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Black Eyed Peas: biggest pop artists ever?

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According to a press release today, the Black Eyed Peas are on the cusp of breaking the all-time record for the longest successive stay at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Thanks to the overlapping runs of  “Boom Boom Pow” (12 weeks at no. 1) and “I’ve Gotta Feeling,” (still holding the spot at seven weeks) they’ve already matched Usher’s record of 19 weeks (he did it with “Yeah” and “Burn”), and bypassed the 17-week record Boyz II Men have held since 1994 (it is hard to say goodbye to yesterday, isn’t it, Boyz?).

There are, of course, a thousand ways to slice the Billboard pie — most number-one albums, most number-one songs, longest chart runs, cumulative weeks on the Hot 100, etc. — but either way you cut it, the Peas can now claim a big ole piece.

Do you think they’ve earned the superlative, Music Mixers? Where do they stand for you amidst contemporary Hot 100 hoggers like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift — and among classic chart busters like (sacrilege? Perhaps! But we have to ask) the Beatles, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah, and Madonna?

Will history judge them they same way it does now-defunct multi-platinum acts like the Boyz, the Carpenters and the Bee Gees? Tell us below.

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