Years & Years to continue as solo Olly Alexander project

Years & Years members Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen are stepping back from the group after 10 years together.

Years & Years have announced that they will go forward as a solo project by frontman Olly Alexander, with band members Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen stepping back from band duties. 

Updating fans on the progress of the next Years & Years album, the trio released a statement saying the record has been "an Olly endeavour and we've decided that Years & Years will continue as an Olly solo project."

The statement continues: "The three of us are still good friends. Mikey will be part of the Y&Y family and play with us live and Emre will focus on being a writer/producer.

"New Y&Y music will be coming this Spring." 

Years & Years broke through in 2015, when their single King hit Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart and their album Communion was the fastest-selling debut record of the year from a UK signed band.

As a trio they have scored eight Top 40 singles, most recently with Jax Jones collaboration Play in 2019. King is their biggest single, with 1.73 million UK chart sales.

Years & Years - King

Years & Years are presented with their Official Number 1 Award for King.

King is the group's debut chart-tooped and totaled a combined chart sales figure of 101,000 in its first week on sale.

Years & Years with their Official Number 1 Single Award for King.

This year Olly had a lead role in critically acclaimed drama It's A Sin and, in line with the series, released a cover of the Pet Shop Boys classic of the same name. The PSB original saw a huge spike in sales and streams as a result of its use in the show.

MORE: Years & Years' Official Chart history in full

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OCC: any reply? Why is King not on your list of million sellers?




OCC: I'm confused! If 'King' sold 1.73 million, why is it not in your list of million sellers??