The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group. The group mainly comprises rappers
will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, and singer Fergie. Originally an alternative hip hop
group, they subsequently added R&B, pop, and EDM/dance influences. Although the group
was founded in Los Angeles in 1995, it was not until the release of their third
album Elephunk in 2003 that they found widespread acclaim and achieved high record
sales. Since that time, the group has sold an estimated 56 million records worldwide.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, 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, 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". 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, 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", 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
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 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.
The album's first two singles, "The Time (Dirty Bit)" and "Just Can't Get
Enough", became international hits and topped the charts in many countries.