Boy bands were massive circa 1997, think N’Sync and Backstreets Boys and it seems that they might be having a resurgence. The British boy band, The Wanted are embarking on their U.S. tour promoting their single, ‘Glad You Came’, and have plans to “crack” the U.S. market. Will they be able to do it?
The Wanted consists of 5 guys – George, Tom Parker, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes. The band got together in 2009 and became pretty popular in the U.K. They have toured with some big names including Justin Bieber and they opened for Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale tour. The Wanted boys describe themselves as “badass and we sing our heads off and it gets sweaty.” Cuuute!
Parker said he’s overwhelmed by the response the guys have been getting city after city since coming over, which includes a performance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “It’s all been really quick, actually, and we’ve only been over here for a week and we’ve seen it grow massively in just a week,” he said of the group’s popularity. “Well that’s the power of the Internet; social networking crosses over into so many different territories that for us it’s been crucial.”
They’ve got a few more weeks left of their tour of the States, and are really happy apparently with the reception they have gotten from their U.S. fans. Could we be seeing a new age of boy band hysteria?
Watch and listen to their “Glad You Came” single. What do you think?