Hooverphonic is a Belgian band that formed in October 1995. Though categorized as a trip hop group, they expanded their sound to the point where they could no longer be described as a lone genre, but rather encompass alternative, electropop, a mixture of others; the band called themselves Hoover, but changed their name to Hooverphonic after discovering other groups were using the Hoover name and to avoid any legal issues with the vacuum cleaner company. On 10 October 2008, Geike Arnaert, the lead singer of the band, announced she would leave the group by the end of the year to pursue her solo career. Arnaert had been working on solo material for a few months; the last concert Hooverphonic did with Geike was on 13 December, 2008 in Tele-Club, Russia. It was filmed by the local MTV station and was shown on Russian TV in 2009. On 29 October, 2010, Hooverphonic announced a new single on their website; the videoclip showcased fourteen possible singers but only one of them, Noémie Wolfs, proved to be the real successor to Geike Arnaert.
On 4 November, 2010, the new singer was announced on De Laatste Show at the VRT, the Flemish public broadcasting organization. On 26 March, 2015, Hooverphonic announced that Noémie Wolfs would be leaving the band "in mutual agreement". In April 2018, Hooverphonic introduced their new singer Luka Cruysberghs; the original members of the group were vocalist Esther Lybeert, keyboardist Frank Duchêne, bassist Alex Callier, guitarist Raymond Geerts. Lybeert recorded several demos with the group; the band brought in Liesje Sadonius to record the album. Sadonius left Hooverphonic on amicable terms shortly after the release of A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular. Kyoko Baertsoen, singer for fellow Belgian trip hop band Lunascape, filled in for Sadonius for three months of a European tour in 1997 before Geike Arnaert was made the permanent singer that year; the band achieved international recognition through the inclusion of the Stereophonic track "2Wicky" on the soundtrack to Bernardo Bertolucci's 1996 film Stealing Beauty.
"2Wicky" appeared on the soundtracks of I Know What You Did Last Summer and Heights. The track's main riff is sampled from Isaac Hayes' recording of the 1960s hit "Walk On By". Additional session musicians for Stereophonic include Eric Bosteels, a session drummer with Hooverphonic from 1997–98 and David Poltrock, a keyboard player with the group on and off from 1998 until 2005. In 1998, Hooverphonic contributed to the Depeche Mode tribute album For the Masses with their cover of "Shake the Disease". After an extensive European tour with artists such as Massive Attack and Apollo 440, a tour opening for Fiona Apple in the United States in 1997, the band released Blue Wonder Power Milk in 1998 with 18-year-old Arnaert on vocals. A marked departure from their debut, the album is driven less by breakbeats and samples and more by organic string elements and traditional song structures; the single "Club Montepulciano" was a hit in native Belgium and a minor college hit in the U. S. while "Renaissance Affair" was featured in the North American commercial campaign for the new Volkswagen Vapor Beetle.
"This Strange Effect" and "Eden" were both featured in American cell phone commercials. "Eden" was used in the 1998 slasher film I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. At the time of their release, both songs were featured in two separate third-season episodes of La Femme Nikita. Shortly afterward, Sarah Brightman recorded a cover of "Eden" on her 1998 album "Eden". Yoko Kanno samples the opening track "Battersea" on "Cyberbird" on the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O. S. T. 2. At this point, Frank Duchêne decided to quit the band: "Having made two successful albums for Sony Music with his band Hooverphonic, after extensive touring as support for Fiona Apple, Moloko & Massive Attack, he was unhappy with the project and near the end of 1998, decided to leave." The band followed up Blue Wonder Power Milk with 2000's The Magnificent Tree, which expands on the sound of Milk with a warmer, more approachable sound. Highlights from the album are the string-laden "Out of Sight", "Mad About You", the title track.
