The Black Eyed Peas, With Art Direction By Lisa Frank

Apparently taking their visual cues from both the later entrants in the Star Wars series and the Trapper Keepers that Stacy Ferguson toted around the Kids Incorporated set back in the day, the Black Eyed Peas have released a CGI-filled (unembeddable) video for “Meet Me Halfway,” the third single from their album The E.N.D. One wonders if this song’s path to the top is as inevitable as previously thought, as the iTunes Store right now is selling the full-length for the reduced price of $7.99—but then again, radio programmers seem to have a bit of a thing for the vocal stylings of Ms. Fergalicious when she’s in “balladeer” mode, so expect to hear this track a lot at your local Walgreen’s by the time that Halloween candy goes on deep discount. [YouTube / iTunes]

  • Varina

    Oh, it’s going to be inescapable isn’t it? I heard the song for the first time over the weekend, due to the numerous Direct-TV commercials shown during NFL games, and I think it sounds quite disco, and not in the “’00s ironic disco comeback” sort of way. Also, in the cap above, it looks like Fergie bounded onto the old set of Jennifer Lopez’s “Waiting for Tonight” video.

  • BradNelson

    Is the hook from this song based on some song from the past that I fail to remember? Because I swear I’ve never heard this Black Eyed Peas song or its awful rapping before, and yet that chorus lit up several lamplights in my memory.

  • chachwitablog

    @BradNelson: It references being on the “borderline” but I don’t think it has any connection to the Madonna song – does it? I’m too lazy to check right now.

    Anyway, the rapping really is god-awful, but the chorus is fairly amazing and so I won’t mind hearing this song for a while (even though I already played it a lot when the album leaked a while back).

  • BradNelson

    @chachwitablog: Rodney J. Greene from The Singles Jukebox calls it a “Cyndi Lauper-quoting melody,” but I can’t find any internet evidence for this.

    I love the hell out of this chorus, regardless.

  • ObtuseIntolerant

    WHO exactly are these radio programmers who seem to have such overwhelming impact on big singles?? Are they the ones driving the choices or is the audience really demanding this sort of thing?

    I would love to know: Why do they do what they do and pick what they pick? I can’t tolerate the radio, but at the same time, I think those singles that everyone and their dog knows and are forced to feel connected to (whether they love it or not) are pretty important…and I would love to understand better where Top 40 is coming from, because I am very, very lost.

    Just a suggestion if any of you guys have the material to do a deep write up on that, I would devour it with great interest.

  • solanine

    As for the Cyndi Lauper insinuations, this song has the sa,e chord progression as “Time After Time” in the verses. But the chorus also lifts, I think, a short but memorable hook from “When You Were Young” by the Killers.

  • BC

    the hook you refer to is also straight from Time After Time (between the first chorus and the second verse of Cyndi's original version)