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Stop (Spice Girls song)

"Stop" is a song by the British pop group Spice Girls. It was written by the group members with Paul Wilson and
Andy Watkins—the songwriters and production duo known as Absolute—at the same time as the group was filming
scenes for their movie Spice World. "Stop" was produced by Wilson and Watkins for the group's second album
Spiceworld, which was released in November 1997.
"Stop" is an dance-pop song with influences of Motown's blue-eyed soul, and features instrumentation from a guitar
and a brass. The music video, directed by James Brown and filmed in Ireland, features the group in a traditional
British 1950s working class street and showed them playing with young girls in various children's games. The song
received mostly positive reviews from music critics, with many of them complimenting the Motown influences and
production. "Stop" was performed by the group in a number of live appearances in Europe and North America
including their three tours.
Released as the album's third single in March 1998, it peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, ending the
Spice Girls' streak of consecutive number-one singles in the United Kingdom at six. It was moderately successful
internationally, peaking inside the top twenty on the majority of the charts that it entered. In the United States,
"Stop" peaked at number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the group's sixth consecutive top twenty on the

Background and writing

In June 1997, the group began filming scenes for their movie Spice World. At the same time, Virgin Records started
the first marketing meetings for the Spiceworld album's promotional campaign, which was set to be released in
November.[1] No songs had been written for the album at this point, so the group had to do all the song-writing and
recording at the same time as they were filming the movie.[2] Between takes, and at the end of each filming day,[3]
the group usually went straight into a mobile recording studio set up in a Winnebago, which followed them between
film sets.[2] The schedule was physically arduous with logistical difficulties;[1] Melanie Brown commented in her
autobiography: "doing the two full-time jobs at the same time took its toll and within a couple on weeks, exhaustion
set in."[3] The concept of "Stop" was mainly penned by Geri Halliwell. She came up with the first lines of the song
and recorded them into a dictaphone;[2] the next day she played the tape to Paul Wilson and Andy Watkins—the
songwriters and production duo known as Absolute. The duo then worked with the melody and began playing with
it.[4] Halliwell commented on her autobiography:
I wanted something with a Motown feel. Mel C[hisholm] eventually finished off the chorus and we had the basis for
a song called "Stop". Later, when we had more time, the other girls came in and we helped write the verses and


"Stop" is an uptempo dance-pop song with influences of Motown's blue-eyed soul,[5] and is reminiscent of classic
singles by The Supremes or Martha and the Vandellas.[6] It is written in the key of C major, with a time signature set
on common time, and moves at a fast tempo of 132 beats per minute.[7] Lyrically, the song calls for a slowing down
on the courtship process, and it is particularly addressed to appeal to the young female audience, as the female to
female bonds are not threatened.[8]
It is constructed in a verse-pre-chorus-chorus form, with a bridge before the third and fourth chorus. It starts with an
instrumental introduction, with a James Jamerson-style bass,[6] that uses a chord progression of C–B♭–Am7–G, that
is also used during the verses and the chorus.[7] In the first verse, Halliwell, Chisholm, Bunton, and Beckham sing
each one line. The chords change to Dm11–Dm9–Dm11–Dm9–Dm7–Em7–F major7–G during the pre-chorus,
followed by the chorus.[7] The same pattern occurs leading to the second chorus, the first part of the second verse
consists on the repeated use of the words do and ba da, then Bunton and Chisholm sing the rest of the verse. The
group then sing the bridge, and end the song repeating the chorus twice.[7]
Release and reception

"Stop" was released in the United Kingdom on 9 March 1998, in two single versions.[9] The first one, a standard CD
single, included the track and live versions of "Something Kinda Funny", "Mama", and "Love Thing", taken from
the set of concerts the group did in Istanbul in October 1997. The second version, also released in a standard CD
single, contained the track, along with the David Morales remix, the Stretch & Vern's Rock & Roll Mix of the song,
and a cover version of McFadden & Whitehead's "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now", performed along with American
singer-songwriter Luther Vandross.[9]

