Two different bands say that the Black Eyed Peas stole their sound so the Grammy-Award winning group is faceing two seperate lawsuits over their quadrouple platinum selling 2009 album, "The E.N.D." Bryan Pringle says the Peas used his "Take A Dive" track for their "I Got A Feeling" single, which spent 72 weeks at number one.
Latrice Batts, aka "Phoenix Phenom," and her producer/co-writer Manfred "Manny" Mohr, say the Peas copied their "Boom Dynamite" song and re-worked it as "Boom Boom Pow." Batts and Mohr say that the Black Eyed Peas, Interscope and Universal Music have “a pattern and practice of intentional copyright infringement with respect to the unlawful copying of songs of unknown or lesser-known artists.”
If the suits go as planned, they could have some huge results. "I Got A Feeling" broke a digital sales record with 5.5 million units sold while "Boom Boom Pow" was close behind with 5.2 million units sold. Both lawsuits seek damages including all of the net profits received by the defendants as a result of the two tracks.
In related news, Billboard recently named Black Eyed Peas member Fergie their Woman Of The Year for 2010. “I am humbled and excited to accept the Billboard Woman of the Year Award,” Fergie said. “Being honored by B illboard is a great career achievement.”
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow