If you’re one of those people who thinks the era of boy bands has come and gone, think again. After One Direction topped the Billboard charts with their debut album, Up All Night, the Wanted are also now chart-toppers.
Their British group’s cheeky, innuendo-filled single “Glad You Came,” is currently the #1 song on the Billboard Pop Songs chart. The last time a boy band’s debut track took the top spot on that chart was back in 1997 when Hanson’s ubiquitous “mmmbop” sat at #1 for eight weeks.
In fact, it’s been about a decade since any boy band managed hit that high on the Pop Songs chart. (O-Town nabbed the spot back in 2001 with “All or Nothing.”) The Wanted are set to drop their debut U.S. album on April 24. Island Def Jam president and COO Steve Bartels commented on the popularity of the song, which has sold 1.5 million copies and placed at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Judging from the explosive reception to [the song] at radio and online, the appeal of that sound is as solid as ever, no matter how you describe it, a boy band or simply a male pop vocal group, which is what the Wanted is,” he said. “We have seen proof of this over the past several weeks with sales and when the ‘Glee’ cast covered the song [on its February 21 episode]. No matter what name you give the Wanted’s style, people of all ages have connected with the group. That connection is priceless.”
The guys are certainly not resting on their laurels. They opened up to MTV News last week about shooting the video for their new single, “Chasing the Sun.”
“We saw a lot of treatments and a lot of them took it literally: somewhere chasing the sun,” Jay McGuiness told us. “But we decided we weren’t into that. We worked with a director called Director X, so we know it’s going to be a good party. But we’ll leave the details until we release it.”
The guys also shared that they’re hoping to get a rapper on a remix of the track. But the only clues they would give us was that the MC loves cats and it’s not Cee Lo Green, who frequently chills with his cat Purrfect on “The Voice.”
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