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With regards to his former Wanted bandmates, Nathan Sykes is easily having the most success since the boy band parted ways. His first two solo singles, “Kiss Me Quick” and “Over and Over Again,” cracked the UK Top 20 and both hit No. 1 on the US Billboard Dance Chart. His solo career is definitely off to a great start.

The 23-year-old Brit teams up with American rapper G-Eazy, of “Me, Myself & I” featuring Bebe Rexha fame. The pairing seems odd at first, but “Give It Up” works. The pop-soul number is his most commercial yet and poised to best its predecessor.

“I think it’s a bit unexpected for me to have a rapper feature on one of my tracks, but I love surprising people and G-Eazy is smashing it right now.” – Sykes told PEOPLE

For the accompanying visual, directed by Michael Baldwin, Sykes gets frisky with his lady love, in and out of bed. Someone’s all horned up 😉 Check out the clip below.

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Nathan Sykes isn’t the only former member of The Wanted pursuing a solo career. It appears that Tom Parker is also throwing his hat in the proverbial ring.

The 27-year-old UK singer recently debuted a new single titled “Lost In Your Love.” Unlike Sykes, who’s gone pop with his post-Wanted career, Parker is venturing down the dance route. The track is a slinky club concoction that’s perfect to chill to while poolside at some tropical location. Give it a listen below.

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Nathan Sykes Releases Slick Music Video For Solo Debut

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Just last week, Nathan Sykes debuted his first solo effort without the rest of his band mates. “More Than You’ll Ever Know” is a surprisingly mature offering from the 21-year-old singer. IMHO, he’s the most gifted vocalist from The Wanted. He’s clearly the Justin Timberlake of the boy band.

For the accompanying visual, Sykes went for an equally slick vibe. The black and white clip directed by Thomas Bryant features Nathan singing while various clips of a couple engaging with each other are inserted. It’s perfectly suited for the jazz-inspired track.

The single has grown on me since hearing it initially. You can’t help but snap your fingers with Nathan. Check out the video below.

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The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes Debuts First Solo Single

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Max George may have been the cutest member of now defunct boy band The Wanted. However, when it comes to talent, I’d give the gold star to Nathan Sykes.

I never really noticed him until his collaboration with Ariana Grande on “Almost Is Never Enough.” The 21-year-old singer can really blow. He impressed me during several live performances promoting the duet.

Sykes premiered his new single titled “More Than You’ll Ever Know” this week. The jazz-inspired track featuring horns and fingers snaps finds Nathan confessing his love for a girl. Not what I was expecting from him, but a surprisingly mature offering.

No word on when his debut album will drop, but he previously revealed he worked with the likes of Babyface, Diane Warren and Harmony Samuels. I expect a few soaring ballads in the mix given the aforementioned names. Give his solo track a listen below and weigh in afterward.

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The Wanted Beg America To Show Them Love In New Video

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If there’s one takeaway from The Wanted’s latest music video is that Max George looks fantastic in a cop uniform. Can you just imagine him handcuffing you? WOOF!!! He also looks great getting drenched with water while wearing a suit. Truth be told, George looks good in (and out) of everything. SIGH. I digress.

Minus the awful title, the man band’s new single isn’t half bad. I enjoy them slowing things down with a swooning orchestral ballad. “Show Me Love (America)” is the umpteenth promotional single off their upcoming third studio album, Word of Mouth, due in stores on November 4.

Seriously, what is up with that title? Are the boys frustrated the numerous follow ups for their breakthrough hit “Glad You Came” have all bombed big time on the Billboard Hot 100. Have they resorted to blatantly begging their US fans to show them love? Watch the Frank Borin-directed visual below and weigh in afterward.

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Ariana Grande continues to fashion her recording career after Mariah Carey. And for that I’m grateful. The mini Mimi just premiered the music video for her ballad “Almost Is Never Enough.” The cut is featured on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack and will also be included on Ariana’s debut album Yours Truly due out in early September.

Grande once again shows off her powerful vocals in this beautiful and tender slow jam. It could easily fit in with any of Carey’s early albums. Just like her idol, Ariana loves to duet with male singers. This time, she teams up with The Wanted’s youngest member Nathan Sykes. Who knew Sykes has such soul in his voice? For a couple of moments there, I thought it was Brian McKnight on the track.

These two definitely make beautiful music together and if they’re not already a couple, they really should be. The two singers look at ease in the recording studio with one another and look adorable while engaging in playful teasing on the couch. Check out the video below which features them and footage from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

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The Wanted Party It Up In ‘We Own The Night’ Clip

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The more I hear “We Own The Night,” the more I love it. Originally, I was tepid with their latest, but have grown to appreciate the track’s pop-folk sensibility. It’s Phillip Phillip’s “Home” with an anthemic hook and pop-dance beat.

For the visual, The Wanted head to your classic English pub where patrons of all ages visit. Watching the Frank Borin-directed clip made me want to book a ticket to the UK immediately. My favorite memories during my time there involved kicking it at some random cozy establishment, especially in the outskirts of the major cities. Watch the boys have a jolly good time below.

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The Wanted Own The Night On New Track

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Justin Timberlake took back the night (from who exactly I’m not sure), but The Wanted are here to set the record straight… they own it. The British man band recently debuted a brand new track, “We Own The Night” from their forth coming album, Word of Mouth and I kinda like it.

While it doesn’t pack the same catchy punch as their breakout global hit, “Glad You Came,” it’s a very solid track. It has a pop-folk sensibility not previously heard from them. It’s Phillip Phillip’s “Home” with a pop-dance beat. Definitely not your typical fare. A wise move considering “Walks Like Rihanna” didn’t burn up the charts despite namedropping the “Diamonds” singer. As an aside, I’m surprised the RiRi track didn’t do better. Not that it was a masterpiece, but I thought teens and college kids would’ve eaten it up during the carefree summer months. Check out The Wanted’s latest below.

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