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Black Eyed Peas Boom, Boom, Pow and Gotta Feeling

Updated on January 12, 2018
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Kenna has worked in the entertainment business for over 20 years, promoting special events with musicians, celebrities, and dignitaries.

I saw the members of the band for the first time and realized they were something special. The following week, I did a little research and discovered it was the first single to score one million downloads in the UK.

Workout Music

I was attending my usual kickboxing class when Black Eye Peas “I Gotta Feeling” played over the sound system. That was the first moment I ever heard that song. I like the upbeat feeling it gave me while I worked out.

A couple of weeks later the Techno group performed at the Super Bowl XLV halftime entertainment show. Because “I Gotta Feeling” was part of the Black Eye Peas halftime performance, I saw the members of the band for the first time and realized they were something special. The following week, I did a little research and discovered it was the first single to score one million downloads in the UK.

Rappers and Singers

I was flabbergasted that I didn’t know anything about the band called Black Eye Peas. I was too busy working out and sweating to get all crazy about a Techno group. Inevitably though, my daughter was bewitched with “I Gotta Feeling,” downloaded the song on to her device, and constantly listening to the electronic tinkles of will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo, and apl.de.ap. The Peas now had my full attention, and I never missed their Techno songs during my workout classes.

I did more research and discovered that the Peas were initially identified as an American hip-hop group. When they released “Boom Boom Pow,” followers tweeted they turned to Techno. The artists are rapper will.i.am, who is also a multi-instrumentalist, rappers Taboo and apl.de.ap, and singer, sometimes rapper Fergie. From 2003 when the group released of Elephunk, their albums and singles sold well over 27 million worldwide.

Topping the Charts

Can you recall "Where Is the Love?" The band’s first hit song. It topped well beyond ten charts. "My Humps" and "Don't Phunk with My Heart” where the two hit singles that followed their later album called Monkey Business.

The group kept getting better and better. By 2009, the foursome did something rare. They held the #1 and #2 places at the same time with "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart.

The foursome’s accomplishments continued with "Meet Me Halfway" on The E.N.D. album reaching parallel success with their other songs. The song stayed #1 for 30 successive weeks and has never been matched.

Quite a few Makeovers

The Black Eye Peas experienced quite a few makeovers prior to becoming a celebrated phenomenon that gets invited to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. Both will.i.am and apl.de.ap belonged to a group named Atban Klann. They hooked up while in the eighth grade when they used their real names, William Adams and Allan Pineda. Together they rapped and performed covering Los Angeles.

Renamed Themselves

A friend, Dante Santiago, joined them and called themselves Atban Klann. They recorded their inaugural album called Grass Roots. But, it never hit the streets because the producer passed away. Atban Klann reorganized and relevantly renamed themselves Black Eyed Pods, subsequently, Black Eyed Peas.

Dante Santiago was no longer with the group and Jaime Gomez (Taboo) replaced him. Along came Kim Hill who developed into their long-lasting background singer. Interestingly, their hit single on their "Joints & Jam" album can be heard in Warren Beatty’s political movie, Bulworth.

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The Black Eye Peas experienced quite a few makeovers prior to becoming a celebrated phenomenon that gets invited to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.

Fergie Soloing

Fergie joined the group when they were working on their third album Elephunk, the first time Fergie was featured. Her full name is Fergie Duhamel and was brought into the group by Dante Santiago. The Peas sound developed into an accomplished, futuristic, and polished performance, and it looked like they would never stop.

Most recent reports from Billboard says Fergie is now soloing and the group as a whole say it’s okay. She wants to spread her talent and make a name for herself. Both Fergie and the group have got a feeling that they will be together again through the boom, boom pow of the music business.

"Street Livin" Newest Hip-Hop Single

The band's newest single "Street Livin" came as a surprise to the fans because it was released without warning along with eight years of waiting for a new song from the band. The song is nothing like their earlier songs. The video offers a sense of foreboding with images of society's sore spots. It's been reported the song is related to the Peas' new comic book Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles.

© 2018 Kenna McHugh

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      Kenna McHugh 8 days ago from Northern California

      You are welcome, Peggy. Interestingly, their latest song "Street Livin" is not really that upbeat. It is totally different and their first song in eight years. I don't see myself working out with "Street Livin."

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      Peggy Woods 9 days ago from Houston, Texas

      I second what Linda Crampton wrote. Their music is definitely upbeat and I can understand why you would like to work out with their music playing. Thanks for the introduction to them.

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      Kenna McHugh 9 days ago from Northern California

      You're are welcome. Thanks for reading my article. Their latest song, Street Livin just came out this week. It is quite different from any other song they've produced. I just added it to the article.

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      Linda Crampton 9 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Though I've heard of Black Eyed Peas, I've never listened to their music. Thanks for introducing them to me and for sharing the videos.

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      Kenna McHugh 9 days ago from Northern California

      I gotta feeling that would happen. : )

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      Patrick 9 days ago from Nairobi

      :) Your article actually made me go back to listening to more of their songs. Pow!

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      Kenna McHugh 9 days ago from Northern California

      Thank you for reading my article. I have always enjoyed the Peas' upbeat music. They look like they are having so much fun, too. And, thank you for the corrections. I will make the adjustments, shortly. I will mention their new song as well. Boom, Boom, Pow!

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      Patrick 10 days ago from Nairobi

      They just released a new one "Street Livin' " loving it.

      Great article about the group. I've always loved their work. Also wanted to mention that you may have confused Fergie's real name for another artist. Her full name is Fergie Duhamel. But there had been rumours that Nicole Scherzinger would replace her.