The same year, Hooverphonic was asked to write a song for the opening ceremony of the 2000 European Football Championship, which took place in Brussels, Belgium. The result – a 12-minute-long track called "Visions" – became the theme song of the championship, Hooverphonic's performance at the opening ceremony was heard/seen by more than 1 billion people. On the heels of Tree's success, the band became the first Belgian outfit to headline the Belgian musical festival Rock Werchter in 2001. 2002 saw the group shifting gears again, this time releasing the concept album Hooverphonic Presents Jackie Cane. The album tells the story of the fictional title character, a celebrity and singer catapulted into stardom at the expense of her relationship with her twin sister. Driven to the brink of insanity by the pressures of fame, Jackie quits show business and returns home to attempt reconciliation, where her sister kills them both with a poisoned last supper. Jackie Cane retains the dreamy elements of Hooverphonic's previous works, most notably on songs "Nirvana Blue" and "Human Interest", but tracks like "The World Is Mine" and "Day After Day" have a clear Broadway influence and quality to them.
The album went platinum in Belgium and won the group ZAMU's Best Pop/Rock Band and Best Album awards in 2002. In 2003, th
The Ditch known as Goodbye Jiabiangou is a 2010 film produced and directed by Wang Bing, an independent Chinese filmmaker better known for his work on documentaries. The film, on the subject of Chinese forced-labour camps during early 1960 Maoist China era, was chosen to be the film sorpresa in the 2010 Venice Film Festival; the film focuses on the suffering of Chinese who were imprisoned in a forced labor camp called Jiabiangou in the Gobi Desert in winter 1960 under Mao Zedong on the grounds that they were "rightist elements". The film tells of the harsh life of these men, who coped with physical exhaustion, extreme cold and death on a daily basis; the film, based on Goodbye, Jiabiangou, a book by Yang Xianhui about the life and toil of inmates sent to the Jiabiangou internment camp in the 1950s and 1960s, is one of the first films to deal directly with subject, which remains a political taboo. The director interviewed camp survivors of Jiabiangou and of the Mingshui camp; the film describes the hunger and back-breaking work of the inmates, most of whom did not survive the internment.
Fearing official prohibition, the film was shot on location in secret and without official authorisation. The background to the setting is Mao Zedong's disastrous Hundred Flowers Campaign from 1956–57, during which Chinese intellectuals were advised to contribute their opinions on national policy issues. During the campaign, thousands of citizens were branded "right-wing deviants" for their criticism of the Communist Party, were sentenced to forced labour. One such "deviant" in the film is a self-proclaimed party member since 1938. One professor says he has been imprisoned over semantics: saying he was detained for saying the phrase "dictatorship of the proletariat" was "too narrow" and suggesting it be replaced by "dictatorship of the people"; the plotless storyline is set over a three-month period in 1960, at the Mingshui annex of Jiabiangou Re-education Camp. Most of the film was shot in a simple underground dugout – referred to as "Dormitory 8" – lined with bedding where the men live, they live on work until exhausted.
A new group of men arrives, are assigned to sleep in a miserable underground dugout and begin the long, slow process of dying. The work is intense, but dealing with hunger is the prisoners' and the film's main focus: shortage means that rats are eaten. Desperation drives one man to eat another's vomit. To make room for fresh arrivals. Bodies of those who die are dragged out daily, wrapped in their bedclothes, buried in shallow graves. "Lee Marshall of Screen International described the strategy of the drama was to be minimalist, whilst at the same time be "close to melodrama". He said that by "start off with a terrible situation and make it worse... it a stark, powerful but unremittingly bleak work that plumbs the misery of what man can do to man in the name of an ideology." Deborah Young of AP, writing in The Hollywood Reporter, said "The filmmaking is most powerful as a document of the nightmarish conditions in the camp, where the starving men are led to the extremes of cannibalism. However, she criticised the film's much weaker dramatic structure, as it is "hard to distinguish individual prisoners, whose terrible stories tend to blend together.
