The Wanted is a British-Irish boy band that was formed in 2009 through a mass audition process. Their first big single in the UK was the song "All Time Low" which surprised many by hitting number one despite a lack of traditional promotion. In 2012, they began accumulating popularity in North America with their song "Glad You Came."Their albums include their debut self-titled album, their second record "Battleground," and their US EP album, also entitled "The Wanted" which includes tracks from both of their European albums and two new tracks. Their singles to date are: "All Time Low," "Heart Vacancy," "Lose My Mind," "Gold Forever," "Glad You Came," "Lightning," "Warzone," "Chasing The Sun," "I Found You," "Walks Like Rihanna," "We Own The Night," and "Show Me Love (America)".Aside from their commercial successes, they are most notable for defying many stereotypes of boy bands: they openly admit both to drinking more than they should and not being able to dance (and they don't dare dabble in actual choreography) and their sound is aimed primarily at an older teens, early twenties demographic. Because of this, they have been viewed as a "darker" version of rival boy band One Direction.In the beginning, The Wanted and One Direction were at equal popularity in the UK, but with Bieber Fever still at its peak, neither band got much attention across the Atlantic. However, in the spring of 2012, the two bands turned their attention to the U.S., and teenage girls went absolutely crazy...but only over One Direction. The Wanted, on the other hand, sort of crashed and burned after "Glad You Came" finished its run, and have had very minimal success outside the UK ever since.In early 2013, E!, in collaboration with Ryan Seacrest, announced that The Wanted were to be the stars of their own reality show. The show premiered in June of that year to below average ratings. The show didn't get a second season.In early 2014, the band broke up due to creative differences and continuously being trounced by One Direction. However, member Sykes has said that the breakup may not be forever and they may reunite someday soon.Members are (from left to right as they appear in the photo):
Thomas "Tom" Parker: b. August 4, 1988 in Bolton.
Nathan Sykes: b. April 18, 1993 in Gloucester.
Siva Kaneswaran: b. November 16, 1988 in Dublin, Ireland.
Maxmillian "Max" George: b. September 6, 1988 in Manchester.
James "Jay" McGuiness: b. July 24, 1990 in Nottingham.
Album Title Drop: Their album "Battleground" gets its name from a line in the song "Warzone":
I throw my armor down, and leave the battleground, for the final time now.
The Alcoholic: Jay but also Tom and sometimes Max. They do not try to hide the fact that they go out drinking. A lot.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Most of the boys are more "rough around the edges" in appearance than other traditional boy bands. They regularly have Perma Stubble and are less likely to shy away from cursing.
Celebrity Endorsement: They have repeatedly thanked Ellen Degeneres for their stateside success which followed an appearance on her show. "Glee" also covered their song "Glad You Came" before it was well known in the US.
The Klutz: Jay - even sober - has fallen, tripped, and/or stumbled during numerous performances, most memorably during their first largely televised live performance on The X Factor in 2010. This is the dancer.
Lyrical Dissonance: You couldn't tell from the music (let alone the fun, Coney Island video) but "Lose My Mind" is lyrically quite depressing. "A Good Day For Love To Die" is also quite upbeat for being about a doomed relationship.
One-Hit Wonder: In the U.S., "Glad You Came" became a sudden hit in the spring of 2012; however, the mass hysteria surrounding rival boy band One Direction sucked almost all of their momentum dry. With no major fanbase to support them overseas, their self-titled EP flopped, and the group never reached the Hot 100's Top 40 again. As One Direction soared to heights never before reached by a British boy band and not visited since the days of the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, The Wanted quickly tumbled into oblivion.
Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Tom is the best example. On multiple occasions, it was him who let secret details slip. He is also the most likely member to be shockingly candid with the press which can lead to firestorms.
Oop North: Max and Tom are both from Manchester and the latter has a very pronounced Bolton accent (so much so that Americans sometimes have trouble understanding him).
Overly-Long Gag: Jay's inability to keep track of a phone for longer than four months since they were formed got ridiculous around #15. Unfortunately, he's nearly lost twice as many at this point.
Performance Video: "All Time Low" was re-released to the US market with an accompanying mv of clips from performances over the past 3 years.
Rummage Sale Reject: Jay is almost exclusively dressed by fans. Unfortunately, at times is it very apparent that this does not extend to the matching phase of getting dressed. He doesn't seem to care though.
Max is afraid of dry sponge - as in what is on most large microphones. Kind of awkward in the entertainment industry but very exciting for the other four when they want to torment him during interviews.
Polka dots make Siva "feel weird." He insists he isn't afraid of them. Nonetheless, fans and the media sometimes tease him with it.
Jay is afraid of polystyrene (or at least the noise it makes) which also makes him an easy target for tormenting.