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Blue have proven to be the success story of 2001.
Their debut single "All Rise" entered the UK chart at No. 4, becoming a major radio hit and staying in the top ten for five weeks. Their second single "Too Close" went on to be an even bigger hit, crashing into the chart at No. 1 at the beginning of September. Both singles have gone silver, selling in excess of 200,000 copies. This November they release a third single, a beautiful pop/r'n'b classic entitled "If You Come Back", followed by their long awaited debut album "All Rise".
Blue comprises of London based lads Duncan James (22), Antony Costa (20), Lee Ryan (18) and Simon Webbe (22). The boys got together early last year when Duncan and Antony decided to form a vocal group, enlisting Lee (whom they had seen on the audition circuit and regarded as the best singer around) and his flatmate Simon to make up the numbers. Vocally, the four soon realised they had something special going on, and both management and a deal with Virgin's Innocent Records quickly followed.
Their debut album "All Rise" is a confident collection of classic r'n'b tunes that is sure to cement their position as the hottest new act to emerge from the UK in 2001.
The album was recorded in the UK and Norway with a variety of top producers including the inimitable Stargate and Ray Ruffin (son of Motown legend Jimmy Ruffin). The album showcases the boy's amazingly mature vocal delivery. Tracks range from the infectious and hook laden swing of "All Rise", "Fly By" and "This Temptation", to the heartfelt smooth grooves of "Long Time" and "Best In Me".
Duncan says: "This has been a crazy and exciting year for Blue and we're totally blown away by the success we've had so far. We've worked really hard to produce an album that we are all proud of. All we want to do is perform decent songs with tough grooves and soulful vocals."
Duncan 'Dunk' James
Duncan was born on 7th April 1979 and lived in Dorset with his mother until he was thirteen, when they relocated to Sidmouth in South Devon. After studying drama for 'A' Level, Duncan realised he 'had a voice' and took his newly discovered singing talents to holiday resorts where he performed with a spate of embryonic bands, which he says were 'perfect for cutting your teeth on but no more than that!' Thankfully, Duncan left the world of 'average' bands when he met fellow Blue member Antony.
Born on 23rd June 1981 and brought up in Middlesex and North London respectively, Antony had a very impressive CV (for a nineteen year old) before he joined Blue. He previously had roles in Grange Hill and The Bill ('for some reason I always seem to play the parts of cheeky little thugs!') and played the lead in the hit BBC sitcom Chalk. Although Antony had a natural singing voice, he had never deemed it a serious career option until he met Duncan.
Lee, the youngster of the band was born on 17th June 1983 and is a South East London boy. Brought up in Blackheath, he studied at drama school, but hated his teachers, 'They're always trying to steer you towards West End musicals - and the last thing I wanna do is some cheesy big band number!' Having decided this, Lee began to attend auditions and after bit parts in Holby City, met Duncan and the others.
Simon Solo Webbe
Simon, the oldest of the band, was born on 30th March 1979 in Manchester. For years, Simon had his heart set on being a professional footballer and was signed to Port Vale, before being poached by Stoke City. This was after he'd been approached by Derby County, Birmingham City, Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town. Musically, Simon had occasionally rapped with Birmingham-based hip hop group 'Criminal Damage', before he eventually decided to quit the football industry and move down to London to join Blue.
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Best Band ever. | Reviewer: Meg ray | 4/25/14
I play best of blue every day and every song on it is brilliant
Considering I am in my seventies I've been listening to Blue
Since they first performed and have seen them several times
on stage' I hope to be around to see them many more times.
memories | Reviewer: Sarah Kz | 8/21/12
I grew on these songs,had my first crush while listening to "one love",i keep listening to them once and a while,these kind of pure and sincere lyrics are not written anymore,so far they was the best RNB band,too bad they split
blue must spring | Reviewer: prosy | 10/26/11
i was wishing there will be another album during these years but no any sign no any advertisement.i hope blue must make it,they will create another album.i like their lyrics and overflows,songs-best in me,you make me wanna,she told me,guilty,oh mindblowing albums
Nice Job Guys | Reviewer: Nader Baratian | 9/21/11
You all deserve to be called the best music band in the history of hiphop around the world.
since I had started to listen to english musics, I started with yours, and untill now I listen to them. They're still alive and freshen me up when I want to start working.
