The 'boy' band, Take That, have become one of the most popular outfits in British history. Going from cheesy boy band pomp to well-respected songwriters and performers, in the music scene, at least. In 2008 Take That’s “The Circus” album sold 432,490 copies in its first week, which was the third highest opening week in history of the UK album chart. Take That are the solidified comeback kid’s, after a ten year hiatus from the pop charts, Take That shone through the shadow of former band member Robbie Williams to create their own piece of history.
Take That were formed in the spring of 1990 by artist manager Nigel Martin-Smith, as a British, boys next door, alternative to the American boy band ‘New Kids On The Block’. Martin-Smith advertised in the local newspaper for Singers and dancers for a new boy band, after meeting singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, who the band would initially be built around. The band consisted of five members; Gary Barlow (Lead Singer-Songwriter), Mark Owen (Singer/Dancer), Robbie Williams (Singer/ Dancer), Howard Donald (Dancer) and Jason Orange (Dancer). After Two years of extensive touring everywhere from gay clubs to high schools, Take That had there first U.K top 10 hit single, when a cover of ‘It Only Takes A Minute Girl’ reached number 7, this would mark the arrival of Take That and the beginning of what would turn out to be an extremely successful 4-5 years dominating the charts.
For the next five years Take That had eight number 1 records including: “Pray”, “Everything Changes”, “Never Forget” and “Back For Good” to name a few of their hits (all penned by Gary Barlow). All was going swell until cheeky chappy Robbie Williams left the group on less than good terms. On the 13th of February 1996 the band split up. Gary Barlow would pursue a solo career, as did Robbie Williams. They did battle in the press, a battle that Robbie comprehensibly won, he would go on to become the most successful male artist of all time, Gary would disappear from the limelight.
In 2005, a biographical documentary called “For The Record”, catapulted Take That back into the limelight and re-sparked the publics interest in the band. In May 2006 Take That released the ‘Beautiful World’ album (without Robbie), which went straight to number 1 in the album charts and would eventually go on to sell 2.6 million copies.
Take That returned to the charts with a bang and followed this success with “The Circus” album and a record breaking live tour in the U.K. Unusually for a group like Take That, they were able to keep hold of the teenage fans they gained with their first bout of success (who have since grown up), as well as a new younger generation of fans, discovering their splendour for the first time.
Robbie Williams has rejoined the band and they continue to tour and release records
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