Los Angeles’ hip-hop/rock group the Black Eyed Peas have announced that they’re taking a break from performing and working together.
During a recent performance in England, one of the band’s vocalist announced they will be taking an indefinite hiatus from working with one another.
“We’re going to be taking a break just like we did after we released Monkey Business in 2005 until we came back in 2009,” Fergie said, as reported by ETOnline. She went on clarify this is not a permanent break.
Fellow bandmate will.i.am also tweeted similar news. “The @Bep will take a break after the beginning…just like we did from monkey business to the e.n.d…but it doesn’t mean we stop creating,” he wrote.
The group had already become a staple in Los Angeles’ hip-hop scene before they first scored worldwide stardom with their 2003 hit “Where is the Love.” Since then they’ve topped music sales charts dozens of times. Their honors include being recognized as one of only 11 artists to have simultaneously hold the No.1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, with their singles “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.”
They were also instrumental in cultivating the youth vote in the 2008 presidential election. will.i.am’s “Yes we can” music video that featured a dozen celebrities encouraging young people to vote has been seen close to 30 million times on YouTube. But most recently he’s gotten himself in to a controversy after negative comments were made about women and birth control.