How The Black Eyed Peas Created Their Hit Song \"I Gotta Feeling\"
The Black Eyed Peas are one of the most successful pop groups of the 21st century, with over 80 million records sold worldwide. Their 2009 album The E.N.D. spawned several hit singles, including \"Boom Boom Pow\", \"Meet Me Halfway\", and \"I Gotta Feeling\". The latter song became their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for 14 consecutive weeks, making it the longest-running number one of 2009. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2010.
But how did the Peas create this catchy anthem that captured the mood of a generation According to an interview with Billboard, the song was inspired by a conversation between will.i.am and David Guetta, who co-produced the track. Will.i.am said: \"We were in London recording, and I was like 'Wow, I've been partying every night. It's been so long since we've been touring like this. We need a song that talks about how we party every night.' And David Guetta was like 'I got this beat.' He played me this beat. He played me some other beats too, but that one stuck out.\"
Will.i.am then wrote the lyrics and melody for the chorus, which he described as \"a positive affirmation\". He said: \"I was just thinking of a good vibe, a good energy. Something that makes people feel like celebrating. It's not complicated. It's very simple.\" He then recorded a demo version of the song and sent it to Fergie, who loved it and added her own vocals. The other members of the group, apl.de.ap and Taboo, also contributed their verses and harmonies.
The final version of the song was mixed by Dylan \"3D\" Dresdow, who enhanced the sound quality and added some effects. He said: \"I wanted to make it sound big and epic. I added some reverb, some delays, some filters. I also did some tricks with the vocals, like pitching them up or down, or making them sound robotic or distorted. I wanted to make it sound like a party in your ears.\"
The song was released as the second single from The E.N.D. on June 23, 2009. It received positive reviews from critics, who praised its uplifting message and danceable beat. It also became a huge commercial success, topping the charts in 20 countries and selling over 15 million copies worldwide. It was certified diamond by the RIAA in 2018.
\"I Gotta Feeling\" is still considered one of the Peas' signature songs and one of the best songs of the 2000s. It has been used in various media, such as movies, TV shows, commercials, video games, and sports events. It has also been covered by many artists, such as Kidz Bop, The Chipmunks and The Chipettes, and The Piano Guys.
The Black Eyed Peas have expressed their gratitude for the song's impact and legacy. Will.i.am said: \"It's amazing how a song can touch so many people and make them happy. It's a blessing to be able to do that. We're very thankful for our fans who supported us and made this song a phenomenon.\" 248dff8e21