Boom boom pow as Peas hit charts
WILL.I.AM would love to say “I told you so” to all the people who have bashed the Black Eyed Peas in the past, but he won’t – even though the group has just made history on the Billboard charts.
“There’s a part of me that wants to be cocky, but then I can’t be cocky,” the Peas leader said. “There’s a part of me that wants to call out all of my other peers and competitors. I don’t want to say no names because I’m not like that, but part of me wants to do that. And would it be wrong if I did that? Yes it would. I’m not like that.”
This week the foursome, who have had their share of critics, will have topped Billboard’s Hot 100 singles charts for 20 weeks, the most ever by an act. Boom Boom Pow and the song that dislodged it, I Gotta Feeling, have been at the top of the charts for 12 and eight weeks, respectively.
Though the band has had big hits over the years, Boom Boom Pow was their first No 1 single. Will.i.am says he’s surprised how successful the song became. “I knew Boom Boom Pow would be big in the clubs, but I didn’t know it would be that potent with the world outside of the club.”
The band’s CD, The E.N.D., is nearly platinum, selling over 900 000 units since its June release.