Meet me Halfway, the Black Eyed Peas

Posted on May 18, 2010

Now its a sad thing when you find you are a bit jealous of your grandchildren, but that is exactly what happened this weekend because at the tender ages of 10 and 13 their parents took them to Berlin to see Black Eyed Peas in concert and no doubt performing Meet me Half Way; can’t imagine they didn’t anyway.

Now I really love the Black Eyed Peas, and OK I have their latest album E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) which features ‘Meet me Half Way’ on it, but its not the same as seeing them perform live in Berlin is it. That is going to be one night those kids are going to remember for the rest of their lives, and apparently even the Germans stood up and started dancing and singing along. Well not while Cheryl Cole was on, but definitely for the Peas.

I am going to have to move off this topic soon, because I have done a few pretty girl with rapper features, but I couldn’t move on before showing respect to the group that came up with the concept and not with a guest singer either, Fergie is actually in the band.

Meet Me Halfway was the third single to be released from the album E.N.D. in September 2009. It reached number one in Australia and the UK, making it their third chart topper from the album in both countries. It only got to number 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, but was one of 4 singles from the album to get into the chart, 2 of them at the same time, which was a bit of a record in its own right. The other three were ‘Boom Boom Pow’, number 1 spot, ‘I got a Feeling’, number 1 spot and then ‘Imma Be’ the third track to to get to the number 1 spot. A pretty impressive set of statistics for the US, which is hard enough to crack with one single from an album never mind four, and especially with 3 of the 4 making it to number 1.

So who are the band, well the band members are:

  • Will.I.Am
  • Apl.De.Ap
  • Taboo
  • Fergie

E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) The Album

  1. “Boom Boom Pow” – 5:08
  2. “Rock That Body” – 4:28
  3. “Meet Me Halfway” – 4:44
  4. “Imma Be” – 4:16
  5. “I Gotta Feeling” – 4:49
  6. “Alive” – 5:04
  7. “Missing You” – 4:35
  8. “Ring-a-Ling” – 4:33
  9. “Party All the Time” – 4:44
  10. “Out of My Head” – 3:52
  11. “Electric City” – 4:08
  12. “Showdown” – 4:27
  13. “Now Generation” – 4:06
  14. “One Tribe” – 4:41
  15. “Rockin to the Beat” – 3:45

Empire State of Mind Video, Featuring Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Posted on May 13, 2010

While we are on the subject of gangster rapper with pretty girl singer, then it doesn’t get much better than the Empire State of the Mind Video by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Well I guess any of the Black Eyed Peas releases might compete, personally I think they invented it.

But with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys you have a great combo of a really cool dude doing his ‘ting’ (excuse me I get carried away sometimes and think I am young again) and a brilliant female artist who can really belt out a tune. Personally I think you can draw comparisons between Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston, perhaps not when Whitney was in her prime, but Alicia isn’t half bad and pretty good looking to.

Both Jay-Z and Alicia Keys are native New Yorkers so it is perhaps appropriate that they got together to release this single which was the 3rd single released from Jay-Z’s album The BluePrint 3, his 11th studio album.

There is a ten minute version of Jay-Z and Alicia doing the tune on YouTube if you want an extended version but I have embedded the most viewed version below for your entertainment which is a tad shorter at just over 4 minutes and has been done in black and white. I personally think it makes the video a little bit more interesting, but I guess its down to personal preference.

This is the play list for ‘The Blueprint 3’ courtesy of Wikipedia
# Title Notes The Blueprint 3 Executive producer: Kanye West, Shawn Carter
Mastered by: Tony Dawsey
Mixed by: Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton (tracks: 1 to 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 15)
Recorded by: Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton (tracks: 1 to 12, 14, 15)
Written by: S. Carter
1 “What We Talkin’ About”
2 “Thank You”
3 “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”
4 “Run This Town”
5 “Empire State of Mind”
6 “Real as It Gets”
7 “On to the Next One”
8 “Off That”
9 “A Star Is Born”
10 “Venus vs. Mars”
11 “Already Home”
12 “Hate”
13 “Reminder”
14 “So Ambitious”
15 “Young Forever”

The album held 5 number 1 spots, 3 in the USA, 1 in Canada and 1 in the UK. The single didn’t quite match that but did get 3 number 1 spots in the USA, number 3 in Canada and 2 number 2 spots in the UK. Not too shabby and I am pretty sure Professor Green and Lilly Allen are not going to be able to match that.

I guess only time will tell but my vote definitely goes to Empire State of Mind, that was class.