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Take That Biography

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Birth Place: Manchester, England, UK
Years Active: 1990–1996, 2005–present
Genres: Pop, Pop Rock

Take That are a BRIT award-winning English pop band consisting of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, and Jason Orange. Barlow acts as the group's main singer songwriter. In the early to mid 1990s, the band achieved major success as a five person boyband act with Robbie Williams. The current lineup reformed without Williams in 2005 and achieved new success as a four-piece version of the band. Formed in Manchester in 1990, Take That sold more than 25 million records between 1991–96. Take That's dance-oriented pop tunes and soulful ballads dominated the UK charts in the first half of the 1990s, spawning two of the best selling albums of the decade with ''Everything Changes'' (which was nominated for the 1994 Mercury Prize) and ''Greatest Hits'' 1996, and according to Allmusic, "at this time were giant superstars in Europe with the main question about them not being about whether they could get a hit single, but how many and which would make it to number one". The band also won multiple BRIT Awards. They split up in 1996, but after a 2005 documentary and the release of a new greatest hits album, they officially announced a 2006 reunion tour around the United Kingdom, entitled ''The Ultimate Tour''. On 9 May 2006, it was announced that Take That were set to record their first studio album in over ten years, which was eventually released as ''Beautiful World''. The band have released a second post-reunion studio album entitled ''The Circus'' and have completed their Circus Live tour 2009.