Song: “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas
Reached #1: April 18, 2009 (their first, 12 weeks)
When the Black Eyed Peas released The E.N.D. in 2009, they hadn’t yet had a #1 single in the US. Kind of surprising given that they’d released songs like “Let’s Get It Started” (a revised version of album track “Let’s Get Retarded” – really), “Where Is The Love?”, and “Don’t Phunk With My Heart”.
So you had to figure they were due, at some point, to reach #1. But… you couldn’t figure on this.
Between “Boom Boom Pow” and the follow-up, “I Gotta Feeling”, the Black Eyed Peas would wind up spending a ridiculous half-year at #1. “Boom Boom Pow” spent 12 weeks at #1, immediately followed by “I Gotta Feeling” for 14 more.
No other act ever had that many consecutive weeks at #1 with multiple singles. It wasn’t even close… the most I could find was Usher with 19 weeks.
Of course, this begs the question… if Nicole Scherzinger had been available when the Peas were looking for a lead singer, would they have been successful? She had to turn them down as she was still obligated to Eden’s Crush… so the Peas went to their second choice, a former member of Disney’s Kids Incorporated. Yes, that’d be Fergie.
Tomorrow, one of Minneapolis’ favorite sons, by any name.
Other songs that reached #1 on April 18:
1987 – “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me” by Aretha Franklin & George Michael (Aretha’s second, 2 weeks)