From to , she starred on the TV show Kids Incorporated and was the longest running cast member; she starred in the first six of the show's nine seasons. By , the girls began meeting with record labels, but they still could not get a recording contract.
They eventually signed a music publishing deal with Sony Publishing before signing a record contract with RCA Records in I won't say how many men I've had sex with—but I am a very sexual person. In March , the band released their self-titled debut album , which debuted at on the Billboard In September , they released their second album, Oxygen , which was a commercial failure, only selling , copies worldwide. They completed a third album, which their record label declined to release, and Fergie left the group in September In , Fergie told Entertainment Weekly that both frustrations with the band's image and personal drug problems led her to leave Wild Orchid.
She secured the gig and instantly bonded with the trio, going on to record five additional songs on the album. The following spring, shortly before Elephunk came out, Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine offered Fergie a permanent spot to take over vocal duties and fill the void left by background singer Kim Hill 's departure in In a positive review of The Black Eyed Peas' new-found style, Rolling Stone noted that since , when the group "hired a blond bombshell named Stacy 'Fergie' Ferguson and gave up their pursuit of backpack-rapper cred, they have made a kind of spiritual practice of recording futuristic songs — a total aesthetic commitment that extends from their garish wardrobes to their United Colors of Benetton worldview.
The album subsequently spawned "Shut Up", which topped the charts in many markets. The third single from the album, " Hey Mama ", reached the top 10 in several European countries and later peaked at number twenty-three in the United States.
Their next album, Monkey Business , was released on June 7, , and debuted at number two on the U. Billboard albums chart, selling over , copies in its first week and was later certified triple platinum by the RIAA. Their next and last commercially released single from the album was " Pump It ", which borrows much of its sound from " Misirlou ", specifically Dick Dale 's version; it peaked at number 8 in Australia but 18 in America.
Hot , reaching No. Hot and number one in Australia, making it their fourth Australian number one single. However, many mocked the song for its poor lyrical content; John Bush, writing for AllMusic , described it as "one of the most embarrassing rap performances of the new millennium". In December , they embarked on the "European Tour".
It was released on September 25,  and became a top-ten hit in five countries, including in Australia and the United States, becoming her fifth consecutive top-five hit in the U.
Fergie returned to acting in , appearing as a lounge singer in the Poseidon remake. She later had supporting roles in 's Grindhouse and the musical film Nine. Fergie and other members of the cast of Nine received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination for their performance in that film. In its first week, the album sold , copies and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard It went to number one in the United States and became the group's first chart topper.
It spent 55 weeks inside of the top 10 with 11 at No. The two hit singles back to back kept The Black Eyed Peas on the top for 26 consecutive weeks, from April 18 through October Fergie performing at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena , " Meet Me Halfway " was released as the third single from the album in September The single reached number one in the United Kingdom and Australia.
It also peaked at seven on the Billboard Hot The group performed at the Grammys on January 31, Summer Canadian Invasion Tour: It mostly features remixes of the singles taken from The E. It also features a remix of "Let's Get It Started" taken from Elephunk ; the remix was also a bonus track on the deluxe edition of The E. She launched her debut fragrance, Outspoken, under Avon in May The music video was released on March 16, , and it was filmed in Tokyo , one week before the earthquake and the tsunami.
The video was directed by Ben Mor. The group's third single was " Don't Stop the Party " and it was released on May 10, On the same day, a music video for the song was released on iTunes , along with the single. The video, which is directed by Ben Mor, features on stage and backstage footage of the group during The E. World Tour in — The video premiered on Vevo on May 12, Her lawyer claims that she is doing so to "conform to the first name which she is commonly and professionally known as, and has been for many years.
She stated in an interview with radio host Ryan Seacrest that will. Love La La ", was released to contemporary hit radio on September 30, Fergie announced in June that she was putting the finishing touches on the album, titled Double Dutchess.
In September , Fergie talked with Time magazine about quitting her crystal meth addiction. But it's why you start doing it in the first place that's interesting. A lot of it was being a child actor; I learned to suppress feelings.