” My Humps ” is by The Black Eyed Peas, the American Hip Hop group. Written by will.i.Am ( William James Adams ) with writing credits to David Payton.
The song was taken as the third single from their fourth Album, Monkey Business, which was released in 2005.
The Hip Hop and dance track ” My Humps ” uses a backing of electroformed beats and samples the 1980s techno song ” I Need a Freak ” from the group Sexual Harassment.
The song caused controversy when it was released on the 18th of November 2005. The title and lyrical content being accused as offensive, the song was seen to be focusing on a woman using her breasts and buttocks as a way to accomplish whatever she wanted, the song is structured as a duet between group members will.i.am and Fergie.
It wasn’t set for release at first with the track ” Don’t Lie ” chosen instead. However the radio stations didn’t rate the song, and it was rarely played, instead ” My Humps ” was being often played and with digital downloads strong the decision was made to release the song by Interscope Records.
Music critics had mixed feelings about the song, one commenting on the poor quality of the rapping and even going as far as to call Will.i.am.’s verses retarded.
However, despite the critics mostly panning the track, the record buyers liked it and bought the song in their droves. ” My Humps ” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number eighty-five and a week later had climbed to number fifty-nine.
The song just kept climbing, and on November the 5th 2005 a number three spot was reached and stayed there for six weeks. The Black Eyed Peas had a good run with this song on the Billboard Charts, in total the song stayed for more than nine months. Since the release, it has reached 2,203,000 downloads and has been awarded double Platinum by the RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America ).
The song was also a success in both Australia and New Zealand with the single reaching the number one spot in both countries.
Along with success in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, ” My Humps ” entered the UK Singles Charts at number three. The song spent eleven weeks inside the Top Twenty and a total of sixteen weeks on the chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 3
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria ( Austria Top 40 ) 4, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 3, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 5, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 7, Denmark (Tracklisten) 5, Netherlands ( Dutch Top 40 ) 4, Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 2, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 7, France (SNEP) 11, Germany (Official German Charts) 4, Hungary (Dance Top 40) 8, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 9, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 4, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 19, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 3
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/TheBlackEyedPeas
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