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Black Eyed Peas to release new album, \’I Gotta Feeling\’ reaches six million downloads

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Black Eyed Peas to release new album, ‘I Gotta Feeling’ reaches six million downloads

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US hip hop group has announced that it is almost finished with its new studio album, The Beginning. The group’s leader and producer, will.i.am (William James Adams, Jr.), says that the recording “symbolizes growth, new beginnings and starts, fresh new perspective. It’s a positive, feel-good [album] at the time where there’s question marks and uncertainty. People want to be reminded that it’s going to be all right.”

The Beginning is the group’s sixth studio album and is set to be released by the end of the year. It comes one year after the release of multiplatinum The E.N.D. and one of its hit singles “I Gotta Feeling”.

“I Gotta Feeling” officially became the most downloaded digital song last Friday, having reached six million legal digital downloads. Released in June 2009, the song topped the charts for fourteen weeks. iTunes still lists the song as the bestselling of all time, and its music video on YouTube has reached approximately 38 million views.

Will.i.am said of the milestone, “We came out in ’98 and our career, if you would look at it on chart, there’s no dips in it. For our career to still be healthy and vibrant and doing things like 6 million downloads, it’s pretty significant.”



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August 4, 2010

Black Eyed Peas to release new album, ‘I Gotta Feeling’ reaches six million downloads

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

File photo of the Black Eyed Peas in Paris
Image: nicolas genin.

American hip hop group has announced that it is almost finished with its new studio album, The Beginning. The group’s leader and producer, will.i.am (William James Adams, Jr.), says that the recording “symbolizes growth, new beginnings and starts, fresh new perspective. It’s a positive, feel-good [album] at the time where there’s question marks and uncertainty. People want to be reminded that it’s going to be all right.”

The Beginning is the group’s sixth studio album and is set to be released by the end of the year. It comes one year after the release of multiplatinum The E.N.D. and one of its hit singles “I Gotta Feeling“.

“I Gotta Feeling” officially became the most downloaded digital song last Friday, having reached six million legal digital downloads. Released in June 2009, the song topped the charts for fourteen weeks. iTunes still lists the song as the bestselling of all time, and its music video on YouTube has reached approximately 38 million views.

Will.i.am said of the milestone, “We came out in ’98 and our career, if you would look at it on chart, there’s no dips in it. For our career to still be healthy and vibrant and doing things like 6 million downloads, it’s pretty significant.”



Sources

  • Robert Copsey “Will.i.am: ‘New Peas album is positive'” – Digital Spy, August 3, 2010
  • Christian Zibreg “Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling surpasses six million legal downloads” – Geek.com, August 2, 2010
  • Associated Press “Peas ‘I Gotta Feeling’ downloaded 6 million times” – Google News, July 30, 2010

External links

  • Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling. YouTube.
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July 2, 2005

Live 8 concerts around the world to \”End Poverty Now\”

Live 8 concerts around the world to “End Poverty Now”

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Saturday, July 2, 2005

The Live 8 Concert in Rome, Italy

Massive music concerts took place around the planet under the Live 8 banner in an effort to put pressure on the leaders of the eight richest countries in the world to end global poverty.

All concerts were timed to take place between noon and 10pm local time, with over a million people expected to attend concerts in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, Canada, South Africa and Russia. The events were broadcast to a potential audience of five and a half billion people world-wide.

The largest concert was in the US in Philadelphia where, over the course of 7 hours, hundreds of thousands of people gathered to watch Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Destiny’s Child, Dave Matthews Band, and Black Eyed Peas among others. Philadelphia native Will Smith both performed and was the opening presenter. Peak attendance, the maximum amount of people believed to be watching Live 8 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at a given time, is estimated to have been between 600,000 and 800,000.

In Hyde Park in London, 205,000 people watched acts including Elton John, Madonna, Coldplay, Robbie Williams and Pink Floyd. The concert was opened by Sir Paul McCartney and U2 playing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – the first time the song has ever been performed live by a Beatle. It ended at 11.58pm with all of the acts coming on stage to sing one last time.

