No doubt you’ve seen Will-I-Am and Fergie, the two “front people” for the musical group Black Eyed Peas, and no doubt you’ve heard their music. But, did you know that an Aurora, IL band, Phoenix Phenom just filed a suit in Federal Court accusing the Peas stealing the hit Boom Boom Pow from them?
According to the Aurora Beacon News, Manny Mohr and Ebony Latrice Batts, aka the Phoenix Phenom, co-wrote a song in 2007 that the members from the Peas stole the song. The law suit names each one of the Black Eyed Peas individually as well as Universal Music Group, Interscope Records, & the publishing companies that claim ownership in the Peas’ latest CD, The E.N.D.
Boom Boom Pow released as a single in March 2009, skyrocketing to the top of the charts. Holding the number one spot on the charts for 12 weeks, the song has been downloaded , 4-plus million times, not to mention CD sales of The E.N.D.
Others believe that Phoenix Phenom have a really good case, including music industry rags that ran stories regarding the fact that Boom Dynamite and Boom Boom Pow are too close for comfort; in fact, a poll conducted found that 80% of listeners believe that the Peas stole the track from Phoenix Phenom.
Phoenix Phenom, if their case succeeds, are asking for profits from all sales (past and future) of Boom Boom Pow plus damages. They also want songwriting credit on future CDs.