Kerry Katona is an English singer and media personality. She was a member of girl group Atomic Kitten from 1998 until her first departure in 2001 and again from 2012 until her second departure in 2017. Her television work is predominantly in light entertainment and reality shows. Katona was the winner of the third series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2004, making her the first queen of the jungle, and runner-up of Celebrity Big Brother 8 in 2011. On 21 November 2012, Katona confirmed she had rejoined Atomic Kitten, replacing Jenny Frost.
In 1999, 18-year-old Katona rose to fame as a member of Atomic Kitten, an all-female pop trio created by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark frontman Andy McCluskey. The other original members were Natasha Hamilton and Liz McClarnon. Their debut single, Right Now, was released in late November 1999 and reached #10 on the UK Singles Chart. Their second single, See Ya, followed in March 2000 and was an even bigger success, reaching #6.
Following this initial success, Atomic Kitten performed an Asian tour and scored their first #1 hit there with Cradle. The album, Right Now, was first released in Japan on 16 March 2000, and subsequently released in the United Kingdom on 23 October 2000 following the release of two further singles, I Want Your Love and Follow Me, with a slightly modified track list. In 2000, the group also recorded a cover version of The Locomotion for the movie Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
Right Now was unsuccessful upon its first release, peaking at only #39 in the UK album chart. Initially, there were no plans to focus on the global market and Atomic Kitten‘s record label, Innocent Records, was even considering dropping them because of their limited success. However, the record company were persuaded to allow the group to release one more single from the album. That single, Whole Again, became their first #1 hit in the United Kingdom and stayed at the top for 4 consecutive weeks.
Due to this success, Whole Again was released globally and reached #1 in 18 other countries, including 6 weeks in Germany and New Zealand. The song and video for Whole Again originally featured Kerry Katona but she left the group several days before the single’s release because she was pregnant. Former Precious singer Jenny Frost replaced Katona in the lineup and the single was re-recorded.
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