The E.N.D. (short for Energy Never Dies) is the fifth studio album by American hip hop group Black Eyed Peas. It was initially released on June 3, 2009, in Japan and later worldwide from June 9, 2009. The production is led by will.i.am who takes the album away from the group's traditional hip-hop style into a new era of electro-hop. The album features more anthemic and inspirational songs in a bid to appeal to a new generation of music listeners.
To countdown the album it was revealed that three promotional singles would be released a week apart through the iTunes Store. These are "Imma Be", released on May 19; "Alive", released on May 26 and "Meet Me Halfway", released on June 2. will.i.am has confirmed that these three songs should not be regarded as true singles from the album.
The album's lead single, "Boom Boom Pow", has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 consecutive weeks, and is also the group's first chart-topper on any U.S. chart. The single also charted well elsewhere reaching number one in Australia, Canada, UK, Turkey and Belgium and several other countries. The album's second single, "I Gotta Feeling", premiered May 21 on 91.5 The Beat in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and sold 304,000 copies, thus making it the act's largest first week sales in the U.S. to date.
The album name was thought about since 2006, around the time Fergie released The Dutchess. Originally, they were going to call it Evolution. but that was also the name for Ciara's then-upcoming second studio album. The album title was then tentatively changed to From Roots to Fruits, before the group decided this title may be better suited for a future compilation album. The name was changed again to The Energy Never Dies, before being shortened to The E.N.D. The name was confirmed by will.i.am in an interview promoting the release of his third studio album, Songs About Girls.
In an interview with Billboard magazine, will.i.am stated that "The E.N.D." stands for "The Energy Never Dies", which describes his model for a project that will be living and frequently updated throughout its designated cycle. "It's a diary [...] of music that at any given time, depending on the inspiration, you can add to it," the artist/producer/songwriter explains."I'm trying to break away from the concept of an album. What is an album when you put 12 songs on iTunes and people can pick at it like scabs? That's not an album. There is no album anymore." He described the music as "a lot of dance stuff, real melodic, electronic, soulful. We call it, like, electric static funk, something like that."
Three promotional singles were released on iTunes prior the release of the album as a "Countdown to The END".
|#||Title||Production and Writing Credits||Length|
|1.||"Boom Boom Pow" (Includes Intro)||Allen Pineda, William Adams, Stacy Ferguson, Jaime Gomez||5:08|
|2.||"Rock That Body"||Mark Knight, Muns, A. Pineda, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, Jean Baptiste, David Guetta, J. Gomez, Adam Walder||4:28|
|3.||"Meet Me Halfway"||Keith Harris, A. Pineda, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, J. Baptiste, Sylvia Gordon, J. Gomez,||4:44|
|4.||"Imma Be"||T. Brenneck, M. Deller, D. Foder, K. Harris, A. Pineda, J. Tankel, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, J. Gomez,||4:16|
|5.||"I Gotta Feeling"||A. Pineda, Frederick Riesterer, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, D.Guetta, J. Gomez||4:48|
|6.||"Alive"||A. Pineda, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, J. Baptiste, J. Gomez||5:02|
|7.||"Missing You"||A. Pineda, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, Printz Board, J. Baptiste, J. Gomez||4:34|
|8.||"Ring-A-Ling"||K. Harris, A. Pineda, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, J. Gomez||4:32|
|9.||"Party All the Time"||A. Pineda, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, J. Gomez||4:43|
|10.||"Out of My Head"||K. Harris, Tim Orindgreff, W. Adams, A. Williams, S. Ferguson, George Pajon, Printz Board, J. Gomez||3:51|
|11.||"Electric City"||A. Pineda, Bert Berns, Ri Gottehrer, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, Robert Feldman, Gerald Goldstein, J. Gomez||4:08|
|12.||"Showdown" (Includes Interlude)||Ryan Buendia, A. Pineda, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, J. Gomez||4:27|
|13.||"Now Generation"||T. Orindgreff, A. Pineda, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, G. Pajon, J. Gomez||4:06|
|14.||"One Tribe" (Includes Interlude)||A. Pineda, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, Printz Board, J. Gomez||4:40|
|15||"Rockin to the Beat"||G. Pajon Jr, A. Pineda, W. Adams, S. Ferguson, Printz Board, J. Gomez||3:45|