Thank you Guys. Nice Job.
Love You all.
blue fan | Reviewer: mohamad mehdi | 7/7/11
in my point of view, blue band is really the best.
the best singers in uk n in the whole world...
their group works is so exciting n inspiring.
in iran they have an incredible amont of fans.cuz their art is influential and they r in our heart 4 ever.
excuse me 4 my poor knowledge of english
i am from iran(abadan)
love blue | Reviewer: annie | 6/30/11
i love this band im listening blue since the age of 15 i just love them and want to meet them they are the best singers of this world and they have great voices love u blue
GODS GIFT IN MY LIFE | Reviewer: Bianca Green | 1/26/11
Since the age of 12 ive been listening to blue i love all your songs i was in primary school when i heard they split up but i still support their solos thumbs up to you all and i pray that success will be upon you all and i will try to be at the concerts my dream is to meet you all and i love you always thankz for being special in a million and one ways and if you get the chance to read this i hope you know that im blessed by knowing you xoxo God Bless you all
what an album | Reviewer: amit kumar singh | 8/31/10
i was unaware of the album my friend told me to watch all th albums of blues band when he gave me a collection of the album cd's. he was a big fan of blues band. when i heard the songs i realised that how good they was. now i sware that i am the biggest fan of the bkues band and i request the four friends to come back soon as along with me and my friend the whole world is waiting for an extraordinary album like blues-all rise and blues- one love.
BLUES PLEASE CUM BACK..... | Reviewer: ashish thapse | 8/10/10
The blues r the best band in the world .all the 4 of them r fantastic and terrific. their songs have been a major hits nd r even sung now although they have split up. i dont knw the cause bt m wishing when they vll again cum back with the greatest hits of all tym...
if u r reading this please cum back...
luv u alll...........
I misseeeeeed Them now.....come back please... | Reviewer: Giie Anggie Cullen | 1/15/10
I don't know why they are not always in television, other program and now they are lost like as ghost, never come back again for singing...
Lee ryan, Duncan James, Anthony Costa, and Simon webbe.......
where are you guys ????
we're so much missed all you....
please singing again and make a new album the spectacular in this year,,,,different composer, songs, theme in this songs, and all must be better last all your album....
i hope that.....
Love you're guys...
best of me | Reviewer: Simon | 8/1/09
I'am so happy bout this Grop Ican't express about my feeling bout them they Are fanrastic Group saw them IN my life Its the truth .when I listen to thir Song I become cry BEcause righ nnow they are gone away.....Oh i'am so sad about that Gooood luch lee ryan,simon webbe,duncanjames and antony costa Gooooooodlucj
i love blue | Reviewer: carmit | 5/30/09
i think they r the best they r like a god to me plz guys come back i miss you so much u were best..... i dont know why britney spears is more popular that blue in fact blue has the real talent.....i always think of their reunion....i really love blue... it was a shock when u got split officialyy.....u inspires me ur song r related to my own real life... have a good life guys...... my id is firstname.lastname@example.org
thats cool of yall. | Reviewer: dino | 7/25/08
Blue,i love yall.i apprec.....all ur love song.they love u here in china,though i am a black guy resided in china,asia.i sing ur songs too in the bars around china,more grease to ur elbow.take care yall.one love...much love from...
My only true passion...Blue!! | Reviewer: fore_ver | 6/26/08
They're real special!!I knew them in 2004,and fell in love immediatly!!!!!!And I still follow them,even if they're singing as solo!!
But I prefer the old songs...they're the best!!!
Will they ever come together again?
I hope so...
Blue you're the best | Reviewer: Rudi Hartono | 1/10/08
I knew you on december 2007,it just short time but I like your voice..your songs have beautiful mean..you're different than other,you have a specific character who other no have
lee,you're voice is wonderful,dunk you're symbol of blue.
simon and anthony you're great.
I like you so much,I want to be you,but nobody is able to be you..succes for you,although you now have been solo career.thanks
sorry for my english
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