Where Is the Love?

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This article is about the Black Eyed Peas song. For the Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway song, see Where Is the Love. For the Hanson song, see Where's the Love.
"Where Is the Love?"
Single by The Black Eyed Peas
from the album Elephunk
B-side "Somethin' for That Ass"
Released June 16, 2003
Format CD single
Recorded December 26, 2001–March 3, 2003
Genre Conscious hip hop, R&B
Length 8:29 (2003 Album Version)
4:34 (Single Version/2004 Album Version)
3:51 (Radio Edit)
Label A&M, will.i.am, Interscope
Writer(s) William Adams, Justin Timberlake, Jaime Gomez, Allan Pineda, Printz Board, Michael Fratantuno, George Pajon, Jr., J. Curtis
Producer(s) will.i.am, Ron Fair
The Black Eyed Peas singles chronology
"Request + Line"
(2001)
"Where Is the Love?"
(2003)
"Shut Up"
(2003)

"Where Is the Love?" is a song recorded by the American hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas. It was released in June 2003 as the lead single from their third album, Elephunk. It is the band's first record to feature Fergie. The song features uncredited vocals from Justin Timberlake.

It peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the charts in Australia and the United Kingdom. It became the biggest-selling single of 2003 in the latter country. The band received two nominations, Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, for "Where Is the Love?" at the 46th Grammy Awards.

Background[edit]

Following the commercial failures of their previous albums and singles, there was doubt over whether the Black Eyed Peas would continue to record together. A&R executive Ron Fair approached them and suggested a crossover to a more mainstream pop sound. will.i.am in particular resisted the idea for fear that they would be seen as sellouts. However, after discussions and some writing sessions, the idea was pursued.[1]

Shortly after Christmas 2001, will.i.am created a loop and a guitar part that he liked. Taboo and apl.de.ap also heard the track and were able to write similar lyrics over it. Justin Timberlake was allegedly introduced to the band by new band member Fergie, and got a chance to hear the track that will.i.am created. Impressed with the music, Timberlake helped write and sing the chorus.

Timberlake was in the midst of promotion of his debut album, Justified, and his label Jive Records was concerned about possible overexposure. The Peas were worried about this, as getting some assistance from an established pop star like Timberlake had been the original point of this song. A compromise was reached eventually in which Jive gave clearance for the vocals of Timberlake to be released on the song, but he does not appear in the song's music video nor is he officially credited on the song as an artist. The song has so far sold 954,000 digital copies.[2]

On May 12, 2013 after 10 years since the song's release, the song re-entered the official UK singles charts at 40, eventually peaking at 35. The apparent reason for the re-entry is the popularity of the song in airplay and purchase in the aftermath of the retirement of Manchester United football club's manager Alex Ferguson. He is known as Fergie, as is this song's co-vocalist and Black Eyed Peas member Fergie Duhamel.

Composition[edit]

The song was written by will.i.am, Taboo, apl.de.ap, Justin Timberlake, Ron Fair, P. Board, G. Pajon Jr, M. Fratantuno, and J. Curtis, and co-produced by will.i.am and Ron Fair. In this song, The Black Eyed Peas lament on various worldwide problems. Many issues are discussed, which include but are not limited to terrorism, U.S. government hypocrisy, racism, gang crime, pollution, war, intolerance, and greed.

Critical reception[edit]

The song was rewarded with nominations at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004 for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

The song was the biggest selling single of 2003 in the UK. It was also the 25th best-selling single of the 2000s (decade) in the UK.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Where Is the Love?" was shot in East Los Angeles and features the Black Eyed Peas and various other people, including various young children, asking the world where the love really is. In the video, will.i.am and Taboo act as a soul music road duo who use music to tell people what is wrong with the world, Fergie appears as a peacemaker who places stickers with question marks on them all over the place to ask people where the love is in the world, and apl.de.ap is a criminal who is arrested for using criminal offences to tell people the truth. Justin Timberlake does not appear in the video, although several different people are seen mouthing the chorus as he sings it.

The video is similar to a 2002 British television advertisement for T-Mobile, in which a face of a young baby is presented in various forms around a large city, much like the question mark in this video. The Bon Jovi music video "Have a Nice Day" is also similar to both the advertisement and this video. The video features gameplay footage of the graphically explicit and controversial video game Postal 2, in which a group of young children are playing the game. This suggests that violence in the media and entertainment industry affects the morals of children.

Covers[edit]

English pop band Busted did a rock version of the song, which features on their live album, A Ticket for Everyone.

The Voice UK contestant Frances Wood sang the song at her audition and chose will.i.am to be her mentor.

Japanese pop singer Sho Sakurai (Arashi) re-wrote the rap lyrics in Japanese and performed his cover version at his solo concert in 2006.

At the Mnet Asian Music Awards (commonly abbreviated as MAMA) promotional held in Singapore in 2011, will.i.am apl.de.ap performed the song with friend and collaborator, K-pop vocalist and rapper CL of 2NE1 performing Taboo and Fergie's part.

The X Factor Israel contestant Inbal Bibi sang the song at the live shows and received positive reviews.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Arranged by Ron Ron Fair

Charts[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible"
by Will Young
Top selling single of the year (UK)
2003
Succeeded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas?"
by Band Aid 20
Preceded by
"Ignition" by R. Kelly
"Not Me, Not I" by jkl.
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
August 24, 2003 – September 14, 2003
October 5, 2003 – October 12, 2003
Succeeded by
"White Flag" by Dido
"Rise Up" by Australian Idol – The Final 12
Preceded by
"Breathe" by Blu Cantrell
Irish IRMA number-one single
September 6, 2003 – November 1, 2003
Succeeded by
"Be Faithful" by Fatman Scoop featuring The Crooklyn Clan
Preceded by
"Are You Ready for Love" by Elton John
UK Singles Chart number one single
September 7, 2003 – October 18, 2003
Succeeded by
"Hole in the Head" by Sugababes
Preceded by
"Hver dag" by Ufo Yepha
Danish number-one single
September 12, 2003 – October 24, 2003
Succeeded by
"Guilty" by Blue
Preceded by
"Never Leave You - Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh!" by Lumidee
Swiss number-one single
September 21, 2003 – November 16, 2003
Succeeded by
"Aïcha" by Outlandish
Preceded by
"Aïcha" by Outlandish
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
September 27, 2003 – October 4, 2003
Succeeded by
"Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime" by Nena and Kim Wilde
Preceded by
"Wild at Heart" by David
"Wild at Heart" by David
"White Flag" by Dido
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
41/2003
43/2003
45/2003 – 46/2003
Succeeded by
"Wild at Heart" by David
"White Flag" by Dido
"Hey Ya!" by Outkast
Preceded by
"Never Leave You – Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh!" by Lumidee
Belgian (Flanders) number-one single
October 4, 2003 – October 25, 2003
Succeeded by
"You Are the Reason" by Sarah & Koen Wauters
Preceded by
"White Flag" by Dido
German number-one single
October 10, 2003 – October 31, 2003
Succeeded by
"Schick mir 'nen Engel" by Overground
Preceded by
"Never Leave You – Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh!" by Lumidee
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
October 11, 2003 – November 22, 2003
Succeeded by
"Me Against the Music" by Britney Spears and Madonna
Preceded by
"White Flag" by Dido
Ö3 Austria Top 40 number-one single
October 26, 2003 – November 15, 2003
Succeeded by
"Schick mir 'nen Engel" by Overground
Preceded by
"Aïcha" by Outlandish
Swedish number-one single
November 5, 2003
Succeeded by
"Aïcha" by Outlandish

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