Since their formation in 1993, this Irish pop vocal
quintet has reached superstar status in Europe, Asia and
Latin America with 11 Top 5 singles and three consecutive
No. 1 albums. Now they are poised to claim their share of
the boy-band pie in the United States.
Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and
Stephen Gately were all active in the Dublin arts scene
when they got together and decided to form an all-guy
vocal group. Under the management of Louie Walsh, the five
lads from north Dublin christened themselves Boyzone and
released their first single, a cover of the Spinners'
"Working My Way Back to You." The song hit No. 3
on the U.K. charts; Polydor Europe beat everyone to the
punch and signed the group immediately.
Their first album, Said and Done, was released in the
summer of 1995 and shot to No. 1 in the U.K. on the
strength of the Top 5 hit singles "Love Me For A
Reason," "Key To My Life," and "So
Good." Their sophomore effort, 1996's A Different
Beat, fared just as well, topping the charts and selling
more than two million copies worldwide.
Boyzone scored a musical hat trick with their next album,
Where We Belong. Released in Europe in May 1998, it became
their third consecutive album to hit No. 1, an
accomplishment matched only by the Beatles and Oasis.
With the European record-buying public under their belt,
Boyzone have set their sites on America. Where We Belong,
their first U.S. domestic release on Mercury Records, hit
the shelves Stateside in November 1998.