Tuesday, 5 April 2011

ESC 2011, the Big 5 - the UK

Blue is a British pop boyband which consists of Simon Webbe, Lee Ryan, Duncan James and Antony Costa. Blue originally formed in 2001 before splitting in 2005.

In 2009 it was confirmed that the band will make a comeback with a new tour and album.

The band released their debut single All Rise in May 2001 and it reached number 4 in the UK singles chart. Blue's second single was released in August with the chart-topping Too Close. Their second number one came in November with If You Come Back off the album All Rise, which was released in time for Christmas and reached number one, eventually selling in excess of about 1.8 million albums sold in the UK. Blue reached number six in March 2002 with their fourth single, Fly By.

Their second studio album One Love was released in 2002. The album entered at UK number 1, where it stayed for one week. Three singles were released from the album: One Love (UK number 3), Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word featuring Elton John (UK number 1), and U Make Me Wanna (UK number 4).

The third album Guilty was released in the autumn of 2003. The next singles were Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours (sung with Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone) (UK number 11), Breathe Easy (UK number 4), and Bubblin' (UK number 9). The album Guilty sold more than 1 million albums in the UK.

The band split after Elton John suggested that their popularity was decreasing and that they should concentrate on their solo careers. Best of Blue greatest hits compilation was released in 2004. In April 2009, it was revealed that the band had reformed and had written new material, due to be released in a joint partnership with Innocent Records and EMI Music, with whom they still have a three-record deal.The band confirmed that they would be performing at 95.8 Capital FM's Summertime Ball, which took place in London's Emirates Stadium in June 2009. Following the performance, the band agreed to perform at the Silverstone Classic festival in August 2009.

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