Will.i.am says Fergie out of Black Eyed Peas; could Nicole Scherzinger be the new member?
It doesn’t seem to be Fergie’s week.
Following criticism of her national anthem performance on the NBA All-Star Game, now the singer, real name Stacy Ann Ferguson, is said to be out of hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas (BEP).
Black Eyed Peas founding member will.i.am (William James Adams) told the Daily Star that Fergie is not on the group’s seventh studio album.
“We are now a trio. I don’t know why Fergie isn’t on the project. You will have to ask Fergie that,” he said.
The other members of the group which formed in 1995 are apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda) and Taboo (Jaime Luis Gomez). Fergie joined them in 2002.
Adams revealed that the group has a WhatsApp group chat called “Black Eyed Peas family” which Fergie isn’t a part of. However, Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Sherzinger is in it.
“It has nothing to do with making music or money. It’s about friendship,” explained Adams of the group chat, not mentioning if they will be working with her. They did consider her as a member in the early 2000s, but she had to decline for another project.
He also said there’s no news from Scherzinger if the Pussycat Dolls will make a comeback.
After finding success with Black Eyed Peas, Fergie went solo in 2006, then worked with the group in 2009. She began working on her second solo album “Double Dutchess” in 2013 and released it in September 2017.
In June 2017, rumors circulated that Fergie had left the group. She and Adams both clarified that she was still in it but that she was focusing on her new solo album.
Black Eyed Peas’ hits with Fergie include “Where Is the Love”, “My Humps” and “I Gotta Feeling”. The group sans Fergie released its first single in seven years last January titled “Street Livin’”. Niña V. Guno/JB
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