self-titled album would be released in 2010.
18th September 2013 -
Fergie gave birth to hers and husband Josh Duhamel's first child together last month, on 29 August, and after a period of relative silence from the new parents as they adjust to their dramatically different...
17th July 2013 -
For two series, Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am has been a judge and vocal coach on the swivel-chaired singing competition that sees thousands of popstar hopefuls whittled down to just one winner. When asked by...
7th June 2013 -
Ah, we was wondering when this was going to happen. One Direction have added a couple more million to their bank accounts, though this time they're thinking for themselves. Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan,...
19th February 2013 -
Fergie, of the Black Eyed Peas (not the British royal family) has announced that she's pregnant!Real name Stacey Ann Ferguson used Twitter to unveil the joyous news for herself and husband, actor Josh Duhamel. Josh...
19th February 2013 -
Fergie has announced that she’s pregnant, the only way that celebrities know how to announce anything, these days. Gone are the times that their press agent would hurriedly scribble a press release and contact all...
7th February 2013 -
The Fergie rumors reached fever pitch over the weekend, after the Black Eyed Peas singer was snapped carrying what media outlets described as "a few extra pounds." Fergie - real name Stacy Ferguson - is...
17th October 2012 -
So it is Beyonce's turn to lead out the fun and games at the famous Super Bowl half-time show. Quite frankly it's been a long time coming; one of the premiere pop stars of the...
1st October 2012 -
Having reached the Arizona leg of his “Believe” tour in Glendale, USA, Justin Bieber showed true loyalty and dedication to his fans and career by performing valiantly in sickness and in health. The...
27th September 2012 -
Will.I.Am wants U.S. education officials to help prepare students for a technological future so they can compete in years to come with younger generations who will be brought up fluent on it. The Black Eyed...
21st September 2012 -
One Direction almost caused a riot at the iTunes Festival at London’s Roundhouse on Thursday evening (September 20, 2012) just by, err, being there. The Press Association reports how fans “squealed and cried” as the...
22nd December 2010 -
You'll be familiar with 'The Time (Dirty Bit)', the ubiquitous chart-topper which opens The Black Eyed Peas' new album. It's an embarrassing mess of Auto-Tuned vocals, cringe-worthy rapping, and keyboard-demo beats. It unashamedly quotes from...
31st January 2006 -
Black Eye PeasPump ItSingle ReviewWhenever I see a new Black Eye Peas single I never know whether I am eager or hesitant to hear it. Their crazy lyrics and jumpy dance beats are sometimes a...
28th September 2005 -
The Black Eyed PeasDon't LieThe Black Eye Peas continue on with their recent success releasing 'Don't Lie' from their latest album 'Monkey Business'. It can't be forgotten all their past works that established them as...
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