Losing a parent can be one of the most psychologically trying yet contemplative moments in a person's life. As The Script was finding its footing in Dublin, Mark Sheehan's mother fell terminally ill which brought on a lot of stress. Danny O'Donoghue responded to the crisis by writing lyrics wrought with emotional tension. As it turned out, just four months after Sheehan's mother passed, O'Donoghue's father suffered a fatal heart attack. Though the band survived the losses it was not without some bleak reflection. "Not everybody's life is full of hope," O'Donoghue latter commented about the song "We Cry." "There's not always roses at the end."
Influenced by R&B, The Script formed following the demise of MyTown, which counted both O'Donoghue and Sheehan as members. The pair did production work in the U.S. and Canada with Dallas Austin, Montell Jordan and Teddy Riley but eventually returned to Dublin where they put the band together and were signed to Phonogenic in '05.
'07 debut single "We Cry" cracked the U.K. Top 20 (#15) and earned the band some TV exposure. Second single, "The Man Who Can't Be Moved," reached #2 in Ireland, Denmark and the UK. Then came the band's self-titled full-length '08 debut. Third single, "Breakeven", went to #1 in Ireland but failed to seriously impact the U.K. charts.
Regardless, The Script received the 'Best Selling Irish Act' of 2008 honor at the World Music Awards. But probably an even greater acknowledgement was opening for Paul McCartney during the first concerts at New York's Citi Field. They also appeared with U2 at Dublin's Croke Park.
Being big in Ireland was one thing. But what about the rest of the world? The Script's "Live Like We're Dying," a B-side, was covered by American Idol '09 winner Kris Allen which did all right on the pop and adult contemporary charts. Nothing earth shaking though.
The Script did far better on their own. "Breakeven" was certified platinum, selling over one million copies in the U.S., and rose to #12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Then they launched a U.S. tour.
The Script's sophomore set, "Science & Faith" featured "For the First Time." The song (#4 in the U.K. and #1 on the Irish charts), was helped by the accompanying video which featured Bono's (U2) daughter Eve Hewson. "Science & Faith" entered both the U.K. and Irish Album charts at #1.
A rush of TV appearances (Letterman, The Today Show and Ellen) accompanied the '11 U.S. release of "Science & Faith." Selling 49,000 copies in its first week the album made its debut at #3 on the Billboard Album chart.
The Script's next effort, "#3," again mined personal experiences for songs. "Six Degrees Of Separation" was about O'Donoghue's break up with model Irma Mali, while "If You Could See Me Now" was a tribute to O'Donoghue's father and Sheehan's late parents. The lead single from the '12 set was "Hall Of Fame" which went to #1 in the U.K.
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