Fergie Leaves The Black Eyed Peas
After leaving her longtime label home of Interscope Records. It was announced that Fergie would also be leaving multi-platinum group, The Black Eyed Peas.
Fergie’s departure from the group was announced today by original Black Eyed Peas memeber/frontman/producer Will.I.Am. Fergie was signed to a deal with Interscope through a partnership with Will.I.Am’s label. Leaving Interscope, Fergie announced that she would be starting her own label known as Dutchess Music in partnership of a new distribution deal with BMG.
During an interview with The Zombie Chronicles, Will.I.Am had this to say on Fergie’s departure and the rest of the guys feelings on the situation; saying.
“Since the beginning of Black Eyed Peas, we’ve always had amazing vocalists that appeared on the mic with us,” he 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 ‘Let’s 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.”
Although Fergie has left the group, no one is taking her place, according to will. “Nobody is replacing Fergie,” he 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
Fergie was with the Black Eyed Peas as lead vocalist from 2002 to present. While not an original member, she was a key factor in the group’s peak of success between 2003 to 2010 with the release of four multi-platinum albums. It’s been seven years since the group last released an album and 11-years since Fergie released her debut multi-platinum solo album, ‘The Dutchess’. Returning to music back in 2016 with the DJ Mustard-produced single, “L.A. Love (La La)”. Fergie has been trying to regain her seat at the top of the charts ever since, release four follow up singles.
Fergie hasn’t really spoke to much on leaving the Peas; however, she has spoke on her new solo career and label situation with the following quote.
“This new era, which includes starting my own label and creating a global partnership with BMG, is a dream come true,” said Fergie. “It’s an opportunity to release my solo music as well as develop and nurture new artists. This next chapter in my career will allow me the independence to evolve both as an artist and as a businesswoman.
“BMG has such an incredible legacy in the music industry, and I look forward to working with their very experienced team to make new music, memories and magic!”
With a new deal and own label, Fergie is slated to release her sophomore album later this summer titled, ‘Double Dutchess”