Only with the arrival of the wife do a few faces and personalities come into focus." Justin Chang of Variety said: "the sense of verisimilitude here is so strong that those walking in unawares may at first think they're watching another piece of observant reportage -- never mind that no filmmaker would have been granted access, just as no humane documentarian could have kept the camera rolling without offering his subjects a scrap of food at the least. Rober Breams at Obsessed With Film praised the film's high-end documentary aesthetic and said: "It is cinematic and classy, like a prestigious and artful documentary film. There is no music and a realist use of sound design, it all feels authentic. Indeed, I suspect the only reason he made The Ditch as a work of fiction at all is due to the fact the reality is now impossible to film." However, he was critical of how the film dwelled on the scene of a visiting wife who wailed inconsolably upon discovering that her husband had just died a few days before.
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DJ Tocadisco Tocadisco is a German DJ and record producer. Born in Berlin, but grew up as the son of the photographer and media designer Gerry Böer in Mönchengladbach, where he regularly hangs at the club the night. In 1996, Tocadisco began his professional career as a DJ at Club Unique in Düsseldorf; the club was elected "best club in town" during his stint by the magazine Prinz. In 2000 Tocadisco taught there be a studio, he produced several remixes for different record companies. The best-known case was "Lifetimes" by Slam, his mix was chosen as one of the 12 best remixes of 2001 by the readers of the magazine Groove. In October 2003 he signed a contract with the German record company Superstar Recordings, his first single under this label was "Nobody". It reached number 39 in the German charts. In 2005 Tocadisco was chosen by the magazine Raveline as one of the best newcomers of 2004. 2005 Tocadisco's remix of Mylos In My Arms became. This was followed by his second single "You're No Good for Me"'and the double single Music Loud / Crazy Cursor.
On Superstar Recordings Tocadisco published a series of club EP`s under the pseudonym: "AC / OT" 2006 In September, Tocadisco remixed a track by Michael Cretu's project "Enigma - Eppur si muove" of Enigma's latest album A Posteriori. His remix for "The Egg - Walking Away" was chosen by Citroën for the advertising campaign for the Model C4. Furthermore, David Guetta took the instrumental and mixed it with one of his biggest hits, "Love Do not Let Me Go"; this bootleg version was released as "David Guetta vs. The Egg" - "Love Don't Let Me Go" on Ultra Records, reaching the #3 position on the UK charts. 2008 On 25 January 2008 his first album "Solo" was released. In August of the same year the single Tomorrow Can Wait with David Guetta and Chris Willis was released to great success, he has produced with New Order, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Robin Schulz, Steve Angello, Armin van Buuren and many more music producers and writers. On September 18, 2009, his second album "TOCA 128.0 FM" appeared on the German dance label Superstar Recordings.
2011 saw the single "Tequila Sunrise", published in cooperation with the Dutch producer Afrojack on Wall / Spinnin Records. Awards: A gold record for the remix for "Laser power -" No, man, "a gold record for his remix of Robin Schulz feat Jasmine Thomson -" Sun Goes Down ", a platinum record for his remix of Faul & Wad ad - "Changes" and a platinum discs for his production work on David Guetta`s album "One Love ". In 2008 The Music Factory awarded Tocadisco "Best International Dance Act of 2008". "TOCA45 Recordings" is Tocadisco's independant record label. Tocadisco hosts "TOCACABANA", his globally broadcast radio show and its internationally successful live party series; this was first launched in 2010 along with his wife Nathizinha in Cologne Club "boathouse" in life. Together with his wife, Tocadisco operates the Artist Booking Agency "Morumbi Booking". In 2012 he created a big summer hit of the year with his remix for Milk & Sugar`s "Let the Sunshine". Furthermore, he released his third album "FR3E" as a free download on the German label "weplay".
