“I got a feeling” from reports that the Black Eyed deny rumors they are breaking up that “they don’t lie” when they say “they don’t want music” for a while.
At a launch party Monday for their video game “The Black Eyed Peas Experience” members of the group said they are not breaking up, they are simply taking a little break to focus on their own personal things.
Will.i.am told TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in an interview on Wednesday, that the band “always has two cycles of records and then we take a break.”
The rapper said, “When we take breaks you know, we work on side projects and get our personal stuff in order to then come back and make beautiful music.”
The band will perform their final concert in Miami on Wednesday before taking their break. Featured will be Marc Anthony, Cee Lo Green, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston and Jason Derulo.
The four band members, Taboo, Apl.de.ap, Fergie and Will.i.am, have all embarked into solo projects in addition to their music together as a group, including fragrance and shoe collections, and acting and philanthropic causes. Apl.de.ap., real name Allan Lindo, will be focusing on his duties as ambassador for education in the Philippines.
The band’s new video dance game on the Xbox 360 Kinect and Wii consoles allows gamers to learn the Black Eyed Peas dance moves while seeing their progress captured on screen.
The Black Eyed Peas have sold over 56 million records worldwide. In 2009, the group became one of only 11 artists to have simultaneously held No.1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
In 2010, the Black Eyed Peas were ranked 12th on the Billboards’s Decade-End Chart List and 7th in the Hot 100 Artists of the Decade.
Lady Gaga’s new single ‘Born This Way’ is the thousandth single to top the US charts. The song marks the thousandth single that has hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in its 52-year history. Gaga told Billboard, ‘t is a tremendous honour. To be the 1000th no. 1 on Billboard… I would be silly not to say this is the greatest honour of my career.’
She continued, ‘ am so humbled and so honoured and overwhelmed by the reception to ‘Born This Way,’ [It] has been so life changing for me as an artist, and between Billboard and the international number ones and the radio numbers… I couldn’t be more blessed to have the fans that I have.’ The single also scored the largest opening radio airplay audience since Billboard began ranking all radio stations in 1998.
It was also the highest-selling digital single debut for a female artist, accruing 448,000 downloads, and was the third-highest digital debut behind Flo Rida’s ‘Right Round’ and Black Eyed Peas ‘Boom Boom Pow’.
Other significant artists to hold numerous number ones include: The Beatles with 20 chart-toppers, Mariah Carey with 18, and Michael Jackson with 13.
The Granddad of Darkness and the Pre-Pubescent Of Pop will appear in a Super Bowl advert together. Reuters reports that Justin Bieber, and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have filmed a commercial for US electronics chain Best Buy. They shot it in Los Angeles early in January but no details about the content of the advert have been revealed. Super Bowl ads have become an artform in themselves, as brands spend millions on creating them and paying for airtime to reach an audience of over 100 million. Other music megastars will appear at the game. Christina Aguilera is booked to sing the national anthem and the Black Eyed Peas will feature during the halftime show. The 2011 Super Bowl ‘ Green Bay Packers versus Pittsburgh Steelers ‘ will take place in Dallas on February 6.
Paramore were the only alternative act in the top ten downloads, Hayley Williams and co only managed to make it to number ten with their track ‘crushcrushcrush’ which sold 6.1 million copies reveal xfm.co.uk. Top spot went to American singer Kesha’s debut release ‘Tik Tok’ with more than double that – 12.8 million copies. Although the digital market increased by 6% bosses are still blaming illegal downloads for it not being bigger. IFPI chief executive Frances Moore said: “As we enter 2011, digital piracy, and the lack of adequate legal tools to fight it, remains the biggest threat to the future of creative industries. “Great new legitimate music offerings exist all over the world, offering consumers a wide range of ways to access music. “Yet they operate in a market that is rigged by piracy, and they will not survive if action is not taken to address this fundamental problem. This is the challenge and the opportunity for governments to seize in 2011.”
The top 10 digital singles in the world in 2010 were:
1. Tik Tok by Kesha sold 12.8 million copies.
2. Bad Romance by Lady Gaga sold 9.7 million copies.
3. Love The Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna sold 9.3 million copies.
4. Telephone by Lady Gaga sold 7.4 million copies.
5. OMG by Usher featuring Will.i.am sold 6.9 million copies.
6. California Gurls by Katy Perry sold 6.7 million copies.
7. Hey, Soul Sister by Train sold 6.6 million copies.
8. Baby by Justin Bieber sold 6.4 million copies.
9. I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas sold 6.1 million copies.
10. crushcrushcrush by Paramore sold 6.1 million copies.
