No Robbie Williams. No Jason Orange. No problem.
British boy band Take That is getting to grips with life as a trio. The pop hitmakers have announced a new album, appropriately titled III, which will drop Dec. 1 in the U.K. via Polydor. The first single, “These Days,” has appeared on YouTube and will get its official release Nov. 23.
It’s the pop act’s first new music since Orange announced his exit from the band in September. Orange said in his statement at the time that he’d been considering his departure since the group wrapped its Progress Live tour in 2011.
The three remaining members — Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen — share vocal duties on the new album, while ELO frontman Jeff Lynne and Stuart Price contributed to its production, the BBC reports.
— Take That (@takethat) October 9, 2014
Take That enjoyed hits around the globe during an inexorable rise in the early 1990s, during which time they became the first band since the Beatles to achieve four consecutive U.K. No. 1 singles.
Robbie quit in 1995 before going on have his own remarkable solo career which, for a stage in the 2000s, saw him become arguably the biggest male pop star outside of the United States.
Take That’s famous five reunited for a sixth studio album, 2010’s Progress, and its supporting tour. With Robbie back in the fold, they were an unstoppable force. Progress (Polydor) managed to sell more than 235,000 copies on its first day on sale (Nov. 15) in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company, for the biggest day-one sale since Oasis’ Be Here Now shifted 424,000 in 1997. Take That played the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony without Williams.
The trio will be glad to be back in the headlines for making music. Barlow, Donald and Owen have been embarrassed this year by reports that they’d invested at least $42.8 million (£26 million) in a scheme that the tax authorities have targeted. Barlow told his Twitter followers in September that he was working on settling the U.K. tax issues.