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Take That (1990 - 1996, 2005- )
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.

Formation: 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.

Career: 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. 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. 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. On 1st December 2008, Take That released their fifth studio album, 'The Circus'. The album received universal praise and broke the record for most pre-ordered album at the time. The release was supported by 'Take That Present: The Circus Live' through June and July 2009. The live circus became the fastest sell-out tour in UK history, selling 35 million GBP worth of tickets in the first day alone. On 30th November 2009, they released 'The Greatest Day - Take That Present: The Circus Live', a live album recorded on their tour that year, accompanied by a DVD release of footage from the tour. On 7th June 2010, it was announced that Barlow and Robbie Williams had collaborated on the writing of a song called 'Shame', which would feature vocal performances from both artist. The following year, the announcement came that Take That would be working on a new album as a 5-piece band once again. On its release on 4th October 2010, 'Shame' marked the first collaboration between them since 1995. On 15th November, 2010, 'Progress' was released, debuting at the top of the UK album charts and becoming the fastest selling album of the century, as well as the second fastest selling album of all time. On 28th April 2014, with production underway for the seventh studio album, Robbie Williams left the band for a second time due to the birth of his second child. The separation was amicable, and Barlow announced that Williams would be welcomed back whenever he was ready. On 24th September 2014, Jason Orange announced that he was leaving the band as well. Similar to Williams, no falling out had taken place, Orange had simply decided to no longer be part of the band. Due to the various departures, Take That's seventh studio album was entitled 'III' in reference to the three remaining members of the band. 'III' became the band's seventh number one single



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Gary Barlow Hasn't Spoken To Simon Cowell In Three Years


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Gary Barlow has said he hasn't spoken to his former boss Simon Cowell in the three years since he left 'The X Factor'. Barlow’s comments come after it was reported that Cowell is considering legal action against the Take That star, over the format of his new BBC talent show.

Gary BarlowGary Barlow says he hasn't spoken to Simon Cowell in three years.

Speaking to The Mirror, Barlow said: "I haven’t spoken to him since I left 'X Factor' three years ago. My show’s totally separate.” Barlow was a judge on 'The X Factor' from 2011 to 2013, replacing Cowell when he left the panel. Cowell would then return to replace Barlow in 2014.

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Has Robbie Williams Signed Up For Take That's 25th Anniversary Tour?


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Robbie Williams will be a part of Take That’s upcoming 25th anniversary tour, according to bandmate Howard Donald. Williams first left the band in 1995, less than a year before they disbanded. The group then reformed in 2006 and Williams rejoined in 2010, before leaving again two years later.

Robbie WilliamsRobbie Williams will be rejoining Take That for their 25th anniversary tour.

Speaking to The Sun, Donald, along with Gary Barlow and Mark Owen said they’d been in touch with Williams and former member Jason Orange. While Williams’ participation looks like a done deal, it’s unlikely Orange will rejoin.

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Gary Barlow To Front New BBC1 Saturday Night Talent Show 'Let It Shine'


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The BBC has announced that Gary Barlow will be the centrepiece of the next big talent show rollout in its search for a reliable Saturday night TV hit, with the Take That singer auditioning hopefuls with the aim of putting together a ‘Mamma Mia’-style stage musical.

‘Let It Shine’ will be co-presented by Graham Norton and ‘Great British Bake-Off’ host Mel Giedroyc, in a format strongly redolent of BBCOne’s former hit ‘I’d Do Anything’, Barlow and other judges will be seeking to assemble a new group of performers for a production called ‘The Band’, which will feature the music of Take That.

The musical in question has been assembled by Barlow and his bandmates Howard Donald and Mark Owen.

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Robbie Williams Heads Back To The Studio With Take That For 25th Anniversary


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Robbie Williams is reportedly heading back to the studio with Take That to work on new music. It will be the first time Robbie has written with his former bandmates since 2010 and the tracks will feature on the group’s mammoth Greatest Hits album, which will come out next year to mark their 25th anniversary.

Robbie WilliamsRobbie Williams is reportedly working with Take That again.

A source told The Sun: “Robbie loves being part of the creative process and he has lots to offer. He influenced the last album he featured on with his electro sound, which reflected his solo work at the time.”

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Robbie Williams And Jason Orange Mooted For Take That Reunion


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Robbie Williams and Jason Orange are reportedly in favour of a reunion with Take That ahead of the band’s 25th anniversary next year.

If a report in the Mirror is to believed, the original 1990s line-up could be returning in 2017 for a series of special live shows and a two-hour TV documentary celebrating a quarter of a century since Take That’s emergence.

Their debut album, Take That & Party, was released in 1992 and included some of their break-out hits like ‘Could it Be Magic’ and ‘It Only Takes a Minute’.

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Take That Reportedly Land Lucrative Las Vegas Residency


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Take That have reportedly signed a deal for a lucrative Las Vegas residency. The British band are said to have impressed promoter with their recent sold-out 'Take That Live' arena tour, despite never previously cracking the US market.

