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will.i.am Joins 'The Voice UK'

December 2nd, 2011 3:55pm EST
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Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am has signed on to coach and judge wannabe stars on U.K. talent show The Voice.

The I Gotta Feeling hit-maker recently announced his group is planning a hiatus, so each band member could take time to concentrate on solo ventures - and it appears will.i.am is already gearing up for his next project.

He'll be joining singer Jessie J as one of the four advisors on the TV talent show when it launches in Britain next spring.

He tells the BBC, "I'm proud to be doing The Voice U.K. because the U.K. was the first place I saw success. It's the place I'm the most cr...
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Rumors About Fergie Leaving The Peas Are 'So Not True & So Not Cool'

November 9th, 2011 9:19am EST
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Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am has blasted rumors alleging singer Fergie is quitting the group.

The hitmakers have been plagued by claims they are on the verge of a split after announcing in July that they are set to take a hiatus following the completion of their recent world tour.

Frontman will.i.am was forced to speak out to silence the reports last month and now the rapper has addressed the latest allegations on his Twitter - and he's taking aim at TV talk show host Wendy Williams for spreading the false news.

Quoting a tweet from Williams, he writes, ""@WendyWilliams: Hot Topics: @f...
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Alicia Keys' Charity Ball Raises $3 Million

November 4th, 2011 4:31pm EDT
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys' eighth annual Black Ball has raised $3 million for children's charity Keep A Child Alive.

The cash was raised during her high-profile gala in New York on Thursday and will help fund AIDS treatment and care in Africa and India.

Keys, who was joined onstage at the Hammerstein Ballroom by Usher, will.i.am and Norah Jones, among others, says, "I am overwhelmed by the kindness I witnessed last night ...

"I am forever grateful to all of our supporters whose generosity will provide AIDS treatment and care for so many in desperate need."

The event honored the late George Harriso...
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Black Eyed Peas Raise $4 Million With Rain-Soaked Charity Concert

October 2nd, 2011 11:00am EDT
Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas helped to raise $4 million for charity on Friday after playing through the rain to stage a special concert in New York's Central Park.

The "I Gotta Feeling" hitmakers were originally due to headline the free Concert 4 NYC in June, but thunderstorms forced the gig to be canceled at the last minute for reasons of safety.

It was rescheduled for Friday night and the Peas honored the date by playing a hits-filled set for the 60,000 fans packed onto the Great Lawn, performing tracks like "Imma Be," "My Humps," "Where Is The Love?" and "I Gotta Feeling."

The skies began to o...
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The Black Eyed Peas Join Michael Jackson Tribute Show

September 23rd, 2011 12:40pm EDT
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The Black Eyed Peas will return from their hiatus to perform at the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales.

The group is currently taking a break from performing, but frontman will.i.am has revealed they will be back on stage next month at the Michael Forever show to honor the late pop legend.

He says, "This show is going to be an incredibly personal and moving evening for me. Remember that Michael's music, his great, great songs, have been an inspiration to my whole life and certainly formed the soundtrack to my childhood... One day about four years ago, with The Black Eyed ...
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Fergie's Wax Figure Isn't Very Good

September 23rd, 2011 8:18am EDT
Fergie
Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas unveiled her wax statue at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas yesterday. We don't really see a strong likeness. Is it the nose? The angle of the statue?Check out a photo of her in the same outfit on stage below. What do you think?

Last week Kanye West indicated that the Black Eyed Peas' hiatus could be permanent. Will.I.Am quickly assured fans that's not the case.

He wrote on Twitter, "maybe @kanyewest was stating the fact we will take a rest for a little bit... but we the @bep will never die...never...impossible."

The real Fergie in a similar outfit:
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Will.I.Am Denies The Black Eyed Peas Are Breaking Up

September 21st, 2011 9:25am EDT
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Rapper Will.I.Am has assured fans the Black Eyed Peas are not breaking up after Kanye West suggested the band was splitting for good during a performance in Texas.

The hitmakers announced in July they are planning to take a hiatus once they wrap up their current world tour, but West sparked speculation the break would be a more permanent one as he played a set at the Austin City Limits Music Festival last Friday.

At the end of his song All of the Lights, which features a host of stars including Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, he shouted out, "Rest in peace to the Black Eyed Peas. You're go...
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Stars Commemorate 10th Anniversary Of 9/11

September 11th, 2011 9:55am EDT
Lea Michele, Will.i.am and Olivia Wilde
Stars from across the world of showbusiness have remembered the victims of 9/11 on the 10th anniversary of the atrocity.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the worst terrorist attack in America's history after two hijacked airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers at New York's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. A third slammed into the Pentagon in Virginia and a fourth crash landed in Pennsylvania.