In the same year the single "That Miami Track" appeared in collaboration with Julian Smith. The 2013 published single "Get Away" featuring Lennart A. Salomon of "Sono" was a surprise success in Hungary. 2013 Fatboyslim and Riva Starr feat Beardyman created their hit "Eat, Rave, Repeat" in which they used a sample of Tocadisco's Track "Bat3ria". This track influenced pop culture far beyond the music scene. However, the use of this sample was not approved by Tocadisco, but after a short negotiation Tocadisco was involved as a composer of the song. On 26/08/2013 the track "Falling" was released on the English label Toolroom Records. 2014 Saw Tocadisco manage to top the German dance charts twice with his remixes for Faul & Wad Ad - "Changes" and Robin Schulz - "Sun goes down". The English record label "Toolroom Records" and the company "M-Audio" Tocadisco worked on a 2014 published musical instrument name "Trigger Finger Pro" 2015 published a series of Tocadisco EP`s on his label TOCA 45 Recordings On 1 May 2016 appeared Tocadisco`s fourth album "IV" on TOCA45 Recordings.
2016 Tocadisco released a remix for the Australian group "Yolanda be cool" titled "From me to you" on the Dutch label Spinnin'Records. It is based on a new sung version of a Beatles classic performed by Bobby McFerrin. Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki & Lil Jon - Turbulence Wippenberg - Pong A'Studio - SOS Armin Van Buuren featuring Adam Young - Youtopia The Egg - Walking Away Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso - Together M. A. N. D. Y - Body Language The Crystal Method - Bones Theme Look Of Today Enigma - Look Of Today EMI 1999 Fantasy Studio 69 feat. Karl Frierson - Fantasy ◄ Air 2000 Do You Want Me? Studio 69 Feat. Karl Frierson - Do You Want Me? ◄ Air, Air 2001 Lifetimes Slam - Lifetimes Zomba Records 2001 Gotta Get Thru This (El Tocadisco's and 3 more… Daniel Bedingfield - Gotta Get Thru This ◄ Jive 2001 El Arbi Air Libre - El Arbi ◄ Air, Air 2001 Lifetimes (as El Tocadis
Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. They have always been classified by critics as gothic metal, although the "gothic" influence varies with each album, their most prominent and well-known sound is described as symphonic metal, although their earlier material, such as debut album Enter, was gothic metal, with Enter having a hint of doom metal. In an interview, den Adel said. In a interview with Dutch music platform 3VOOR12, den Adel stated that "we consider ourselves more a symphonic rock band... in my opinion, we are no gothic band". After the release of their debut album Enter in 1997, the band became prominent in the Dutch underground scene, it was not until 2001 that they became known to the general public, with the single "Ice Queen" from their second album Mother Earth, which reached No. 2 on the Dutch charts. This was followed by the band winning the Conamus Exportprijs, a Dutch music award, four years in a row, a fifth in 2016.
Their next albums The Silent Force and The Heart of Everything debuted at No. 1 on the Dutch charts. In 2008, they released Black Symphony, recorded with the Metropole Orchestra; this was followed in 2009 by An Acoustic Night at another live album. The band's fifth studio album, The Unforgiving, was released in March 2011, alongside both a comic book series and a series of short films that together encompass a story; the first single, "Faster", was released on January 21, the first short film, Mother Maiden, was released on January 31. The band has sold more than 3.5 million copies of the album worldwide. Their sixth studio album, was released in early 2014 in Japan and the United States; the album features guest appearances from various artists: Finnish singer Tarja Turunen, who appears in the lead single "Paradise". The band had extensive airplay on BBC Radio 2 in the United Kingdom with one of the songs from the album, "Whole World Is Watching" featuring Pirner. Long-term partners Robert Westerholt and Sharon den Adel began the band in 1996, after Westerholt left his previous band, The Circle.
