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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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Robbie Williams' Biggest Hit Angels Is About His Ghost Encounters

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Robbie Williams' biggest hit 'Angels' is about him communicating with spirits as a child.

The 45-year-old pop star has previously opened up about his own experiences with extra terrestrials and went on to feature in the documentary 'Hunt For The Skinwalker' about one of the most famous paranormal spots in the world last year.

Now the former Take That member has revealed the origin of his 1997 song from his debut solo LP 'Life thru a Lens', which is about his encounters with ''dead people'' as a youngster.

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Take That Apologise To Fans For Ticketing Fiasco

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Take That have apologised to dedicated fans who struggled this week to get hold of pre-sale tickets for the band’s greatest hits tour of the UK next year.

Fans who pre-ordered Take That’s upcoming greatest hits album Odyssey also obtained a special code, giving them early access to tickets for the 2019 tour before they go on general sale this Friday (September 28th).

However, quite a few fans tried to redeem the offer but encountered problems getting them through SeeTickets, complaining that the site crashed as they tried to complete their purchases, after which the special codes were rendered invalid when they tried again.

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Seven British Bands That Couldn't Crack America

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The histories of American and British pop music is inextricably linked. Often, the same bands that enjoy success in the States also hit the charts in Old Blighty, and vice versa. Think The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, or Nirvana headlining Reading ’92 – common language and similar culture make the transition easy for many.

However, there are notable exceptions on this front – artists who, however massive they make it in Britain, for whatever reason can’t crack America. Here, we look at seven of the biggest British bands who just couldn’t make it out there.


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Take That Unveil Their 'New Day' Nightmare Video

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Take That have just unveiled the weirdest video of their career for their newest single 'New Day'. We all knew their eighth album 'Wonderland' was going to be something a bit different, but this spooky visual takes it to a new level entirely. Someone is clearly a horror fan. 

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The video sees Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen running from creatures of their worst dreams including a sadistic dentist, a ghostly girl with black hair and a nightdress, a possessed scarecrow and a clown - all cliched but still epically creepy. But, by the end, the trio lead their nightmarish would-be assassins in what looks like a war dance clearly inspired by the Maori haka, and it all ends with a moment of twee reconciliation which is more disturbing than the actual moments of terror. 

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Take That Broadcast London 'Wonderland' Show Live In Multiple Cinemas

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If you haven't got tickets to Take That's eagerly anticipated 'Wonderland' tour, don't worry because you can see a live cinema broadcast of one of their London shows this summer. It's a one time only event, but hundreds of cinemas are showing one of their O2 residency dates in June.

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'Take That: Wonderland Live from The O2' sees the Manchester boyband - who are now a trio with Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen - performing at the UK capital on June 9th while being broadcast in nearly 500 cinemas in the UK and Ireland for a one night only event. 

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Gary Barlow Comes Face To Face With Robbie Williams Lookalike On 'Let It Shine'

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Gary Barlow had a shock during Saturday night’s episode of talent show ‘Let It Shine’ when a Robbie Williams lookalike auditioned.

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.

Take That Are Back Together For Good

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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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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).

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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.

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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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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.

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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, 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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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

Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Take That

Lulu, Gary Barlow and Take That Thursday 20th January 2011 GB40 Gary Barlow - The 'Take That' man celebrates his 40th birthday with an intimate gig at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire - Outside Arrivals London, England

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Mark Owen and Take That Tuesday 23rd June 2009 Mark Owen leaving his hotel and heads to the Manchester Old Trafford Cricket Ground for where he is performing with his band Take That in their Circus tour Manchester, England

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Mark Owen and Take That Monday 22nd June 2009 The members of Take That arrive at their hotel ahead of their concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground tomorrow night Manchester, England

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