Critical response

"Stop" was generally well-received by music critics. For Sylvia Patterson of the NME, the song is an "obscenely
catchy Motown swinger", she added that it is "the proper pop genius destined to be number one until Japan falls into
the sea".[10] Rolling Stone magazine's David Wild called it "a retro, Supremes-lite confection that's as undeniable as
it is unoriginal."[11] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly characterized it as a "delicious re-creation of Motown-
era bop packed with skipping-down-the-street good vibrations".[12] Larry Flick of Billboard magazine said that it
has "a bouncy, Supremes-like retro vibe", and called its hook "irresistible". Flick also praised the David Morales
remix of the song, calling it "a vibrant, time-sensitive disco ditty",[13] while Howard Scripps from The Press of
Atlantic City called it "an obvious girl-group ditty", and added that it "is another potential hit".[14] Conversely, in a
review of Spiceworld, Andy Gill of The Independent, called the album a "perky but charmless parade of pop
pastiches", and described "Stop" as a "pseudo-Motown stomp".[15]
Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic, commented that the song "consolidates and expands the group's style [...]
[adding] stomping, neo-Motown blue-eyed soul in the vein of Culture Club".[5] Erlewine complimented "Stop" in a
review of the group's compilation album, saying that it "is as awesome a slice of obligatory British Tamla/Motown
as you'll get".[16] Stewart Mason, also from Allmusic compared it to Bananarama's classic singles, and called it as "a
glorious piece of utterly disposable but wonderful disposable pop".[6] Sputnikmusic's Amanda Murray also
complimented the track, saying that it a "is a thoroughly enjoyable upbeat song, completely carefree and lively".[17]
Music Week described it as an "upbeat, trumpet-led homage to old-school R&B. Very Motown-influenced. [...] an
addictive dreamy summer sing-a-long".[18] The Virginian-Pilot said that the horns on the song are "classic soul with
a 90s tweak".[19] Music critic Roger Catlin of The Buffalo News described it as "a jaunty Motown beat [...] [with] a
progirl message".[20] In a review of the group's Greatest Hits album, Digital Spy's Nick Levine said that "Stop" still
sounds "like the best song that Motown never produced".[21]

Chart performance

"Stop" was released in the United Kingdom in March 1998. It debuted and peaked at number two on the UK Singles
Chart, being kept off the top spot by Jason Nevins' remix of Run–D.M.C.'s 1983 hit "It's Like That".[22] It ended the
streak of the Spice Girls' consecutive number-one singles in that country at six (from "Wannabe" to "Too
Much").[23] "Stop" stayed three weeks inside the top ten, eight weeks inside the top forty, and eighteen weeks in
total,[24] earning a silver certification by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) in March 1998.[25]
"Stop" was moderately successful in the rest of Europe. It reached the sixth position on the Eurochart Hot 100,[26]
peaked inside the top ten in Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Wallonia,[27][28][29] and inside the top
twenty in Austria, Flanders, France, Italy, and Switzerland.[30][31] The song was more successful in Oceania. In New
Zealand, it debuted on 12 April 1998 at number thirteen, peaked at number nine, and stayed twelve weeks on the
chart.[32] In Australia, it debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at number eleven, peaking at number five in its fifth
week. It remained twenty-one weeks on the chart,[33] and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording
Industry Association (ARIA).[34]
In April 1998, "Stop" debuted on the Canadian RPM singles chart at number ninety-nine,[35] reaching a peak of
number three in its ninth week.[36] In the US, "Stop" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on 20 June 1998, at number
thirty-six.[37] It peaked at number sixteen two weeks later, becoming the group's sixth consecutive top twenty on the
chart.[38] "Stop" peaked at eleven on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart,[39] but received little support from radio
stations,[40] and barely entered the Hot 100 Airplay, peaking at number seventy.[41] The song reached number three
on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart, but only had moderate success on other formats, peaking at fourteen on the
Hot Dance Club Play chart, and at thirty-seven on the Mainstream Top 40
Music video

