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Friday
Mar112011

Black Eyed Peas Match Chart Record Set by the Eagles

WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Black Eyed Peas have just set yet another chart record.  Their new single, "Just Can't Get Enough," has just become their 14th straight top-40 hit.  That's the longest streak of top-40 hits by a group since The Eagles scored 14 straight between 1975 and 1999. The Peas' list of top 40 hits dates back to "Where Is the Love," which reached #8 in 2003.

The group with the most consecutive top-40 hits ever is Paul McCartney's post-Beatles band, Wings.  They scored 23 straight top-40 hits between 1972 and 1980.  But the record for the the longest streak of most consecutive top 40 hits among all artists is held by Elton John, who placed an amazing 36 singles in the top 40 between 1972 and 1986.

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Monday
Feb072011

Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash Deliver Super Bowl Halftime Show

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Black Eyed Peas delivered a Super Bowl halftime performance at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas Sunday, marking the first time a pop act took to the stage since Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson's now infamous 2004 “wardrobe malfunction” performance.

The Black Eyed Peas opened their 12-minute set by being lowered from the rafters on individual pedestals attached to cables and launching into a medley of their hits, beginning with “I Gotta Feeling.”  The group was surrounded by clusters of dancers in white bodysuits as they performed.

The Peas then segued into “Boom Boom Pow” as dancers around them on the field appeared, decked out in neon LED outfits apparently borrowed from the set of Tron: Legacy.  The dancers formed various designs, including large arrows.

The set continued with former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash rising through the stage floor on a platform and accompanying Fergie in a rendition of his former band’s hit “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”  The Prairie View A&M Marching Band then added some horns for the Peas’ tune "Pump It.”  That was followed by the hip hop group’s fifth song of the set, “Let’s Get It Started.”

Usher was then lowered onto the stage by a chain.  He danced a choreographed routine with several dancers, and then was joined by will.i.am to perform his hit “OMG.”

The stage then spelled out the word “LOVE” as the Peas performed “Where Is the love?”  The dancers surrounding the stage were bathed in red light and a large number of them formed a large heart.  Will adjusted the lyrics on the 2003 hit with lines like, “Obama, let’s get these educated.”

The Peas then performed their single “The Time (Dirty Bit)” with several backup dancers wearing cubes on their heads.  The group ended the halftime set the same way they started it, with “I Gotta Feeling.”

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Wednesday
Jan262011

Will.I.Am Becomes Intel's 'Director of Creative Innovation'

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am has been named the "director of creative innovation" for Intel.

Will plans to engage in a "multi-year, hands-on creative and technology collaboration" with the company, and he's already working on new music just for them.  His ideas will eventually end up on smart phones, laptops or tablets.

In a statement, Will said, "Nearly everything I do involves processors and computers, and when I see an Intel chip, I think of all the creative minds that help amplify my own creativity."

Will says his vision for the collaboration is to "develop new ways to communicate, create, inform and entertain."

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Thursday
Jan132011

Christina Aguilera to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl 

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto | RCA Records(NEW YORK) -- The NFL hasn't announced it yet, but sources tell ABC News Radio that Christina Aguilera will perform the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl, which will be held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Feb. 6.  It's already been announced that the Black Eyed Peas are playing the halftime show.

Christina last performed at the Super Bowl back in 2000, as part of a Disney-themed halftime show that also featured Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins and Toni Braxton. Last year's Super Bowl anthem singer was Carrie Underwood.

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Monday
Nov222010

Black Eyed Peas Reportedly Booked for Super Bowl Halftime Show

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records(DALLAS) -- Rumors have been swirling since September that the Black Eyed Peas will be rocking out on stage for the 2011 Super Bowl halftime show.  But now, the Dallas Morning News says that a "source close to the NFL" has confirmed that the Peas have landed the gig.

An official spokesman for the NFL had no comment and when Billboard asked Will.I.Am, he wouldn't confirm it, either.  However, he did tell Billboard that the Peas would be honored to get the gig, and added, "We're Americans.  Some of those cats [who played the Super Bowl] weren't even Americans. I love The Rolling Stones.  I love U2.  I love The Who....but this would be Americans...this generation.  When those cats played the Super Bowl, their songs weren't on the Top 40 at that time.  So it's like, 'Wow, our songs are on the radio, and we're in that company.'  That's a sign that tells us where we can go with our career."

Should the Peas play the Super Bowl, which takes place Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium, it would mark a shift away from the veteran acts who've dominated the slot ever since Janet Jackson's notorious "wardrobe malfunction" in 2004.  Since then, Paul McCartney, the Stones, the Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Prince have all performed.

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Monday
Nov152010

New Michael Jackson Album 'Disrespectful,' Black Eyed Peas Singer Says

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- Will.I.Am, of Black Eyed Peas fame, says the upcoming release of a new Michael Jackson album is "disrespectful" to the pop icon.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the singer -- who collaborated with Michael on the re-release of Thriller a few years ago -- says, "Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are...He just wasn't any ordinary artist. He was a hands-on person. To me it's disrespectful. There's no honoring."

The album, Michael, hits stores Dec. 14. The first single, "Hold My Hand," began streaming at MichaelJackson.com on Monday morning.

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Friday
Oct292010

Black Eyed Peas Slammed with Two Lawsuits 

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records(LOS ANGELES) -- The Black Eyed Peas have been accused of copyright infringement in two lawsuits filed Thursday in California.

One lawsuit alleges that the Peas ripped off their hit "I Gotta Feeling" from a Texas songwriter named Bryan Pringle, who says he recorded a similar tune titled "Take a Dive."  Pringle claims he copyrighted his song in 1998.  He further alleges that he sent demo CDs to the Black Eyed Peas' record label, Interscope, which, along with the group's publisher, allegedly informed him they had no interest in signing him.

The second lawsuit, which was originally filed in Chicago in January and was re-filed Thursday in Los Angeles, alleges the Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" is "substantially similar" to a song by Chicago artist Ebony Latrice Batts, also known as Phoenix Phenom, titled "Boom Dynamite."

Both lawsuits seek damages including all net profits received by the Black Eyed Peas from their songs, as well as an injunction against future distribution and performance of the songs.

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