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2019 marks Take That’s 30th Anniversary. To celebrate their milestone, the band have announced a UK tour for April / May 2019.
Take That have also confirmed the release of ‘Odyssey’ a re-imagined greatest hits album that takes the listener on a journey through the incredible musical history of one of the UK’s most successful bands of all time.
One thing Take That have never been is predictable, from the themes of the albums, to the epic productions around their live shows. ‘Odyssey’ is yet another lense through which fans can enjoy the band’s most successful work that has helped them achieve six No.1 albums and sell over 45 million records across 30 years.
While it's hard to 'never forget' the tears shed by millions of fans when the band announced their split in 1996, they thankfully proved they were 'back for good' since their return in 2006 with the no.1 album 'Beautiful World'. Releasing eight no.1 singles in the 90s, the Noughties have seen the boys reach bigger heights with their album sales, as 2008's 'The Circus' became the fastest selling album of that year, and they made even more 'Progress' in 2010, becoming the second fastest selling album in UK history, beaten only by Oasis 'Be Here Now'. Of course, 'everything changes', and 2014 saw the departure of Jason Orange. But Take That took that as a sign not to split, and carry on as a fighting three-piece - Gary, Howard and Mark will continue to 'shine'.
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At the age of 21, Rick Astley emerged from the shadows of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman production house as their former tea boy became one of the biggest stars on the planet. His era-defining classic ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ topped charts the world over and catapulted the young Lancastrian on a journey that would encompass 8 consecutive UK Top 10 hits and 40 million sales. In 2016, Rick celebrated his half-century by releasing ‘50’ - an album title that put a cheeky, middle-aged twist on Adele’s ‘19’, ‘21’ and ‘25’. “I thought rather than buying a Harley-Davidson I'd make a record,” he notes with characteristic dry wit. Having written and produced the album as well as playing all of the instruments himself, suddenly it was like he’d never been away. It raced to the top of the charts and began a seven-week run in the Top 10. In the months that followed, he sold 400,000 albums and 100,000 tickets to his headline shows. He cemented that comeback with 2018’s ‘Beautiful Life’. It was an emotionally-charged collection with songs that celebrated his love for his wife, his daughter and music as a whole. His commitment was rewarded with a #6 chart position - his fifth Top 10 album. And the shows continued to scale up too, including special performances with Foo Fighters.
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