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Peas break chart record in the US

Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas have had US and UK chart success in 2009

The Black Eyed Peas have broken a US chart record by notching up 20 weeks on top of the singles countdown.

The R&B act's song I Gotta Feeling has claimed an eighth week at number one, following 12 weeks at pole position with Boom Boom Pow.

Their record beats Usher, who held the number one spot for 19 weeks in 2004 with Yeah! and Burn.

Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie said it is "amazing to know that these songs have connected with so many people".

Hot 100 record

She added that this had "kept them alive for so long".

Fellow Black Eyed Peas member said: "With this kind of success your ego wants to take all the credit.

"But your heart reminds your soul that it was your heart that had you slaving and creating in the studio making the music.

"In the fight between heart and ego my heart always wins."

In the UK chart, the band's single I Gotta Feeling returned to the number one spot this week.

In May, Boom Pow Pow also spent time on top of the rundown.

Singer Jason Mraz also set a US chart record this week, clocking up 70 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 with his song I'm Yours.

It surpasses LeAnn Rimes' record of 69 weeks held for almost 11 years with How Do I Live.

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