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THE BLACK EYED PEAS (originally simply BLACK EYED PEAS) are an American group, consisting of rappers will.i.am , apl.de.ap , Taboo , and Fergie . Originally an alternative hip hop group, they subsequently changed their musical sound to pop and dance-pop music. Although the group was founded in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in 1995, it was not until the release of their third album Elephunk in 2003 that they achieved high record sales. Since that time, the group has sold an estimated 76 million records (35 million albums and 41 million singles), making them one of the world\'s best-selling groups of all time . According to Nielsen SoundScan , The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
were the second-best-selling artist/group of all time for downloaded tracks , with over 42 million sales as of the end of 2011.

Their first major hit was the 2003 single " Where Is the Love? " from Elephunk, which topped the charts in 13 countries, including the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, where it spent seven weeks at number one and went on to become Britain's biggest selling single of 2003. Another European hit single from the album was "Shut Up ". Their fourth album, Monkey Business , was an even bigger worldwide success, certified 4× Platinum in the U.S., and spawning four singles, "Don\'t Phunk with My Heart ", "Don\'t Lie ", " My Humps ", and " Pump It
Pump It
". In 2009, the group became one of only 11 artists to have simultaneously held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
, with their singles " Boom Boom Pow " and " I Gotta Feeling ", which topped the chart for an unprecedented 26 consecutive weeks. This album The E.N.D later produced a third Hot 100 number-one placement with " Imma Be
Imma Be
", making the group one of few to ever place three number one singles on the chart from the same album, before being followed with "Rock That Body " and " Meet Me Halfway ", which peaked in the Top 10 of the Hot 100. "I Gotta Feeling" became the first single to sell more than one million downloads in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
.

The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
were ranked 12th on Billboard's Decade-End Chart Artist of the Decade, and 7th in the Hot 100 Artists of the Decade. At the 52nd Grammy Awards
52nd Grammy Awards
ceremony, held in January 2010, they won three awards out of six nominations. In November 2010, they released the album The Beginning . In February 2011, the group performed at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show .

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 1988–2000: Atban Klann, Behind the Front, and Bridging the Gap * 1.2 2000–04: Addition of Fergie and Elephunk * 1.3 2004–09: Monkey Business and first hiatus * 1.4 2009–14: The E.N.D, The Beginning and second hiatus * 1.5 2015–present: 20th anniversary, new projects

* 2 Appearances * 3 Charity events * 4 Other media

* 5 Members

* 5.1 Timeline

* 6 Discography * 7 Tours * 8 Awards and nominations * 9 See also * 10 References * 11 External links

HISTORY

1988–2000: ATBAN KLANN, BEHIND THE FRONT, AND BRIDGING THE GAP

The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
date back to 1988, when eighth-graders William Adams (will.i.am ) and Allan Pineda (apl.de.ap ) met and began rapping and performing together around Los Angeles. The pair signed to Ruthless Records
Ruthless Records
(run by Eazy-E
Eazy-E
) in 1992, catching the attention of Eazy-E
Eazy-E
manager Jerry Heller 's nephew. Along with another friend of theirs, Dante Santiago, they called their trio Atban Klann (ATBAN: A Tribe Beyond a Nation). Will 1X (aka will.i.am), apl.de.ap, Mookie Mook, DJ Motiv8 (aka Monroe Walker), and Dante Santiago formed Atban Klann. Their debut album, Grass Roots , was never released due to Ruthless records founder Eazy-E's death.

After Eazy-E
Eazy-E
died in 1995, Atban Klann reformed and changed their name to Black Eyed Pods, and then Black Eyed Peas. Dante Santiago was replaced with Jaime Gomez (Taboo ), and Kim Hill became a steady background singer. Unlike the "gangsta rap " sounds of Los Angeles-based hip hop acts at the time, the trio performed with a live band and adopted a conscious musical and appearance style. After being signed to Interscope Records and releasing their debut, Behind the Front (1998) the group (and their accompanying live band) earned critical acclaim. One of the singles from the album was "Joints & Jam ", and was featured on the Bulworth
Bulworth
soundtrack. Singer Sierra Swan joined in 1998, appearing on the 1998 song "Fallin' Up", before she left in 2000. Their second album, Bridging the Gap (2000), produced the singles "Weekends " featuring Esthero and " Request + Line " featuring R"> The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
signing autographs in 2004.

