Artist Name: Black Eyed Peas

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Black Eyed PeasBlack Eyed Peas are an American hip hop/pop group formed in Los Angeles in 1995. The group's current line-up consists of will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap. Black Eyed Peas have so-far sold an estimated 56 million albums and singles worldwide.

Black Eyed Peas went to centenary state high school and got their start in 1988 when will.i.am (born 1975 William James Adams Jr.) and apl.de.ap (born 1974 Allan Pineda) began rapping and performing together around Los Angeles. The pair signed to Ruthless Records (run by Eazy-E) after catching the attention of the nephew of Jerry Heller (Eazy-E's manager). Along with Mookie Mook (Burning Star), Dante Santiago & DJ Motiv8, they called their group A.T.B.A.N. Klann. Their debut album, 'Grass Roots', was not released originally because Ruthless did not consider the social themes reflected in the group's music to be marketable to their audience. A single "Puddles of H2O" was released in 1994 but no album was released (until it leaked onto the Internet in the mid 2000s).

After Eazy-E died of an AIDS related illness in 1995, they changed their name to Black Eyed Peas; will.i.am explained on the front cover of the Monkey Business album that "Black Eyed Peas are food for the soul", hence the name. will.i.am has cited the Red Hot Chili Peppers as an influence and said he named his band after a food, like them. They replaced their original third member Mookie, with Dante Santiago the Peas original singer. Then Taboo (born Jaime Gomez) joined the group. Dante Santiago took on a role as a guest vocalist in the band and featured frequently on various tracks for their first four albums.

In 1996, they produced and appeared on a song entitled "That's Right" for Brian Austin Green's hip-hop album One Stop Carnival. Later, they began using Kim Hill as a steady background singer. Unlike many hip-hop acts, they chose to perform with a live band and adopted a musical and clothing style that differed wildly from the "gangsta rap" sounds of other Los Angeles-based hip-hop acts at the time. Through the mid-'90s, they performed in the local club circuit alongside fellow acts such as Ozomatli and Jurassic 5.

The group were signed to Interscope Records and released their debut, "Behind the Front", in 1998. The album won the group (and their accompanying live band, the Bucky Jonsons) critical acclaim. The album featured the single "Joints & Jams", which was included on the Bulworth soundtrack. Their second album, "Bridging the Gap", was released in 2000; it featured the single "Request + Line" featuring Macy Gray.

After replacing their female background singer with Fergie, the group released their breakout album, "Elephunk", and their 2005 album, "Monkey Business", which featured the hit singles "Pump It", "Don't Phunk With My Heart", "Don't Lie" and "My Humps".

"The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)", their fifth album, was released worldwide in June 2009 and has managed to sell 5 million copies in 8 months (Elephunk: 7 million, Monkey Business: 10 million). It already spawned 2 of the most downloaded singles of all time: "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling", both were downloaded 5 million times only in the USA. The 3rd single "Meet Me Halfway" was downloaded 2 million times and the 4th "Imma Be", which was just released, already sold 1 million. "Rock That Body" is the 5th single.

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Top Track of Atist: Black Eyed Peas

I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

I Gotta Feeling

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Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas

Boom Boom Pow

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Pump It - Black Eyed Peas

Pump It

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Where Is the Love - Black Eyed Peas

Where Is the Love

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My Humps - Black Eyed Peas

My Humps

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Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas

Meet Me Halfway

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Rock That Body - Black Eyed Peas

Rock That Body

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Shut Up - Black Eyed Peas

Shut Up

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Imma Be - Black Eyed Peas

Imma Be

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Don't Lie - Black Eyed Peas

Don't Lie

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Hey Mama - Black Eyed Peas

Hey Mama

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The Time (Dirty Bit) - Black Eyed Peas

The Time (Dirty Bit)

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Let's Get Retarded - Black Eyed Peas

Let's Get Retarded

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Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas

Let's Get It Started

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Alive - Black Eyed Peas

Alive

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Missing You - Black Eyed Peas

Missing You

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Just Can't Get Enough - Black Eyed Peas

Just Can't Get Enough

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Party All the Time - Black Eyed Peas

Party All the Time

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Bebot - Black Eyed Peas

Bebot

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Ring-a-Ling - Black Eyed Peas

Ring-a-Ling

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Hands Up - Black Eyed Peas

Hands Up

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Smells Like Funk - Black Eyed Peas

Smells Like Funk

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Electric City - Black Eyed Peas

Electric City

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Dum Diddly - Black Eyed Peas

Dum Diddly

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Feel It - Black Eyed Peas

Feel It

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Out of My Head - Black Eyed Peas

Out of My Head

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Anxiety - Black Eyed Peas

Anxiety

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Sexy - Black Eyed Peas

Sexy

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The Apl Song - Black Eyed Peas

The Apl Song

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Showdown - Black Eyed Peas

Showdown

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Gone Going - Black Eyed Peas

Gone Going

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Disco Club - Black Eyed Peas

Disco Club

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One Tribe - Black Eyed Peas

One Tribe

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Latin Girls - Black Eyed Peas

Latin Girls

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Now Generation - Black Eyed Peas

Now Generation

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Ba Bump - Black Eyed Peas

Ba Bump

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Rockin to the Beat - Black Eyed Peas

Rockin to the Beat

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Fly Away - Black Eyed Peas

Fly Away

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The Boogie That Be - Black Eyed Peas

The Boogie That Be

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My Style - Black Eyed Peas

My Style

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Love You Long Time - Black Eyed Peas

Love You Long Time

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Light Up The Night - Black Eyed Peas

Light Up The Night

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XOXOXO - Black Eyed Peas

XOXOXO

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Like That - Black Eyed Peas

Like That

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Someday - Black Eyed Peas

Someday

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