UB40 are a British reggae/pop band formed in December 1978 in south 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. The ethnic makeup of the band’s original line-up was diverse, with musicians of English, Irish, Jamaican, Scottish and Yemeni parentage.
17 January 2014 the trio announced on their website that they were in the studio recording new music. Ali Campbell was highly critical of his replacement in UB40, stating “I sat back for five years and watched my brother Duncan murdering my songs.” Ali Campbell toured as UB40 with Astro and Virtue over the summer, including an appearance at the Brentwood Festival. The new album Silhouette, featuring the trio is now set for release on 6 October 2014.
In September 2014 the band served writs against Ali Campbell, Virtue, and Astro, claiming that they were illegally using the UB40 name. The case is due to be heard in November. In December 2014 Ali Campbell claimed that he would be prepared to go to the High Court over the matter rather than settle out of court.