Black Eyed Peas Think Their Billboard Dominance Is 'Surreal'

Thanks to 'Boom Boom Pow' and 'I Gotta Feeling,' the group has spent 22 weeks at #1 of Hot 100.

Two weeks ago, the [artist id="30064"]Black Eyed Peas[/artist] broke an impressive Billboard chart record. The group sat at the top of the Hot 100 for the 20th consecutive week, longer than any other artist in the list's 51-year history. That's thanks to two singles from their chart-topping album [article id="1615095"]The E.N.D.,[/article] "Boom Boom Pow," which spent 12 weeks at No. 1, and "I Gotta Feeling," which spent eight weeks in the top spot. Now, "I Gotta Feeling" is headed toward another week at #1, extending the Peas' record reign to 22 weeks.

"I Gotta Feeling" has become the summer of 2009's signature song, and according to the group, they knew at the outset they had a hit on their hands. "It was a different format for us, because it was the first song where we all did the verse simultaneously," Taboo told MTV News when we caught up with the group at the [article id="1620371"]Outside Lands Festival[/article] in San Francisco. "When we heard it, we knew that it would be the anthem. We all came together and created a great song."

But though they were confident the song would be huge, even Fergie is surprised it's become this massive.

"This is crazy right now," she said. "It's surreal. It has the same feeling for me as when I joined the Black Eyed Peas and 'Where Is the Love?' took off, and we just started touring around the world and it was complete chaos. We're gonna have the biggest tour we've ever had, and we feel very blessed. All we can say is thank you."

Taboo cited the band's collaboration with Target, which used the song in an ad, and CBS, which used it in a network promo, as a big part of the success of "Feeling." But Apl.De.Ap thinks it's just a great song. "It's like a college party, a dorm song," he said.

Following a few more festival appearances in the U.S., the Peas will head across the Pacific for a huge tour of Japan and Australia before returning home in October to open a handful of shows for U2.