One of the biggest pop acts in the world, The Wanted, have today announced details of their first single of 2013. ‘Walks Like Rihanna’ is to be released in the UK on June 23rd. The new track was co-written and produced by the legendary Dr Luke who has previously worked with the likes of Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Pink and Britney Spears.
‘Walks Like Rihanna’ is a pure pop summer anthem, on the song Tom Parker said, “We are really excited about this single. We feel it’s a little different from the usual Wanted sound, we’ve stripped it back to pure pop, it’s just a feel good, fun track. Fun is a good word to describe the video too. Let’s just say it’s got a lot of character.”
The video for ‘Walks Like Rihanna’ takes a tongue in cheek look at what being in a boy band is all about, in the undeniable style of The Wanted. It was shot in LA and will be released on Wednesday 8th May.
Subscribers to The Wanted Wanted World, the Wanted online fan club, will be able to access an exclusive first listen to a section of the new track from 10am on Friday 26th April.
The single includes vocals from Nathan Sykes who under went specialist surgery to correct a hemorrhaging vocal cord in Los Angeles in mid April. The surgery went as planned however it is still uncertain when Nathan will be re-joining the band.
2013 has been an exceptionally busy year already for The Wanted. It began with them scooping The People’s Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist, beating off competition from Fun, Gotye, Carly Rae Jepson and One Direction.
The band have been filming a TV show in the US for E! titled, ‘The Wanted Life’, the show will air in the US on June 2nd with UK and international transmission dates to be confirmed shortly. They have also been in the studio working on their forthcoming album which will be released globally later this year.
The Wanted will be performing shows and completing major promotion across the globe this year from Australia, Japan and Europe. UK dates include The Capital FM Summertime Ball on June 9th, Chester Rocks and North East Live. A full list of tour dates can be found here.
Fans will be able to pre-order ‘Walks Like Rihanna’ from iTunes on Tuesday 7th May. The first play of the single will be on Monday 29th April across UK radio.