The rumor mill in the music industry, as is the case with all segments of the entertainment industry, is ripe with juicy gossip and speculations that fly around the web faster than the speed of light, if you ask me. And maybe if you asked [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]will.i.am.[/lastfm] or[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Fergie[/lastfm] lately.
[photogallerylink id=109970 align=left]Will.i.am has been fighting rumors that Fergie was leaving the mega group,[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Black Eyed Peas [/lastfm]for weeks now. Even [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kanye West [/lastfm]fell victim to the rumor, sending a shout out to the Black Eyed Peas at the Austin City Lights festival as far back as late September, “RIP to The Black Eyed Peas! You’ll be missed!” he said in the middle of his hit single, “All of The Lights.” My spidey-sense makes me think this is where the rumor started or at least picked up most of it’s steam.
Since then, Will has been on the offensive, sending out tweets left and right to combat the rumor. Almost immediately after the Kanye incident, will.i.am took to his page to say, “Maybe @kanyewest was stating the fact we will take a rest for a little bit…but we the @bep will never die…never…impossible.”
Perhaps the “indefinite break” Fergie spoke of awhile back is the real culprit of the miscommunication with fans, but even after Will’s tweet, months later, there is still speculation. Former radio personality and now talk show host, Wendy Williams even got her wires twisted. Again, this took place on Twitter, where messages seem to float through space as fact until debunked by several reliable sources.
After an unconfirmed report spread through the web said that [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ashanti [/lastfm]was replacing Fergie in the group, enough was enough and will.i.am. became noticibly short tempered with Wendy on twitter, “As a journalist you should check facts before spreading rumors,” the “Boom Boom Pow” rapper tweeted to Wendy Williams. “Going to @bep twitter page to find out the truth is easy.” She responded saying she would talk about it on her show.
He does have a really good point there.
No worries, people. BEP will never die. And Fergie isn’t going anywhere. It just wouldn’t be the same without her.
“My Humps” by Black Eyed Peas