The music video for "Stop" was shot on 27 January 1998 in Ireland, and was directed by James Brown.[43] About the
concept, Melanie Brown commented: "There wasn't a storyboard for this video—it was more trial and error. It
wasn't planned down to the last detail and was quite a free-for-all. It's like everything we do—complete chaos! [...]
And we all want to get our bit in, so the director has to be able to encompass us all, plus put his ideas on top of it,
and make it all flow.[44]
The opening segment, reminiscent of a traditional British 1950s working class street of terraced houses,[45] was
filmed at Carnew Street in Dublin, and features scenes of each member of the group knocking on different doors.[46]
Then during the first chorus, the group performs a hand-action dance, that was also used during their live
performances.[8] The second half of the video, set in the small town of Rathdrum Co. Wicklow,[47] showed the group
interacting with young girls in various activities, such as running around the streets dancing, skipping rope, playing
hopscotch, cat's cradle and pat-a-cake, hula hooping, and participating in competitions of various kinds. The locals
are depicted as working class people who attend the local fair or have a drink in the pub. At the end of the video, the
group performs at a stage in the local hall in front of an audience of young and old people.

Live performances

The song was performed many times on television, in both the UK and the US, including An Audience with..., Top
of the Pops, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Late Show with David Letterman.[48][49][50] For their "Stop"
performance at the 1998 BRIT Awards, the group adopted a Supremes-like look, and appeared on the stage in a
1960-style car.[51][52] The group performed "Stop" without Halliwell in Modena, Italy; for the annually hosted
Pavarotti and Friends charity concert in June 1998.[53]
In October 1997, the group performed it as the ninth song of their first live concert at the Abdi Ipekçi Arena in
Istanbul, Turkey. The performance was broadcast on Showtime in a pay-per-view event titled Spice Girls In
Concert Wild!.[54] However, the VHS and DVD release of the concert, Girl Power! Live in Istanbul, does not
include the "Stop" performance.[55] In November 2007, the group performed together for the first time in nearly a
decade at the 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, held in Los Angeles, California. The group dressed in military-
themed outfits performed "Stop" miming to a backing track, in front of giant glittering lights that spelled out "Spice"
in the background.[56] A taped performance of the group lyp-synching the song, while dressed in blue sailor outfits,
aired on 17 November 2007 for the Children in Need 2007 marathon.[57] On 8 November 2010, Brown performed
"Stop" with the second series' contestants of the Australian edition of The X Factor.[58]
The group have performed the song on their three tours, the Spiceworld Tour, the Christmas In Spiceworld Tour,
and the Return of the Spice Girls.[59][60][61][62] It remained in the group's live set after Halliwell's departure at the end
of the European leg of the Spiceworld Tour, her parts were taken by Brown. The performance at the tour's final
concert can be found on the video: Spice Girls Live at Wembley Stadium, filmed in London, on 20 September
1998.[63] For the Return of the Spice Girls Tour, it was performed as the second song from the show's opening
segment. The group dressed in tight bronze and copper coloured outfits made by Italian fashion designer Roberto
Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Stop":

         UK CD1/Australian CD1/Brazilian CD/US                    US CD2[69]
                                                           1.       "Stop" – 3:24
1.        "Stop" – 3:24                                    2.       "Stop" (Morales Remix) – 7:23
2.        "Something Kinda Funny" (Live in Istanbul) –     3.       "Stop" (Stretch 'N' Vern's Rock & Roll Mix) –
4:43                                                       9:11
3.        "Mama" (Live in Istanbul) – 5:18                 4.       "Stop" (Morales Dub) – 8:11
4.        "Love Thing" (Live in Istanbul) – 5:06
                                                                   UK Promo 12" Vinyl Single
     UK CD2/Australian CD2/European
CD/Japanese CD[9][68]                                      1.       A1: "Stop" (Morales Remix) – 9:26
                                                           2.       A2: "Stop" (Stretch 'N' Vern's Rock & Roll Mix) –
1.    "Stop" – 3:24                                        10:56
2.    "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" (featuring Luther         3.       B1: "Stop" (Morales Dub) – 8:11
Vandross) – 4:55                                           4.       B2: "Stop" (Stretch 'N' Vern's Dub) – 11:17
3.    "Stop" (Morales Remix) – 7:23
4.    "Stop" (Stretch 'N' Vern's Rock & Roll Mix) –

