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In 1998 two eighth-graders meet and begin rapping and performing together in Los Angeles. William Adams (will.i.am) and Allan Pineda (apl.de.ap) along with a mutual friend, Dante Santiago, form the group “Atban Klann”, ATBAN stands for: A Tribe Beyond a Nation. Mookie Mook, DJ Motiv8, aka Monroe Walker, also join the group. The group’s album “Grass Roots” was not released due to the death of Eazy-E who had signed will.i.am and apl.de.ap to Ruthless Records and created the group. After Eazy-E’s death, the group renamed themselves “Black Eyed Pods,” and then “Black Eyed Peas.” The group’s members also changed as Dante Santiago was replaced with Jaime Gomez aka Taboo, and Kim Hill became a steady background singer. The group differentiated themselves from other hip-hop groups by opting to play with a live band and a wardrobe unique and different from the predominant Gangsta Rap scene.
The group released their debut album, “Behind the Front” in 1998 after being signed to “Interscope Records”. Their second album was “Bridging the Gap”, which was released in 2000, produced the hit "Request + Line" featuring Macy Gray. Current member Stacy Ferguson, aka “Fergie,” joined the group and was first featured on the BEP’s third album “Elephunk” released in 2003. Besides the introduction of Fergie this album was also the first to be released under the name “THE Black Eyed Peas” demonstrating a new polished pop sound. The album produced The BEPs’ first major success, the single "Where Is the Love?" which topped the charts in several countries and became the biggest-selling single of 2003. From the same album, the single "Shut Up" was certified Gold and Platinum in the U.S., UK, Germany, and other European markets. “Elephunk” produced two more hit singles "Hey Mama" and “Let's Get It Started", with the former being featured in the first "silhouette" television commercial for the iPod and the latter winning a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The “Elephunk” Tour took place in 2004 visiting countries across Europe and Asia.
During “The Black Eyed Peas/N*E*R*D tour” in 2004 on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus They worked on their next album, “Monkey Business”, which was released in 2005.The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200,selling over 295,000 copies in its first week and was certified triple platinum."Don't Phunk with My Heart", "Don't Lie," "My Humps" and "Pump It" were the four singles produced from “Monkey Business”. In September 2005, the group released an” iTunes Originals” playlist of their greatest hits including some tracks that were re-recorded especially for purchase through iTunes. The playlist featured the tracks "Don't Lie", "Shut Up", and a new version of "Where Is the Love?” among others as well as short stories and comments about the songs and how they had met. The year 2005 proved a busy year as they performed at the half-time show at the Canadian Football League's 93rd Grey Cup in Vancouver, and then embarked on a tour with Gwen Stefani, as supporting act before setting off an a "European Tour" in December 2005. That month The BEPs also cover the John Lennon classic "Power to the People" which was released by Amnesty International as part of the Make Some Noise campaign to celebrate human rights, and their cover was included in John Lennon 2007 tribute album, “Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur”.
A remix album, “Renegotiations: The Remixes” featuring remixed versions of "Ba Bump", "My Style", "Feel It", "Disco Club", "They Don't Want Music", "Audio Delite at Low Fidelity", and the standard version and video of "Like That" was released to iTunes on March 21,2006 and a week later on CD. The same year The Black Eyed Peas together with supporting bands Flipsyde and The Pussycat Dolls set off as the headliner for the “6th Annual Honda Civic Tour.”In December 2006, The Black Eyed Peas gave their biggest concert to date performing for more than 1 million people at Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, the last stop on the “Monkey Business tour.” In 2007, the Black Eyed Peas set off on yet another tour, “the Black Blue & You World Tour”, presented by Pepsi in combination with the “Pepsi More” advertising campaign. Their track “One Tribe” was written especially as a promotional single for Pepsi. The tour had venues in more than 20 countries. That year on July 7, the group performed at “Live Earth” in the UK.
The group’s fifth studio album, The E.N.D., “The Energy Never Dies”, was released in 2009. The album sold 304,000 copies its first week and debuted at number 1 on the “Billboard 200” and spent 38 weeks in the Top 10. Selling more than 1 million copies it was the best selling album in 2009. “Boom Boom Pow” was released on iTunes and was the first official single from the album. The single sold 465,000 downloads in its first and reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Pop 100, holding its position for 12 weeks. “Meet Me Halfway,” “Imma Be,” and “Alive” were also released on iTunes. The second official single from “The E.N.D,” “I Gotta Feeling” was another success. The track debuted behind “Boom Boom Pow” at number three and later reached number one making the group one of few to have singles in the top two on the “Hot 100” list. The album’s promotional tour, “The E.N.D. World Tour” started in September 2009. After performing at the “American Music Awards” the group walked away with the Favorite Rock/Pop Group and the Favorite R&B/Soul Group awards. They also won three Grammys at the 2010 Grammy Awards where they performed a mix of "Imma Be"/"I Gotta Feeling". That year a concert by The Black Eyed Peas in cooperation with AEG and 3ality Digital became the first LIVE concert to be broadcast three dimensionally.
The Black Eyed Peas biggest performance ever was at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration concert in South Africa with more than 700 million viewers. A second compilation album, “The E.N.D. Summer 2010 Canadian Invasion Tour: Remix Collection” was released on iTunes in Canada only during the Canadian leg of “The E.N.D. World Tour”. The group’s latest album, “The Beginning”, was released in November 2010 and produced the singles “The Time (Dirty Bit)” and “Just Can't Get Enough”. During 2011 the group has performed on several occasions including the “Super Bowl XLV” halftime show, at Cowboys Stadium, the seventh series of “The X Factor” in the UK, “American Idol” in America and the 24th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards” where they won the blimp award of the “Favorite Music Group” category.
The Black Eyed Peas have offered numerous hits for over a decade and it clear, that what they have released so far is just a small portion of what is to follow.