Despite some misleading comments from Kanye West at the Austin City Limits music festival last Friday, the Black Eyed Peas are not splitting, according to frontman Will.i.am. The dance-pop group is taking a break for a while, but will.i.am has assured fans that the hiatus will not be permanent.
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When actor Josh Duhamel's hometown of Minot, N.D. flooded back in June, the hunky 'Transformers' star called upon a music group that is very close to his heart -- his wife Fergie's dance-pop group the Black Eyed Peas. The 'I Got a Feeling' hitmakers performed in Minot in support of the Minot Rising campaign, and their benefit concert (in combination with other resources like merchandise sales) raised $1.3 million for the town.
What an unlikely pair -- it's 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' meets 'Elephunk'! At a recent solo concert, Jeff Tweedy, who is the frontman for indie rock outfit Wilco, treated his fans to a Black Eyed Peas medley. Tweedy has strong roots in rock, country and folk, and after watching his comical attempts at covering three BEP tunes, it's clear that dance-pop music is not and never will be his thing.
The Top Duo or Group Award at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards pledged absolutely no allegiance to any one genre or generation, as the nominees covered legendary (U2), modern rock (Linkin Park), enduring '80s rock (Bon Jovi), modern country (Lady Antebellum), and genre-fusing hip-hop (Black Eyed Peas).