The Wanted: We Hope to Follow in One Direction’s Footsteps With New Album (EXCLUSIVE)

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You first saw them on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, then sang along to their hit single on Glee and then watched them perform on The Voice last week and more recently on TODAY.

No it’s not One Direction, it’s the British boy band The Wanted and their self titled hits stores nationwide today, April 24.

Celebuzz caught up with the cute and charismatic guys on Monday night at their album release party at Carnival at Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square, and an adorable special guest came out to support the band!

One of the groups’ biggest fans Cody Simpson stopped by to hang with the band before heading out to meet up with his rumored girlfriend Kylie Jenner at the opening of Scott Disick‘s new restaurant in NYC.

When asked if the “Glad You Came” singers have a bit of rivalry with the other British boy band that has taken America by storm, One Direction, The Wanted’s Max George tells Celebuzz, “No, nice guys. We don’t have any problems with them, they have a number one album and hopefully we will follow in their footsteps.”

Max, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes have no doubt stolen the hearts of teenage girls, but they share one very big thing in common with America’s biggest teen heartthrob, Justin Bieber. Scooter Braun, the man behind the Biebs rise to fame, backs them both.

“It’s good,” Max said of the band’s relationship with Justin. “We saw him the other day on The Voice, he punched Siva in the balls,” he joked.

“A very friendly welcome,” Nathan said laughing.

The guys described their performance experience on The Voice as “unbelievable,” and Max particularly liked meeting Cee Lo Green. If he were a contestant on the show, he admits to Celebuzz, he would hands down want to be on Cee Lo’s team. “He makes me laugh,” he said.

For more on The Wanted, check out Celebuzz’s exclusive interview with the band below and pick up the album The Wanted EP available now!