Now a whole host of famous faces have taken to their Twitter.com blogs to pay tribute to the spirit of the American people.

Glee star Lea Michele, who was born in the Bronx, New York, wri...
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Josh Duhamel Raises $1 Million For Hometown

September 5th, 2011 11:45am EDT
Josh Duhamel
Josh Duhamel helped raised more than $1 million for his North Dakota hometown by hosting a Black Eyed Peas concert on Saturday.

The actor recruited his wife Fergie's band to headline a benefit show in his native Minot after heavy flooding forced 11,000 residents in the city from their homes earlier this summer.

About 16,000 fans turned up at the Minot Rising show at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds, where singer Fergie gave a shout out to the locals.

She told the crowd, "This is a beautiful, beautiful vision for us, especially for me because I have family here now... It might be small,...
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Fergie Looks To Break Huey Lewis's Attendance Record At North Dakota Flood Benefit

August 31st, 2011 10:17pm EDT
Fergie
The Black Eyed Peas are hoping to break Huey Lewis & the News' gig attendance record when they perform a charity show in Minot, North Dakota on Saturday.

Singer Fergie urged her bandmates to do something to help the locals in her husband Josh Duhamel's hometown after a recent flood left the place devastated - and they jumped at the chance to stage a benefit concert.

Now, after learning actor Duhamel was in the audience for the town's biggest show on record, she wants to go one better.

Calling in to local DJ Chris Berg's radio show on Wednesday, she said, "When I was young I had a huge cr...
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Sting To Celebrate His 60th Birthday With Charity Concert

August 31st, 2011 7:46am EDT
Sting
Sting will celebrate his upcoming 60th birthday in style - he's staging a charity concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder.

The rocker, who turns the milestone on October 2nd, is to mark the date with a charity show, and he's invited his showbiz pals to take to the stage with him in New York.

Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am, Rufus Wainwright and Billy Joel are also among the stars set to play the one-off concert, to raise funds for anti-poverty charity the Robin Hood Foundation.

The gig, which also marks the 25th anniversary of Sting's solo care...
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Q&A: Meet The Ladies Of Official Hot Mess

August 24th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Official Hot Mess
Kristy and Lindsey Landers Niedenfuer - the sisters who front Official Hot Mess - have entertainment in their family tree. They're the daughters of actress Judy Landers (of The Love Boat and Charlie's Angels) and Tom Niedenfuer, who won a World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981. What are a pair of girls to do to follow that pedigree? Kristy and Lindsey started a band. They recently stopped in to chat about their musical success, famous parentage, and how much looks matter in the music industry.

Let's start at the beginning. How did you two choose music as a career?

Musi...
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Will.i.am Urges Justin Bieber To Write Music

August 12th, 2011 1:44pm EDT
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Will.i.am is pushing Justin Bieber to take control of his career by learning to write and produce his own songs.

The Black Eyed Peas star is producing the follow-up to Bieber's debut album My World 2.0 and he wants the 17 year old to do more work behind the scenes to ensure long-term success.

He tells Los Angeles DJ Ryan Seacrest, "I want to get Justin Bieber into writing his own music and producing his own songs... Justin as an artist has to fight. Michael Jackson fought, Prince fought, the ones that stood around for a long time are the ones that are always fighting for something."

A...
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Will.i.am Recommends Students To Study Abroad In China

August 1st, 2011 6:29pm EDT
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Rapper Will.i.am has signed up to perform a special concert in China to encourage American students to study abroad and expand their cultural boundaries.

The Black Eyed Peas star met with officials at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. on Friday and agreed to headline a gig for the 100,000 Strong Initiative, a motion made by President Barack Obama to match the rising number of Chinese students who travel to America to learn.

The singer's show will benefit Americans Promoting Study Abroad, a non-profit organization which provides financial support to low-income students partak...
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Our Favorite Celebrity Feuds

May 31st, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Celebrity Feuds
Recently, it was reported that "The Situation" and Ronnie got into a major fist-fight while shooting the fourth season of the "Jersey Shore" in Italy. The two have long been frienemies and it looks like the tension between them finally reached a boiling point. The Sitch and Ronnie's feud is one of many celebrity feuds in Hollywood that have escalated. Here are some other celebrity conflicts and rivalries that have involved trash-talking, backstabbing, and at the same time, provided us with pure entertainment.

