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Take That (formed 1990)

Take That are an English pop band that achieved great success in the 1990s. Although the band split in 1996, they reformed over a decade later to renewed commercial success.

Take That: The Forming of the Band

Take That were formed in 1990 by their manager Nigel Martin Smith in Manchester. The five band members were Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams.

The band's first release to find commercial success was a cover version of Tavares' song 'It Only Takes A Minute,' which reached number seven in the UK singles chart. The follow-up tracks, 'I Found Heaven' and 'A Million Love Songs' (written by Gary Barlow) were both top 20 hits.

Take That: Hitting The Big Time

The band's cover of Barry Manilow's 'Could It Be Magic' was their biggest success so far in their career. The single reached number three in the UK singles. In 1992, Take That's debut album was released. Entitled Take That & Party, the album included all the band's singles up until that point.

In 1993, the band released a new album, Everything Changes, which contained original tracks written by Barlow. The single 'Pray' was their first number one single. Disappointingly for the band, their single 'Babe' was beaten to the highly coveted Christmas number one slot by Mr. Blobby, a character from Noel Edmonds' family entertainment show.

Although the band began to garner international acclaim with the release of Everything Changes, they failed to find success in the United States.

A new album Nobody Else was released in 1995 and went to number one in the UK album charts. 'Back To Good' was the second release from the album and was their biggest-selling single. The track reached number one in 31 countries across the world and also gained the band their only US chart entry.

Take That: Robbie's Departure

Robbie Williams announced that he was leaving Take That in 1995. The band continued to promote Nobody Else as a four piece and completed the Nobody Else Tour without Williams.

In February of the next year, the band announced that they would be splitting up. The announcement was followed by the release of their Greatest Hits album. A cover of The Bee Gees' 'How Deep Is Your Love?' was the band's last number one single success until they reformed in 2005.

Take That: The Reunion

A new compilation of Take That's' hit singles was released in November 2005. Never Forget - The Ultimate Collection reached the top of the UK. A new song on the album, 'Today I've Lost You' had originally been intended as the follow-up to 'Back For Good' but the band spilt before a recording was made. At the same time as the album release, an ITV documentary about the band was aired. TAKE THAT: For The Record showed the band speaking out about the split and their activities over the last 10 years. Later that month, they announced that they would be touring the next year, without Robbie Williams.

The tour was named the Ultimate Tour and featured guest slots from Beverley Knight and Lulu. Support bands for the tour included The Pussycat Dolls and the Sugababes.

In May 2006, Take That signed a record deal with Polydor Records. The contract is reported to be worth £3 million. The first album to be released under the new contract was Beautiful World, which sold over £1.5 million in the UK. 11 of the 12 songs on the album had been written by professional songwriters, unlike their previous albums, which had largely been penned by Gary Barlow. The remaining song, 'I'd Wait For Life' was a joint composition attributed to the whole band.

The first single from the album was 'Patience'. The song reached number one in the UK in its second week on sale. Take That followed up the success of the single with a performance at the BRIT Awards, where they won the Best Single award. The second single, 'I'd Wait For Life' fared less well, reaching number 17 and then falling from the Top 40 the next week.

Beautiful World finished up as the fourth best-selling album of 2007 and the band signed another record contract, this time with Interscope, who would release their album in the US and Canada - territories in which they had so far had little success.

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10th October 2014 -

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10th October 2014 -

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25th September 2014 -

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Take That fans might want to have their hankies at the ready- Jason Orange has announced he is leaving the band. The news comes as the band gear up to start working on their new...

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3rd September 2014 -

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Gary Barlow has apologised for allegations that he avoided tax and pledged to settle his affairs ASAP. The singer and his Take That band-mates Howard Donald and Mark Owen - along with manager Jonathan Wild...

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12th May 2014 -

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30th December 2013 -

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25th November 2013 -

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4th October 2013 -

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Singer Gary Barlow has whirled his fans into a sudden frenzy of excitement after it was announced that not only does the former Take That singer have an album on the way, there's also a...

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21st February 2013 -

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29th January 2013 -

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11th January 2013 -

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Good News For Take That Fans - New Album Due In 2013

29th November 2012 -

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Robbie Williams: Jessie J's Career Will Last 18 Months, Tops

12th November 2012 -

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Robbie Williams battled to the No.1 spot with his new album Take The Crown on Sunday (November 11, 2012), though the Take That man had a few choice word for his chart rivals. Speaking on...

Out Now: UK Album Releases (Nov 5), Robbie Williams, JLS, Aerosmith, Ne-Yo

5th November 2012 -

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2nd November 2012 -

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31st October 2012 -

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30th October 2012 -

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25th October 2012 -

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27th September 2012 -

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New Father Robbie Williams Envious Of One Direction?

22nd September 2012 -

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Bare Chested Robbie Williams Debuts Baby 'Teddy'

21st September 2012 -

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Robbie Williams’ baby Theodora Rose, aka Teddy, made her first official Twitter appearance this week. In a picture posted on his micro-blogging page, the bleary eyed Take That star is seen with his baby-daughter nestling...

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19th September 2012 -

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19th September 2012 -

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18th September 2012 -

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Take That - Babe

26th January 2012 -

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14th June 2011 -

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6th August 2008 -

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Take That - Rule The World

6th August 2008 -

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18th June 2007 -

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Take That I'd Wait For Life Video Take That will release 'I'd Wait For Life' on June 18th through Polydor Records. The ballad will be the third single release from their five times platinum album...

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take that was and still are the best band in the world... diane...xxxx

8 years 11 months ago
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xXgarybarlowloverXx

Take that r da best....Gary is gawjus........i love him....if your a fan of gary barlow join www.garybarlowstighttrousers.co.uk xxxx

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chopinette

Hi,i'm 27 and I'm still a TT fan like 12 years ago! thank to these fab guys I wrote thousands of letters everywhere in the world talking about TT with other fans like me. I met many people who I'm still in touch with. They changed my life and I'll always have them in my heart ^-^Mark...you're so special to me! love you endlesslycheers to all the fans on air.see you soo in Milan

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Mrs_owen

Take that are, and always will be the best band ever! I truely hope that they do at least one tour, with or with out Robbie, they'll still amazing!! Love you guys! xxx

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medesez

where can i get a copy of the 02 concert from friday 7th december 2007

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Sundance

I am so glad you guys are giving us another chance to see your amazing concerts. I have just got my tickets today and I am the happiest girl in the world. Love you guys millions xxxxxxxxxx

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biggesttfan

please please please guy's lets have those tour dates,it would be fab to have you all back for one more concert and don't worry you'll have all your fans behind you 101%. COME ON GIRLS LETS CHEER FOR TAKE THAT (the best band ever)

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Maria Kerr

Take That will always be my favourite band of all time, even though the wonderful Gary was always the best looking !!! The documentary was wonderful, as well as being sad and it brought back a lot of great memories of the tours and how Gary used to make me feel. I was devastated when they split up but also realistic about it ! I am glad they are doing a reunion tour, but it is such a shame that they will not be coming to Wales. Please, please boys come to Wales !! You will always be wanted here!!!! Love always xx Gary, you have a gorgeous family !

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marklover

hey i lov mark owen

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mrs_mark_owen

I'm sooo glad that u guy's r goin bk on tour wit ur beautiful world album! me nd ma mate got 2nd row 4 dec! nd wer soo excited! we cnt wait! ur da best band eva! nd always will be!I LOVE U MARK!! xoxox

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