TGJ Replay: Fergie’s ‘The Dutchess’

Published: Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 by Rashad

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’

‘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!

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  1. King B>Rihanna March 27, 2013

    this album was the s***. end of story.

  2. Red March 27, 2013

    Isnt she like 50 now? Wow time flies.

  3. Mr. Brown March 27, 2013

    I would beat this girl to death. Make that Big girl cry.

  4. MC March 27, 2013

    I love her and this album.

    Is it true that she’s pregnant? I read that somewhere, I don’t remember where though.

    Happy b’day Fergie.

  5. Music Soul Harmony March 27, 2013

    King B>Rihanna: for her debut, it was a pretty good effort. Don’t be bitter.

    I bought this album. It was good and so was my teenage hood
    listening to it.
    Let’s hope she goes in the right direction for her sophomore.
    The only reason the black eyed peas could sell was cuz of Fergie anyway.
    Fergie is no Adele but she’s no worse than Rihanna and Katy Perry
    Either. I have faith in her new material.

  6. Navy Sailor!!! March 27, 2013

    Loooooved this album soooo much! All That I Got was my SHITTTT

  7. MISHKA March 27, 2013

    GLAMOUROUS was the ish.

    Great album overall. Will.I.Am and especially Polo Da Don don’t get enough credit for the job they do.

  8. TeamBreezy March 27, 2013

    This album was really good!


    OMG, it’s her birthday too.
    tomorrow is Gaga’s birthday…. k, March is the month still. <3

  10. Suicide Blonde March 27, 2013

    The album is amazing, it would be a hit still today.

  11. Music Soul Harmony March 27, 2013

    MC: Yeah she’s pregnant.

    Seems like all the pop girls from my childhood are popping
    out babes as well. All we need is Janet.

    • MC March 27, 2013

      I agree, she needs to give us an album in the meantime though, I’m not here for her Prince-esque treatment.

  12. DOSSOME March 27, 2013

    Great album…BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY and GLAMOROUS were my favorites

  13. NikosF March 27, 2013

    #GodSaveTheDutchess! <3

  14. NikosF March 27, 2013

    #GodSaveTheDutchess! <3

  15. King B>Rihanna March 27, 2013

    Music Soul Harmony

    I meant that the album was very good when i said it was the s***.

  16. DOSSOME March 27, 2013

    Happy BDay Fergie…Interestingly several stars have birthdays this week

    March 25th

    March 26th

    March 27th

    March 28th

    March 30th

    • MC March 27, 2013

      I love them all!

      March is an amazing month.

    • Suicide Blonde March 27, 2013


      Those are the best among that group.

      • DOSSOME March 27, 2013

        @MC…i know,but it’s amazing mariah made today all about her fans

        @SUICIDE..i know you don’t care for the 28th one,lol

      • Suicide Blonde March 27, 2013

        No that much, lol.

  17. Taeys March 27, 2013

    She’s not cute. I don’t think she can make another solid commercial comeback but this album was good I’m from the hood and even the rough boys round here liked Fergies music. Which leads me to believe her success was closer to a fad. When everybody like you for a short period of time ur a fad. I remember when everybody and their momma liked Greenday when they never even listened to that type of music before. She had bandwagon sales along with the fact she had no competition when this album was released. Fergie didn’t develop fans she had the market cornered riding off the Black eyed bandwagon fad and now they flops too. Fad artist she is along with spice girls and all the rest of those types. Don’t see it for her in the future to old not cute and that group she was in is over. I got Nicole Scherzinger making a better comeback then Fergie. Nicole as somewhat of a youthful appearance and it seems her multiracial heritage is slowing down her aging. Fergie looks old. She’s done.

    • DOSSOME March 27, 2013

      Sorry she had 1 major competition then..NELLY FURTADO’S LOOSE

      • MISHKA March 27, 2013

        And Gwen Stefani.

  18. Riqueen March 27, 2013

    YAS the memories on this cd.this album was the s***

  19. Taeys March 27, 2013

    Nelly and Fergie are the same girl. Both not s*** or cute making music influenced by African Americans with no successful s*** person to make them look old and haggard like they truly are. If only Britney didnt go crazy Fergie and Nelly would never have had those eras.

  20. Kyle March 27, 2013

    I really underestimated Fergie prior to this album’s release. I didn’t think she would hit it big as a solo artist and man, did she prove me and everybody else wrong! I still play this album from time to time and it always brings back good memories. I liked “Glamorous” and “Clumsy” the most. I hope she is does something solo again. That would be awesome.

  21. yoya_Sschur March 27, 2013

    i loveeeeee this album!!! some of the songs like glamorous or fergalicious are pop classics! in all, this is great pop album. you still can listen to it today

  22. number1k9 March 28, 2013

    This album was the s***.

    Brings me back to my senior year high school memories (Class of 2007)!!!!

    She was owning back then. Not even Beyonce with ‘B’Day’ OR Christina Aguilera with ‘Back To Basics’ were half as successful with their efforts when ‘The Dutchess’ was released. Her biggest competition at the time was in fact Nelly Furtado, in terms of Pop success, but she still out shined her.

    This is a classic album. I’d put ‘The Ducthess’ up there with albums like Rihanna’s ‘Good Girl Gone Bad,’ and Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream,’ great pop music and albums from the 2000s-present.

    Happy Birthday Fergie!

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