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03.23.2010

TABOO OF THE BLACK EYED PEAS SIGNS WITH TOUCHSTONE TO TELL HIS INSPIRATIONAL STORY IN FALLIN' UP

(New York, New York, March 23, 2010) Taboo, MC, dancer, actor, and member of the six-time Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum group The Black Eyed Peas, will share the inspirational story of his rise from the largely Hispanic East LA projects to the heights of international fame in his memoir, FALLIN' UP. The memoir was signed by Touchstone Vice President and Publisher, Stacy Creamer, who acquired world rights, including audio and first serial, from Alan Nevins of Renaissance Talent Agency. Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish FALLIN' UP in February 2011 prior to the kickoff of the second leg of The Black Eyed Peas US tour. The book, which will be written with Steve Dennis, will have a 16 page color insert including exclusive personal and behind-the-scenes photos.

"FALLIN' UP," commented Taboo, "is a memoir of my life to this point. My hope is to inspire young people everywhere to always work hard and reach for their dreams and to not let anything stand in their way."

"Taboo‟s commitment to dreaming big dreams and getting them realized-despite impossible odds and multiple forces working against him-immediately attracted me to his story," said Creamer. "His aggressive optimism is inspiring-and as catchy as „Boom Boom Pow‟. I couldn‟t be more pleased to be publishing his deeply personal, deeply affecting memoir." Born to a single mother in a community with strong gang connections, Taboo‟s life seemed destined for tragedy. After initially struggling with school, Tab became an honor roll student by his senior year, though he continued to resist parental pressure to stay in school and give up his "show biz dreams". At the age of 17 Taboo became a father, and at 18 found himself a single dad working at Disneyland by day and performing with the Peas-then consisting of himself, will.i.am, and apl.de.ap-at night. After years of struggle and the addition of Stacy Ferguson-a.k.a. Fergie-to the line-up, The Black Eyed Peas began to enjoy ever growing success. The spoils of that success, however, were not without significant challenges that threatened to derail what Tab had dreamed of for so long. Only after a severe personal wake-up call was Taboo able to fall back into place and fully enjoy the hard-earned fruits of the Peas‟ creativity and global success.

In FALLIN' UP, Taboo chronicles how-through determination, perseverance, belief in himself, and with the constant support of his grandmother-he was able to make it despite a host of obstacles as, not only part of the mega-popular Black Eyed Peas but also as a father, a husband, and a man. The Black Eyed Peas most recent album The E.N.D. debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the highest first-week sales of The Black Eyed Peas‟ career. The Black Eyed Peas made Hot 100 history with their 26 consecutive week run at #1 with "Boom Boom Pow" (12 weeks at #1) and "I Gotta Feeling" (14 week stay at #1).

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