The Circle renamed themselves Voyage and released an album called Embrace, including a song featuring den Adel. Soon after that release the band broke up. Westerholt joined with den Adel in forming a doom metal band called, "The Portal", including former The Circle band members Jeroen van Veen on bass guitar and Michiel Papenhove on guitar, as well as Martijn Westerholt on the keyboard and Dennis Leeflang on drums. However, they renamed themselves "Within Temptation", before they started recording their demo, Enter; the Enter demo contained some songs that would be released in their first album. They were offered a recording contract and signed to DSFA Records that year, beginning work on their first album. Enter, the debut album, was released in 1997; the album was well received and the band embarked on a four gig tour across the country, after which they performed at the Dynamo Open Air festival in Eindhoven. The band rounded out 1997 by embarking on their first international tour, of Austria.
Subsequently Ivar de Graaf left the band and was replaced by Ciro Palma. The sound of Enter, whilst melodic, was doomily paced, influenced by gothic doom metal reliant on slow keyboards and drums and repetitive guitar riffs. Prominent on this album are death grunts by Robert Westerholt and George Oosthoek, ex-member of Orphanage. In 1998 the band continued to tour – their profile had elevated them to the main stage at Dynamo for the 1998 event. However, Within Temptation had released no new material, to which end they elected to release an EP, The Dance, with three songs that would further mature the sound from Enter. Taking a break from touring, 1999 was a sabbatical year for the band, they took the opportunity to construct their own studio, as well as returning to personal pursuits, with plans to return to the fold the next year. 2000 was an eventful year for the band. In addition they went to work on their second album, releasing Mother Earth in the Low Countries on December 1; the album was a moderate success in the Dutch charts the first few weeks after its release.
The band released the single "Our Farewell". The second single from Mother Earth, "Ice Queen", was regarded as the breakthrough release for the band; the success rebounded to Mother Earth, which continued to climb in the Dutch album chart, ending the year at No. 3.2001 saw a number of changes in personnel. Westerholt started the band Delain. In 2002 they had a headline gig in Mexico City, they attained the Dutch Silver Harp. They bolstered this by embarking on a major international tour supporting Paradise Lost in 2003 and re-releasing Mother Earth on the GUN Records label across more European countries.
Sacrifice (Sylver album)
Sacrifice is Sylver's fifth studio album, released on 12 May 2009 in Belgium. The workingtitle was'Resurrection', in the end Sylver decided to name the album'Sacrifice'. Guitarist John Miles Jr. is on the album cover, who joined the band a short while before. Track listing I Hate You Now Sacrifice Me Easy Way Out One of Us God's Mistake Rise Again Foreign Affair Time Won't Wait It Takes Two Hungry Heart Typical Guy How Could I Be so Wrong Too Much Love Music One World One Dream Thank You "One World One Dream" was released as the first single from the album, it was used as the theme for the Olympics 2008. It charted at #21 in Belgium. "Rise Again" was chosen as the second single from the album at the end of 2008. The single charted at #21 in Belgium "I Hate You Now" was released as the third single in March 2009 before the album was released, it became a success for Sylver and it charted at #8 in Belgium "Foreign Affair" has been released on 12 June 2009, as the fourth single from the album. It proved to be the most successful single from the album, unusual for a fourth single, it charted at #3 in Belgium.
Their highest chart position there since "Skin" in 2001 charted at #2. "Music" was released as the fifth single from the album in November 2009. It is a duet with John Miles, it has so far charted at #11 at the Belgian ultratop50
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer and actress. She is known for her unconventionality, provocative work, visual experimentation, she began singing at open mic nights and acting in school plays. She studied at Collaborative Arts Project 21, through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, before dropping out to pursue a music career; when Def Jam Recordings canceled her contract, she worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where Akon helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own label KonLive Distribution in 2007. She rose to prominence the following year with her debut album, the electropop record The Fame, its chart-topping singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster, featuring the singles "Bad Romance", "Telephone" and "Alejandro", was successful. Gaga's second full-length album, Born This Way, explored electronic techno-pop, it peaked atop the US Billboard 200 and sold more than one million copies in the country in its first week.
