5ive

Biography

Five Briefly Intro. Five ..(originally spelled 5ive) are a British boy band that was put together in early 1997 by the same team who formed the Spice Girls. They enjoyed fair success worldwide, but particularly in the UK, parts of Europe, Russia, parts of Asia, Brazil, Israel and Australia. They disbanded on September 27, 2001, after selling close to 20 million records, and having 11 top ten singles and 4 top ten albums in the UK. The five members were Scott Robinson, Ritchie Neville, Jason 'J' Brown, Richard 'Abs' Breen and Sean Conlon. Four of the five original members briefly reformed the group on September 27, 2006, but only 7 months after announcing a comeback, Five made an announcement via their official website they would again disband Five Detailed Info. An early 1997 ad in the UK theatre magazine, The Stage, asked for young male singers/dancers to audition for a new group in the boy band-style but with "attitude and edge". 3000 hopefuls auditioned (ten times as many as for Spice) and they were finally narrowed down to only 14. As the lads waited for the finals, five of them began talking...comparing styles...and strategizing. If they presented themselves as a unit, perhaps that would make an impression. It did and they were chosen. The Five were moved together into one house in the suburbs of London to bond, get to know each other and REHEARSE. They worked on their act for months...a pop sound with a rocking rap edge and lots of dancing. They also terrorized their middle-class neighborhood and earned the nickname "The Neighbors from Hell". They were messy, loud and kept strange hours ...typical young men anywhere. Most of them had never been on their own before and had a lot to learn. The youngest, Sean, was only 15 and even the oldest, J, was only 20 years old. The boys (who had finally chosen a name, FIVE) had easily secured a six-album deal with BMG/RCA (Arista in the US). The lads were packed off to Sweden in May 1997 for two months to cut their first album. At the famous Cheiron Studios in Stockholm and under the wings of the late, great Denniz Pop and Max Martin, FIVE recorded the first tracks for their debut album. Homesickness was a problem with everyone, but when they listened to their recording sessions, FIVE knew they had a unique, hot and marketable sound. The first single released in the UK was "Slam Dunk (Da Funk)" in December of 1997. It was a big first hit and made the UK top ten. It had a lukewarm reception in the US but was still chosen by the National Basketball Association (NBA) as it's new theme song. Nevertheless, the lads were ecstatic. At the end of 1997, they were in the annual Smash Hits Tour around Britain with The Backstreet Boys and Boyzone. They were named the Best New Tour Group. All this in less than 8 months. More singles followed in 1998..."When The Lights Go Out" (#4) , "Got The Feelin'" (#3), "Everybody Get Up" (#2) and "Until The Time is Through" (#2). Their second US single "Got The Feelin'" did much better. Finally, "When The Lights Go Out" cracked the US top ten, earned a gold record and sent FIVE on an eight day tour to promote the upcoming album. An In-Concert special on the Disney Channel sent FIVE's US popularity soaring. They appeared on numerous USA TV shows as well. Doing a traffic-stopping concert in Times Square in NYC and dropping by MTV didn't hurt either. The album "Five" was released in June 1998 and went straight to number one on the UK charts. It eventually went multi-platinum around the world...FIVE had arrived! 1999 saw FIVE's popularity soaring around the world. Many awards and appearances only added to their packed schedule and hectic lives. They started a US concert tour with N'Sync, but were so worn down by a year of 18 hour days and recording company pressure that they had to pull out, returning to England to rest, pull themselves together and work on their second album. But, the hits kept coming; "It's The Things You Do" (USA), "If Ya Gettin' Down" (#2) and then "Keep On Movin", their 1st UK Number One. The album "Invincible" was released in Oct 1999 in the UK (but not until May 2000 in the USA). It was a supreme effort as the lads not only sang the songs, but co-wrote most of them as well...not usually done by most "boy bands". In December 1999, FIVE shot the video for a new single release called "Don't Wanna Let You Go" (#9). It was their biggest production to date with a story line, incredible sets, costumes and effects. However, it was not Five's choice for their next single release and they were extremely unhappy with it. Production delays & other problems left them little time to promote the song before their World Tour and it failed to reach the top of the charts, but became one of their biggest selling singles ever due to an incredible stay on the top 40 list. The video was released in the UK on March 6, 2000. 3 days earlier, FIVE had won the Brit Award for Best Pop Act. Their performance at the Brits with the rock g