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Blue are an English pop vocal group, whose members are Simon Webbe, Lee Ryan, Duncan James and Antony Costa. Blue originally formed in 2001 before splitting in 2005. In 2009, it was confirmed that the band would reform. In April 2009, the group reunited and a Best of Blue Tour was announced. They represented the United Kingdom at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf, Germany with the song "I Can". They came 11th with 100 points. Career, The band released their debut single "All Rise" in May 2001 and it reached number 4 in the UK singles chart. Blue's second single was released in August with the chart-topping "Too Close". Their second number one came in November with "If You Come Back" off the album All Rise, which was released in time for Christmas and reached number one, eventually selling in excess of 1.8 million albums in the UK. Blue reached number six in March 2002 with their fourth single, "Fly By II"--a remix of album track "Fly By". Their second studio album One Love was released in 2002. The album entered at UK number 1, where it stayed for one week. Three singles were released from the album: "One Love" (UK number 3), "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" featuring Elton John (UK number 1), and "U Make Me Wanna" (UK number 4). The third album Guilty (the album and the single UK number 2) was released in the autumn of 2003. The next singles were "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" (sung with Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone) (UK number 11), "Breathe Easy" (UK number 4), and "Bubblin'" (UK number 9). The album Guilty sold more than 1 million albums in the UK. The band split after Elton John suggested that their popularity was decreasing and that they should concentrate on their solo careers.Best of Blue greatest hits compilation was released in 2004. In April 2009, it was revealed that the band had reformed and had written new material, due to be released in a joint partnership with Innocent Records and EMI Music, with whom they still have a three-record deal. The band confirmed that they would be performing at 95.8 Capital FM's Summertime Ball, which took place in London's Emirates Stadium in June 2009. Following the performance, the band agreed to perform at the Silverstone Classic festival in August 2009. History, All Rise (2000-01): The band released their debut single "All Rise" in May 2001 and it reached number 4 in the UK singles chart. Blue's second single was released in August with the chart-topping "Too Close", a cover version of Next's US number 1 hit produced by Ray Ruffin. Their second number one came in November with "If You Come Back" co-written by the international multi platinum singer songwriter Nicole Anderson, Lee Brennon, Ian Hope, Ray Ruffin & produced by Ray Ruffin off the album All Rise, which was released in time for Christmas and reached number one, eventually selling in excess of about 1.8 million albums sold in the UK. Blue reached number six in March 2002 with their fourth single, "Fly By II"--a remix of album track "Fly By", which also went to number 30 in Portugal. One Love and Guilty (2002-04): Their second studio album One Love was released in 2002. The album entered at UK number 1, where it stayed for one week. Three singles were released from the album: "One Love" (UK number 3), "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" featuring Elton John (UK number 1), and "U Make Me Wanna" (UK number 4). The group also performed the song "Flexin'" at the 2003 MTV Asia Awards with Kyla. Guilty (the album and the single UK number 2) was released in the fall of 2003. The next singles were "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" (sung with Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone) (UK number 11), "Breathe Easy" (UK number 4), and "Bubblin'" (UK number 9). The album Guilty sold more than 1 million albums in the UK. After Blue: Best of Blue greatest hits compilation was released in 2004, which contained all-time hits including new tracks such as "Curtain Falls", "Get Down On It" and "Only Words I Know". The album reached No.2 on the charts in Portugal with a double platinum certification. Since 2009 Blue occasionally toured around the UK while working on solo projects as well. Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and new album (2011--): It was announced on 29 January 2011 that Blue would reunite and also represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, with their entry "I Can". It coincided with the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the band in 2001 and a one hour documentary was broadcast in April 2011 celebrated their preparations for the final. It was the third time the group has Eurovision ambitions as group member Lee Ryan wrote and composed "Guardian Angel", Andy Scott-Lee's song for the 2005 edition of Making Your Mind Up. Furthermore, Antony Costa came second in the 2006 edition of the show with the song "It's A Beautiful Thing". Group member Duncan James was a panellist on all episodes of the Eurovision: Your Country Needs You series in 2009, which Jade Ewen won. He also announced the UK votes in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 final. Blue became the first UK representatives since The Shadows in 1975 to have had multiple no.1 singles in the UK chart prior to appearing in Eurovision, and the first since Gina G in 1996 to have had a no.1 at all. The song "I Can" premiered on 11 March 2011, on The Graham Norton Show. In the contest, they came 11th with 100 points. After the contest Blue said they were the victims of political voting, claiming they would have finished higher if countries had voted for the performance rather than their neighbours. Blue have revealed that they are working with Bruno Mars on their comeback album. Discussing the record with Digital Spy, Lee Ryan said: "We've been writing with Ne-Yo, and I've written at least a couple of songs on my own that will probably make the album. We've also been working with Bruno Mars on a song called 'Black And Blue' - he's sending his parts over from a demo we recorded a while ago. It's got some haunting notes on the chorus." Duncan James also insisted that the result of their Eurovision bid won't affect their UK comeback, adding: "Should the worst happen, we're still going to press ahead with the album. It won't be the last of us - we're all fully committed to this band again."


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