Thursday, April 09, 2009

Black Eyed Peas score first No. 1 on Hot 100

The Black Eyed Peas are set to log their first No. 1 single in the United States when Billboard issues its Hot 100 chart on Thursday.

"Boom Boom Pow" -- the first single from their upcoming fifth studio album "The E.N.D." -- sold 465,000 downloads last week, setting a new record for best single-week and debut download totals by a group. It ranked at No. 39 on the previous chart.

The group's prior best showing on the Hot 100 was a No. 3 peak for both Grammy-winning tunes "Don't Phunk With My Heart" and "My Humps" in 2005.

Coldplay had set the weekly digital sales record for a group when "Viva La Vida" moved 253,000 the week in June 2008. Maroon 5 held the mark for most downloads in a debut week when "Makes Me Wonder" opened with 244,000 in May 2007. The overall record for both categories was established by Flo Rida in February when "Right Round" debuted with 636,000 downloads.

"The E.N.D." will be released on June 9 via Interscope Records. It marks the band's first album of new material since 2005's "Monkey Business," which sold more than nine million copies worldwide, the label said.

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