Boom boom pow as Peas hit charts

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMUSIC -

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.

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