Boy band Take That have made their comeback
complete with their first UK number one single in more than a decade.
'Patience' climbed to the top spot after landing at number
four a week ago based on download sales alone.
The group's first number one was the hit 'Pray' in 1993. Take
That split up three years later but not before they had amassed a
huge fan base, sold more than 15 million records and scored eight
number one hits.
Robbie Williams went on to become even more
successful as a solo artist after he left the band but, for the others,
their days as Take That members continued to be their main claim to
Today, Take That joins a growing number of bands who have
re-formed or who are re-releasing previous hits. In the album
charts this week, Irish boy band Westlife fended off competition from
Oasis, U2 and the Beatles to take the top slot with The Love Album. All four of
these bands have been together (or in the case of the Beatles were together) for
many years. In fact, together, these bands have been making music for almost 50
The rest of the current top ten features greatest hits
collections from Jamiroquai, George Michael and Girls Aloud, meaning that
Razorlight's self-titled album is the only top 10 album consisting of new
So what's the attraction of all these re-worked and
re-released songs? Why do people buy tracks they've bought before? For
many fans it's a chance to relive their teenage years, to remember and celebrate
the early years of their music buying lives.
But why do the singers keep performing the same material year
after year? The cynics amongst you might think it's all just another way
for them to make more money for less work. But 61 year-old Rod Stewart, whose
latest album has recently gone to number one in the USA, disagrees. He continues
to sing the same songs that he's sung for more than 20 years because, he says,
"it's like swimming underwater, it's like diving. You know total freedom. The
outlet, the emotional outlet when you're singing is the most