The Wanted

Formed 2009.

English-Irish pop boy band

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The Wanted - Glad You Came at Children in Need Rocks 2013

The Wanted perform Glad You Came at Children in Need Rocks 2013

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The Wanted are an English-Irish boy band consisting of members Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes. They formed in 2009 and were signed worldwide to Universal Music subsidiaries Island Records and Mercury Records, and managed by Scooter Braun.

The band's debut album, The Wanted, was released on 25 October 2010 and peaked at number four on the UK Album chart. The album spawned three UK top 20 singles: their debut single "All Time Low", which debuted at number one, "Heart Vacancy", which reached number two, and "Lose My Mind", which peaked at number 19. Follow-up album Battleground saw release on 4 November 2011 and hit number five in the UK and number four in Ireland. The lead single from the album, "Gold Forever", was released in aid of Comic Relief and reached number three in the UK. Their second number-one hit, "Glad You Came", topped the singles chart in the United Kingdom for two weeks, and in Ireland for five weeks. The third and fourth singles "Lightning" and "Warzone" hit number two and number 21, respectively, in the UK.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Battleground

    Battleground 2011

    Reviewed by Nick Levine
    A solid pop platter that's not lacking in personality.
  2. Review of The Wanted

    The Wanted 2010

    Reviewed by Fraser McAlpine
    Arresting songs with masses of personality rub shoulders with formulaic fodder.
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