The eighth in a series of 8 simultaneously released sets celebrating the most iconic British pop show of all time takes a journey back in time to a time of pure pop joy, nu-metal and urban grooves. Marking the period 2001-2006 this 3-CD collection includes Take That, Fall Out Boy, Girls Aloud, Scissor Sisters, Gnarls Barkley, 50 Cent, Razorlight, Sugababes and many more.
Described by the band alternately as "a fresh new perspective" and "the beginning of a new era of Pea world domination" and "what is actually happening in the world right now," The Beginning inevitably follows The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies), which boasted the number one single in America – either "Boom Boom Pow" or "I Gotta Feeling" – during fully half of 2009, including every single summer day (and then some)…
…"I Gotta Feeling" spent fourteen consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, the longest-running number-one single of 2009. The song was the third most successful song of the decade in Australia, as announced on January 7, 2010. As of February 2010, "I Gotta Feeling" holds the record as the most downloaded song on iTunes of all time. Worldwide it has sold over 14 million units, becoming one of the most successful songs in the history of popular music.
Although nominally a rap group, Black Eyed Peas call upon so many forms of songwriting and production that slotting them into hip-hop is like slotting Prince into R&B – technically true, but very limiting. Elephunk, the group's third LP (and the first to feature Fergie), doesn't have top-notch rapping, but as driven by frontman Will.I.Am, it does possess some of the most boundary-pushing productions in contemporary, (mostly) uncommercial hip-hop, right up at the level occupied by Common and OutKast….