Commercial response

In the United States, Elephunk reached number 14 on the Billboard Top 200 and is their first album to chart in the top 15. It gained even more commercial success in the UK Album Charts where it reached number 3. It has sold over 1.6 million copies in the UK and 8.5 million copies worldwide. The singles "Where Is The Love?
Where Is the Love?
"Where Is the Love?" is a song recorded by the American hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas for their third album, Elephunk. It is the band's first record to feature Fergie. The song features vocals from Justin Timberlake, although he is not officially credited on the single release.The single was...

" and "Shut Up" reached number 1. "Hey Mama" has been used for several advertisements including advertisements for Apple and iTunes
iTunes is a media player computer program, used for playing, downloading, and organizing digital music and video files on desktop computers. It can also manage contents on iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad....

. "Let's Get It Started
Let's Get It Started
"Let's Get It Started", , appears on The Black Eyed Peas' 2003 album Elephunk. It is the fourth single from the album...

" also received universal acclaim in the media section where a cover version of the song appears in the film Hot Tub Time Machine
Hot Tub Time Machine
Hot Tub Time Machine is a 2010 American science fiction adult comedy film directed by Steve Pink. Four men, all of them bored with their adult lives, travel back to their 1980s teen-hood, courtesy of a time-shifting hot tub. It stars John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Kellee Stewart, Rob...

. After the success of Elephunk, the Peas were approached by EA games to feature some of their music on the 2004 game The Urbz
The Urbz: Sims in the City
The Urbz: Sims in the City is a video game for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox consoles, as well as the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS portable systems. It is the third Sims game for video game consoles and is the second Sims game not to be released on PC...

. They remixed some of the tracks on Elephunk and translated it into Simlish
Simlish is a fictional language featured in EA Games' Sim series of games. It debuted in SimCopter, and has been especially prominent in The Sims, The Sims 2 and The Sims 3. The Sims development team created the unique Simlish language by experimenting with fractured Ukrainian, French, Latin,...

 and created new tracks for the game. They also feature in the game as playable characters.

Track listing


The Black Eyed Peas
  • will.i.am
    William James Adams, Jr. , better known by his stage name will.i.am and occasionally by his other stage name Zuper Blahq, is an American rapper, musician, songwriter, singer, actor and producer...

     – vocals on all tracks except 11; Moog synthesizer
    Moog synthesizer
    Moog synthesizer may refer to any number of analog synthesizers designed by Dr. Robert Moog or manufactured by Moog Music, and is commonly used as a generic term for older-generation analog music synthesizers. The Moog company pioneered the commercial manufacture of modular voltage-controlled...

    s on tracks 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13; drum programming
    Programming (music)
    Programming is a form of music production and performance using electronic devices, often sequencers or computer programs, to generate music. Programming is used in nearly all forms of electronic music and in most hip hop music since the 1990s. It is also frequently used in modern pop and rock...

     on tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; clavinet
    A Clavinet is an electrically amplified keyboard instrument manufactured by the Hohner company. It is essentially an electronically amplified clavichord, analogous to an electric guitar. Its distinctive bright staccato sound has appeared particularly in funk, disco, rock, and reggae songs.Various...

     on tracks 12 and 13; drums and piano on track 2; Wurlitzer electric piano
    Wurlitzer electric piano
    Wurlitzer 200A|250px|thumbThe Wurlitzer electric piano was one of a series of electromechanical stringless pianos manufactured and marketed by the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, Corinth, Mississippi, U.S. and Tonawanda, New York...

     on track 4; synthesizer on track 10; executive production
    Executive producer
    An executive producer is a producer who is not involved in any technical aspects of the film making or music process, but who is still responsible for the overall production...

