Fergie has a rollercoaster week as Black Eyed Peas sell their soul for the SuperBowl
NFL fans, wave goodbye to good ol' rock 'n' roll and get ready for the Fergalicious. The Black Eyed Peas are set to perform at Super Bowl XLV in Arlington.
The Grammy award-winning group will perform Feb. 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium.
The pop band contrasts sharply with last year's featured performer, The Who. Other halftime acts in recent years have included the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Paul McCartney and Prince— all (except perhaps Prince) geezer artists many consider "tired."
The preference for older acts started after Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction in 2004. So why the sudden return to pop? They aim for a fresher act after criticism that previous picks were over the hill.
Sex sells and Fergie is sexy... sort of. (Personally, I haven’t been able to look at her the same since she wet herself mid performance a couple of years ago.) The Super Bowl audience is mostly men, with 42.9 percent of those viewers males 18 years and older (45.8 million viewers compared to 37.7 million women over the age of 18 watching). The timing is right, too, as the group’s new album The Endwas released this week.
It's been an up-and-down week for Fergie. She received Billboard's "Woman Of The Year" honor at the Women In Music luncheon and the Black Eye Peas garnered four Grammy nominations. But sales of the new CD have been disappointing and, in a cringe-inducing incident, the singer's husband, actor Josh Duhamel, was thrown off a plane this week after he refused to turn off his BlackBerry.
Does playing the Super Bowl mean that the Black Eyed Peas have sold out? Actually, the band sold out years ago when they added Fergie and her humps to the line-up.
However, her presence propelled the band to fame and will likely please the Super Bowl crowd. When your songs have topped charts you have the general public’s approval. Thus, I’ll say no more about the recovered meth head.
After all, she has warned haters like me, "Singing is a gift from God, and when people say I can't sing, it's kind of like insulting God."