Lee Ryan

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Lee Ryan
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Background information
Born (1983-06-17) 17 June 1983 (age 31)
Origin Chatham, Kent, England
Genres Pop, R&B, soul
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actor
Years active 2001–present
Labels Sony BMG, Tale Tale, Geffen
Associated acts Blue

Lee Ryan (born 17 June 1983) is an English singer-songwriter and actor. He is known as a member of the British boy band Blue.

Early life[edit]

Lee Ryan was born in Chatham, Kent. His parents split up when he was six years old. Ryan mostly lived with his mother, sister Gemma and his grandmother. At the age of 5 it was discovered that he suffered from dyslexia. Ryan went to Bedonwell School before attending performing arts schools, including the independent fee-paying theatre schools Sylvia Young Theatre School and Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Career[edit]

2000–2005: Career with Blue[edit]

Ryan is a member of boy band Blue along with Simon Webbe, Duncan James and Antony Costa. The group has sold over 14 million records worldwide. In August 2005, Blue split up to pursue solo careers under the advice of Sir Elton John. Blue reformed on 28 April 2009.[1] Ryan has had three number one hits while with Blue.[2] He had previously co-directed the video for Blue's single "Breathe Easy" which he also wrote and which was shot in Prague.

2005–2008: Lee Ryan and stage[edit]

Ryan released his first single "Army of Lovers" on 18 July 2005. It debuted at No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart and hit No. 1 in Italy. On 1 August 2005, Ryan released his debut album, Lee Ryan, to mixed reviews. The album reached No. 6 in the UK Album Chart and No. 3 in Italy. In January 2006, Ryan released his third and final single in the UK "When I Think of You". The song reached No. 15 in the UK. "Real Love" was used for the end credits of the film Ice Age: The Meltdown which later led to Ryan voicing the part of an elk in the UK version of the film. In late 2005, Dolce & Gabbana signed Ryan up to be the UK face of their new line of clothing.

After the relative success of his first solo album, Ryan started planning his second solo album. The single "Reinforce Love" was released on 10 December 2007. The single was being released for Great Ormond Street Hospital and CLIC Sargent, which were the two charities that Ryan was touring for in November and December 2007, with young voices. The album was then postponed, and finally cancelled. He appeared in the video for the latest single by a British girlband named Fe-Nix. In September 2007, he appeared as one of the contestants in Hell's Kitchen. However he rowed with Marco Pierre White about White's use of the term "pikey",[3] and subsequently left the show.[4] In August and September 2008, Ryan acted alongside Natalie Casey in The Pretender Agenda at The New Players Theatre in London.

2009–2010: Film and cancelled second album[edit]

In March 2010, Ryan confirmed that he had signed a new record deal with Geffen Records, due to last until 2013. Later that month, it was announced that Ryan's first album on his new record label, Confessions, was due to be released in October 2010.[5] The first single from the album, "Secret Love", was released as a double A-Side with "I Am Who I Am" on 4 July 2010. The single only managed to peak at No. 33 on the UK Singles Chart. Following this, it was announced that Geffen were set to drop Ryan from the label, before work on his album had been completed. Ryan announced in January 2011 that there was no deal to release his album.[6]

The tracklisting for Ryan's aborted album was as follows: "Secret Love", "I Am Who I Am", "Guardian Angel", "Perfect Strangers", "I Don't Wanna Let You Down", "I Love Your Smile", "It's Not Me", "Confessions", "Light of Your Soul", "Peaches", "Reinforce Love", "Suffice to Say", "To See the Stars", "Stop the Rain", "Why Me" and "Stand Up as People".[7]

2011–present: Return with Blue[edit]

Ryan stated in January 2011 that he was working on an album with Blue to be released later in the year.[6] Blue represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany with the song "I Can", placing 11th overall.

In 2013, Blue released "Hurt Lovers" the first single from their fourth album Roulette.[8]

In 2014, Ryan appeared in Celebrity Big Brother 13.

