Who were boyband A1?

A1 is a British-Norwegian boy band that formed in 1998 (who still tour today). They broke up in 2002, when founder member Paul Marazzi left, and got back together in 2009 (still without Paul) to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest (they came second)

The band consists of members Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Read, Ben Adams, and Paul Marazzi. The band is known for their pop, teen pop, and power ballad style of music.

A1 hit singles

A1 achieved great success in the late 1990s and early 2000s with hit singles such as “Like a Rose,” “Take On Me,” and “Everytime.” Their self-titled debut album, “A1,” was released in 1999 and reached the top of the charts in several countries, including the UK and Norway.

Their cover of a-ha’s classic 80’s hit, “Take On Me” which went to number one in both the UK and in Norway.

A1 band members

Christian Ingebrigtsen is from Norway and is the lead singer of the band. Mark Read is from England and is the band’s second vocalist. Ben Adams is also from England and is the group’s lead guitarist and primary songwriter. Paul Marazzi is from Scotland and is the band’s bassist.

How did the band form?

Paul Marazzi (b.1975), who had auditioned for Steps, but didn’t quite make it to the famous five. He and managers Tom Byrne and Vicky Blood came together to form a new group, which turned out to four lads in total. Having auditioned numerous hopefuls, they found a mutual bond with Norwegian singer Christian Ingebrigtsen (b.1977), and from the UK, Mark Read (b.1978) and Ben Adams (b.1981). A1 were signed to Columbia Records in early 1999 and six months later, released their debut single, “Be The First To Believe”, a harmless but well meaning number that went to No.6 on the UK singles chart and also made a small impression in Germany and Sweden.

A1 made their return to Ben and Mark’s place of birth in 2013 when they appeared on the TV show The Big Reunion, alongside former boys bands Blue, 5ive and 911

A1 awards

A1 was nominated for several awards throughout their career, including a Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act in 2000 and an Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically in 2002. They have also won several awards, including the MTV Asia Award for Favorite Pop Act in 2001.

In conclusion, A1 is a successful boy band that dominated the pop and teen pop charts in the late 1990s and early 2000s. With their catchy pop tunes, powerful ballads, and talented members, the band captured the hearts of audiences around the world and remains a beloved part of pop music history.

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