The Wanted

The Wanted
The Wanted
Background information
Origin Ireland/UK
Genres Dance-pop, pop
Years active 2009–present
Labels Geffen (2009–present)(UK)
Global Talent (2011-present) (UK)
Def Jam (2010–present) (US)
Max George
Jay McGuiness
Siva Kaneswaran
Tom Parker
Nathan Sykes

The Wanted are a British-Irish boy band based in London, England. The band consists of Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes. Their debut single, "All Time Low", was released in July 2010 and reached number one in the United Kingdom for one week.[1] Their debut studio album, The Wanted, was released on 25 October 2010 and peaked at number four in the United Kingdom.[1] The first single from their second album, "Gold Forever", was released in aid of "Comic Relief" and reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.[1] The band's second number one hit, "Glad You Came", topped the singles chart in the United Kingdom for two weeks, and in Ireland for five weeks.[1][2] Their second studio album, Battleground, was released on 7 November 2011.



2009–10: Formation and The Wanted

The Wanted were formed in 2009 through a mass audition by Jayne Collins, the same woman who put together The Saturdays.[3][4] They soon started working on their debut album with producersGuy Chambers, Taio Cruz and Steve Mac.[3] Their debut single, "All Time Low", was produced by Mac, and also co-written by Wayne Hector and Ed Drewett. It was released in the summer of 2010 and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, remaining in the Top 40 for 17 weeks.[1] The band's second single, "Heart Vacancy" again written with Wayne Hector, was released on 17 October 2010. It peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart.[1] Their self-titled debut album was released on 25 October 2010, peaking at number four on the UK Albums Chart.[1] The third single from the album, "Lose My Mind", was performed on The X Factor and it subsequently peaked at number nineteen on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

2011–present: Battleground

In March 2011, the group embarked on their first headline, nationwide tour. The "Behind Bars" Tour was in support of their debut album "The Wanted" with 16 dates held in theatres in March and April 2011.

The band started working on their second studio album in January 2011.[5] The album features writing credits from the group, Steve Mac, Wayne Hector, Ed Drewett, Diane Warren and Guy Chambers. The lead single, "Gold Forever", was released in aid of Comic Relief on March 13th 2011.[6][7] It peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart.[1] In July 2011, the group released the second single "Glad You Came" which became their second UK #1 single, staying there for two weeks and in the UK top ten for six weeks. The single also reached number one in Ireland and remained there for five weeks.[2] The song also charted in some European territories and Australia. The third single,from the album, "Lightning", was released on 16 October 2011 which reached #2 in the UK and #5 in Ireland. On November 7th 2011, the group's second album Battleground, was released in the UK. It debuted at #5 in the UK and #4 in Ireland. The fourth single, "Warzone" is due for release on 26th December 2011 with the music video and radio debut coming in early November 2011.

In addition to shows in the UK including T4 On The Beach, V Festival and the iTunes Festival, the group supported Canadian singer Justin Bieber in Brazil on the 8th and 9th of October and also supported Britney Spears on her Femme Fetale Tour at the Manchester Evening News Arena on the 6th of November.

On November 9th 2011, it was revealed by the group that they were planning to re-release the album, including a new track written by Example called "Starlight" and a duet with a US female singer.


Max George

Maximillian Alberto George, born 6 September 1988 (1988-09-06) (age 23), grew up with his family in Manchester.[8] Before music, he had been a football player with Preston North End and was on the verge of signing a two-year deal with them, whilst he has been a Manchester City supporter since a young age.[9] Previously he was a member of Avenue, a five-piece boy band made up of Jonathan Lloyd, Scott Clarke, Ross Candy and Jamie Tinkler in addition to George. They entered the third series[10] of The X Factor in 2006 and made it to Louis Walsh's Bootcamp. But media reports exposed that Avenue had not strictly adhered to the rules, having been signed by an earlier music X Factor director to a deal. They were banned from participation for having professional representation rather than being specifically formed for the competition.[11][12][13] Avenue admitted they had failed to duly report their engagements and George admitted it was "not the X Factor's fault"[14] in the video showing their disqualification in Walsh's office. With Andrew (Andy) Brown joining as a member of Avenue replacing Jamie Tinkler, the band went on to have some success beyond their X Factor appearances with their debut single "Last Goodbye", reaching number 50 on the UK Singles Chart. They had a follow up release with "Can You Feel It?". Avenue disbanded in April 2009. In 2008, while still a member of Avenue, George appeared naked on cover of British gay magazine AXM's "Naked Issue" in support of cancer research.[15] In December 2010, he began dating actress Michelle Keegan. George announced that he is engaged to Keegan through the social networking site Twitter in June.[16]

