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The Black Eyed Peas are an American hip hop group, formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1995. The group includes rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and singer Fergie. Since the release of their third album Elephunk in 2003, the group has sold an estimated 56 million records worldwide. Their first worldwide song was "Where Is the Love?" in 2003, which topped over ten charts worldwide. Another single was the European hit "Shut Up". Their next album Monkey Business, was a worldwide success, certified 4× Platinum in the U.S., and spawning two singles, "My Humps" and "Don't Phunk with My Heart".
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", with the next
single "Meet Me Halfway" achieving similar success, from the album The
E.N.D.. These three singles topped the chart for an unprecedented 30
consecutive weeks in 2009. The album 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" which managed to peak in
the Top 10 of Hot 100. "I Gotta Feeling" became the first single to
sell more than 1 million downloads in the United Kingdom.
The Black Eyed Peas were ranked 12th on the Billboard's Decade-End
Chart Artist of the Decade, and 7th in the Hot 100 Artists of the
Decade. The group has been nominated for "Most Popular International
Artist" in the ARIA Music Awards. In November 2010, they released the
album The Beginning. The first single of the album was "The Time (Dirty
Bit)" and topped the charts in many countries. In February 2011, the
group performed at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show. The album's second
single was "Just Can't Get Enough" and was released in February 2011.
The music video was filmed in Japan one week before the 2011 Tōhoku
earthquake and tsunami. The third single "Don't Stop the Party" was
released in May 2011. In July 2011 the group announced that they are
taking an indefinite hiatus and have denied breakup rumors.
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