Sunday, August 27, 2006

Artist of the Week: Fergie

This week, my Artist of the Week goes to Fergie, of the Black Eyed Peas. She has a solo album due out on the 19th of September, entitled,"The Dutchess." The first single form the album, "London Bridge," which was released on 17th of July, has already shot to number one on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, in America. I first heard it when I saw the video, which started getting played on music TV channels here, in Britain, a couple of weeks ago. Instantly, I knew it would be a hit and it is featured as my profile song this week.
Born March 27, 1975, in California, her full name is Stacy Ann Ferguson. She began her musical career as part of a female trio called, "Wild Orchid." After releasing two albums, the record company declined to release the third. After that, Fergie left Wild Orchid and suffered a bout of addiction to ecstasy and crystal meth. In 2003, Fergie started recording with The Black Eyed Peas. She did five songs with them, before being invited to join the group permanently. The addition of Fergie seems to have boosted the success of B.E.P. Certainly, I started getting into them because of her. Her singing and dancing on B.E.P. videos is what drew me in, particularly the video for, "Hey Mama," where she really shakes her ass. I ended up buying the album, "Elephunk," and it was all due to Fergie. In the video for the more recent song, "Don't Phunk With My Heart," Fergie looks sizzling in a sexy, long, red dress.
Her latest video, for "London Bridge," doesn't disappoint. Fergie maintains her sexy image in it and it's all her. On this side of the Atlantic, some have complained that the video is flawed, because it features London's Tower Bridge, rather than London Bridge. I don't think that matters. The lyrics of the song are, "my London London bridge want to go down," not "the London Bridge." Maybe her London Bridge is the Tower Bridge. Tower Bridge is a drawbridge, and it looks much more impressive than the dull London Bridge, which isn't a drawbridge. When Americans think of a London bridge, the image that comes to mind is that of the Tower Bridge, which is the one shown on the majority of souvenir images of London. I wasn't invited to the filming of the video, but I am sure that was just an oversight.
In any case, the song is hot and if the rest of the album is like this, it will sell well. It is produced by Will-i-am, of B.E.P. You can check out her Myspace at: Check out the song, London Bridge, especially you radio presenters...this means you, James Max, and especially you, Opal Bonfante. The Big L needs to acquire this song and start playing it. FergieFerg, you go girl! I'm behind you 100%. And what a nice behind it is, too.


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