The bubbling world of boy bands: you may love them, you may hate them; you may have every single poster of every respective member on your wall, or you may scoff at the idea that a new one is popping up every minute when they’re likely going the way of the dinosaurs. However you feel, they’ll at least be around into the first half of this year, so let’s take a look at some singles you’ll be squealing for (or not) about to go global:
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – “She Looks So Perfect”
Label: Capitol / Release Date: February 21 (Australia), March 23 (U.K.), Summer 2014 (?) (U.S.)
These guys haven’t even released a proper single yet, but their social following of nearly 3.5 million fans total between Facebook and Twitter is immense. The Australian quartet is out to conquer the world with this after building their base with YouTube covers and original tracks, as well as an opening spot out on One Direction‘s worldwide tour last year. “Perfect” has already garnered strong pre-order sales in the countries it’s been made available in, although fans in the U.S. will have to wait until later this year to get their hands on the goods. Australian boy bands haven’t exactly made their mark worldwide; in fact, you have to go back to the days of Wa Wa Nee and Indecent Obsession to find any sort of Stateside crossover. Nevertheless, try as they might to get a hit. They have plenty of people rooting for them.
MIDNIGHT RED – “Hell Yeah!”
Label: 2101/Capitol / Release Date: February 25 (U.S. radio)
Based out of Los Angeles, this band may brand themselves as “America’s Boyband”, but does the majority of America even know about them yet? Probably not. The quintet tried to break at U.S. radio with their “Take Me Home” several months ago, and though it accumulated some minor airplay at CHR radio (#45), the five were beaten to the punch by a different song with the same title by trio Cash Cash and Bebe Rexha. So, onward and upward, as they say. If you’re a regular listener of Hits 1 on SiriusXM, they’ve been playing this on and off since July, so it’s not exactly new. Produced by RedOne, the boys are ready to party again, so long as you’ve “graduated from the school for cool.” I hear it’s pretty easy. Will they manage to finally breakthrough in a big way with their second radio cut? Let’s see what the label can do.
ONE DIRECTION – “Midnight Memories”
Label: Columbia / Release Date: March 10 (U.K.)
Well, well, well. “Story Of My Life” is still building at radio here in the States, and while we’re hoping it can still reach the top of the airplay chart in a few weeks, the five lads from London are moving onto their third single and title track from Midnight Memories in Europe. (No confirmation yet on whether this will actually be the third single in the U.S. or not.) A music video for this just premiered last Friday and is already over 13 million views, which I guess is pretty standard for their clips at this point. They leave a boring house party, eat kebab, spray each other with fire extinguishers, steal a police boat, etc. You know, pretty normal stuff for a weekday night, right? It’s a fun tune, even if it does sound like Def Leppard‘s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”. Hey, it’s all about having a good time. This one is real good. Time to rock out!
THE WANTED – “Glow In The Dark”
Label: Island Def Jam / Release Date: March (U.K.)
As we know, these five guys are on their way out, but don’t you worry. There’s still one more single to be lifted off their recent album, Word Of Mouth, titled “Glow In The Dark”. The schedule out of the United Kingdom notes a tentative date of March without any other specifics, so stay tuned as to if/when any special packs are announced. Plus, you know members Max George and Nathan Sykes will go solo as the media tries to pit them as the next Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow, respectively. Perhaps things will turn positive for them once again in this in-between time. This song is your typical EDM banger and there’s nothing real distinct about it; however, if it weren’t for this being the band’s last release for some time, it probably would’ve been a full-out flop. Expect it to do some action once a date is announced.
Which one of these four bands’ newest singles has the most potential to do well, and like, totally rules your playlist? Let me know! Follow the blog below or hit the “Get Social!” tab to find out how you can connect with PGTC on social media.