US5

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US5
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US5, Berlin (2008)
Background information
Origin United Kingdom
United States
Genres Pop, dance-pop
Years active 2005–2010
Labels Sony BMG/Transcontinental
Website US5.com
Members Christopher Richard Stringini (2005–2010)
Izzy Gallegos (2005–2010)
Cayce Clayton (2008–2010)
Jay Khan (2005–2010)
Jayson Pena (2009–2010)
Past members Mikel Johnson (2005-2007)
Chris Watrin (2005-2008)
Vincent Tomas (2007-2009)

US5 was a multinational pop boy band. The band originated in 2005 on the German RTL II television reality show Big in America and debuted in June of the same year on Lou Pearlman’s Transcontinental label. US5 became successful throughout central Europe with their first album Here We Go and with several hit records thereafter.

Career[edit]

US5 enjoyed success gaining their first Gold Record in America from their first single called "Maria" released in 2005.[1] The same song went straight in at number 1 in Germany and became a huge summer hit in several other European countries. On the back of the success of "Maria" their debut album titled Here We Go released in October 2005, became a huge success gaining them Gold and Platinum records in Germany and Austria.[2][3]

In 2006, US5 did a string of school tours and various promotions up and down the UK. This coincided with the second season of Big In America airing on UK's MTV channel. They released 'Maria' and it entered the UK top 40 at number 38. US5 continued their success in central Europe in 2006 and 2007.

Original member Mikel Johnson left the band for a solo career. He was replaced by Vince Tomas. In 2008, the remaining German member of the band, Chris Watrin also decided to leave the band citing " lack of interest" as a major reason. US5 released their single "The Boys Are Back" from the successful film High School Musical 3. This was followed by a third studio album titled Around the World.

At the end of 2008, the group welcomed another new member Cayce Clayton. With four of the five members now being American, the group decided to relocate to the USA. In 2009, Vince Tomas decided to leave the band. Later in the year, US5 had a competition called Make US5 Again to replace Tomas. Jayson Pena ended up winning the competition. The last line-up of US5 was Richie Stringini, Izzy Gallegos, Cayce Clayton, Jayson Pena all from the USA, and Jay Khan from England.

Band members[edit]

Former band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions[citation needed] Album
GER AUT SWI UK POL EU
2005 Maria
1
4
8
38
5
9
Here We Go
Just Because of You
3
3
8
32
42
14
2006 Come Back to Me Baby
3
4
4
26
58
9
Here We Go – New Edition
“Mama”
4
6
18
40
77
16
“In the Club”
2
2
15
1
13
In Control
2007 One Night with You
2
8
38
2
15
“Rhythm of Life (Shake It Down)”
4
6
25
4
18
In Control - Reloaded
Too Much Heaven(featuting Robin Gibb)
7
26
61
68
2008 “Round and Round”
7
17
72
Around the World
“The Boys Are Back”
14
29
2009 “Anytime”
-
-
Back Again

DVDs[edit]

  • US5 – The History (2005)
  • Here We Go – Live & Private (2006)
  • US5 – Live In Concert (2006)
  • US5 On Holiday (2008)

Awards and nominations[edit]

2005
  • Gold for - "Maria" (Germany)[2]
  • Gold for - "Maria" (USA)[1]
  • Gold for Here We Go (Germany)[2]
  • Platinum for Here We Go (Germany)[2]
  • Goldener Bravo Otto to "Superband Pop"
  • Yam! Award "Superstar 2005" for Richie
  • German Radio Award als "Best Newcomer Male"
  • ADTV Music-Award for "Maria"
2006
  • XPress-Award "Goldener Pinguin" to "Best Band"
  • Gold for Here We Go (Austria)[3]
  • Gold for US 5 - The History (Germany)[2]
  • Jetix Kids Award "Best Band"
  • Goldener Bravo Otto "Superband Pop"
2007
  • Gold for Here We Go in Poland (10,000)[4]
  • Gold for In Control in Poland (10,000)[4]
  • Radio Regenbogen Award "Popgroup of the Year"
  • Steiger Award "Nachwuchs"
  • Goldene Kamera "Pop International Band"
  • Goldener Otto "Super Band Pop"
  • Vivalicious Style Award
  • Viva Comet in Polen "Superband // Show of the Year"
  • Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards "Favoriteband"
  • Jetix Kids Award "Best Band"
2008
  • Goldener Otto "Beste Band"
  • Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards "Favoriteband"
  • Jetix Kids Award "Best Band"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American certifications – US 5". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (US5)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  3. ^ a b "Austrian certifications – US 5" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter US 5 in the field Interpret. Click Suchen
  4. ^ a b "Polish certifications – US5" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 

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