Ponk Boyband Busted Go Bust 

(antiMUSIC) Teenage girls around the world were devastated this week as word leaked out that the current boyband sensation Busted had gone bust.  Busted (aka Westlife with guitars) took the UK by storm by taking the boyband pop formula, incorporating a little of the badboy mystic with pop-punk and become the latest musical pin-up boys adorning teenage girls walls across Britain. 

Last year the band attempted to repeat their success across the pond but never really caught on with American fans. On Friday the band announced that they would disband after Charlie Simpson left the group.  (Young girls need not worry; the record industry will quickly manufacture a new group to take their place.)

Below is the press release from the group's American online promotion company. 

Following the departure of Charlie Simpson, Busted announced today (Friday 14th Jan 2005) that they have decided to split up. 

Over the last two years James Bourne, Charlie Simpson and Matt Willis have become household names.  Busted have had eight top three hits including four number ones. Both Busted albums, 2002's Busted and 2003's A Present For Everyone, have clocked up over 1 million sales each. 

Busted won Best Pop Act and Best Breakthrough Act at the 2004 BRIT awards and they were nominated for Best British Group. Most recently they topped the charts with the theme to the Thunderbirds movie, which was voted Record Of The Year. 

In the course of their career Busted have sold out 50 UK arenas including 11 Wembleys and last year they sold more Wembleys than any other artist (equaling the all time record), consolidating their position as the biggest and best pop act in the UK.

Says Matt Willis: "It's a really sad day for all of us but we've always said that if one member left then we'd call it a day.  The last three years have been unbelievable and I'd like to say a massive thank you to all our fans- you've been amazing."

Says Charlie Simpson: "I'm incredibly proud of everything that we've achieved in Busted.  We've enjoyed some of the best times in our lives together.  I wouldn't change one single bit of it. This has been a really difficult decision and I hope the fans will understand"

Says James Bourne: "I'm devastated that Charlie has chosen to quit Busted, but I have to respect his decision and I fully support him and wish him all the best for the future.  I would like to say a personal thank you to all the fans who have made the last three years the best years of my life.  I'll remember these years forever."

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