Sunday July 30, 2011
Merriweather Post Pavillion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044-3503
Doors Open at 6pm
Famous Tracks: The Time (Dirty Bit), Boom Boom Pow, I Gotta Feeling, Pump It, Just Can’t Get Enough, and so many more.
Best Known For: Bringing hip-hop to the mainstream spotlight, bending genres, and becoming a household name.
Ranked the industry’s “Top Group” at this year’s Billboard Music Awards and with a performance at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show in February, the Black Eyed Peas are impossible to miss. With too many hit songs and awards to count, this is possibly the area’s biggest show all summer.
In an era of an ever-changing music industry that’s defined by diminishing expectation, where a “successful” career means having one, maybe two hit records; The Black Eyed Peas are a glorious exception. They have become one of the best selling, most popular and most innovative groups for over a decade. They have transformed themselves from a beloved backpack rap troop from the West Coast Underground into fully-fledged, massive global superstars whose music can be heard in any country around the world.
They’ve done this the right way: creating albums that are more innovative than the last; which has translated into each new album being more popular than the last. And in following this pattern, The Black Eyed Peas – will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap – are releasing their sixth full-length album, The Beginning.
The Beginning follows on the heels of 2009’s The E.N.D., BEP’s most popular and most creative album to date – and the album that reaffirmed their singular status as global music icons. The E.N.D sold more than 11 million copies worldwide; it entered the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #1 outperforming their previous cd, Monkey Business– an unheard of feat in this day and age. It yielded 5 Top 10 singles (the first album to do so in 20 years), spent an entire year in the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and earned the group 3 new Grammy Awards, for a total of six Grammy Awards they’ve won. In all, they’ve sold 29 million records worldwide (plus over 30-million digital tracks). They’ve sold over 3-million tickets and headlined over 300 different tour dates in 29 different countries. Simply put, there doesn’t exist another contemporary artist or group who can come close to their sustained success.