Their third album Elephunk began development on November 2, 2001, but was not released until 2003. It was the first album to feature the vocals of current member Fergie . Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger
was originally approached to join the Peas, but was forced to decline because she was a member of Eden\'s Crush and was under contract. Fergie joined the group in 2002, introduced to will.i.am by Dante Santiago. Elephunk is also the first album that indicated and demonstrated the new, polished pop sound designed to attract mass audiences. In a positive review of The Black Eyed Peas' new-found style, Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
noted that since 2002, when the group "hired a blond bombshell named Stacy 'Fergie' Ferguson and gave up their pursuit of backpack-rapper cred, they have made a kind of spiritual practice of recording futuristic songs – a total aesthetic commitment that extends from their garish wardrobes to their United Colors of Benetton worldview."

From Elephunk came " Where Is the Love? ", which became The Black Eyed Peas' first major hit, peaking at No.8 on the U.S. Hot 100, but topping the charts in several other countries, including seven weeks at No.1 in the United Kingdom, where it became the biggest-selling single of 2003. The single had similar results in Australia, staying at No.1 for six weeks. In an interview with TalkofFame.com, Taboo shared that Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
's split with Britney Spears
Britney Spears
impacted the recording of "Where Is The Love?". The album subsequently spawned "Shut Up ", which peaked at No.2 in the UK and topped the charts in many success and went Gold and Platinum in the U.S., UK, Germany, and other European markets. The third single from the album, although significantly restyled from the original Elephunk version, "Hey Mama " hit the top 5 in Australia and the top 10 in the UK, Germany and other European countries and reached No.23 in the U.S. The song received even more exposure in 2003 when it was featured in the first "silhouette" television commercial for the iPod . Their fourth single from the album was titled "Let\'s Get It Started ". Let's Get It Started" won a 2005 Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and also received two nominations for Record of the Year and Best Rap Song. In 2004, The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
embarked on the Elephunk Tour, hitting many countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

2004–09: MONKEY BUSINESS AND FIRST HIATUS

The Black Eyed Peas' apl.de.ap and Fergie in 2005

Their fourth album, Monkey Business , was recorded through 2004 and was released on June 7, 2005. Much of the pre-production writing was performed on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus while on The Black Eyed Peas tour of 2004. The album's first single, "Don\'t Phunk with My Heart ", was a hit in the U.S., reaching number three on the U.S. Hot 100. The spot the song reached was the highest peak yet of their career in the U.S. (this was later broken when " Boom Boom Pow " peaked at the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100) and earned them another Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group . The song reached three in the UK, and five in Canada, and stayed at number one for three weeks in Australia. Some radio stations, concerned about complaints of obscenity, played an alternative version, "Don't Mess with My Heart". "Don\'t Lie ", the second single from the album, saw success on the U.S. Hot 100, reaching No. 14, although becoming somewhat more successful in the UK and Australia, reaching a peak of No.6 in both countries. " My Humps ", another song from the album, immediately achieved commercial success in the U.S. and fairly substantial radio play despite the sexually suggestive lyrics, reaching number three on the U.S. Hot 100 and number one in Australia, making it their fourth Australian number one single. However, many mocked the song for its poor lyrical content; John Bush, writing for AllMusic , described it as "one of the most embarrassing rap performances of the new millennium". Despite this, the album Monkey Business debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200
Billboard 200
albums chart, selling over 295,000 copies in its first week and was later certified triple platinum by the RIAA . Their next and last commercially released single from the album was " Pump It
Pump It
", which borrows much of its sound from " Misirlou ", specifically Dick Dale
Dick Dale
's version; it peaked at number 8 in Australia but 18 in America. The Black Eye Peas performing in the 2005 Grey Cup
Grey Cup
halftime show The Black Eyed Peas performing on August 24, 2006

In September 2005, The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
released an iTunes Originals playlist of their greatest hits, as well as some that were re-recorded especially for purchase through iTunes. The playlist includes popular songs such as "Don\'t Lie ", "Shut Up ", and a new version of "Where Is the Love? " It has small stories containing info and commentary about the songs and how the group first met. In autumn 2005, The Black Eyed Peas set off to tour with Gwen Stefani, as supporting act. In December 2005, they embarked on the "European Tour", which toured multiple countries in Europe. The European leg which opened in Tel Aviv , Israel, continued to Ireland, the UK, France and Germany. After heading to Europe and Asia, they toured the U.S. again, and South America.

In addition to touring, the Black Eyed Peas also headlined the halftime show at the Grey Cup
Grey Cup
on November 27, 2005 .

The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
starred in a series of web shorts for Snickers called Instant Def, appearing as a group of hip-hop superheroes. On March 21, 2006, The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
released a remix album, titled Renegotiations: The Remixes to iTunes . It features remixed versions of "Ba Bump", "My Style", "Feel It", "Disco Club", "They Don't Want Music", "Audio Delite at Low Fidelity", and the standard version and video of "Like That ". The following week, it was released on CD without the music video. Participants on the EP included DJ Premier
DJ Premier
, Pete Rock , Erick Sermon
Erick Sermon
, DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ Jazzy Jeff
, and Large Professor . In March 2006, The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
hit the road again as the featured headliner for the 6th Annual Honda Civic Tour with supporting bands Flipsyde and The Pussycat Dolls
The Pussycat Dolls
. They again brought the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus on the tour with them to craft new songs for Fergie 's solo debut album. In 2006, they went on tour with The Pussycat Dolls .