Nathan Sykes

Nathan James Sykes,[8] born 18 April 1993 (1993-04-18) (age 18), grew up in Abbeydale, Gloucester with his mother, who was a music teacher and younger sister Jessica. .[17] He started singing and performing at the age of 6 and attended Sylvia Young's theatre school from the age of 11. He continued to perform as a child singer winning various competitions including "Britney Spears's Karaoke Kriminals" in 2003, The Cheltenham Competitive Festival of Dramatic Art also in 2003. He appeared on ITV's Ministry of Mayhem in 2004, and won the Door Youth Project's "Undiscovered Youth Talenhugyt Contest" held in Derker performing "Mack The Knife".[18] and performed for the "Live and Unsigned".[19] Music Competition in Bristol in 2008.[20] Sykes attempted to represent UK in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004 held in Lillehammer, Norway. In the British qualifying finals, he sang "Born to Dance"[21] coming 3rd overall, after winner Cory Spedding and runner-up Andrew Merry.

Siva Kaneswaran

Siva Kaneswaran, born 16 November 1988 (1988-11-16) (age 23), grew up in Ireland with his Sri Lankan Tamil father, Irish mother, twin brother Kumar and six other siblings.[22][23] Kaneswaran started modelling at 16 and appeared in various ads and landed a contract with Storm Model Management. Kaneswaran took part in Rock Rivals, televised in eight episodes between 5 March and 23 April 2008.[24] His brother took part as well. Kaneswaran played the role of Carson Coombs and his brother that of Caleb Coombs. The brothers also appeared briefly in one episode of Uncle Max. The episode "Uncle Max Plays Tennis" aired on 11 July 2008. Kaneswaran was spotted through his modelling campaigns and recruited as a result for the band.[25] He is the younger brother of former Dove member and former Popstars: The Rivals contestant Hazel Kaneswaren.

Jay McGuiness

James "Jay" Noah McGuiness, [8][26] born 24 July 1990 (age 21), grew up in Newark, Nottinghamshire.[27] He attended Holy Trinity Roman Catholic school in Newark. At the age of 13, McGuiness went to Charlotte Hamilton School of Dance.[28] He has a twin brother Tom [29] and three other siblings; a younger sister and brother named Eleanor and Sean and older brother called Luke. As a Child his family were into football but Jay did not find it as fun as the rest of his family. He found dance, and he started to go to tap dance classes, which is where his musical life started. He was voted the 'sexiest vegetarian' at the PETA UK in 2011.

Tom Parker

Thomas "Tom" Anthony Parker, born 4 August 1988 (1988-08-04) (age 23), grew up in Tonge Moor, Bolton.[30] Parker learned to play the guitar at the age of sixteen after trying out his older brother's. He then went on to audition for The X Factor but did not get past the first round. He went to Manchester Metropolitan University and studied Geography, but dropped out in pursuit of a professional singing career.[31] Parker joined a Take That tribute band known as Take That II and toured Northern England, before joining The Wanted in 2009.[32]


  • The Wanted (2010)
  • Battleground (2011)


The Behind Bars Tour was the band's first theatre tour which sold out within weeks of going on sale. It began on the 26th March 2011 and concluded on until 15th April. The tour featured 12 different cities with a total of sixteen dates.

The Wanted announced that they would embark on their first arena tour across the UK and Ireland in February and March 2012.

