The Black Eyed Peas prime the charts with regards to Latin American music

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By Alicia Powell

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Black Eyed Peas, whose music spans hip-hop, soul and pop-rap, tops the charts with the former quartet’s first album in two years, featuring Latin American pop artists like Shakira.

“Translation” also has tracks created with other Latin American stars such as J. Balvin and Maluma in a genre whose growth has outpaced the entire US music market.

“I was personally inspired by this Latin American movement,” said Will.i.am, a member of the current trio. “It’s the most streamed genre on Spotify (NYSE :). And it’s the definition of international pop.”

The album is the group’s second since Fergie left about three years ago.

“We have three # 1 without the traditional line-up that you thought was responsible for pop success. This record shows that it’s the songs that contributed to (our success),” Will said. I am.

One track, “Girl Like Me”, was recorded by Shakira and Will.i.am in 2008 but was not released until this week. The music video was shot with her in Colombia and the trio in California. Such distant urges could become the new norm, said Will.i.am.

“We sent her our footage so the director would match the set and lighting so that we could all feel like in the same universe even though we were apart,” he said.

The Black Eyed Peas, founded as a rap group in 1995, has sold over 50 million albums worldwide in genres such as pop, soul and electronic music.

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