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Bill Gates – founder of Microsoft and the richest man in the world (owning $46.5 billion) – appeared on the London stage to discuss the challenges facing the world, before introducing Dido. Later, Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the UN addressed the audience, thanking them for their support.

However, the first concert to open – in Japan – only drew 10,000 spectators, disappointing many.

The concerts follow on 20 years after the Live Aid concert organised by Bob Geldof, which was created to raise money for famine victims in Ethopia.

By contrast, the aim of Live 8 – also organised by Geldof – is not fund-raising but instead to apply pressure to the leaders of the G8 to end world poverty, which claims the lives of 50,000 every day.

The Live 8 organisers are urging the G8 to:

  1. Double the aid sent to the world’s poorest countries,
  2. Fully cancel their debts,
  3. Change the trade laws so that they can build their own future.

The Finance Ministers of the G8 agreed a plan last month to cancel the debt of 18 of the poorest countries to the IMF, the World Bank and the African Development Fund, but are requiring other countries to end political and financial corruption before they become elegible for debt relief.

On Thursday the President of the United States, George W. Bush, announced that the US will double US aid to Africa by 2010 – increasing to $8.6 billion a year. Bob Geldof welcomed the news, saying “This is the first time we have heard this sort of language.

“This is very, very positive indeed.”

Line-up

London, United Kingdom

Crowd: 205,000

  • U2
  • Pink Floyd
  • Paul McCartney
  • Coldplay
  • Madonna
  • Sting
  • Robbie Williams
  • Dido
  • Elton John
  • Keane
  • Annie Lennox
  • Mariah Carey
  • Scissor Sisters
  • Joss Stone
  • Stereophonics
  • REM
  • Velvet Revolver
  • Bob Geldof
  • The Killers
  • The Cure
  • Snow Patrol


Berlin, Germany

Crowds at Tiergarten, Berlin

Crowd: 100,000

  • Crosby, Stills and Nash
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Brian Wilson
  • A-ha
  • Bap
  • Die Toten Hosen
  • Peter Maffay
  • Green Day


Philadelphia, United States

Crowd: 800,000 – 1,000,000

  • Will Smith (Host)
  • Bon Jovi
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Stevie Wonder
  • P. Diddy
  • Maroon 5
  • Toby Keith
  • Jay-Z
  • Linkin Park
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Rob Thomas
  • Keith Urban
  • 50 Cent
  • Kaiser Chiefs


Paris, France

Crowd: 200,000

  • Jamiroquai
  • Youssou N’Dour
  • Yannick Noah
  • Placebo
  • Craig David
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Calogero
  • Kyo
  • Axelle Red
  • David Halliday
  • Manu Chao
  • Renaud


Rome, Italy

With temperatures in the 30s, fans went through a lot of water at the Live 8 concert in Rome

Crowd: 100,000

  • Duran Duran
  • Faith Hill
  • Tim McGraw
  • Irene Grandi
  • Jovanotti
  • Nek
  • Laura Pausini
  • Vasco Rossi
  • Zucchero


Several Italian bands really got the crowd going, but foreign bands such as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were poorly received by the crowd.

Moscow, Russia

Crowd: 200,000

  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Spleen
  • Moral Code X

Barrie, Canada

Crowd: 35,000

  • Neil Young
  • Bryan Adams
  • Celine Dion
  • Motley Crue
  • Simple Plan

Johannesburg, South Africa

Crowd: 40,000

  • Oumou Sangare
  • Zola

Tokyo, Japan

Crowd: 10,000

  • Björk
  • Good Charlotte

In Cornwall

Crowd: 5,000

  • Daara J
  • Siyaya
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This was all Afrcan musicians plus Dido, guesting with Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour.

The Eden centre turned out to be an excellent site for TV or rather a web stream.

WOMAD was involved so there may be a record.

There was a weblink to South Africa and a live message from Nelson Mandela.

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