Its title track became the fastest selling song on the iTunes Store with over a million downloads in less than a week. Gaga experimented with EDM on her third studio album, which reached number one in the US and included the single "Applause", her collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek, her soft rock-influenced fifth studio album, Joanne topped the US charts. During this period, Gaga ventured into acting, playing leading roles in the miniseries American Horror Story: Hotel, for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, the critically acclaimed musical drama A Star Is Born, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, she contributed to the latter's soundtrack, which received a BAFTA Award for Best Film Music and made her the only woman to achieve five US number one albums in the 2010s. Its lead single, "Shallow", topped the US charts and earned Gaga the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Having sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016, Gaga is one of the best-selling music artists in history.
Her achievements include several Guinness world records, nine Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, two Golden Globe Awards, an award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She has been declared Billboard's Artist of the Year and included among Forbes's power and earnings rankings, she was ranked number four on VH1's Greatest Women in Music in 2012 and second on Time's 2011 readers' poll of the most influential people of the past ten years, was named Billboard's Woman of the Year in 2015. She is known for her philanthropy and social activism, including her work related to LGBT rights, for her nonprofit organization, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on empowering youth and preventing bullying. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986 at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, to a Catholic family, her parents both have Italian ancestry. Her parents are Cynthia Louise and Internet entrepreneur Joseph Germanotta, she has a younger sister, Natali.
Brought up in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Gaga says that her parents came from lower-class families and worked hard for everything. From age 11, she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girls Roman Catholic school. Gaga described her high school self as "very dedicated studious disciplined" but "a bit insecure", she considered herself a misfit and was mocked for "being either too provocative or too eccentric". Gaga began playing the piano at age four when her mother insisted she become "a cultured young woman", she practiced through her childhood. The lessons taught her to create music by ear, her parents encouraged her to pursue music, enrolled her in Creative Arts Camp. As a teenager, she played at open mic nights. Gaga played the lead roles of Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at a nearby boys' high school, she studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute for ten years. Gaga unsuccessfully auditioned for New York shows, though she did appear in a small role as a high school student in a 2001 episode of The Sopranos titled "The Telltale Moozadell".
She said of her inclination towards music: I don't know where my affinity for music comes from, but it is the thing that comes easiest to me. When I was like three years old, I may have been younger, my mom always tells this embarrassing story of me propping myself up and playing the keys like this because I was too young and short to get all the way up there. Just go like this on the low end of the piano... I was really good at piano, so my first instincts were to work so hard at practicing piano, I might not have been a natural dancer, but I am a natural musician; that is the thing. In 2003, at age 17, Gaga gained early admission to Collaborative Arts Project 21, a music school at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, lived in an NYU dorm, she studied music there, improved her songwriting skills by writing essays on art, social issues and politics, including a thesis on pop artists Spencer Tunick and Damien Hirst. She withdrew from school during the second semester of her sophomore year, in 2005, to focus on her music career.
That year she played an unsuspecting diner customer for MTV's Boiling Points, a prank reality television show. In
The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas is an American musical group, consisting of rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo. An alternative hip hop group, they subsequently changed their musical sound to pop and dance-pop music. Although the group was founded in Los Angeles in 1995, it was not until the release of their third album, Elephunk, in 2003, that they achieved high record sales. Since that time, the group has sold an estimated 76 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling groups of all time; as of 2011, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the Black Eyed Peas were the second-best-selling artist/group of all time for downloaded tracks, behind Rihanna, with over 42 million sales. Their first major hit was the 2003 single "Where Is the Love?" from Elephunk, which topped the charts in 13 countries, including the United Kingdom, where it spent seven weeks at number one and went on to become Britain's biggest selling single of 2003. Another European hit single from the album was "Shut Up", their fourth album, Monkey Business, was an bigger worldwide success, certified 4× Platinum in the U.