Awards and nominations

Year Nominee Award Category Result Ref
2010 The Wanted Virgin Media Music Awards Best Newcomer Nominated [37]
Best Group Nominated [38]
4Music Awards Hottest Boys[citation needed] Won
Biggest Breakthrough[citation needed] Won
"All Time Low" Best Video Nominated [39]
2011 "All Time Low" Brit Awards Best British Single Nominated [40]
Jay McGuiness PETA UK Sexiest Vegetarian Won [41]
The Wanted Arqiva Awards Best Breakthrough Artist UK on Commercial Radio 2011 Won [42]


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  2. ^ a b "Irish Charts > The Wanted". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  3. ^ a b "MTV > The Wanted". MTV UK. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Interview with The Wanted". Voice21. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  5. ^ "The Wanted Discuss Second Album Plans". Stereoboard UK. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  6. ^ "Music - Interview - The Wanted". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  7. ^ "The Wanted record official song for Comic Relief". Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  8. ^ a b c "The Wanted hit Scotland and release their debut album". STV. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  9. ^ Metro "Louis' X-Factor boys make return". Metro. Retrieved 2011-09-03. ]
  10. ^ Avenue's audition including George to The X Factor in 2006
  11. ^ Nathan, Sara (2006-09-09). "Band is Avenue all on...". The Sun (London). Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  12. ^ Samson, Pete (2006-10-07). "Exclusive: Avenue axed from X Factor". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  13. ^ "Avenue boy band kicked off Simon Cowell's British 'The X Factor' show". Reality TW World. 2006-09-26. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  14. ^ Louis Walsh disqualifying Avenue from The X Factor competition
  15. ^ AXM Naked Issue cover featuring Max George of Avenue
  16. ^ Littlejohn, Georgina (14 December 2010). "'She's awesome': The Wanted's Max George speaks about his romance with Corrie's Michelle Keegan". Daily Mail (London: Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "The Wanted : Official Website : The Band : Sykes". Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  18. ^ Stroud News and Journal: Nathan Sykes from The Wanted won Stroud talent show
  19. ^ This is Oldham: As a young boy Nathan Sykes would dream of stardom
  20. ^ This is Oldham: Oldham teenager aims for the stars with boy band The Wanted
  21. ^ Clock Face singing "Born to Dance" at the British qualifying round to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
  22. ^ Industry Music Group Booking Agent. "The Wanted | Industry Music Group - Live Artist Booking Agency / Agent The X Factor & Britain's Got Talent (BGT)". Industry Music Group. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  23. ^ "The Wanted : Official Website : The Band : Siva". 1988-12-16. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  24. ^ IMDb page on Siva Kaneswaran
  25. ^ Beci Wood article in The Sun: The Wanted are on the ball
  26. ^ "James McGuiness". Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  27. ^ "Notts Most Wanted: Jay McGuiness". 
  28. ^ "Screensavers - Jay McGuiness". 
  29. ^ Dawson, Kim (7 December 2010). "The Wanted: Jay McGuiness's brother is a wanted man". Daily Star (London: Northern & Shell). Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  30. ^ "The Wanted have a scream at Manchester show". 
  31. ^ "Alastair Campbell in a spin as charity match turns ugly". The Daily Telegraph (London). 5 June 2011. 
  32. ^ "Who are the members of "take that 2"". 
  33. ^ "The Wanted Tour Dates Announced". 
  34. ^ "The Wanted Tour Dates Announced". 
  35. ^ The Wanted Tour-Lightning - YouTube
  36. ^ "The Wanted Concert Setlist". 
  37. ^ "Virgin Media Music Awards - Best Newcomer". Virgin Media. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  38. ^ "Virgin Media Music Awards - Best Group". Virgin Media. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  39. ^ "4 Music Video Honours". Industry Music Group. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  40. ^ "BRIT Awards 2011: Cheryl Cole, Matt Cardle, The Wanted and Katy Perry all nominated". OK! Magazine. Northern and Shell Media. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  41. ^ "Sexiest Celebrity Vegetarians 2011". 
  42. ^ "The Arqiva awards 2011". 

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