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UB40 are a British reggae/pop band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. They have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984 were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. One of the world's best-selling music artists, UB40 have sold over 70 million records.

Their hit singles include their debut "Food for Thought" and two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number ones with "Red Red Wine" and "Can't Help Falling in Love". Both of these also topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the band's version of "I Got You Babe".

The ethnic makeup of the band's original lineup was diverse, with musicians of English, Scottish, Irish, Yemeni and Jamaican parentage. Lead singer and founding member, Ali Campbell left the band after 30 years in 2008, performing with another founding member, Mickey Virtue, who left UB40 soon after Campbell. Astro remained with the original band until November 2013, when he left to team up again with Campbell and Virtue in a new version of UB40. In 2014 legal advice was sought by original band members and the group containing Campbell, Virtue and Astro over usage of the band name, UB40 which was being used by both parties.

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Discography

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Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Signing Off 5 7
1981 Present Arms 6
1981 Present Arms In Dub 4
1982 UB44 2
1983 Labour of Love 6
1984 Geffery Morgan 3
1985 Baggariddim 3
1985 The UB40 File 2
1986 Rat in the Kitchen 4
1988 UB40 2
1989 Labour of Love II 6
1993 Promises and Lies 3
1997 Guns in the Ghetto 2
1998 The Dancehall Album 1
1998 Labour of Love III 2
2001 Cover Up 1
2003 Homegrown 3
2005 Who You Fighting For? 2
2008 Twentyfourseven 2
2010 Labour of Love IV 1
2013 Getting Over The Storm 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 The Singles Album 1
1983 More UB40 Music 1
1983 The Best of UB40 1980-1983 1
1987 The Best of UB40, Volume 1 3
1994 Labour of Love / Labour of Love II 1
1995 The Best of UB40, Volume Two 4 3
2000 The Very Best of UB40 1980-2000 3 4
2002 Fathers of Reggae 2
2002 The Very Best of 1980-2002 1
2005 The Best Of - Volumes 1 & 2 1
2005 The Best of UB40, Volume 2 1
2007 The Best of UB40, Volume 2 1
2007 The Best Of, Volumes 1&2: The Dutch Collection 1
2008 Greatest Hits 1
2009 Love Songs 1
2012 Essential 1
2013 UB40 Collected 2
2014 Gold 1
Best of Labour of Love 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Live 2
1987 UB40 CCCP: Live in Moscow 1
2005 2005-12-17: Who You Fighting For? Centre Brighton, UK 1
2007 Live at Montreux 2002 1
2008 The Lost Tapes (live at the Venue, London 1980) 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 The Earth Dies Screaming 2
1980 King / Food for Thought 1
1981 Don't Slow Down / Don't Let It Pass You By 1
1981 One in Ten 1
1985 Don't Break My Heart 1

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