The Black Eyed Peas were founded in 1992 under the name “Atban Klann”. Founders were will.i.am, Apl.de.ap and Dante Santiago. They were under contract with “Easy-E” record label. Not the best combination, the lyrics of “Atban Klann” were too positive and peaceful, an album was not released. In 1995 Easy-E died of AIDS, and the band name was changed to The Black Eyed Peas. Dante Santiago left the band and was replaced by Taboo, and in this composition the debut album “Behind the Front” was released in 1998. The album received good reviews, just like the follow-up album Bridging the Gap from 2000. However, the real breakthrough came in 2003 with the album “Elephunk”. This was also the first album with singer Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson. The first single, the anti-war song “Where is the love?” became a huge hit. The same goes for the songs Shut up, Hey Mama and Let’s get it started.
The fourth album, Monkey Business from 2005, was almost lost after a fire in the recording studio. But luckily a hard disk was saved and after a short delay the album could be released.
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In 2007 there were rumors that The Black Eyed Peas would separate, it turned out to be a short break during which the band members worked on solo projects. Fergie released a solo album and wil.i.am collaborated with the Pussycat Dolls, among others. In 2009 there was still the band’s fifth album, “The E.N.D.”. On the album is the biggest hit of the band ever, namely “I Gotta Feeling” produced by David Guetta. With 108 weeks this song is also the longest noted single ever in the Dutch charts.
In 2010 the album “The Beginning” was released. Although the album was cracked by critics, the singles “The Time”, “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Don’t Stop The Party” were big hits. After the album the band took another break, until when it will last is not yet known …