A totally Manufactured Pop Group in every way possible.

Spawned from the almost Big Brother type reality TV show Popstars, Hear'Say (a name apparently chosen by themesleves occording to the show) have quickly risen to become some of the best known faces in the UK today (March 19).

Their debut single, "Pure and Simple", broke all records in the UK, selling over 540,000 copies in the first week. It was also the third fastest selling single in the history of British music, only being beaten by Band Aid and that "Candle in The Wind" for Princess Diana.

Shown over the course of several weeks on ITV, Popstars quickly became cult television as the country would stay in to watch Nigel Lythgoe and two other judges go through the thousands wanting fame, and eventually coming down to the last 50, then the last 10, and then the last 5.

Those finally selected were:

Danny Foster (21)
Myleen Klass (22)
Kymberley Marsh (24)
Suzanne Shaw (19)
Noel Sullivan (20)

There was some controversy when it was revieled in the media that one of the judges was the voice coach for one of the final five, and various other little inconsistencies that made us suspect that everything wasn't quite as it seemed.

Update: 6.10.2002
Thanks to AnBolb for pointing out that they broke up on 1.10.2002. I'm sure the music world will mourn their passing like the death of a young child.