In 2007, The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
embarked on the Black Blue "> The Black Eyed Peas performing on October 7, 2009 The Black Eyed Peas joined by DJ David Guetta
David Guetta
headline the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London, July 2011.

In early 2009, both Fergie and the group left A&M Records
A&M Records
for unknown reasons, both Fergie and the group are still with Interscope Records .

The group's fifth studio album, The E.N.D ("The Energy Never Dies"), was released on June 9, 2009. The overall sound of the album has a more electro hop beat rather than the usual hip pop/R the remix was also a bonus track on the deluxe edition of The E.N.D.
The E.N.D.

Their sixth studio album, The Beginning , was released on November 30, 2010, and received mixed reviews. The album's first single release was called " The Time (Dirty Bit) ", and was revealed on October 20, 2010, through will.i.am's Twitter account. The music video was directed by Rich Lee, who had previously directed the video for " Imma Be
Imma Be
Rocking That Body". "Just Can\'t Get Enough ", the second single from The Beginning was released in February 18, 2011. Its music video was released on March 16, 2011, and it was filmed in Tokyo
Tokyo
, one week before the earthquake and the tsunami . The video was directed by Ben Mor. The group's third single was "Don\'t Stop the Party " and it was released on May 10, 2011. On the same day, a music video for the song was released on iTunes , along with the single. The video, which is directed by Ben Mor, features on stage and backstage footage of the group during The E.N.D. World Tour in 2009–10. The video premiered on Vevo
Vevo
on May 12, 2011. On May 22, the group appeared on the 2011 Billboard Music Awards and won 1 of their 4 nominations, for "Top Duo/Group". Super Bowl XLV halftime show

February 6, 2011 the Black Eyed Peas headlined the Super Bowl halftime show . The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
were the second artist to have performed in both the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
and Grey Cup
Grey Cup
halftime shows, and are one of only three artists to have ever done so As of February 2017 . Shania Twain
Shania Twain
did it before them (performing in the 2002 Grey Cup
Grey Cup
and 2003 Super Bowl
Super Bowl
halftime shows) and Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz
did it after them (performing in the 2007 Grey Cup
Grey Cup
and 2014 Super Bowl
Super Bowl
halftime shows).

On the July 6, 2011 during a concert at Alton Towers
Alton Towers
in Staffordshire , The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
announced they are taking an indefinite hiatus following the completion of their current tour, as they did between 2005 and 2009. will.i.am later confirmed the news on Twitter, adding that the break does not mean they will "stop creating". On November 23, 2011, the group made their last performance for The Beginning Tour in Miami
Miami
with opening acts including Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green
, Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah
.

2015–PRESENT: 20TH ANNIVERSARY, NEW PROJECTS

During an interview with NRJ, will.i.am in talking about his solo album also confirmed that The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
would start recording sessions for their seventh studio album in 2015. In an interview on Capital Breakfast , will.i.am said that the Peas will reform in 2015 for their 20th anniversary. The Peas premiered a new song titled "Awesome" that was included in commercials for the 2015 NBA playoffs. The song did not include Fergie, with people questioning if she would be a part of the upcoming album. On the 20th anniversary of their debut, the Peas premiered a new song titled "Yesterday " through Apple Music , though the song also does not feature Fergie.

On August 31, 2016, The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
released a new version of their song " Where Is the Love? ". The song is titled #WHERESTHELOVE and is credited to " The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
featuring The World". The song as well as the accompanying video feature many other popular artists and all four members of the group, will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap Favorite Rock/Pop Group & Favorite R"> The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas
on The E.N.D Tour in tour at Madison Square Garden, 2009 Studio albums

* Behind the Front (1998) * Bridging the Gap (2000) * Elephunk (2003) * Monkey Business (2005) * The E.N.D.
The E.N.D.
(2009) * The Beginning (2010)

TOURS

Main article: List of The Black Eyed Peas tours

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by The Black Eyed Peas

SEE ALSO

* Book: The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas

* List of artists who have had number-one singles on the UK Official Download Chart * List of best-selling music downloads in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
* List of Billboard Social 50 number-one artists

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A&M Records
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Super Bowl
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Shania Twain
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Super Bowl
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The Black Eyed Peas
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Lenny Kravitz
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Super Bowl
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SB Nation
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Shania Twain
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Super Bowl
and the Grey Cup
Grey Cup
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The Black Eyed Peas
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