December 7, 2021

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The Wanted reunite for a benefit concert for Tom Parker’s cancer foundation

In their debut track from 2010, The Wanted asks, “How can you get up from an all-time low?” However, in 2021, the question will be: How do you return from a seven-year hiatus?

Because, yeah, the number-one boy band has announced their comeback, as well as a greatest hits album, new music, and a live charity show. Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker, and Nathan Sykes, who make up the five-piece ensemble, announced the news on Wednesday.

The concept for a reunion was first discussed in 2020, but, like with so many things, the pandemic caused the group to put the plan on hold. Tom Parker was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, which was a second setback. After starting treatment and “responding well,” Tom began working with the charity Stand Up To Cancer on a Channel 4 documentary and a live event at London’s Royal Albert Hall after starting treatment and “responding well.” The Wanted will rejoin to perform later this month.

The concert will take place on September 20th, while The Wanted’s greatest hits album will be released on November 12th. The trio had two number-one songs and a run of Top Ten singles and albums during their four years in the spotlight. Glad You Came, their biggest hit from 2011, accomplished the rarest of feats for British pop acts: it also charted in the United States.

After the band disbanded in 2014, Nathan was the only member to achieve solo success in the music industry. He’s had two UK top 20 singles, including a duet with Ariana Grande called Over and Over Again. After the boys split up, Max had a minor role in Glee and appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2020. Scooter Braun, who also manages Justin Bieber, initially signed him as a solo artist.

You’re Not Alone by Joe and Jake, the UK’s 2016 Eurovision entry, was written by Siva and placed 24th out of 26 countries. Jay won Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and has performed in West End musicals.

Tom has released solo music and appeared on reality shows such as Celebrity Masterchef and The Jump, in addition to touring the UK in a production of Grease.