|The Black Eyed Peas|
|Hometown||Los Angeles, California|
|Appearance(s)||12 Week 10: Finals|
The Black Eyed Peas is an American musical group consisting of rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo, as well as singer Stacy 'Fergie' Ferguson.
Originally an alternative hip hop group, they subsequently changed their musical sound to pop and dance-pop music. Although the group was founded in Los Angeles in 1995, it was not until the release of their third album, Elephunk, in 2003, that they achieved high record sales. Since that time, the group has sold an estimated seventy-five million records, making them one of the world's best-selling groups of all time. According to Nielsen SoundScan, The Black Eyed Peas were the second-best-selling artist/group of all time for downloaded tracks, behind Rihanna, with over forty-two million sales.
Their first major hit was the 2003 single "Where Is the Love?" from Elephunk, which topped the charts in thirteen countries, including the United Kingdom, where it spent seven weeks at number one and went on to become Britain's biggest selling single of 2003. Another European hit single from the album was "Shut Up". Their fourth album, Monkey Business, was an even bigger worldwide success, certified 4× Platinum in the U.S., and spawning four singles, "Don't Phunk with My Heart", "Don't Lie", "My Humps", and "Pump It". In 2009, the group became one of only eleven artists to have simultaneously held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, with their singles "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling", which topped the chart for an unprecedented twenty-six consecutive weeks. This album The E.N.D. later produced a third Hot 100 number-one placement with "Imma Be". "I Gotta Feeling" became the first single to sell more than one million downloads in the United Kingdom.
The Black Eyed Peas were ranked twelfth on Billboard's Decade-End Chart Artist of the Decade, and 7th in the Hot 100 Artists of the Decade. At the 52nd Grammy Awards ceremony, held in January 2010, they won three awards out of six nominations. In November 2010, they released the album The Beginning. In February 2011, the group performed at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show.