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4/22/2005

 
Multi-Platinum Grammy Winners The Black Eyed Peas Release Monkey Business On June 7, 2005

First Single From New Album 'Don't Phunk With My Heart'; Album Features James Brown, Justin Timberlake and Sting; Summer U.S. Tour Announced

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Global multi-platinum, A&M recording artists THE BLACK EYED PEAS have completed their eagerly anticipated fourth album, entitled Monkey Business -- the follow up to their 2003 breakthrough release, Elephunk which sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide. Led by its first single, "Don't Phunk With My Heart" (released April 12) and its accompanying video directed by The Malloys (Black Eyed Peas' "Shut Up," Foo Fighters, blink-182, Ben Harper), Monkey Business arrives in stores June 7th.

In support of Monkey Business, The Black Eyed Peas launch their U.S. tour in Atlanta on June 11 at the Music MidTown Festival and will be on the road across the country through August.

Featuring 16 tracks, including collaborations with Godfather of Soul James Brown ("They Don't Want Music"), Justin Timberlake ("My Style") and Sting ("Union"), Monkey Business spans a hip-hop spectrum from pop to surf to soul. Recorded in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, London, Miami and even the Peas' tour bus and a Japanese bullet train, the album was produced largely by will.i.am.

After two critically acclaimed albums (1998's Behind The Front and 2000's Bridging The Gap), The Black Eyed Peas broke through with Elephunk. Released in summer 2003, Elephunk spent 95 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. The album has sold 2,500,000+ copies in the U.S. and nearly 5,000,000 more elsewhere around the world. The success of Elephunk was propelled by the hit singles, "Where Is The Love?" (#1), "Hey Mama" (#8) and "Let's Get It Started" (#4). "Let's Get It Started" won a 2005 Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group and nominations for Record of the Year and Best Rap Song. "Hey Mama" was also nominated in the latter category and its video snagged an MTV Video Music Award. "Where Is The Love?" was honored with 2004 Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Song Collaboration.

The Black Eyed Peas also took home awards from Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Sweden, Brazil and Australia, along with statuettes from MTV Europe, MTV Asia and MTV India, and a pair of nominations for the U.K.'s prestigious Brit Awards.

(tour dates follow below; venues soon to be announced)

JUNE
11 Atlanta/Music MidTown Festival
12 Tampa, FL
13 Orlando, FL
14 Boca Raton, FL
17 Philadelphia, PA
18 Washington DC
21 Pittsburgh, PA
22 Cleveland, OH
24 (Radio show, Sacramento)
25 (Radio show, Seattle)
26 Chicago, IL
29 Columbus, OH
30 Indianapolis, IN

JULY
1 Detroit, MI
2 St Louis, MO
3 New Orleans, LA
4 Atlantic City, NJ
7 Quebec City, QUE
8 Montreal, QUE
9 Ottawa, ONT
10 Toronto, ONT
11 London, ONT
13 Minneapolis, MN
15 Winnipeg, MAN
16 Saskatoon, SAS
17 Edmonton, ALB
18 Grand Prairie, ALB
19 Calgary, ALB
21 Victoria, BC
22 Vancouver, BC
23 Kelowna, BC
26 Denver, CO
28 Los Angeles, CA
29 San Diego, CA
31 New York, NY w/Dave Matthews Band

AUGUST
2 Uncasville, CT
3 Boston, MA
12 San Francisco, CA w/Dave Matthews Band
13 San Francisco, CA w/Dave Matthews Band

* - All Dates/Cities/Routing Subject To Change.


Source: A&M

CONTACT: Hillary Siskind, +1-212-841-8055, Hillary.siskind@umusic.com,
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