Black Eyed Peas are still Fer­ga­li­cious

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By MESFIN FEKADU

BOOM Boom Pow: Fergie (pic) is still a mem­ber of the Black Eyed Peas.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the singer told The As­so­ci­ated Press that the songstress has not left the group, even though a magazine re­ported Thurs­day that will.i.am said she was no longer in the group.

Fergie’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive said she is “con­cen­trat­ing on her new al­bum and can’t wait for fans to hearit.”

Will.i.am’s in­ter­view with Ah­lan! magazine caused a frenzy on­line last Thurs­day with the sug­ges­tion that Fergie was no longer a mem­ber of the pop group. A day later, will.i.am said in a state­ment: “Fergie is fam­ily and will al­ways be a Pea. She is fo­cused on her solo al­bum which we fully sup­port.”

In the in­ter­view, will.i.am said that “no­body is re­plac­ing Fergie” and that the Black Eyed Peas are work­ing on a new pro­ject. He said for­mer Pussy­cat Doll leader Ni­cole Scherzinger would be fea­tured on the pro­ject but didn’t say how much in­volve­ment she would have (Scherzinger was of­fered a spot in the Peas be­fore Fergie).

The Black Eyed Peas re­leased its de­but in 1998 as an eclec­tic hiphop trio with will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo. Fergie first ap­peared on the group’s third al­bum, 2003’s Ele­phunk, help­ing them achieve main­stream suc­cess. The group went on to win Grammy Awards, sell mil­lions of al­bums and top the pop charts with hits from Where Is The Love to Boom Boom Pow.

Fergie also had ma­jor suc­cess with her 2006 solo de­but, which was heav­ily pro­duced by will.i.am. She plans to re­lease her sopho­more al­bum, Dou­ble Dutchess, this year. — AP

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