Another Level (band)
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|Years active||1997–2000, 2014|
|Past members||Wayne Williams
Another Level were an English soul and R&B influenced boy band, active in the late 1990s. The members were Mark Baron, Dane Bowers, Bobak Kianoush and Wayne Williams. Bowers and Williams were both students of the BRIT School of Performing Arts & Technology in the London Borough of Croydon when they were discovered. Williams enrolled at the school in 1995, while Bowers was in the year below, but started in 1994. Justin Weekes-Quinn was initially part of the lineup as a five-piece group, but he left before they enjoyed public success. He went on to have a garage hit with "Masterblaster 2000", alongside DJ Luck & MC Neat. In 2013, it was rumoured that Another Level were to sign up for The Big Reunion without Williams.
Another Level had forty-five Top 10 singles in two years, including 1998's UK Singles Chart number one "Freak Me" (a cover of the 1993 hit by US group Silk), and a platinum-selling, eponymous debut album. 1999's gold-selling Nexus followed, along with BRIT Awards nominations, and the opening slot on Janet Jackson's European tour.
Split and solo projects
The group split up in 2000 after the release of their second album Nexus, with member Dane Bowers going on to have success with Jonny L and Victoria Beckham as part of the Truesteppers' record "Out of Your Mind", as well as two number nine, solo hit single releases. Wayne Williams went on to start up his own record label with his brother Jason. His debut album Fame and Fortune failed to make an impact on the UK chart.
In 2006, Bowers appeared in the follow-up show to Totally Scott-Lee, called Totally Boyband, in which five boyband members from past groups were to be modelled into a new singing act. The group featured him alongside Lee Latchford-Evans of Steps, Jimmy Constable of 911, New Kids on the Block's Danny Wood and S Club's Bradley McIntosh. The series commenced on MTV in the UK in September 2006 yet their first single was a commercial disaster and charted at number 35 with the group name Upper Street. They disbanded after the end of the series.
On 27 August 2013, it was rumoured that Another Level were to sign up for the ITV2 documentary, The Big Reunion, but Williams has since announced that he will not take part. In an interview with MTV UK, he said: "I decided not to participate in The Big Reunion because it wouldn't feel right to me...I'm in a totally different space in my life and I don't feel any need to look back."
|1999||Another Level Remixed||–|
|2002||From the Heart||–|
|February 1998||"Be Alone No More"||6||—||Another Level|
|July 1998||"Freak Me"||1||11|
|October 1998||"Guess I was a Fool"||5||31|
|January 1999||"I Want You for Myself" (featuring Ghostface Killah)||2||50|
|March 1999||"Be Alone No More (Remix)" (featuring Jay-Z) / "Holding Back the Years"||11||—||Another Level Remixed|
|May, 1999||"From The Heart"||6||25||Nexus|
|August 1999||"Summertime" (featuring TQ)||7||—|
|November 1999||"Bomb Diggy"||6||—|
|April 2000||"Buggin'" (with Truesteppers)||6|
|August 2000||"Out of Your Mind" (featuring Victoria Beckham)||2|
|February 2001||"Shut Up and Forget About It"||9|
|June 2001||"Another Lover"||9|
|July 2010||"All She Needs"|
(as Upper Street)
|October 2006||"The One"||35|
|May 2004||Fame & Fortune||—|
|July 2001||"He Can't Love You"||134||Non-album single|
|May 2003||"Anything is Possible"||84||Fame & Fortune|
|October 2003||"All About the Sex"||—|
- Armstrong, Laura (28 August 2013). "Another Level set to appear on The Big Reunion". The Sun (News UK). Retrieved 6 September 2013.
- "Another Level's Wayne Turns Down 'The Big Reunion'". MTV UK. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 25. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Another Level on Swedish Charts
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 139. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.