Take ThatTake That have reportedly signed a deal for a Las Vegas residency.

“Brits are bound to lap up seeing them on foreign soil but there’s also hope the band will attract a completely new fan base from abroad,” a source told the The Sun.“It’s a huge deal as the lads have always dreamed of cracking America.”

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Florence + The Machine And Kendrick Lamar Added To 2016 BST Hyde Park Line Up


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Florence + the Machine and Kendrick Lamar are the latest headliners to be announced for next year’s BST Festival in Hyde Park. The two acts will share the bill on Saturday July 2nd, with Florence headlining the night. Also on the line-up are Jamie xx and Blood Orange.

Florence + the MachineFlorence + The Machine are heading to BST Hyde Park.

Florence + the Machine headlined the Friday of this year’s Glastonbury festival after the Foo Fighters were force to pull out. Their latest album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful hit the number one spot in the UK earlier this year.

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Take That To Headline BST Hyde Park In 2016


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Take That have been announced as headlining next year’s BST festival at London’s Hyde Park on Saturday July 9, 2016. Tickets for the gig, which will be the first time the band have performed at the venue, go on sale this Friday (November 13th).

Take ThatTake That will headline BST Hyde Park in 2016.

Speaking about the show, Gary Barlow said: “If someone would have told us in 1991 ‘hey guys in 24 years you’re going to be playing at one of the most famous parks in the world’, I probably wouldn’t have believed whoever said it.”

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Now That's What I Call Pop! Album Review


In the words of N'Sync, 'what's the deal with this pop life and when is it gonna fade out?' Well, if this three-cd compilation is anything to go by, then the answer is: not anytime soon. Ironically, the clean-cut American quintet isn't actually among the 66 artists featured across this album.

Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Pop! Album Review

Kicking off with Little Mix's recent single Black Magic, the tracks here span almost a 10-year period, from present hits back to Take That's 2006 smash Rule The World. Pop as a genre arguably has been around for an awful lot longer than a decade, but perhaps the folks at Now! who put this together felt it was easier to focus on a specific time frame, or that the age of people they're expecting to purchase this record aren't old enough to remember anything prior to this period. Either way, this compilation demonstrates that there have been both a huge amount of both ridiculously catchy and ridiculously awful songs that have captured the public's attention in the past few years.

It's almost a prerequisite that Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk is included, and it certainly reminds you why the catchy hooks and memorable lyrics of pop songs help the genre dominate the music industry. Followed by Roar from Ms. Katy Perry, Sexy And I Know It by LMFAO, CeeLo Green's Forget You, Happy by Pharrell Williams and Lady Gaga telling us about her Bad Romance, there's certainly enough hits to get you smiling and singing along (however much you try to resist). There's also songs in this mix that are questionable as pop and could easily be classed in other genres - there's Lean On from Major Lazer x DJ Snake, a blend of dancehall/electronica; the dreamy indie synths of MGMT's Kids; and Rudimental ft. John Newman's drum and bass tones of Feel The Love to name a few. However, pop or not it's no bad thing these have been included, as they're all absolutely fantastic tracks.

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Celebrities At BBC Radio 2

Gary Barlow , Take That - Take That pictured arriving at the Radio 2 studio at BBC Western House - London, United Kingdom - Friday 16th October 2015

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Gary Barlow and Take That
Gary Barlow and Take That
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Gary Barlow and Take That

Robbie Williams Is Reportedly In Talks To Reunite With Take That Again


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Robbie Williams could be about to join his old Take That bandmates again, to celebrate the group’s 25th anniversary. According to The Sun, Williams is having ‘secret talks’ to reunite with the band, five years after he briefly returned for their 2010 album Progress.

Robbie WilliamsRobbie Williams could be back with Take That again soon.

A source told The Sun, "Robbie's first return to Take That was never going to be a one-off. He feels passionate and proud of the band's achievements and still wants to be part of it. He loves the big tours and being in the studio with the lads. His comeback will be a great way to mark their anniversary.”

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Take That Live At 02 Arena

Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen - Take That performing live concert at the O2 Arena - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 11th June 2015

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Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen
Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen
Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen
Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen
Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen

Brit Awards 2015 Show

Take That, Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald - Shots of the performances from the Brit Awards 2015 which were held at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 25th February 2015

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Take That, Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald
Take That, Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald

German Premiere Of 'Kingsman - The Secret Service'

Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen - Shots of a host of stars as they attend the German premiere of new British action movie 'Kingsman - The Secret Service' The premiere was held at Cinestar am Potsdamer Platz square movie theater in Berlin, Germany - Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen
Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen
Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen
Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen
Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen
Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen

'Kingsman: The Secret Service' U.K. Premiere

Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Take That - 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' U.K. Premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square - Arrivals at Leicester Square, Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 14th January 2015

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