Atomic Kitten | Biography
Liz McClarnon, Natasha Hamilton and Jenny Frost formed in 1999 and are known as chart toping girl band Atomic Kitten. To date they have celebrated over 20 years as one of Europe's most-loved groups, with an accolade of Global success including, topping the charts in 19 countries, 15 top 10 singles, no1 selling album and 3 number 1’s!
From the moment they burst onto the scene with their debut single Right Now, the girls have been wowing audiences around the world, becoming the first all-girl group to hit No. 1 in the singles, albums, and DVD charts simultaneously.
With a legacy behind them Atomic Kitten have become synonymous with fun, glamour, beauty and most importantly some of the best pop tunes of multiple generations! Still going strong 20 years after its release, the bands hit track “Whole Again” is a regular fixture amongst England football supporters, with fan videos going viral, as they change the lyrics in praise of England manager Gareth Southgate.
‘Whole Again’ which went straight in at Number One, staying at the top of the charts for an amazing four weeks, the track beat off competition from U2 amongst others, and broke a Guinness World Record in the process, with Atomic Kitten becoming the 1st girl group with the longest stay in the UK top 40 even beating The Spice Girls record for Wannabe.
The Kittens’ success has taken them all around the globe including being crowned the Face of MTV Asia. Having done everything from topping the charts all over the world to pinning their AK slogan across Prince Charles' chest, as guests of HRH at the 2001 Party in The Park, the Kittens also picked up several awards along the way. These include: 2001 Disney Awards for Best Pop Act and World's Sexiest Females, Best Pop Act nomination at the MTV Europe Awards, Smash Hits Poll Winners Award for Best Single, the Music Week award for Best Pop act online with AtomicKitten.com, Capital Award for best pop group, and 'Best Pop Single' and 'Best British Newcomer' at The Brit Awards.
Having taken time out to focus on other interests, in 2013 the girls took part in The Big Reunion, a British reality-documentary series that began airing on ITV2 on 31 January 2013. The show featured chart-topping bands who were big in the UK pop music scene between the 1990s and early 2000s, and the programme followed them as they reunited for the first time in a decade and went through their two weeks of intensive rehearsals before finally stepping back on stage for a comeback performance.
The first series which featured Atomic Kitten, Five, 911, B*Witched, Blue, Honeyz and Liberty X, proved to be an unexpected hit for ITV2, becoming the channel's highest rated premiere in five years, and going on to achieve over 1 million viewers every week, making it one of the channel's most popular shows.
Another mini-series, entitled The Big Reunion: On Tour, aired from 5–19 September 2013. It followed the groups embarking on a SOLD OUT arena tour, and other behind-the-scenes action. The show concluded with The Big Christmas Reunion, a Christmas special, which aired 12 December 2013. It saw the bands recording a Christmas charity single for Text Santa and raised over 5.5 million for vulnerable adults.
Atomic Kitten can be seen performing regularly across the UK and Europe this summer (Covid permitting) and with 2022 show dates already in the diary, this girl band, whose mantra is “Once a Kitten Always a Kitten” are very much proving that they are still alive and purring!
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