Parade were a British five piece girl group, who were formerly signed to Asylum Records. The band had five members: Emily Biggs, Lauren Deegan, Bianca Claxton, Jessica Agombar and Sian Charlesworth. On 11 February 2013 it was confirmed via the Parade Twitter account the group had split following the departure of Bianca Claxton.
Their debut single "Louder" reached number 10 in the Official Charts. This was followed by "Perfume" which reached number 38. Their self-titled debut album, Parade, was released in November 2011. The band became ambassadors of women's football, Clean and Clear and St. Tropez self-tan.
2012: Second studio album and split
The group spent 2012 working on their second studio album. They collaborated with successful UK producer Tim Powell, who has written and produced for the likes of Girls Aloud and Sugababes, on tracks including "Light Me Up". According to Twitter posts, they also worked with Ed Drewett, Fred Ball, MNEK, K-Gee, Jamal Hadaway and Tre Jean-Marie.
On 11 July 2012, through their official blog, they announced "Light Me Up" as the first song to be posted online from their new album. It was released as a free download on 1 August 2012.
On 11 February 2013, it was announced through the group's Twitter account that Claxton had decided to leave Parade, and that as a result, the other members had decided not to continue as a group. They also revealed that they were unsigned throughout 2012 to 2013, after being dropped by their record label in 2011. They released an official statement on the subject of their split:
"Dear Fans, we have some news that we're gutted to announce - sadly Bianca has chosen to leave the band. As you all know, the 5 of us make Parade and without all of us together the band would not be the same! We hope you understand that we've made the difficult decision to not carry on without her, as Parade is about the 5 of us girls. We cannot thank our fans enough for your incredible support as without you lot we wouldn't have achieved the success that we've had. In the last year as an unsigned band, we've written and recorded some wicked tracks and as a thank you we'd like to give something back for your love and patience. Watch our facebook page for more information. Thank you for coming on this rollercoaster of a ride with us and look out for us in the future! Love Parade x"
In February 2013, a Soundcloud account under the username "user123330693" leaked a previously unreleased track called "Lose It" which was originally intended to be included on their debut album. The song was reportedly produced by RedOne and heavily samples Reel 2 Real's "I Like To Move It". At a later date the account debuted 4 more new tracks recorded for their unreleased second album called "Chaos", "(Come) On The Double" and "Puppet Master (Dance For Me)". In early March "Throw It Up In The Air", which was part of their setlist for their UK tour when supporting The Wanted, was also released via the Soundcloud user.
Parade were the support act for Shakira and Alexandra Burke. They also supported Shayne Ward on his "Up Close and Personal" UK tour in March 2011 and for The Wanted 'The Code' UK Tour 2012. Parade performed on the 'big top' stage at the Isle Of Wight Festival 2011, and at the Isle of MTV 2011 in Malta. Parade were one of the supporting acts for the Black Eyed Peas at their Alton Towers Concert on 6 July 2011. The band also supported Westlife and supported Boyzone at Lytham Proms. A second support slot for Boyzone was at the Inverness Show on 27 August 2011. They supported The Wanted on their UK arena tour "The Code" in Spring 2012.
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- "Been working with @MNEK, @Eddrewett, @timpowellsongs, @paddydalton, Fred Ball, @MrWaltmann n loads more talented peeps! Love it x". Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- "Here’s what we’ve been up to - all the goss from the studio!". Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- "01.08.2012 Light Me Up". Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- "Girlband Parade split up after Bianca leaves the group". uk.omg.yahoo.com. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- Lauren Deegan from new girlband Parade on touring with Shakira, and Alexandra Burke, performing in Liverpool and releasing her debut single – In The Mix Today – News – Liverpoo...
- Alexandra Burke support act confirmed for UK tour | Fanatix
- Isle of Wight Festival 2011
- Irish supergroup set to wow Hamilton crowds – Hamilton Advertiser
- Support Acts Confirmed – Boyzone Network
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