Don’t Call it a Comeback! Boybands Return to the Top 40 by way of Britain [VIDEO]
One Direction(shown above), a British quintet that placed third on the U.K.’s “X Factor” in 2010, saw their album “Up All Night” debut high on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart last week. The Wanted, another U.K.-based quintet, spent its second week at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart with the jam “Glad You Came.” And there are more on the way.
“One Direction” are a British-Irish boy band consisting of members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. The group signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records after placing third in the season seven of The X Factor.
“The Wanted” are a British and Irish boy band based in London. The band consists of Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes. The boys have been around a little longer than their competition “One Direction” as their first single went to number 1 in the UK called “All Time Low”. their second single “Glad You Came” is currently tearing up the charts world wide as these boys have truly been discovered.
There are other boy bands on the verge of hitting it big like Midnight Red, formed by RedOne, the producer behind Lady Gaga hits like “Just Dance,” ‘’Poker Face” and “Bad Romance.” Midnight Run will release their first single next month, and first album later this year. Beyoncé, who recently launched her own production company, has plans on putting together her own boy band. And the British quartet JLS, the runners-up on the U.K.’s “X Factor” in 2008, has released three top-selling albums in Europe, collecting five No. 1s; they have plans to release music in America.