The Black Eyed Peas are back!
Posted by: MYX Philippines 4/23/2009
After a four-year break between studio albums, three-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum Interscope recording group The Black Eyed Peas are back with The E.N.D.. The Black Eyed PeasÆ fifth studio album is set to arrive June 9, 2009.
The E.N.D. is the Black Eyed PeasÆ first original new album since Monkey Business (released May 2005), with sales of over 4 million in the U.S., worldwide sales of more than 9 million copies. Here in the Philippines, Monkey Business sold more than 20,00 units. Their previous album also generated Grammy Awards over two consecutive years, when the RIAA gold single ôDon't Phunk with My Heartö won Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group at the 2006 ceremonies; and the RIAA platinum single ôMy Humpsö won Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group in 2007. ôMy Humpsö also won the MTV VMA for Best Hip-Hop Video in 2006.
The intervening three years encompassed a hugely successful solo album from Fergie (The Dutchess, her worldwide 6 million-selling solo debut of 2006 is approaching 13 million in total digital downloads) and a solo release from Producer Of the Year Grammy nominee will.i.am (2007Æs Songs About Girls), plus two world tours and a live performance DVD (2006Æs Live From Sydney To Vegas).Of special note is willÆs involvement in the 2008 Presidential campaign of Barack Obama, whose song, ôYes We Canö was written by will.i.am, as well as the two post-election anthems, ôItÆs A New Dayö and ôAmericaÆs Song.ö For further information and video clips, go to www.dipdive.com.
There were also several notable movie soundtrack contribu¼tions over the past four years, including will.i.amÆs recent collaboration with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer on the score of 2008Æs Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. will also lent his voice to the filmÆs animated character Moto Moto. Look for starring roles in upcoming films from Fergie (Nine), will.i.am (X-men Origins:Wolverine) and Taboo (Streetfighter).
With worldwide sales in excess of 26 million units and a total of 11 Grammy Award nominations, The Black Eyed Peas are one of the most successful recording groups. Based in Los Angeles, original members will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo released their first album in 1998, Behind The Front (though will and apl were rapping together for ten years before that). Bridging The Gap, the second Black Eyed Peas album, arrived in 2000.
With 2003Æs breakthrough album Elephunk, and FergieÆs entry into the lineup, the Peas became international superstars. The album spun off the worldwide #1 hit ôWhere Is the Love,ö ôShut Up,ö ôHey Mama,ö and ôLetÆs Get It Started,ö which won the Black Eyed Peas their first Grammy Award, for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group. Monkey Business extended and surpassed its predecessor, fueled by the back-to-back chart sensations ôDonÆt Phunk With My Heartö and ôMy Humps.ö As the group stayed on the road in 2006, the 8-track EP Renegotiations: The Remixes was issued and the touring was chronicled on Live From Sydney To Vegas, the full-length live performance DVD. To date, they have logged 222 headline tour dates in 29 countries with 1.5 million tickets sold.
The E.N.D. now begins the next chapter û and the next decade û in the career of The Black Eyed Peas.