    ; production; engineering
    Audio engineering
    An audio engineer, also called audio technician, audio technologist or sound technician, is a specialist in a skilled trade that deals with the use of machinery and equipment for the recording, mixing and reproduction of sounds. The field draws on many artistic and vocational areas, including...

     on tracks 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 12 and 14; mixing
    Audio mixing (recorded music)
    In audio recording, audio mixing is the process by which multiple recorded sounds are combined into one or more channels, most commonly two-channel stereo. In the process, the source signals' level, frequency content, dynamics, and panoramic position are manipulated and effects such as reverb may...

     on tracks 10 and 14
  • apl.de.ap
    Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr. better known as apl.de.ap , is a Filipino-American rapper, record producer, and occasional drummer who is best known as a member of The Black Eyed Peas.-Early life:Pineda was born in Belfast...

     – vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13; drum programming and production on track 11
  • Fergie – vocals on all tracks except 7 and 12
  • Taboo
    Taboo (rapper)
    Jaime Luis Gómez , better known by his stage name Taboo, is an American singer, actor, and rapper best known as a member of the group The Black Eyed Peas.-Personal life:...

     – vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12 and 13,[ guitar]

Main session musicians
  • George Pajon Jr. – guitar on tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13 and 15
  • J. Curtis – guitar on tracks 5, 7, 11 and 13
  • Mike Fratantuno – bass on tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 13, 14 and 15; guitarrón on track 7; double bass
    Double bass
    The double bass, also called the string bass, upright bass, standup bass or contrabass, is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra, with strings usually tuned to E1, A1, D2 and G2...

     and acoustic guitar
    Acoustic guitar
    An acoustic guitar is a guitar that uses only an acoustic sound board. The air in this cavity resonates with the vibrational modes of the string and at low frequencies, which depend on the size of the box, the chamber acts like a Helmholtz resonator, increasing or decreasing the volume of the sound...

     on track 13
  • Dante Santiago – backing vocals on tracks 1, 3, 4, 6 and 10; vocals on track 7

Other contributors

  • Printz Board
    Printz Board
    -Biography:Printz Board is a producer, writer, and artist. His life career in music began in Ohio when he received his first trumpet. The then ambiguous Board became drawn in to the heated and story-filled sound of his horn...

     – horns
    Horn section
    In music, a horn section can refer to several groups of musicians. It can refer to the musicians in a symphony orchestra who play the horn . In a British-style brass band it refers to the tenor horn players. In popular music, it can also refer to a small group of wind instrumentalists who augment a...

     on track 2; trumpet on track 7; Moog synthesizer and clavinet on track 13
  • Tim Orindgreff – horns on track 2; saxophone and flute
    The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening...

     on track 7
  • Terence Yoshiaki – drums on tracks 3 and 7
  • Noelle Scaggs
    Noelle Scaggs
    Noelle Scaggs is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. As a singer for soul band Fitz and The Tantrums, she has toured extensively in the United States and abroad, and has performed on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, on TBS' Conan and on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.- Biography :She was the lead...

     – backing vocals on tracks 3 and 6
  • Tippa Irie
    Tippa Irie
    Tippa Irie is a British reggae singer and DJ from Brixton, South London.He first came to prominence in the early eighties as an MC on the South London reggae soundsystem Saxon Studio International....

     – vocals on track 4

  • Ray Brady
    Ray Brady
    Raymond T. Brady was an Irish International footballer who played in England in the late 1950's and early 1960's with Millwall and QPR....

     – guitar on tracks 5 and 9
  • Terry Dexter – backing vocals on track 6
  • Travis Barker - drums on track 15
  • Davey Chegwidden – percussion on track 7
  • Chuck Prada – percussion on tracks 7 and 14
  • Debi Nova
    Debi Nova
    Deborah Nowalski Kader, better known by her stage name Debi Nova, is a Costa Rican singer-songwriter and dancer from Escazú, Costa Rica who resides in Los Angeles, California....

     – vocals on track 7
  • Sérgio Mendes
    Sergio Mendes
    Sérgio Santos Mendes is a Brazilian musician. He has released over thirty-five albums, and plays bossa nova heavily crossed with jazz and funk....

