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Peas break Billboard chart record

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I Gotta Feeling is the second single from Black Eyed Peas' The END album

Hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas have set a new record for the longest successive stay at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a duo or group.

Having spent 12 weeks at the top of the chart with Boom Boom Pow, the group are now celebrating their fifth week at number one with I Gotta Feeling.

The 17-week run beats the two 16-week spells Boyz II Men spent at the top, first in 1994 and then in 1995/96.

Usher holds the overall record, having enjoyed 19 weeks at the top in 2004.

On each of these occasions, the run was achieved by having one chart-topping song replaced by another.

Usher's was achieved when his track Burn knocked Yeah - another of his own tracks - off the top spot after 12 weeks, remaining there for another seven.

Black Eyed Peas are currently at three in the UK singles chart, two places behind current number one Beat Again, by X Factor runners-up JLS.

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