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Will Young

Born 20 January 1979.
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Biography

William Robert "Will" Young (born 20 January 1979) is an English singer-songwriter and actor who came to prominence after winning the 2002 inaugural series of the British music contest Pop Idol, making him the first winner of the worldwide Idol franchise. His debut single "Anything Is Possible" was released two weeks after the show's finale and became the fastest-selling debut single in the UK. Young also came in fifth place in World Idol performing his single "Light My Fire".

As a teenager, Young studied politics at the University of Exeter before moving to London, where he studied musical theatre at Arts Educational School. Young put his studies on hold in late 2001 to become a contestant on Pop Idol. After winning the competition the following year, he released his debut album From Now On (2002) which went to straight to number one. Friday's Child (2003) followed and enjoyed greater success, eventually going platinum five times in the UK and spawning three top five singles. His albums Keep On (2005) and Let It Go (2008) are also multi-platinum and his most recent release Echoes (2011) became his third UK number-one album. His albums have spawned many songs that have accomplished top ten positions in the UK: four of which went to the number one spot. Young has also undertaken numerous concert tours. He has also accumulated multiple honours, including two BRIT Awards from 12 nominations, and the estimated worldwide sale of over eight million albums. Young's net worth was estimated at £13.5 million in April 2012.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Echoes

    Echoes 2011

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    A fantastic fifth album from a Pop Idol who continues to deliver the goods.
  2. Review of Let It Go

    Let It Go 2008

    Reviewed by Jerome Blakeney
    It's generation-straddling perfection.
  3. Review of Keep On

    Keep On 2005

    Reviewed by Lucy Davies
    Proof that sometimes, these talent shows actually work to give us, the public, what we...
  4. Review of Friday's Child

    Friday's Child 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    He's clearly been allowed to create a sound that reflects his ideas and abilities in a...
  5. Review of From Now On

    From Now On

    Reviewed by Julie Broadfoot
    The winner of the greatest talent quest in television history has found time to record...
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