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Anthony McLean
Birth name Anthony McLean
Also known as 25 Cent
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Pop, R&B, Soul
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocal
Years active 2006–present
Labels Asylum, Atlantic
Associated acts Tinchy Stryder, Fraser T. Smith

Anthony McLean is an English singer. He is currently signed to Asylum Records in the U.K. and Atlantic Records in the U.S. His debut single "Broken" was released on the 26 October 2009.[1] The song was first released independently in 2007 and has since then accrued over 20 million hits across major social networking sites, including YouTube and MySpace.[2][3]



McLean was born to a Lovers Rock-legend, John McLean. Under the pseudonym of "Digga" he collaborated with Mercury-nominated garage icon M. J. Cole on "Gotta Have It", then with drum and bass duo Chase & Status on the song "Take U There" which featured on the debut album, More Than A lot.[4]

McLean cites 60s and 70s soul stars as his influences; “I love the soul men and women from then - Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha, Minnie Ripperton and Bros. It’s the best music ever made - it just has a feeling.” It was the birth of McLean’s daughter which spurred him on to make his musical dreams a reality. “Me, my girlfriend and business partner went at it hard, making and sending out t-shirts and CDs, and setting up a Myspace page. We’d wake at the crack of dawn and work until we couldn’t stay awake - even if that was two days later” he says. Around this time the singer also took jobs as a night watchman, at a fire alarm factory and at Pizza Hut in order to support his family.[5]


Debut album

McLean is working with Fraser T. Smith, two times Grammy-winning producer Phil Tan and Dylan "3D" Dresdow amongst others. Confirmed songs include, "My Name"; "Great Escape", "Try Me" and Fraser-produced "One More Night".[6]



Year Title Peak Chart Positions Album
2009 "Broken" 110 70 TBA
2010 "My Name" 10 5
Featured singles
2009 "I Got Soul"
(with Young Soul Rebels)
10 1 19 Charity Single


His brother is Aaron McLean, an English professional footballer, who currently plays for Peterborough United FC.


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