Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum recording artists The Black Eyes Peas release their new album entitled The Beginning, on November 29.
Why the beginning? "It symbolizes growth, new beginnings and starts, fresh new perspective," says Will.i.am.
While the title of The E.N.D. was a play on words (standing for "The Energy Never Dies"), the new album's title, The Beginning, "refers to what is actually happening in the world right now," says will.i.am. "The Beginning is symbolic of adopting new technologies, such as augmented reality, 3D, and 360 video. It's also about being experimental and taking songs we've liked from the past and playing around with sick, crazy beats."
In keeping with that manifesto, the first single from The Beginning is "The Time (The Dirty Bit)," which is built around a sample from the classic 1987 theme from Dirty Dancing, ("I've Had) The Time of My Life," recorded by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. "The song is a celebration of this amazing time in our lives," says vocalist Fergie.
The Black Eyed Peas have shot a video for "The Time (The Dirty Bit)," with director Rich Lee, who also was behind the Peas' "Imma Be Rocking That Body" video, as well as clips for Eminem ("Not Afraid"), The All-American Rejects ("The Wind Blows"), Fergie ("Clumsy"), and the Pussycat Dolls ("Hush Hush").
Black Eyed Peas - The Beginning (Deluxe) 2CD's - 'The Beginning + 5 tracks from 'The E.N.D' Tracks: CD 1 1 The Time (Dirty Bit) 2 Light Up The Night 3 Love You Long Time 4 XOXOXO 5 Someday 6 Whenever 7 Fashion Beats 8 Don't Stop The Party 9 Do It Like This 10 The Situation 11 The Coming 12 Own It 13 The Best One Yet (The Boy) 14 Just Can't Get Enough 15 Play It Loud 16 Everything Wonderful 17 Phenomenon 18 Take It Off
CD 2 1 Boom Boom Pow 2 I Gotta Feeling 3 Meet Me Halfway 4 Imma Be 5 Rock That Body
Following The E.N.D., a blockbuster album that went platinum in over a dozen countries, The Beginning is the Black Eyed Peas' sixth studio album. Its first single is "The Time (Dirty Bit)," a lighthearted and sleek dance-pop song that incorporates the BEPs' spin on the chorus to Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' 1987 hit "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."
Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The Peas have always been stylistically flexible, and on THE BEGINNING, they give themselves over more fully than ever to the groove palette of club culture, stirring up electro funk, Euro-trance and classic disco..."
Spin (p.68) - "Peas leader will.i.am mixes up house and disco beats, Chic and Slick Rick samples, wonky Moog hooks, crunchy guitars, and '70s funk bass into one of the year's wildest sonic stews."
Billboard (p.26) - "Echoes of 'Dirty Dancing,' ghetto tech, Daft Punk, early Gwen Stefani and more waft throughout the set....The music is expertly produced..."
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