     – piano on track 8

  • John Legend
    John Legend
    John Roger Stephens , better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer, musician, and actor. He is the recipient of nine Grammy Awards, and in 2007, he received the special Starlight award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.Prior to the release of his debut album, Stephens' career...

     – vocals on track 10
  • Jacoby Shaddix
    Jacoby Shaddix
    Jacoby Dakota Shaddix is the lead singer of Californian rock band Papa Roach, and along with bassist Tobin Esperance, is the main songwriter for the band.-Early life:...

     – vocals on track 12
  • Tobin Esperance – bass on track 12
  • Jerry Horton – guitar on track 12
  • David Buckner – drums on track 12
  • Justin Timberlake
    Justin Timberlake
    Justin Randall Timberlake is an American pop musician and actor. He achieved early fame when he appeared as a contestant on Star Search, and went on to star in the Disney Channel television series The New Mickey Mouse Club, where he met future bandmate JC Chasez...

     – vocals on track 13

Main production personnel
  • Ron Fair
    Ron Fair
    Ron Fair is a veteran A&R executive, record producer arranger, recording engineer and songwriter. In a career that has spanned over 30 years at major record labels he has produced and arranged hits for several artists, but he is best known as a "guru/mentor", guiding the careers of unknown artists...

     – executive production; production on track 13; additional vocal production on track 5; piano on track 7
  • Dylan Dresdow – engineering on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13 and 15; additional vocal engineering on track 3
  • Christine Sirois – engineering assistance on tracks 1, 5, 6, 7 and 13
  • Tony Maserati
    Tony Maserati
    Tony Maserati is an American record producer and studio audio engineer who has worked with many mainstream artists including Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jason Mraz, James Brown, Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child, R...

     – mixing on all tracks except 10 and 12
  • Brian "Big Bass" Gardner
    Brian Gardner
    Brian Gardner, also known as Brian "Big Bass" Gardner is a mastering engineer. He has worked on countless recordings since the mid-1960s, including classic rock, funk, disco, alternative rock, R&B, hip hop, pop punk, and dance pop. He is perhaps best known for his work on hip hop albums and in...

     – mastering
    Audio mastering
    Mastering, a form of audio post-production, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device ; the source from which all copies will be produced...

Additional production personnel
  • Tal Herzberg – additional engineering on tracks 5 and 13
  • Jun Ishizeki – engineering on track 10
  • Jason Villaroman – engineering on track 11
  • Chris Lord-Alge
    Chris Lord-Alge
    Chris Lord-Alge is a mixer who has worked on various albums. He is the brother of Tom Lord-Alge, another audio engineer. Chris Lord-Alge is known for his extreme use of dynamic range compression in both hardware and software plug-in versions....

     – mixing on track 12

Charts and certifications

Chart (2005/2006) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart 3
Canada Top 50 2
Danish Albums Chart 3
Dutch Albums Chart 5
Germany Top 100 6
Finnish Albums Chart 3
French Top 150 2
Italian Top 75 6
New Zealand Albums Chart 2
Norwegian Albums Chart 2
Spain Albums Chart 55
Swedish Albums Chart 5
Swiss Albums Chart 1
U.S Billboard 200
Billboard 200
The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists...

UK Top 75 3

Countries Certification Sales
Argentina Gold 50,000
Australia 4x Platinum 280,000
Brazil Diamond 500,000
Finland Gold 23,541
France 4x Platinum 413,000
Germany Platinum 200,000
Indonesia Gold 45,000
Japan Gold 100,000
Canada 7x Platinum 700,000
Europe 2x Platinum 2,000,000
Mexico Platinum 100,000
Switzerland Platinum 40,000
Sweden Gold 30,000
U.S. Billboard 200 2x Platinum 3,190,000
UK 6x Platinum 1,600,000
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