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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
The awkward moment wasn’t lost on viewers.
On the BBC talent show Gary is looking for male singers to star in stage musical, The Band, which is based on the songs of Take That. However, as Gary told contestant Dan Budd, he’s not looking for singers who resemble the actual band members.
With ratings of 5.7 million, 'Let It Shine's second episode fell behind 'The Voice' on Saturday night.
Having been a ratings winner in its first week, Gary Barlow’s new BBC talent show ‘Let It Shine’ has reportedly slumped behind its ITV rival ‘The Voice UK’ in the viewing figures for its second episode last weekend.
The Sun reported that, having pulled in 6.8 million viewers for its launch the previous weekend, Saturday night’s show (January 14th) lost more than a million viewers to clock figures of 5.7 million. Still impressive, but it was also said to be less than ‘The Voice’ over on the other channel, a crucial aspect.
“It’s the first time that people at home have been able to choose which show they wanted to watch – and more people have gone with ‘The Voice’,” a source told the tabloid over the weekend.
Take That are adamant they won't split up again unless another band member leaves the group.
Take That are back together for good.
Gary Barlow - the frontman of the band - is adamant the group, which is also comprised of Mark Owen and Howard Donald, will never split up again but thinks there may be a day when former member Jason Orange, 46 - who quit in 2014 - and part-timer Robbie Williams, 42, decide that they want to rejoin the trio.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the 45-year-old hunk said: ''We're at the point in our careers where we feel more excited than we've ever been.
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Performing a one-off gig at London's Troxy on Monday, Williams was joined onstage by his former Take That colleagues.
Taking to the stage at London’s Troxy venue on Monday evening (November 7th), in an intimate concert that was filmed by ITV and will be broadcast at a later date, Williams cycled through his greatest hits to mark only the third time that the BRITs have bestowed their Icon Award – Sir Elton John and David Bowie being the previous recipients.
Robbie Williams performing with Take That in 2011
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The band will be joined by the newly reunited All Saints.
Take That have announced a UK and Ireland tour for May and June 2017, in support of their upcoming Wonderland album.
The band will hit the road for 22 dates, beginning in Newcastle at the Metro Radio Arena on May 8 and 9.
Take That will be hitting the road in 2017 for their Wonderland tour
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Barlow, formerly a judge on Cowell’s ‘X Factor’ is about to launch his own talent show ‘Let It Shine’.
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 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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Jason and Robbie are said to be keen on re-joining Take That to celebrate the group'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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Are Take That heading to Sin City?
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 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.”
Continue reading: Take That Reportedly Land Lucrative Las Vegas Residency
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 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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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.
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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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
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