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I Gotta Feeling sets new record

Black Eyed Peas hit I Gotta Feeling has become the first song to reach the six million mark in digital downloads.

The milestone was announced on Friday and confirmed by Nielsen SoundScan.

Will.i.am was ecstatic at the news, saying: "We came out in '98 and our career, if you would look at it on chart, there's no dips in it. For our career to still be healthy and vibrant and doing things like six million downloads, it's pretty significant."

He said it was also significant at a time when illegal downloading is the norm.

"That means that they chose to support the group, support the art," he said. "God knows how many people listened to it online and didn't buy it, downloaded it for free and didn't think about it."

Will.i.am said the reason it was so successful was because it gave people hope in a difficult time.

"It's a positive, feel-good song at the time where there's question marks and uncertainty. People want to be reminded that it's going to be all right," he said.

The song was one of the hits from the group's multi-platinum The END, which was released last year. Although it is still on the charts, Will.i.am said a new album, The Beginning, is almost finished and likely due at the end of the year.

"It symbolises growth, new beginnings and starts, fresh new perspective," he said.

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