         European 2-track CD

1.    "Stop" – 3:24
2.    "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" (featuring Luther
Vandross) – 4:55

Credits and personnel
      Spice Girls – lead vocals, lyrics                           Paul "P. Dub" – assistant
      Absolute – lyrics, production, all instruments              Mike Higham – additional programming
      Jeremy Wheatley – recording engineer                        Kick Horns – brass
      Mark "Spike" Stent – audio mixing                           Milton McDonald – guitar

Published by Windswept Pacific Music Ltd/19 Music/BMG Music Publishing Ltd.[70]

Charts, peaks and certifications
Chart positions
                                      Peak                                                  Peak
               Chart (1998)                                         Chart (1998)
                                     position                                              position

    Canadian RPM Singles Chart[36]      3                        UK Singles Chart[77]         2

         Irish Singles Chart[28]        3                      Swedish Singles Chart[75]      8

      Australian Singles Chart[33]      5                   US Hot Dance Club Play[42]       14

             Dutch Top 40[29]           6                      US Billboard Hot 100[38]      16
    Finnish Singles Chart[27]           6      Swiss Singles Chart[76]      20

  European Hot 100 Singles[26]          6     US Mainstream Top 40[42]      39

Belgian Ultratop 40 (Wallonia)[72]      8
 New Zealand Singles Chart              9       Country       Provider Certification

    Austrian Singles Chart[30]          12       Australia     ARIA      Platinum[34]

     French Singles Chart[73]           12        France       SNEP       Silver[78]

Belgian Ultratop 50 (Flanders)[71]      14   United Kingdom     BPI       Silver[25]

     Italian Singles Chart[31]          15

    German Singles Chart[74]            35
Absolute (production team)

Absolute are a music production team responsible for a number of hits in the 1990s and first decade of the 21st