Rosie O'Donnell vs. Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been invol...
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The Black Eyed Peas Announce Free Concert For Charity In Central Park

May 2nd, 2011 4:33pm EDT
The Black Eyed Peas at Z100
Central Park just received a music makeover with The Black Eyed Peas announcing their first ever concert in this legendary space on June 9th, 2011. This free concert, with a special text-to-donate feature, will raise money the Robin Hood Foundation and its mission to fight poverty in New York City, as well as fund the creation of three new sites for The Black Eyed Peas' Peapod Academies in NYC.

"We are thrilled to follow in the footsteps of icons such as Simon & Garfunkel and Diana Ross by performing a free concert for our fans in Central Park," reveals Fergie. "But more importantly, we ar...
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Will.I.Am Hates Playing 'My Humps'

April 22nd, 2011 9:35am EDT
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Will.I.Am no longer enjoys performing the Black Eyed Peas' hit "My Humps" live because he can't stand the song's lyrics.

The hip-hop group scored a hit in 2005 with the catchy track, but rapper will.i.am admits he quickly grew tired of playing the saucy song at concerts.

He tells MTV.com, "Before... it was like, 'We know we gotta play (hit songs) 'Pump It' and 'Let's Get It Started.' We used to do 'Let's Get It Started' at the end, because that was our big finale, which didn't really make sense. And for a while, (we did) 'My Humps' and then it got to the point where we didn't want to play...
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Black Eyed Peas Open Manhattan Music School

April 20th, 2011 8:10am EDT
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The Black Eyed Peas have opened a special school in New York for local teenagers to learn how to use music and video equipment.

The Boom Boom Pow hit-makers teamed up their charitable Peapod Foundation with the Adobe Foundation, run by heads at software giant Adobe Systems Inc., for their latest venture.

The group has already set up three Youth Voices academies throughout California - and now they've branched out to Manhattan.

The school will allow teenagers to use professional equipment to produce music and videos when it opens in July.

Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am explains, "Our...
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'American Idol' Recap: Thia And Naima Go Home On A Revamped Results Show

April 1st, 2011 9:29am EDT
Naima and Thia eliminated
It only took them ten seasons, but the ‘Idol’ producers finally got it right.

Last night’s results show was the first in the show’s history that didn’t seem forced; didn’t seem like two-thirds filler, and didn’t feel like we were just sloughing through the hour while we waited for the 90 seconds we actually want to see. This was a results show that moved through swiftly with segments we actually wanted to watch.

And it was so simple: Just divide the group performances into several parts. Instead of trotting all the contestants out for one lame lip-synched choreography train, just put them...
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Q&A: DJ Pauly D Dishes On Britney Spears, The Palms, & Taking 'Jersey Shore' To Italy

March 28th, 2011 3:51pm EDT
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MTV may have been the spring board, but Pauly D's explosive career is definitely surpassing the "Shore" due to his passion for beats, infectious personality, and witty charm. His status as one of the most in demand DJ's in the world is now set in stone with The Palms Las Vegas naming Pauly as their latest resident DJ for 2011. So with all of this blazing star power, it was only fitting that one of his first gigs for this wildly popular hotel brand turned out to be a headlining performance with one of the most sought after pop icons of our time: Britney Spears!

Starpulse had the honor of ca...
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Happy 36th Birthday, Fergie!

March 27th, 2011 6:27pm EDT
Fergie
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie celebrated her 36th birthday at The Bank at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Friday night. The singer arrived looking fabulous in a pink Herve Leger bandage dress with fringe running down the sides and turquoise open-toe heels.

Fergie's husband, Transformers star Josh Duhamel, didn't make the party, but she had plenty of friends with her to celebrate.

Fergie's currently getting ready to hit the road again with the BEPs - on June 22 they'll head overseas to kick off their international tour.

This week, the band showed their support for victims of...
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Black Eyed Peas Dedicate Their Latest Video To Japan

March 15th, 2011 1:47pm EDT
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The Black Eyed Peas have dedicated their new music video to those affected by the tsunami in Japan, as the band narrowly missed becoming embroiled in the disaster during the shoot.

The pop stars filmed the promo for new single Just Can't Get Enough in Tokyo a week before Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a massive tidal wave, which hit Japan's east coast and swept inland killing thousands of residents.

The band, fronted by Will.i.am and Fergie, jetted out of Japan just days before the disaster struck, and they have now added a special message to the video, urging fans to donat...
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Celebrities Tweet Prayers & Well Wishes To Japan Earthquake Victims

March 11th, 2011 9:10am EST
Melanie Brown
Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown is terrified she will be caught up in a tsunami horror following Friday's earthquake in Japan.

The singer and her husband Stephen Belafonte are currently on a trip around the Far East and travelled to Malaysia from Singapore earlier this week.