S. and spawning four singles, "Don't Phunk with My Heart", "Don't Lie", "My Humps", "Pump It". In 2009, the group became one of only 11 artists to have held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100, with their singles "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling", which topped the chart for an unprecedented 26 consecutive weeks. This album The E. N. D produced a third Hot 100 number-one placement with "Imma Be", making the group one of few to place three number one singles on the chart from the same album, before being followed with "Rock That Body" and "Meet Me Halfway", which peaked in the Top 10 of the Hot 100. "I Gotta Feeling" became the first single to sell more than one million downloads in the United Kingdom. The Black Eyed Peas were ranked 12th on Billboard's Decade-End Chart Artist of the Decade, 7th in the Hot 100 Artists of the Decade. At the 52nd Grammy Awards ceremony, held in January 2010, they won three awards out of six nominations. In November 2010, they released the album The Beginning.
In February 2011, the group performed at the Super Bowl XLV halftime show. The Black Eyed Peas date back to 1988, when eighth-graders William Adams and Allan Pineda met and began rapping and performing together around Los Angeles; the pair signed to Ruthless Records in 1992, catching the attention of Eazy-E manager Jerry Heller's nephew. Along with another friend of theirs, Dante Santiago, they called their trio Atban Klann. Will 1X, apl.de.ap, Mookie Mook, DJ Motiv8, Dante Santiago formed Atban Klann. Their debut album, Grass Roots, was never released due to Ruthless Records founder Eazy-E's death. After Eazy-E died in 1995, Atban Klann reformed and changed their name to Black Eyed Pods, Black Eyed Peas. Dante Santiago was replaced with rapper, Jaime Gomez, Kim Hill a singer which featured on a selected number of their tracks. Santiago continued to be a background singer for the group. Unlike the "gangsta rap" sounds of Los Angeles-based hip hop acts at the time, the trio performed with a live band and adopted a conscious musical and appearance style.
After being signed to Interscope Records and releasing their debut, Behind the Front the group earned critical acclaim. One of the singles from the album was "Joints & Jam", was featured on the Bulworth soundtrack. Singer Sierra Swan joined in 1998, appearing on the 1998 song "Fallin' Up", before she left in 2000, their second album, Bridging the Gap, produced the singles "Weekends" featuring Esthero and "Request + Line" featuring R&B singer Macy Gray. Hill left the band while producing the album, but was still featured on the album tracks for "Hot" and "Tell Your Mama Come" as well as in the video for "Weekends", their third album Elephunk began development on November 2, 2001, but was not released until 2003. It was the first album to feature the vocals of subsequent longtime member Fergie. Nicole Scherzinger was approached to join the Peas, but was forced to decline because she was a member of Eden's Crush and was under contract. Fergie joined the group in 2002, introduced to will.i.am by Dante Santiago.
Elephunk is the first album that indicated and demonstrated the new, polished pop sound designed to attract mass audiences. In a positive review of the Black Eyed Peas' new-found style, Rolling Stone noted that since 2002, when the group "hired a blond bombshell named Stacy'Fergie' Ferguson and gave up their pursuit of backpack-rapper cred, they have made a kind of spiritual practice of recording futuristic songs – a total aesthetic commitment that extends from their garish wardrobes to their United Colors of Benetton worldview."From Elephunk came "Where Is the Love?", which became the Black Eyed Peas' first major hit, peaking at No.8 on the U. S. Hot 100, but topping the charts in several other countries, including seven weeks at No.1 in the United Kingdom, where it became the biggest-selling single of 2003. The single had similar results in Australia. In an interview with TalkofFame.com, Taboo shared that Justin Timberlake's split with Britney Spears impacted the recording of "Where Is The Love?".
The album subsequently spawned "Shut Up", which peaked at No.2 in the UK and topped the charts in many success and went Gold and Platinum in the U. S. UK, other European markets; the third single from the album, although restyled from the original Elephunk version, "Hey Mama" hit the top 5 in Australia and the top 10 in the UK, Germany and other European countries and reached No