Will.i.am has revealed that a reunion of The Black Eyed Peas will take place shortly, including a new album, though the rapper’s yet to confirm when the reunion will take place, or whether all members will be involved.
The group, fronted by singer Fergie – who was joined by will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo – announced a hiatus in 2011.
They have since marked their 20th anniversary with ‘Yesterday‘, a video homage to the hip-hop acts that inspired the group, released in July 2015. The video features all the members except Fergie browsing through a record store, and closes with will.i.am seemingly implying some plans, saying “to the future”.
Speaking to Capital FM last night (April 7), will.i.am said “There will be a Black Eyed Peas reunion. It breaks my heart that I even have to say that because, really, we should just always have been doing Black Eyed Peas, actually.”
The band’s most recent (2010) album ‘The Beginning’ was their least commercially successful since sophomore album ‘Bridging The Gap’, released in 2000. The return will mark the group’s first new music since that 2010 release, though two singles taken from the ‘The Beginning’ album were released in early 2011.
will.i.am released his fourth solo album #willpower in 2013, and has more recently been acting as a judge on The Voice. His single ‘Boys and Girls’ featuring Pia Mia has been unveiled over the last few days.
The group announced their hiatus during a gig at Alton Towers in Staffordshire in July 2011. As they came onstage, Fergie told the crowd that the theme park show was “very special” as it’s the “last time we’re going to be in England for a long time”.
“We want you to know that we love you and thank you for the support you’ve given from the beginning,” she said. “This isn’t going to be the last time you’ll see us.”