George Clinton sues Black Eyed Peas. Just two weeks after Henry Wayne Casey of K.C. and the Sunshine Band came out and accused the Black Eyed Peas of using samples from one of his songs without credit, another veteran artist has decided to actually bring a suit against them for the same offense. George Clinton has filed a lawsuit against the Peas, UMG Recordings and Cherry Lane Music over the band’s sampling of his song (Not Just) Knee Deep in a remix of the track Shut Up. It’s not the first time Clinton’s song has been sampled but no credit or compensation has been forthcoming. (Not Just) Knee Deep was originally on the 1979 Funkadelic album Uncle Jam Wants You while Shut Up was originally on the Peas 2003 album Elephunk and was recently remixed with the Clinton sample used. While the big hit from that album was Where is the Love?, Shut Up, in its original form, did get released as a single and reached number 30 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart. (Not Just) Knee Deep, on the other hand, topped the R&B Singles chart. The suit is asking for $150,000 per infringement of his copyright and an injunction against further distribution of the song.
Bon Jovi tops Billboard’s top touring act for second time in three years. For the second time in three years, Bon Jovi have taken the crown on the Billboard year-end touring chart, quite an achievement for an act that has been together for over a quarter of a century. For the period of November 20, 2009 through November 28, 2010, the group grossed $146,507,388 with attendance of 1,591,154 and 69 sellouts. In 2008, the last time they ranked number one, they brought in $210,000,000 but it has been a bad year for promoters, so the lower total is to be expected. Jon Bon Jovi told Billboard “It’s funny, because there’s obviously a part of you that’s very proud of it. In the industry it means something; it doesn’t mean anything to the public. But in the industry, all your peers are going to look at it. They’re going to see some kind of year-end charts for everything: albums, singles, touring. It’s a very nice industry asterisk, for sure. U2 are paying attention.”Speaking of U2, they came in second on Billboard’s list followed by AC/DC making it a classic rock triple at the top of the chart. Veteran artists took seven of the top ten for 2010. Here is the top ten:
•1. Bon Jovi
•4. Lady Gaga
•5. Black Eyed Peas
•6. James Taylor & Carole King
•9. Dave Matthews Band
•10. Paul McCartney
Katy Perry’s “Firework” Shoots To #1 On Billboard Hot 100. Katy Perry’s “Firework” shoots up to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week and also on the radio chart, making her the first female artist in 11 years to earn three #1 radio singles off one album. The album is of course “Teenage Dream,” which also yielded the #1 title track and “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg. “Firework” is the third chart-topper off the set, which sold another 212,000 digital singles this week. The single also crosses the 1 million mark in paid downloads this week as well. The last female artist to earn three #1 radio singles from one album was Monica in 1999, when she hit #1 with “The Boy Is Mine” with Brandy, “The First Night,” and “Angel of Mine.” Last week’s #1, Pink’s “Raise Your Glass,” is down to #2 this week. “Raise Your Glass” sells another 147,000 digital singles this week. Rihanna climbs up two spots to #3 this week with “What’s My Name,” featuring Drake. She sells 143,000.Black Eyed Peas earn a new peak with their latest single, “The Time (Dirty Bit),” the first single off their new album “The Beginning.” “The Time (Dirty Bit)” sells 198,000 digital singles this week. Bruno Mars’ latest, “Grenade,” climbs up into the top 5, jumping five spots from #10 last week. The singles 173,000 this week.Rihanna’s second entry in the top 10 this week, “Only Girl (In the World)” is down three spots to #6 this week, while Mars follows with his second entry “Just the Way You Are” at #7. Ke$ha drops down two spots this week to #8 with “We R Who We R,” the first single off “Cannibal.”Down a spot to #9 this week is Nelly with “Just a Dream,” and climbing back into the top 10 this week at #10 are Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj with “Bottoms Up.”
Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 For the Week Ending December 18th, 2010:
1. “Firework,” Katy Perry
2. “Raise Your Glass,” Pink
3. “What’s My Name,” Rihanna feat. Drake
4. “The Time (Dirty Bit),” Black Eyed Peas
5. “Grenade,” Bruno Mars
6. “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna
7. “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars
8. “We R Who We R,” Ke$ha
9. “Just a Dream,” Nelly
10. “Bottoms Up,” Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj
Susan Boyle’s “The Gift” Climbs Back Up To #1 On Billboard Albums Chart. Susan Boyle has “The Gift” that keeps on giving. After a week out of the top spot, Boyle’s first holiday album climbs back up to the #1 spot, selling 272,000 copies this week. The album, which features Boyle’s take on classics like “O Holy Night” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” has already sold over a million copies in the U.S. Taylor Swift is up two spots to #2 this week with “Speak Now,” selling 182,000 copies. Jackie Evancho also moves up to #3 this week with her holiday CD/DVD release “O Holy Night,” selling another 145,000 copies. Evancho’s first release has sold over half a million copies in the U.S. so far. “Glee” takes hold of the #4 and #5 spots this week. First, “Glee: The Christmas Album” rises six spots to #4, selling 129,000 copies. Watch out for it next week, as the holiday episode featuring songs from the album finally aired Tuesday. The latest “Glee” soundtrack, “Glee: The Music, Volume 4,” featuring covers of songs from Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, and Katy Perry, debuts at #5 this week, selling 128,000 copies. At #6 this week is a debut from the Black Eyed Peas. Their latest album, “The Beginning,” moved 119,000 copies its first week. “The Beginning,” featuring lead single “The Time (Dirty Bit),” is their first album since 2009’s “The E.N.D.,” which opened with a much heftier 304,000 copies their first week. It’s their third overall top 10 set. Last week’s #1, Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” is down to #7, selling 108,000 copies in its second week. Also falling six spots this week to #8 is Nicki Minaj with “Pink Friday,” selling 103,000 copies in her second week as well. Closing out the top 10 this week are Josh Groban, whose “Illuminations” climbs back into the top 10 at #9 this week selling 78,000 copies, and Rihanna, who’s “Loud” drops down four spots to #10 selling 77,000 copies. Billboard Top 200 Albums Week Ending December 18th, 2010:
1. The Gift, Susan Boyle
2. Speak Now, Taylor Swift
3. O Holy Night, Jackie Evancho
4. Glee: The Christmas Album, Glee Cast
5. Glee: The Music, Vol. 4, Glee Cast
6. The Beginning, Black Eyed Peas
7. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
8. Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj
9. Illuminations, Josh Groban
10. Loud, Rihanna
Pink Earns Third #1 Single On Billboard Hot 100 With “Raise Your Glass”. Pink really has a reason to raise her glass. She earned her third #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with her latest single, “Raise Your Glass.” It follows “So What” and “Lady Marmalade,” which included Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Lil’ Kim, as her latest #1 on the chart. “Raise Your Glass” rises from #2 last week to #1, selling 209,000 digital singles and crossing the one million mark in sales. The single is one of a handful of new songs featured on her first hits set, “Greatest Hits…So Far!!!,” in stores now.Pink really has a reason to raise her glass. She earned her third #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with her latest single, “Raise Your Glass.” It follows “So What” and “Lady Marmalade,” which included Christina Aguilera, Mya, and Lil’ Kim, as her latest #1 on the chart. Katy Perry moves up four spots from last week to #2 with the latest of her now Grammy-nominated “Teenage Dream” album, “Firework.” The single is #1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, selling 232,000 copies this week. Last week’s #1, Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World),” moves down two spots to #3 this week after spending only one week at the top. Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” moves up back in to the top 5 this week, jumping from #7 to #4 this week. Rihanna’s second entry in the top 5 this week, the former #1 “What’s My Name” with Drake,” jumps from #8 to #5 this week. At #6 is Ke$ha with the first single off her “Cannibal” EP, “We R Who We R.” The single sells 185,000 copies this week, pushing her across the one million mark in digital sales this week. It’s her fifth solo single to sell over a million copies. Falling down four spots this week to #7 is Far East Movement, featuring Cataracs & Dev, with “Like a G6,” while Nelly drops three spots from #5 to #8 with “Just a Dream.” The Black Eyed Peas earn their ninth top 10 hit this week on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Time (Dirty Bit),” the first single off their new album “The Beginning.” Bruno Mars enters the top 10 with his second single, “Grenade,” which jumps up from #17 this week. Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 For the Week Ending December 11th, 2010:
1. “Raise Your Glass,” Pink
2. “Firework,” Katy Perry
3. “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna
4. “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars
5. “What’s My Name,” Rihanna feat. Drake
6. “We R Who We R,” Ke$ha
7. “Like a G6,” Far East Movement feat. Cataracs & Dev
8. “Just a Dream,” Nelly
9. “The Time (Dirty Bit),” Black Eyed Peas
10. “Grenade,” Bruno Mars
Black Eyed Peas To Headline Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show. While the headliners of the Super Bowl halftime show in recent years have had a median age of over 60 years old, this year’s show is thinking younger. The multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning Black Eyed Peas will perform. The Black Eyed Peas’ performance on the Super Bowl halftime show, the most-watched musical event in television, is their first and is set to reach over 150 million viewers in the U.S. alone. The show is broadcast worldwide. They’ll perform a medley of hits, which is sure to include #1s like “I Gotta Feeling” and their latest, “The Time (Dirty Bit).” Their brand new album, “The Beginning,” hits stores Tuesday, November 30th. Included in the purchase of a copy of “The Beginning” is the chance to be a special guest of The Black Eyed Peas at the halftime show, airing live from Cowboys Stadium in North Texas during the Dallas Cowboys vs New Orleans Saints game. The Black Eyed Peas join a list of legendary acts who have headlined the half time show recently, including The Who, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, Paul McCartney, and the Rolling Stones. The Bridgestone Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show, starring the Black Eyed Peas, airs Sunday, February 6th during the Super Bowl