A decade after its successful release, Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am has revealed how the band's record label did not like some of the songs on their album "Elephunk," which went on to sell over nine million copies worldwide.
Representatives from A&M Records, owned by Universal Music Group, were apparently not too keen on songs such as "Shut Up," "Let's Get It Started" and "Where Is The Love?" The latter became the biggest-selling single of 2003 in the U.K.
"Well, 'Elephunk', the record company didn't think they were hits," will.i.am told CNBC Meets. "So that's when you go and you play the song for the record company like, 'Yo, check this song out. This is a little song I wrote called, "Let's Get It Started."'
The record company's response? "Well, we don't know. Well, maybe. Do you have anything else to play?"
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