Personal life[edit]

In the aftermath of the 11 September attacks in New York City, Ryan roused controversy by claiming whaling and elephant hunting were "more important" issues. In a publicity interview with the BBC, he asked "What about whales? They are ignoring animals that are more important. Animals need saving and that's more important. This New York thing is being blown out of proportion," adding "Who gives a fuck about New York when elephants are being killed?" when consternated bandmates attempted to close him down.[9] On 22 August 2003, Ryan was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £2,250 as a consequence of drunk driving.[10] On 31 December 2007, he was arrested for an assault on a taxi driver in Oxted, Surrey. He was released on bail until February 2008.[11] At Guildford Magistrates' Court on 24 June 2008 he was fined £300. He claimed in court "he felt targeted because he is 'famous' ".[12]

In June 2008, Ryan announced he was engaged to hairdresser Samantha Millar, having met her on Myspace. Their son was born in November 2008.[13]

In August 2010, Ryan was charged with assault after allegedly hitting Millar.[14] The charges were later dropped, and the couple separated.[15]

In Celebrity Big Brother 13 (2014), he described himself as single with kids. Following the show he entered a relationship with fellow Big Brother in-mate Jasmine Waltz.[16] Waltz however ended the relationship after just a few months launching accusations at Ryan's ego being instrumental in the breakup.[17] Lee however denied any hatred and wished Waltz the best for her future career.[18]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[19]
BEL
[20]
GER
[21]
JAP
[22]
IRE
[23]
ITA
[24]
SWI
[25]
Lee Ryan 6 68 79 40 42 3 61
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[19]
AUT
[26]
BEL
[20]
FRA
[27]
GER
[21]
HUN
[28]
IRE
[23]
ITA
[24]
SWI
[25]
UKN
[29]
"Army of Lovers" 2005 3 41 25 29 17 1 49 3 Lee Ryan
"Turn Your Car Around" 12 41 2 52 33 2 8
"When I Think of You" 15 29 13
"Real Love" 2006 5 10 56 28 74
"Reinforce Love" 2007 101 non-album song
"I Am Who I Am / Secret Love" 2010 33 9 non-album song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role
2010 The Heavy Reuben
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Holby City Arian Kirkwall "Too Much Too Young" (Season 3, Episode 2)
2006 Hell's Kitchen Himself Season 6; cookery reality television
2008 24 Hours with... Himself Television documentary; "Lee Ryan" (Season 1, Episode 3)
2014 Celebrity Big Brother Himself Season 13, Contestant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All Rise (from the ashes): Boy band Blue reunite after four years". Daily Mail (London). 28 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Blue Number Ones | Number One hits from the UK Singles Charts. Number-ones.co.uk. Retrieved on 3 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Chef Marco rebuked over 'pikey' remark | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 8 September 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hell's Kitchen: Lee quit after 'pikey' slur | News | Hells Kitchen | What's on TV". Whatsontv.co.uk. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Blue's Lee Ryan 'making dance music'". Digital Spy. 21 March 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Lee Ryan dismisses Tesco album deal – Music News. Digital Spy (5 January 2011). Retrieved on 3 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Album Review: Lee Ryan - Confessions | Prefix". Prefixmag.com. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Corner, Lewis. "Blue premiere new music video 'Hurt-Lovers'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "When popstars talk politics". Virgin Media Music (London). 2010. 
  10. ^ "Blue star given driving ban". 2003. 
  11. ^ Alex Fletcher Lee Ryan arrested for assault. digitalspy.co.uk. 2 January 2008
  12. ^ "Blue singer Lee's pregnant MySpace fiancée ditches sober suit for black leggings and knee high boots at road rage trial". Daily Mail (London). 21 July 2008. 
  13. ^ "Lee Ryan Welcomes Son Rain Amethyst – People.com". Celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ex-Blue singer Lee Ryan charged with assaulting fiancée". Metro (London). 20 Aug 2010. 
  15. ^ "Assault charge against Blue singer Lee Ryan dropped". BBC (London). 27 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "' EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Lee Ryan and Jasmine Waltz dish the dirt on their 'romance'". OK Magazine (London). 2 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "'Celebrity Big Brother' Star Jasmine Waltz Slams Ex Lee Ryan: 'Everything About His Life Is Bad'". Huffington Post (London). 31 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "' Jasmine Waltz hits out at ex Lee Ryan: 'He needs to get help'". Digital Spy (London). 30 March 2014. 
  19. ^ a b List of Lee Ryan albums and singles on UK:
  20. ^ a b "Belgium Charts > Lee Ryan". Ultratop - Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  21. ^ a b "Charverfolgung / Blue / Longplay" (in German). musicline.de PhonoNet. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  22. ^ "Japan Charts - Lee Ryan: albums, DVDs and singles". Oricon. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  23. ^ a b "Irish Charts > Lee Ryan". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  24. ^ a b "Italian Charts > Lee Ryan". italiancharts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  25. ^ a b "Swiss Charts > Lee Ryan" (in German). swisscharts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  26. ^ "Austrian Charts > lee Ryan" (in German). austriancharts.at Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  27. ^ "France Single Charts History". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  28. ^ "Association of Hungarian Record Companies". Association of Hungarian Record Companies. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  29. ^ "Ukrainian Chart - Lee Ryan". FDR. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 

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