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OTRC: Black Eyed Peas talk about taking a 'break' from recording

The Black Eyed Peas perform at the MTV World Stage in New York City on April 18, 2011 to celebrate the arrival of the 21st Century Beetle. (Scott Gries / PictureGroup)

The Black Eyed Peas want fans to know they're taking a "break" but they're not breaking up.

The chart-topping group went on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" recently to discuss their time off. The interview is set to air on Wednesday, November 23.

"We always have two cycles of records and then we take a break," Will.i.am said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "And then two cycles of records and then a break. When we take breaks you know, we work on side projects and get our personal stuff in order then come back and make beautiful music. We think beautiful music."

The last break the group took was after the releases of "Elephunk" in 2003 and "Monkey Business" in 2004. The Black Eyed Peas went on hiatus for five years before the release of their fifth album "The E.N.D." in 2009. Their most recent album is "The Beginning," which was released in November 2010.

Will.i.am is currently working on a fourth studio album titled "#willpower." He debuted his recent single "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" on Sunday, November 20, at the American Music Awards. The rapper first addressed the group's hiatus in July on his official Twitter page.

"The @Bep will take a break after the beginning...just like we did from monkey business to the e.n.d...but it doesn't mean we stop creating," he wrote on July 6.

The group will do their last show before their hiatus on November 23 in Miami, Florida.

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