As will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas were about to take the stage at the opening ceremony of the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff, Wales, will.i.am. confirmed Fergie has officially left the group, according to Ahlan. While there were rumors someone would take her place, it turns out the group will remain a trio.
“Fergie is family and will always be a Pea,” he told LA Times, adding, “She is focused on her solo album, which we fully support.”
“As for replacing, what people know the Black Eyed Peas to be, nobody is replacing Fergie,” will said. “She’s working on her solo project at the moment, we’re on this brand-new experience, celebrating 20 years of Black Eyed Peas putting out music. We worked on a bunch of songs on her solo record, we’re proud that she has her label, but Black Eyed Peas are pushing it forward in terms of content, technology and experiences on our new [graphic novel] project, Masters of the Sun.”
Although Fergie was the prominent female vocalist on some of the group’s biggest hits — “Boom Boom Pow,” “I Gotta Feeling” and “My Humps” — Black Eyed Peas has featured an ever-evolving list of singers on various tracks throughout the years.
“Since the beginning of Black Eyed Peas, we’ve always had amazing vocalists that appeared on the mic with us,” will.i.am explained. “People like Macy Gray, Esthero, Debi Nova, Fergie. On ‘Elephunk,’ there were several females that appeared on that album. Obviously Fergie was the featured female, but on songs like ‘Lets Get it Started,’ it’s Noelle (Scaggs), and then Fergie, songs like ‘Latin Girls,’ it’s Debi Nova, and ‘Request Line,’ it’s Macy Gray. We’ll always work with good females.”
Black Eyed Peas initially started out as a trio and were more boom-bap Hip Hop than pop, but once Fergie joined the group, it seemed to take the Peas in another direction. Albeit it was a successful one, it could be that will.i.am. Taboo and apl.de.ap want to return to their roots.
Aside from the Masters of the Sun project with Marvel Comics, there is no hint of a new Black Eyed Peas album on the way as of yet.
Now, she is officially off the hit group and fans are not taking kindly to this news.