Since the 1990s, Take That have gone from being a quintet to a quartet to a quintet again…and now Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald are going it as a trio, following the recent departure of Jason Orange (and Robbie Williams sitting this one out). So in addition to news of the arrival of the band’s new single tomorrow, they’ve announced that the upcoming seventh Take That album will be appropriately titled III.
The above image of the cover art was posted on Instagram this afternoon, along with this message: “Mark, Gary and Howard return with Take That’s new studio album III… You will be able to pre-order III and the new single from tomorrow morning.” More »
Tomorrow morning (October 10), a slimmer Take That will return with the lead single from III, their first studio album since 2010′s Stuart Price-produced Progress. Last time around, all five original members, including Robbie Williams, were on board for the album, a follow-up EP (2011′s Progressed) and a world tour. Alas, Robbie announced earlier this year that other commitments are keeping him from taking part this time around, and TT member Jason Orange shocked fans by exiting the band in September.
Undaunted, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald have hurdled over all these obstacles, and are soldiering on with Take That’s seventh album. Catch their big announcement below, along with a Vine video teasing the new single. More »
has confirmed he will not be taking part in the recording of Take That
‘s upcoming album
— news that, depending on where your longstanding loyalties lie, will either be good or bad. The band’s seventh LP is expected to be released in late 2014, with a tour to follow.
Williams has his own 46-date European tour to deal with, in support of last year’s Swings Both Ways. And then there’s the small matter of his wife Ayda being pregnant with the couple’s second child, who is due in November.
“Logistically, I can’t do it. I have the tour and I’m going to be a dad again,” Williams recently told The Sun. He then added, “It doesn’t mean to say I won’t join in along the way. Whatever happens, I am absolutely going to be in Take That — I love being in Take That.” More »
When last we saw Take That
, the UK band had welcomed long-departed member Robbie Williams
back into the fold for 2010 album Progress
and 2011 spinoff EP Progressed
— releases that earned them a BRIT Award for Best Group and produced hits like “The Flood”
and “Love Love”
(the latter of which appeared in the box office blockbuster X-Men: First Class
). Since then, Williams has released two solo albums, and fellow Take That member Gary Barlow
has served as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor
and, this past year, put out his first solo LP in 14 years
But good news for fans of melodic, gentlemanly pop: The guys have confirmed that they’re back in the studio and making new music for Take That’s next release. There’s no word yet on whether Robbie Williams will be a part of the next album, though one recent report notes that the singer has until March to decide whether or not he’ll once again take up his Take That duties.
Head below to catch Gary Barlow and Howard Donald‘s tweets about getting back behind the mic, and the first track recorded for the new Take That album. More »
There’s a lot to love about Agnetha Faltskog
‘s comeback album but the highlight of A
has to be the ABBA
icon’s duet with Gary Barlow
. “I Should’ve Followed You Home”, penned by the Take That
heartthrob and Swedish producer Jörgen Elofsson
, is a wistful disco-tinged ballad that exudes loveliness with each and every synth.
Not surprisingly, the track has been selected as the LP’s third single and could well return Agnetha to the upper reaches of the UK singles chart. A remix package has been commissioned to help her along and the ever-reliable 7th Heaven up the BPM while staying true to the original version. Listen after the jump. More »
Over the past week, more details have emerged about Gary Barlow
‘s first solo album in 14 years
. The first item of business is the title, Since I Saw You Last
, and album cover
, which were unlocked via the cherished, centuries-old tradition of fan tweets. Preceding the LP (which is out November 25 in the UK) will be the single “Let Me Go.” The Take That
crooner shot the music video for the song in New York, and the clip shows Barlow searching secondhand stores for the perfect piano. He eventually finds one, which he wheels into a park. Naturally a full-on block party ensues.
The tireless Barlow, who is also currently starring as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor, will reportedly hit the studio with his Take That bandmates in January. So consider this solo outing as a side project. “If I could do a little record myself every five years or so and make enough back to make another record and tour I’d be happy,” he told Metro.
Watch Gary take it to the streets above, then catch the Since I Saw You Last tracklist below. More »
It’s been nearly three years since British boy-band-turned-pop-gods Take That
released their last studio album Progress
(it was followed in 2011 by EP Progressed
), and now there’s official word that the gents will be hitting the studio in January to begin recording their follow-up LP.
As for whether or not sometimes-member Robbie Williams will be a part of Take That this time around, Gary Barlow, who’s currently partaking in his third season as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor, had this to say to the Daily Mirror: “If Rob’s around he’ll be with us, if not it’ll be a four. It can go either way. It keeps us guessing as well. I think it’ll probably be a four. It’ll be next year — definitely.” More »
As one fourth of ABBA
, Agnetha Faltskog
was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
three years ago. And thankfully the 62-year-old Swedish diva is still at it, cranking out quality music. Case in point: “When You Really Loved Someone,” the first single to be issued off Faltskog’s upcoming album A
(out May 14 in the US). As far as dreamy, irresistible pop goes, the track ticks all the right boxes — and is right up there with the best of ABBA’s classic ballads — thanks in no small part to producer Jorgen Elofsson
‘ “Sometimes,” Kelly Clarkson
‘s “A Moment Like This” and “Stronger,” etc.). More »
may be best known for loving angels instead, but in his new video, he’s transformed himself into one. The British singer-songwriter has just released the clip for his new single, “Candy,” which was co-written by his Take That
bandmate Gary Barlow
(who himself is a judge on the UK version of The X Factor
), and the video is pretty, um, sweet. More »
Sadly, Take That
singer-songwriter Gary Barlow
and his wife Dawn have lost their fourth child, Poppy Barlow, who was delivered stillborn on Saturday. Gary, who is currently at work for a second season as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor
, was rumored to be on the roster
for the London Olympics
closing ceremony this Sunday (August 12) with the rest of his Take That bandmates. There’s no word yet on whether the band will perform, given Barlow’s recent family tragedy.
Read the singer’s statement below. More »