Formed 2001. Disbanded 14 January 2005.

English band

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Busted were an English pop rock band from Southend on Sea, Essex. The band was formed in 2000 and originally consisted of James Bourne, Matt Willis Ki Fitzgerald and Owen Doyle, In October 2000 Doyle and Fitzgerald left the group to be replaced by Charlie Simpson. They released two studio albums, Busted (2002) and A Present for Everyone (2003), one compilation and one live album. They have also won two Brit Awards and won The Record of the Year in 2004 with their single "Thunderbirds Are Go". amongst other awards.

The group have currently based on BPI certifications sold a minimum of 2.1 million albums in the UK alone. The group sold over four million albums worldwide before breaking up in January 2005 following Simpson's decision to pursue a career fronting alternative rock band Fightstar.

After a successful series of cameo performances as a supergroup with McFly at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013, it was announced on 7 November 2013 that a press conference will take place to discuss joint plans for Busted and McFly in 2014. Simpson has used his Twitter page to confirm he will not be a part of these plans. On 10 November 2013, Willis and Bourne and McFly members Tom Fletcher, Harry Judd, Danny Jones and Dougie Poynter changed their Twitter display pictures to collage images of the joint band, further causing speculation regarding the future plans. The following day it was announced that the two bands will tour as McBusted in 2014.

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  1. Review of Live: A Ticket for Everyone

    Live: A Ticket for Everyone 2004

    Reviewed by Adam Cumiskey
    Busted are like a pubescent-sized taster for a life of indie enjoyment...
  2. Review of A Present For Everyone

    A Present For Everyone 2003

    Reviewed by Nikki Smith
    Charlie, Matt and James bring us the second dose of their inimitable...
  3. Review of Busted


    Reviewed by Jacqueline Hodges
    Cheeky, geeky pop-punktastic debut provides a refreshing change to the mush of Gareth...
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