Stacy Ann Ferguson (born March 27, 1975), better known by her stage name Fergie, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, fashion designer and actress. She was a member of the children's television series “Kids Incorporated.” Fergie was later a member of girl group Wild Orchid before joining The Black Eyed Peas in 2003.
In 2006, she announced she would pursue a solo career as a side-project, and released her debut studio album “The Dutchess” in September. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States with first-week sales of 142,000 copies. In its 51st week on the chart, the album rose to number two. The album's five singles were all worldwide hits. The lead single "London Bridge" and two further tracks, "Glamorous" and "Big Girls Don't Cry" topped the Billboard Hot 100, making Fergie the first female artist with three number ones from one album since Christina Aguilera in 2000.
She is also the first solo female artist to score five top-five singles from one release since Paula Abdul in 1989-90, as the second single, "Fergalicious," and the fifth and final single, "Clumsy," peaked at number two and five, respectively. Each of the singles sold over 2 million downloads in the United States, making “The Dutchess” the only album in its original release to spawn five singles to do so.
“The Dutchess” was the third best-selling album of 2007 in the U.S., and had sold 2.4 million copies at the end of the year. It was also the 20th best-selling album globally. It has been certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA, with U.S. sales of over 3.7 million copies. As of December 2009, the album has sold over 6 million copies worldwide. Fergie has also sold over 15 million digital singles and ringtones in the United States.
In May 2008, a deluxe edition of “The Dutchess” was released and included four new songs. An extended play featuring the new songs was also released in digital stores and charted at number 46 in the U.S. In 2009, when Fergie was done with “The Dutchess,” she returned to work full-time with the Black Eyed Peas, despite her success as a solo artist. She has stated she will not leave the Peas to go solo as she rather wants to be a part of a band.
However, she still collaborates with other artists, notably with Nelly on his single "Party People" and with Michael Jackson on the 2008 remixed version of his song "Beat It.”
She has also contributed to two charity singles; "Just Stand Up!" and "We Are the World 25 for Haiti", and collaborated with David Guetta on "Gettin' Over You."