Black Eyed Peas Set A Date For 'The E.N.D.'

The Black Eyed Peas will release their first studio album in four years, "The E.N.D.," on June 9 via Interscope. As previously reported, the group originally hoped to release the set, which stands for "The Energy Never Dies," in March.

The album's first single, "Boom Boom Pow," will soon be serviced to radio and clubs. The group is planning an international tour in support of the release.

Black Eyed Peas principal will.i.am previously told Billboard he hopes the album will continue to evolve even after it is released. "When [the album] comes out, there'll be 12 songs on it, but the next day there could be 100 songs, 50 sketches, 1,000 blogs all (online) around 'The End,' so the energy really, truly never dies,” he said.

He described the music as "a lot of dance stuff, real melodic, electronic, soulful. We call it, like, electric static funk, something like that."

The Black Eyed Peas' last album, "Monkey Business," was released in May 2005 and has sold 4.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In 2006, singer Fergie released her solo album, "The Dutchess," which produced the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits "London Bridge" and "Big Girls Don't Cry."

will.i.am has been busy lately with musical activities surrounding the election of president Barack Obama. He wrote the anthem "Yes We Can," which turned into a star-studded viral video, and performed at the inauguration ceremonies. He also spent part of 2008 co-scoring "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" with Hans Zimmer and voicing one of the animated characters.

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