The Wanted are from the U.K. but they've been back and forth between Britain and the U.S. for the past few months as demand for them grows in the States, thanks to their massive hit "Glad You Came" and their new one, "Chasing the Sun." The boys are flying back to England on Wednesday after their latest round of U.S. shows, including a concert for Fuse, and they wrote in a tweet, "Amazing time in America, heading home...Excited to get back for a little while."
So, when the guys go back to the U.K., are they treated like conquering heroes, since they're one of the few British groups who've been able to make it in the U.S. in the last few decades? Or are their British fans upset at their success, because now it means they have to share The Wanted with the rest of the world?
"I think it's changed a little bit, actually," the group's Tom Parker tells ABC News Radio. "In the U.K, we established ourselves as a band and we came over to America and obviously it's a difficult place to go and crack...but I think people are giving us that little bit more respect that we've come over and done something that not many people have done, and especially not many bands have done." He adds that everyone in the U.K. has been "really nice" to them since they blew up globally.
As for why The Wanted has managed to succeed where so many other British bands have failed, the group's Siv Kaneswaran tells ABC News Radio, "I think it's just the music. The song has just spread, radio has added it so quickly and we're so grateful and so thankful for it...everyone just goes crazy for the music."
Tom points out, though, that they've got a bit of a secret weapon as well: they're managed by a guy who knows something about turning people into worldwide stars. "We've got Scooter Braun, which is Justin Bieber's manager," he says. "I think he's been a massive key to the success of us, so we've been really, really fortunate...It's been great."
The Wanted will continue to shuttle back and forth for the rest of the summer, since they've got appearance scheduled at various festivals on both sides of the pond for the next two months, including a slot on ABC's Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series on August 24.
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