Take That, now made up of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, and Mark Owen, have proved they are still at the top of their game as they smashed their tour performance leading to an offer to take on a residency in Las Vegas. Promoters were impressed with both their music and performance skills on stage, believing that Americans will be just as impressed as their British fan base.
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) December 12, 2015
The group, once consisting of Jason Orange and Robbie Williams in addition to the three band members currently making up the group, are going from strength to strength. Their latest hit single, “These Days,” shot to the top of the charts in 2014.
Take That — The Flood
Take That — These Days
It is a heroic success for this band, who has gone through so many changes to get this gig, which is sure to take their current tens of millions of hits on their top singles to hundreds of millions.
Founding member Robbie Williams left the band in 1995, the Huffington Post reports.
“Robbie had been unhappy with his musical ideas not being taken seriously by lead singer Barlow and Nigel Martin-Smith, because his desire to explore hip hop and rap conflicted with the band’s usual ballads.”
Since leaving the band, however, Robbie Williams has gone on to a very successful European career, selling 75 million records.
Take That, with a U.S. audience, would open up a market Williams never had access to.
Robbie Williams rejoined the band for their 25th anniversary last year. A reliable source told Unreality TV Robbie’s sentiments.
“He feels passionate and proud of the band’s achievements and still wants to be part of it.”
Robbie Williams’ comeback coincides with the band’s waxing trend, so it seems that neither could begrudge the other.
Take That on Instagram looks as follows.
The band, however, overcame another hurdle when they were charged with tax avoidance. Barlow, Donald, Owen (the current band members) and their manager, Jonathan Wild, were accused of hiding £66m in falsely accounted music industry investments.
George Osborne strikes down with great vengeance and fuuuuurious anger on Take That for their tax evasion. He misses. pic.twitter.com/OFoEWR3VwP
— Paul Gill (@paulygill) February 25, 2015
#OneDirection are trying too hard to copy Take That. One member leaves then they split. Wonder which one is going to commit tax evasion?
— Jordan (@JordanHowcroft) August 23, 2015
Robbie Williams and Jason Orange, the member who retired just last year (2014), and whose departure was a “huge loss” for the band, were not part of the investigation.
Which shows how the music industry can transcend time and moments of scandal and infamy. What stars do not have some controversy in their historic rises to fame?
Other star acts who have shot to fame after residency gigging Las Vegas include Tom Jones, who is no doubt the most famous, and who is also British. Other famous acts include Bette Midler, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Elton John (another Brit), and none other than Janet and Latoya Jackson.
So, this is a big stage to fill for this band as they seek to rise to meteoric stardom.
Perez Hilton, always on top of such positive developments, reports on the subject.
“Vegas promoters believe Take That put on such a great spectacle that they can deliver in Vegas. Brits are bound to lap up seeing them on foreign soil but there’s also hope the band will attract a completely new fanbase from abroad. It’s a huge deal as the lads have always dreamed of cracking America.”
What kind of sales have previous Brits enjoyed importing their music to America? In other words, what kind of numbers are we talking about?
The Beatles comes first to mind. American records sold for the Beatles are estimated at 1.6 billion. The Rolling Stones have sold 2 billion albums there. In short, the U.S. market, with upwards of 280,000,000 people, will multiply a band’s total popularity exponentially.
Take That, with their impressive tour and new residency gig in Las Vegas, will, for once, see their numbers rise.
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