Five (styled as 5ive) are an British boy band consisting of London-based members Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville, and Scott Robinson. Formed by the same creative team that delivered the Spice Girls, the group were originally a five-piece line-up consisting of Conlon, Neville, Robinson plus Abz Love and Jason "J" Brown.
During the late 90s Five enjoyed worldwide success, particularly in the UK, most of Europe, and Asia, selling around 20 million albums globally. Signed to RCA records in 1997, within four years they clocked up 11 consecutive Top 10 hit singles, including 3 #1s and 3 that peaked at #2. An achievement that was record breaking. Additionally, each of Five’s three studio albums charted in the Top 5 albums.
However, they split up in 2001 and briefly reformed in 2006 as a quartet without Sean Conlon, who had departed before their 2001 split, with a new management team. Eight months later, they made an announcement via their official website that they would again disband.
In 2012 Five announced that they were planning another reunion, this time with Conlon back on board. Lead singer Jason Brown initially agreed to take part in the reunion, but later changed his mind, no longer wanting to be in the public eye. The group continued with only four members, but decided to keep the name, Five.
Alongside Blue, 911, Atomic Kitten, B*witched, Honeyz and Liberty X, 5ive were featured in the ITV2 documentary series The Big Reunion, which began airing in January 2013. This was followed by a comeback performance at the Hammersmith Apollo a month later and an arena tour around the UK and Ireland in May 2013, which was Five’s first ever tour without Brown.
In November and December 2013, the band headlined their own tour, the Five Greatest Hits Tour, their first solo tour as a four-piece, In August 2014, Abz Love announced his departure from the band, leaving Conlon, Neville and Robinson to continue as a trio.
In 2021, Five officially released their first single in 20 years. A single titled Time was released in November 2021, and a month later they officially announced a release date of January 2022 for their long-awaited fourth album, also called Time.