Fergie Recalls Black Days

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie is a reformed drug addict. The stunning 28 year-old, real name Stacey Ferguson, has confessed that after spending 10 years singing with a band named Wild Orchids, she became depressed and hooked on crystal meth. ”I started doing Ecstasy. Then I got addicted to crystal methamphetamine,” she revealed to The Glasgow Daily Record. “My weight dropped to 90 lb so I lied to my friends and said I was bulimic. Finally, I started going crazy. In that moment, I talked to God and he said, ‘I’ve given you all these gifts so what are you doing?’ I decided to get clean. I told everybody what was wrong.”

On TV: Black Eyed Peas, Fat Joe, OutKast

Rap acts on television this week include Black Eyed Peas, who perform on the Sharon Osbourne Show on Thursday; Ludacris, who appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday; Fabolous, who appears on BET’s 106 and Park on Friday; Bubba Sparxxx, who appears on the Late Show with David Letterman on Friday; Fat Joe, who appears on Last Call with Carson Daly on Friday; and OutKast, who perform on MTV’s Total Request Live on Friday.

Sugababes End Black Eyed Peas’ UK Chart Run

Sugababes shot to No. 1 in the British pop charts Sunday, ending the six-week reign of the Black Eyed Peas. The London-based trio scored their third UK No. 1 with new entry ‘Hole in the Head,’ taken from their new album ‘III,’ while the Peas slipped two spots with ‘Where is the Love?’ featuring *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake. Reggae singer Kevin Lyttle was a new entry at No. 2 with ‘Turn Me On’.

Puffy, Joe Budden & Peas On TV This Week

Rappers on television this week include Joe Budden, who performs on BET’s 106 and Park on Tuesday; Angie Martinez, who co-hosts on The View on Wednesday and Thursday; Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, who appears on The View on Thursday and MTV’s Total Request Live on Wednesday; and the Black Eyed Peas, who appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday.

Black Eyed Peas & Nappy Roots Draw Small Crowd

Joe Bugbee of Bowling Green News was on hand for the Nappy Roots and the Black Eyed Peas concert at Anderson Arena for the annual UAO homecoming concert on October 4th. He writes, “The University Activities Organization announced that approximately 1,500 tickets were sold, but only about three-quarters of those ticket holders actually showed up. The crowd, however small, rose to its feet when Nappy took the stage around 8:30 p.m. and for the remainder of the show, only a handful of people showed any hint of excitement.” And the reaction wasn’t much better for the headliners. Bugbee added, “The energy escalated ten-fold when the Black Eyed Peas came out, saving the face of UAO, and thus saving the day. They were greeted by a half-interested crowd, many who stayed for only a song or two before leaving… By the time the Peas went on stage at 10 p.m., nearly half of the crowd had left. By the time the Peas played an impressive and awe-inspiring encore, the crowd that remained was mentally and emotionally drained, victims of pure musical drama at its highest and most rewarding.”

Are Black Eyed Peas Sniffing Sweet Smell Of Sellout?

With the huge worldwide success of the Black Eyed Peas latest single ‘Where Is The Love?’, the band has received some scrutiny for “selling out”, but member Will.i.am tells Ricardo Baca of the Denver Post anyone who thinks he’s sold out doesn’t know jack. “Hip-hop is supposed to be popular,” Will.i.am said. “If hip-hop was never supposed to be popular, then Grandmaster Flash would never have DJ’ed in Manhattan. He would have stayed in Queens or Brooklyn or wherever he was from. If hip-hop was never supposed to be popular, Run-D.M.C. would have never made ‘My Adidas,’ Russell Simmons would have never started Def Jam, hip-hop would have never made it to Germany, they would have never sampled a disco song and rapped to it, the Sugar Hill Gang would have never made it (expletive) hip-hop-a-hippity-hip-hip-hop-a-you-stop-a-rockin.’ Hip-hop, in my opinion, was never supposed to be underground.”