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Monkey Business (The Black Eyed Peas album)

Monkey Business is the fourth studio album by American group The Black Eyed Peas. It was released on May 25, 2005, by the will.i.am Music Group and A&M Records. It was recorded in "two and three-month spurts" throughout 2004 while the group was on tour.[4]

Monkey Business
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 25, 2005 (2005-05-25)
Recorded2004
Genre
Length66:03
Label
Producer
The Black Eyed Peas chronology
Elephunk
(2003)
Monkey Business
(2005)
Renegotiations: The Remixes
(2006)
Singles from Monkey Business
  1. "Don't Phunk with My Heart"
    Released: April 12, 2005
  2. "Don't Lie"
    Released: July 26, 2005
  3. "My Humps"
    Released: September 20, 2005
  4. "Pump It"
    Released: January 17, 2006

The album was certified three times Platinum by the RIAA in the U.S. and has sold over 11 million copies worldwide. The Canadian Recording Industry Association (or CRIA) has certified Monkey Business 6× Platinum, with sales of over 600,000 copies. The Australian Recording Industry Association (or ARIA) has also certified Monkey Business 6× Platinum, denoting sales of over 420,000 copies. The album's tracks earned the group four 2006 Grammy Award nominations and they also won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Don't Phunk with My Heart". According to IFPI, over 2 million copies have been sold in Europe.[5] The band promoted the album embarking on two concert tours: the Monkey Business Tour and the Black Blue & You Tour.

Critical receptionEdit

Initial critical response to Monkey Business was mixed to negative. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 48, based on 20 reviews.[6] The most favourable review was Robert Christgau's, who gave the album a 3-star honorable mention, saying: "What all pop might be—so much brighter and kinder than it is".[7]

SinglesEdit

  • "Don't Phunk with My Heart" was the lead single from the Black Eyed Peas' second album since band member Fergie joined the group. The single became the group's first top 5 single, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and their second top 10.
  • "Don't Lie" was the album's second single, however it failed to duplicate the success of "Don't Phunk with My Heart", partly due to the rising success of the then-unreleased-single "My Humps". "Don't Lie" did manage to crack the top 20 in the United States, peaking at No. 14 on the Hot 100.
  • "My Humps" was the third single from the album and was released in the summer of 2005. The song was released after it became an unsolicited hit on mainstream radio across the United States. The track, even with lack of promotion, surpassed the highly promoted track "Don't Lie". "My Humps" became one of the biggest songs of 2005, despite an incredible amount of criticism, with some labeling the song "tasteless".
  • "Pump It" was released as the fourth and final single from the album, and was the final song from the album to chart on the Hot 100
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(48/100)[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [9]
The A.V. Club(unfavorable)[12]
Entertainment WeeklyC[3]
The Guardian     [10]
Paste(7/10)[11]
PopMatters          [8]
Robert Christgau   [7]
Rolling Stone     [13]
Slant Magazine     [14]
Yahoo! Music UK          [15]
 
The Black Eyed Peas performing on August 24, 2006

Track listingEdit

Monkey BusinessStandard edition CD
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Pump It"
will.i.am3:33
2."Don't Phunk with My Heart"
will.i.am3:59
3."My Style" (featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland)
  • Timbaland
  • Danja[a]
4:28
4."Don't Lie"
3:39
5."My Humps"
  • Adams
  • David Payton
will.i.am5:26
6."Like That" (featuring Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, CeeLo Green and John Legend)will.i.am4:34
7."Dum Diddly" (featuring Dante Santiago)
  • Adams
  • Pineda
  • Ray Brady
  • Board
  • George Bennett
  • Benjamin Brown
  • Lloyd Ferguson
  • Robert Lyn
  • Donat Mittoo
  • Leroy Sibbles
  • Fitzroy Simpson
will.i.am4:19
8."Feel It"
  • Adams
  • Pineda
  • Ferguson
4:19
9."Gone Going" (featuring Jack Johnson)will.i.am3:13
10."They Don't Want Music" (featuring James Brown)
  • Adams
  • J. Brown
  • Ferguson
  • Printz Board
  • Timothy Grindgreff
  • Greg Mays
  • Darryl Barnes
will.i.am6:46
11."Disco Club"
  • Adams
  • Pineda
  • Jean Baptiste
  • Melvin J. Lewis
  • Michael Matthews
  • Anthony Tidd
Noize Trip3:48
12."Bebot"
  • Adams
  • Pineda
will.i.am3:30
13."Ba Bump"
3:56
14."Audio Delite at Low Fidelity"
will.i.am5:29
15."Union" (featuring Sting)
will.i.am5:04
Monkey BusinessAsia special edition (Bonus DVD)
No.TitleLength
1."Pump It" (Video) 
2."Don't Phunk with My Heart" (Video) 
3."Don't Lie" (Video) 
4."My Humps" (Video) 
5."Like That" (Video) 
Notes

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from Monkey Business liner notes:[16]

Charts, certifications and salesEdit

Release historyEdit

Country Date Edition Format Label Ref.
Italy May 25, 2005 Standard CD Universal [48]
Japan May 27, 2005 [49]
Australia May 29, 2005 [50]
France May 30, 2005 Polydor [51]
Germany Universal [52]
Portugal [53]
United Kingdom Polydor [54]
Poland May 31, 2005 Universal [55]
Denmark June 1, 2005 [56]
Sweden [57]
Canada June 7, 2005 [58]
New Zealand [59]
United States
A&M [60]
Japan August 31, 2005 Tour CD+DVD Universal [61]
September 27, 2006 Standard CD [62]
May 23, 2007 [63]
November 19, 2008 [64]
March 4, 2009 [65]
September 9, 2009 SHM-CD [66]
October 17, 2012 [67]

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