Much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ segments, readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past. So in a quest to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday we introduced a new retrospective segment – ‘TGJ Replay’.
Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase albums (and eras) from a library of pop music hits. Today, we rewind to the record-setting, first and only solo LP of Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie (who celebrates her 38th birthday today)…
After achieving monumental success with their 2004 album ‘Monkey Business’ (featuring hits ‘Don’t Phunk With My Heart’ and ‘My Humps’), futuristic pop group Black Eyed Peas booked a break to allow its members to pursue solo ventures.
Meanwhile, as No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani was enjoying a reign over hip pop with her hits ‘Hollaback Girl’ and other urban-tinged numbers, it appeared B.E.P.’s former frontwoman Fergie had her eyes set on a similar sights. Relying on the production skills of band-member Will.I.Am to craft the bulk of her debut solo offering, the two created 2006’s ‘The Dutchess’.
Led by #1 single ‘London Bridges’…
It appeared that a new princess of hip pop had arrived. Indeed, using a formula similar to that of Stefani’s, Fergie effortlessly intertwined her pop offerings with that of urban sounds to achieve a radio-friendly mixture marketed to both genre’s charts.
The recipe would prove ultra successful as the album debuted at #3 only to rebound weeks later to the #2 spot on the hems on singles ‘Fergalicious’ and the Ludacris-assisted hit ‘Glamorous’…
‘The Dutchess’ was a hit factory – going on to sell over 7 million copies and shipping out a total of 5 multiplatinum singles that reigned over charts. The first album to produce 3 #1 singles since Christina Aguilera’s debut album six years prior, Fergie’s solo LP also held the record for the most multiplatinum singles to come from one album (in the digital era) until 2012 when it was broken by fellow pop tart Katy Perry.
‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ (the album’s biggest hit with nearly 4 million copies sold to date)
While fans anxiously awaited its follow-up, the songstresse dashed hopes of it coming soon with a highly successful B.E.P. reunion. However, after disbanding yet again in 2011, word has it Fergie Ferg is hard at work on a new project due months after she and husband Josh Duhamel deliver their greatest hit – their first child.
‘All That I Got’
Until then, we salute this pop gem. Happy birthday Fergs!