Rak-Su are a British boy band, formed in Watford. The band's name is a shortening of "Tracks v. Suits", i.e. "music and fun vs. adult life." They rose to fame when they won the fourteenth series of The X Factor UK in 2017 mentored by Simon Cowell. The group is made up of Ashley Fongho, Jamaal Shurland, Mustafa Rahimtulla and Myles Stephenson. "Dimelo", which featured Naughty Boy and Wyclef Jean, was released as their winner's single; its release marked the first time a winner's single was written by the winning competitor. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number two, behind Ed Sheeran's "Perfect". Their self-titled debut extended play, Rak-Su, was released on 16 February 2018 and features four songs performed on The X Factor, "I'm Feeling You", "Mamacita", "Mona Lisa" and "Dimelo".
Rak-Su are a four-piece group consisting of childhood friends Ashley, Jamaal, Myles, and Mustafa, from Watford. In 2017 they auditioned for The X Factor, they performed an original song called "I'm Feeling You", and received four yes votes from the judges. The group were mentored by Simon Cowell on The X Factor, along with fellow acts Jack & Joel, The Cutkelvins and Sean and Connor Price. They were voted winners of the Prize Fight in week 4 against Grace Davies, leading to a songwriting session with American songwriter Ali Tamposi. Following the eliminations of Jack and Joel in week 3, Sean and Conor Price in Week 4 and The Cutkelvins in Week 5, Rak-Su became Cowell's last remaining act in the competition. They made the final on the weekend of 2 December 2017, alongside Kevin Davy White and Grace Davies. After the former was eliminated on Saturday's show, they were in the top two with Grace and finished as the winners with over 50% of the public vote.
Rak-Su are the second group to win the show after Little Mix, and the first male group to win the show. On 3 December 2017, their winners single was added to streaming services as well as being available for download immediately after the final, with profits going towards the charities Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase. It placed at number 6 on the Official Singles Chart Update two days after the final. Four of their songs topped the iTunes chart during their run on the X Factor - "Mamacita", "Dimelo", "Mona Lisa" and "I'm Feeling You" - but were ineligible for the Official Chart and were not available on streaming services at that time. after the voting stats were revealed Rak-Su were the clear winners they won almost every week except for week 3 on Saturday where they came 2nd where Kevin Davy White overtook them by a margin of 1% percent of the votes.
On 16 February 2018, they released a self-tilted EP including the songs - "Mamacita", "Dimelo", "Mona Lisa" and "I'm Feeling You"
On 30 March 2018 they performed live on The X Factor Denmark with their single "Dimelo"
On 23 May 2018, it was announced that Rak-Su will support Little Mix on their Summer Hits Tour 2018.
On 29 June 2018, they released "Pyro Ting" with Banx & Ranx.
On 28 September 2018, Rak-Su released their new single "I Want You To Freak".
In October 2018, it was announced that Rak Su would return to The X Factor UK. They will perform their new single I Want You To Freak on the first results show, 21st October 2018.
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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