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The Wanted’s “Heart Vacancy” Confirms Boy Band Popularity

Call it out for Jay, Siva, Nathan, Max and Tom – The Wanted – the hottest boy band this side of summer. “All Time Low” topped the UK singles chart earlier in August and the follow-up, “Heart Vacancy,” bows at No.2 this week. The Danes Cutfather, Jonas Jeberg and Lucas Secon have co-written the track with boy band veteran Wayne Hector (Il Divo, Westlife and Boyzone). The self titled  debut set The Wanted was issued today. The album includes tracks written by Rami (Britney Spears), Cathy Dennis (Kylie Minogue, Sugababes) as well as Taio Cruz.

WelcheMusic highlighted that the boy bands have returned to the charts in an earlier blog post. Despite being Irish-British, The Wanted’s chart career in Ireland has been rather disappointing. “All Time Low” only made it to No.13 and “Heart Vacancy” only manages to reach No.18 in its first week. It’s also interesting to note that the singles haven’t been released elsewhere.

For those who can’t get enough of this group, please read The Wanted: The Unauthorized Biography, which was written by Chas Newkey-Burden. Quite a feat to rack up an biography (be it unauthorized) in October upon issuing a debut single in July the same year.

But The Wanted should be aware, Westlife is expected to issue its latest album Gravity on Nov.12.

Boy Bands Return with a Vengeance as the UK Welcomes The Wanted

Who said boy bands were out of fashion? The British boy band The Wanted debuted atop the UK singles chart on Sunday with the help of producer Steve Mac, who certainly knows the genre. The debut hit “All Time Low” has already been a Top 20 airplay hit in the UK and reached No.19 in Ireland upon its release. In true boy band style, the group was formed through massive auditioning.

The physical CD single features a rendition of Cheryl Cole’s “Fight for this Love.” This means that The Wanted knocks Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP off the No.1 spot. Expect the track “Heart Vacancy” as the follow-up single.

Steve Mac debuted as a producer in the early ‘90s, producing artists such as Chad Jackson, Nomad, Undercover and Lindy Layton. His boy band list of merits began with the German group Caught In The Act, whom Mac produced a string of hits from 1993-1996. Come 1996 and the introduction of Boyzone, with lead vocalist Ronan Keating.

In 1999, Steve Mac launched another Irish boy band together with Ronan Keating – Westlife. Throughout the ‘00s, Mac produced a string of hits for both bands – including No.1 hits such as “Flying without Wings” and “Queen of My Heart.”

Tinie Tempah Vaults To No.1 in the UK

This week, a 22 year old rapper called Tinie Tempah knocks Jason Derulo off the top with his debut single “Pass Out.” The track got heavy support from BBC Radio 1 and Zane Lowe declared it the “Hottest Record in the World Today.” A debut album is expected to reach stores this July.

According to an interview in The Sun, the song “is about getting so out of it that you pass out.” In addition to the singles chart, Tinie Tempah also tops the UK r’n’b chart this week.

Jason Derulo drops to No.3 after a sole week on the top. He’s surpassed by Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” at No.2. Wiley returns to the top ten with “Never Be Your Woman,” featuring vocals singer Emeli Sandé. Wiley  peaked at No.2 with “Wearing My Rolex” back in May 2008. That track was later sampled in Ironik’s song “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

Boyzone is also back with their 18th UK Top Hit “Gave It All Away,” with Ronan Keating and the late Stephen Gately on lead vocals. The song enters at No.9 and is written by singer Mika and produced by Ray Hedges. This is far better than the No.22 peak of “Better,” which was issued back in December 2008. “Gave It All Away” was able to bow atop of the Irish singles chart, knocking Jedward’s “Under Pressure” off the top. Boyzone made their debut in Ireland with “Working My Way Back to You.” It peaked at No.3 in native Ireland back in 1994 and was later released in French as “Te garder pres de moi” in 1997. It didn’t chart elsewhere. Their first UK No.1 came with The Osmonds’ hit “Love Me for a Reason.”

The singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding won a BRIT Award and sits firmly at No.4 on the singles chart with “Starry Eyed.” The track is included on her debut set Lights which debuts atop of the album chart this week. Lady Gaga’s The Fame falls 1-2 and spends its 60th week on the chart. WelcheMusic recently pointed out that the album turned 70 weeks in the US this week. Alicia Key’s The Element of Freedom remains at No.3, while the Glee Cast falls 2-4. Fueled by the success of “In My Head,” Jason Derulo bows at No.8 with his self-titled album.