Take That

Formed 1990.
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Take That are an English pop group consisting of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams. Barlow acts as the lead singer and primary songwriter. In total, the group have had 27 top 40 singles and 16 top 5 singles in the United Kingdom alone, 11 of which have reached number 1, as well as having seven number 1 albums. Internationally the band have had 54 number one hits and 35 number-one albums.

Take That's tunes and soulful ballads dominated the UK charts in the first half of the 1990s, winning many BRIT Awards while also spawning two of the best selling albums of the decade with Everything Changes (which was nominated for the 1994 Mercury Prize) and their Greatest Hits album. Robbie Williams left the band in 1995 while the four remaining members completed their world tour and released a final single before splitting up in 1996.

After filming a 2005 documentary about the group and releasing a new greatest hits album, a four-piece Take That without Williams officially announced a 2006 reunion tour around the UK, entitled The Ultimate Tour. On 9 May 2006, it was announced that the group were set to record new material together once again; their fourth studio album, Beautiful World, was released in 2006 and was followed up with The Circus, in 2008. The group achieved new success as a four-piece, scoring a string of chart hits across the UK and Europe while taking the number of records sold to 45 million worldwide.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Progressed

    Progressed 2011

    Reviewed by Nick Levine
    A fine Progress-complementing EP from the 10-legged national treasure.
  2. Review of Progress

    Progress 2010

    Reviewed by Jaime Gill
    An ebullient, daring album which sounds more like a fresh start than a final destination.
  3. Review of The Circus

    The Circus 2008

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    The vintage champagne of pop fizzing with playful bubbles and happily maturing with age
  4. Review of Beautiful World

    Beautiful World 2006

    Reviewed by Julie Broadfoot
    Pop but without the cheese.
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