Fergie of U.S. hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas performs during the Isle of MTV concert in Floriana, outside Valletta, July 8, 2009.
The Black Eyed Peas and Jason Mraz will shatter two records for longevity on the Billboard Hot 100 when the singles chart is released Thursday.
With an eighth consecutive week at No. 1 for "I Gotta Feeling," the Black Eyed Peas will have held the top slot for an unprecedented 20 straight weeks, having previously led the list for the preceding 12 frames with "Boom Boom Pow," the lead single from its album "The E.N.D."
Also entering the record books is singer-songwriter Mraz's "I'm Yours," which notches an extraordinary 70th week on the Hot 100. The track debuted on the May 3, 2008, chart and peaked at No. 6 nearly a year ago, on September 20, 2008. The song has resided within the top 40 of the list in all but the first 12 weeks of its chart life, dropping six rungs to No. 29 on the latest tally.
The Black Eyed Peas' 20-week string atop the Hot 100 surpasses Usher's run of 19 consecutive weeks achieved in 2004 with "Yeah!" and "Burn."
On establishing the mark for longest successive stay at No. 1 in the Hot 100's 51-year history, Peas member will.i.am commented, "With this kind of success your ego wants to take all the credit, but your heart reminds your soul that it was your heart that had you slaving and creating in the studio making the music; breaking through comfort zones and tradition. In the fight between heart and ego, my heart always wins."
Fellow Pea Fergie added, "It's an amazing feeling to know that these songs have connected with so many people who have kept them alive for so long."