The Ting Tings began 2008 being tipped for the top on many a Ones To Watch list (including #3 in the much coveted BBC Sounds Poll). Their debut album 'We Started Nothing' went straight to #1 in the album chart on release in May 2008 and has since reached platinum status in the UK having sold 1 million albums worldwide.
From out of the now infamous Islington Mill art space in Salford The Ting Tings formed in 2007. Born of a desire to employ the DIY ethic from day one – Katie White and Jules De Martino escaped the industry trappings they once experienced in a previous band and went back to basics as a duo.
The first Ting Tings music to be circulated was the original version of 'That's Not My Name' in early summer 07. Self-released, hand artworked and strictly limited, pressings of the track found their way up and down the country and the real buzz began.
After a captivating performance on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury that summer, The Ting Tings signed to Columbia Records but retained complete control over how and when their music was released. 'Fruit Machine' followed in the Autumn in conjunction with four shows in Salford (at The Mill, naturally), London, Berlin and New York – where fans were invited to contribute to the 7" artwork of the limited single.
'Great DJ' became the first official single released on Columbia in March 2008 – the non-chart eligible single found its way straight onto the Radio 1 playlist.
A full release of 'That's Not My Name' came in advance of the debut album at the start of May and instantly hit the top spot, making both single and album #1 simultaneously. A feat held by but a few.
A summer of tip-top spots at festivals all over the world and near constant touring followed. As did the single 'Shut Up And Let Me Go' (a gold single in America) and fourth single 'Be The One', their 2008 autumn shows became the fastest selling tour of the season.
2008 saw Katie and Jules win best UK video at the MTV Music Video Awards in LA, the Vodafone Live Award for XFM Breakthrough Act and Best Festival Pop Act, Newcomer and Anthem Of The Summer for 'That's Not My Name' at this year's UK Festival Awards. They were also invited to play at the 2008 MTV European music awards in Liverpool in November.
Bigger, better and greater things await for 2009 and beyond (once they've caught their breath).