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Black Eyed Peas Biography


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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years Active: 1995–present
Genres: Electro Hop, Hip Hop, Hip House, R&B, Alternative Hip Hop, Rap Rock, Pop


The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1995. The group is composed of rapper and multi-instrumentalist will.i.am, rappers apl.de.ap and Taboo, and singer-rapper Fergie.

Interscope Records released the band's debut album, “Behind the Front,” in the United States in June 1998. It reached #129 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

The band's second album, “Bridging the Gap,” was released in 2000 and peaked at #67 on the Billboard 200. It included the single "Request + Line", featuring Macy Gray. This was their final album as Black Eyed Peas, before they changed their name to The Black Eyed Peas.

In June 2003, the band released its third album, “Elephunk,” which included the singles "Where Is the Love?," the band's first international #1 single, "Shut Up," "Hey Mama" and "Let's Get It Started." It is the first album to feature the vocals of Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson. The album peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 and was certified 2x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Their fourth album, entitled “Monkey Business,” was released in 2005 and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 in many countries. It spawned their two highest-charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart at the time, "Don't Phunk with My Heart" and "My Humps," both of which reached #3. The album's tracks earned the group four 2006 Grammy Award nominations and they also won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Don't Phunk with My Heart."

The Black Eyed Peas released their fifth studio album, “The E.N.D.,” in June 2009. It became their highest charting album on the Billboard 200, reaching #1. The first single from the album, "Boom Boom Pow," peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band's first U.S. #1 hit, and held onto the top spot for twelve weeks until the album's second single, "I Gotta Feeling," replaced it. The album's third single, "Meet Me Halfway," reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The fourth single, "Imma Be", became the group's third #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Black Eyed Peas released their sixth studio album, “The Beginning,” in November 2010. The first single from the album, "The Time (Dirty Bit)," peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, “Just Can't Get Enough,” reached #3 on the Hot 100, becoming the group's tenth Top 10 hit.