Breakup or Just a Break? Black Eyed Peas Going on Hiatusby: Posted:
The Black Eyed Peas have been here for years. And with their exposure and popularity the last several - OK, one horrendous Super Bowl halftime show aside - they're probably beloved and recognized enough that when they do come off a planned hiatus after tonight's "final" performance in Miami, it'll be a major story.
In the meantime, it's not like the Grammy-winning quartet will be taking it easy.
“We always have two cycles of records and then we take a break,” will.i.am told The Hollywood Reporter. “And then two cycles of records and then a break. When we take breaks you know, we work on side projects and get our personal stuff in order then come back and make beautiful music. We think beautiful music.”
Usually, the side projects pay off individually. Of the four, Fergie and will.i.am have arguably been the most successful. Fergie had a massively successful 2006 solo album, "The Dutchess," that reached Number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, spawned six hit singles and won her a Pop or Rock Favorite Female Artist American Music Award and a Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy nomination in 1997. She also appeared in 2006's "Poseidon"; "Planet Terror," Robert Rodriguez's half of a 2007 throwback horror-action double feature called "Grindhouse"; and filmed "Nine" in 2008.
This time out, she's planning a family with husband Josh Duhammel.
“I’m on baby bump watch. It’s really fun. It’s when the paparazzi go right into your stomach," Fergie joked.
“But yeah, that’s one of the things that we want to do,” she continued. “I’ve just been touring since 2003 and like anything things get monotonous and your doing the same thing every night. I’d like to go days without wearing make-up and watching my football games. Doing my footwear collection and my fragrances...Just going where the day takes me.”
The last time will.i.am went on a major side-project spree, it was the start of his own status as a sought-after collaborator. His most recent major solo accomplishment was probably recording what became an iconic pro-Barack Obama anthem during the current President's 2008 road to the White House, "Yes We Can."
As films go, his most notable role was probably appearing as John Wraith in the poorly reviewed but financially successful "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in 2009.
This time? He's working on a fourth solo album called #willpower, which drops next year. He debuted its first single "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" during the Nov. 20 American Music Awards.
Taboo, meanwhile? He's been among the lower-key of the group, though he did appear as Vega in "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li" and released an autobiography this past February. He and wife Jaymie Dizon had their second child together this past year, so he said he plans on plenty of family time.
Apl de App plans simply on continuing his work as an education ambassador in his native Phillippines.