She took to Twitter soon after the 8.9-magnitude tremor hit Japan on Friday - but her concerns turned to terror when a tsunami warning was issued for more than 20 countries and islands, including Malaysia.

In a series of posts, Brown writes, "My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Japan I can not believe ...
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Miley Cyrus Mocks Fergie in Hilarious 'Saturday Night Live' Black Eyed Peas Sketch (Video)

March 6th, 2011 3:40pm EST
Miley Cyrus
There were a lot of good things about this week's Saturday Night Live, and one of them - perhaps the funniest skit on Saturday's show - featured first-time host Miley Cyrus putting her singing voice to good use while mocking Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie.

Cast regulars Kenan Thompson and Andy Sandberg played the two 'other guys' in the group - apl.de.ap and Taboo, respectively - hosting their own talk show which gets crashed by Fergie (Cyrus) and BEPs frontman will.i.am (either totally downplayed or just unconvincingly by Jay Pharaoh).

And who did the "b-list BEPs" have on their "show" as...
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Britney Spears Talks New Album, Boyfriend's Ripped Abs (Video)

March 5th, 2011 1:30pm EST
Britney Spears
Britney Spears is back. She stopped by Ryan Seacrest's studio on Friday and told him what it's like to be a "Femme Fatale." She says her new album (which drops March 29) is "defitinely my best work yet." She added, "It's definitely something you want to work out to."

She talked about her collaborator will.i.am. "He's amazing. He's so much fun. He's funny. He's a charm. I love him," she said.

What about the other man in her life - her boyfriend Jason Trawick? Click on the video below to see what Britney and Ryan had to say about him:
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Top 10 Influential African American Musicians Today

February 25th, 2011 11:27pm EST
Beyonce
African American musicians in today's music world are not merely just entertainers, but individuals of many facets. Showcased below are a few that we think, with the help of the success of their music careers, are the top 10 influential African American musicians in music today. African American musicians in today's music world are not merely just entertainers, but individuals of many facets. Showcased below are a few that we think, with the help of the success of their music careers, are the top 10 influential African American musicians in music today.

Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowle...
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Black Eyed Peas' Taboo: 'No one Ever Heard of a Mexican b-boy'

February 20th, 2011 9:00am EST
Taboo
Taboo is a founding member of the six-time Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas. A Mexican-American with Shoshone blood on his mother’s side, Jaime Luis Gomez defied expectations early on—first by rejecting the limitations imposed on him by society, then by staying true to his dream of becoming a star. In FALLIN’ UP: My Story (Touchstone Hardcover/Simon & Schuster; February 8, 2011; $24.99; ISBN: 978-1-4391-9206-1), he tells the riveting story of his journey from the drug crime-ridden neighborhoods of L.A. to the packed performance sites around the world.

During a childho...
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Christina Aguilera Apologizes For Her Super Bowl Fumble

February 7th, 2011 9:15am EST
Christina Aguilera
Singer Christina Aguilera has issued a public apology after she botched the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

The Grammy winner took to the field ahead of the big game on Sunday to belt out the patriotic tune, but she was left red-faced after singing the wrong lyrics just three lines into her rendition. Critics and bloggers flocked online to point out Aguilera's blunder, while footage of the mistake has already become a popular video on clip-sharing website YouTube.com.

Now, the singer has apologized for the incident, releasing a statement which reads: "I got so caught up in the momen...
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Black Eyed Peas Hit It Out Of The Park With Stunning Super Bowl Half-Time Show

February 7th, 2011 8:36am EST
Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas turned Texas' Cowboys Stadium into a spectacular light show as part of a stunning half-time performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday.

The quartet wore Tron-inspired light-enhanced costumes for their short hits set and were joined by hundreds of colorful dancers, who helped create arrows and hearts on the field during the show.

The band raced through hits like Boom Boom Pow, I Gotta Feeling and Let's Get It Started, while guitarist Slash joined them for a brief version of Sweet Child O' Mine, and Usher also took the stadium stage to perform his hit OMG. And the perform...
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The Black Eyed Peas Get Pumped For The Super Bowl (Pics & Video)

February 5th, 2011 8:30pm EST
Black Eyed Peas
Watch Black Eyed Peas front-man will.i.am get pumped for the big game on Sunday and share a little more about what fans can expect from their half-time performance in Dallas.

BEPs are set to give away an exclusive signed souvenir from the Super Bowl through their new BEP360 app. Visit their website for more details.

And here's something you probably didn't know - Fergie will be the first woman to appear on the Super Bowl half-time stage since Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" in 2004 and she's determined to keep it clean.

She'll hit the stage her bandmates and special gues...
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