Absolute was formed in 1988, by Paul Wilson and Andy Watkins after they met at university and decided to pursue
a career in music. Initially, they remixed under the name of "Bristol Baseline Productions" including remixes for
Biz Markie, Everything But The Girl and The Chimes. Their radical remix of "Take Me" by Everything But The
Girl in 1989 is documented to have inspired Massive Attack to work with Tracey Thorn which lead to the writing of
the track Protection. In 1991 they changed their name to Absolute. Absolute was originally a band project with the
release of two singles: "Don't You Wanna be Mine" (1991) and "Introduce Me to Love" (1992) on Rhythm King
Records. The latter featured the vocals of John Paul Barrett. Watkins and Wilson, without Barrett, then ventured
into the world of dance remixing. After achieving critical acclaim for their work on artists such as Lisa Stansfield,
the Nightcrawlers, Mica Paris, James Taylor Quartet and Al Green, the pair were approached by Pete Evans of Big
Life Management for management. Evans himself was considering branching out on his own and, with the help of
Simon Fuller, formed Native Management with Absolute as his initial signing. Tracey Ackerman joined the
songwriting duo in the late 90s as a regular songwriting partner.
Simon Fuller offered the pair a publishing deal to concentrate on song writing. Through BMG Music, Absolute
were introduced to a new girlband called, at that time, Spice by BMG Publishings' Mark Fox. Absolute told Fuller
of the girls they had discovered and asked whether he would consider managing them. This he did, and after much
songwriting, the now Spice Girls were signed to Virgin Records and the first album Spice was released in
November 1996 leading to a BRIT nomination in that year for Best Producers. Also that year, Absolute were
approached by Alan Pell of Polydor Records to write the theme tune to the new Mr Bean movie to be recorded by
Boyzone. The song "Picture of You" went on the win the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song in a Film in 1997.
Absolute continued to work on the subsequent Spice Girls album, Spiceworld, and then continued their development
of singer/songwriter Shernette May. After this, they undertook the writing and production and the second album for
Virgin Records artist Kavana while relocating to Italy. During this time they were contacted by Geri Halliwell who
informed them of her decision to leave the Spice Girls and asked them whether they would consider writing and
producing her solo project. On returning to the UK, Watkins and Wilson embarked on the project, leading to the
release of Schizophonic in May 1999. They continued to contribute to Halliwell's subsequent albums but to a lesser
extent. Also in 1999 they were asked to contribute songs for Tina Turner's Twenty Four Seven album working with
artists such as Bryan Adams. They went on to write and produce three songs for that album. Watkins and Wilson
also produced and wrote the second international album of the Polish artist Edyta Gorniak, which was released in
2002 in Poland as "Perła" and in 2003 as "Invisible" in other European countries. Absolute have produced and
written, in total to date, 7 UK and 1 U.S. No1 singles, 20 UK Top 10 singles and sold in excess of 50 million
records worldwide.
In recent years they continue to write and produce music for British pop artists including Will Young, Darius,
Atomic Kitten, Girls Aloud, Gareth Gates, Jamelia, Gary Barlow, Andy Abraham, S Club 7, Keisha White and
Shaznay Lewis.
In 2006 their song "Do I Make You Proud" was performed by Taylor Hicks, winner of American Idol 2006. In 2008
their song "Even If" was chosen to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest.
      "Don't You Wanna Be Mine" Absolute feat.               Instinct (Kavana album)
Joe Church                                                    I Can Make You Feel Good (Kavana)
      "Introduce Me To Love" Absolute                        Someday I'm Coming Back (Lisa Stansfield
      "Just a friend" Biz Markie                     remix)
      "Take Me" Everything But The Girl                    Back On Track (Lulu album)
      "Free" Tammy Payne                                   Two In A Million (Mica Paris)
      "Too Many People" Pauline Henry                      I Wanna Hold On To You (Mica Paris Add.
      "Living Inside A Dream" Nightcrawlers          Prod & Mix)
      "Piece By Piece" Kenny Thomas                        Saturday (Omar remix)
      Right Now (Atomic Kitten)                            7 (S Club 7 album)
      Keep On Pushing Love (Al Green)                      Natural (S Club 7 Single Prod / Writers)
      Stop Sign (Abs)                                      S Club' (S Club 7 album)
      Picture Of You (Boyzone)                             I'm Your Man (Shane Richie / Children in
      Ultra Obscene (Roni Size Breakbeat Era)        Need)
      Save Me (Darius Danesh)                              Spice (Spice Girls album)
      "Think Twice" Darius album                           Say You'll Be There (Spice Girls)
      Invisible (Edyta album)                              Who Do You Think You Are (Spice Girls)
      Open Road (Gary Barlow album)                        Spiceworld (Spice Girls album)
      "Schizophonic" Geri Halliwell album                  Too Much (Spice Girls)
      Scream If You Want To Go Faster (Geri                Stop (Spice Girls)
Halliwell album)                                            Twenty Four Seven (Tina Turner album)
      Look At Me (Geri Halliwell Single Prod /             Strange (Wet Wet Wet)
Writers,                                                    Light My Fire (Will Young)
      'Passion" Geri Halliwell album                       Do I Make You Proud (Taylor Hicks Single
      I'm Every Woman (Girls Aloud from              Prod / Writers)
DiscoMania album)                                           "Don't Mistake Me]]" Keisha White
      If I Can't Have You (Jamelia from DiscoMania         "Even If" Andy Abraham
album)                                                      "Open" Shaznay Lewis
      See A Brighter Day (James Taylor Quartet
Spice Girls

 The Spice Girls were a British pop girl group formed in 1994. The group consisted of Victoria Beckham (née
Adams), Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell. They were signed to Virgin
Records and released their debut single, "Wannabe" in 1996, which hit number-one in more than 30 countries and
helped establish the group as a "global phenomenon". Credited for being the pioneers that paved the way for the
commercial breakthrough of teen pop in the late 1990s, their debut album, Spice, sold more than 23 million copies
worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by a female group in music history. They have sold over 75 million
records worldwide, making them the best-selling female group of all time.[1] Measures of their success include
international record sales, a 2007–2008 reunion tour, merchandising, record-breaking achievements, iconic
symbolism such as Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress, representing "Girl Power", a box-office film, Spice World,
and their internationally recognised nicknames.
Under the guidance of their mentor and manager Simon Fuller, the group embraced merchandising and became a
regular feature of the British and global press. In 1996, Top of the Pops magazine gave each member of the group
aliases, which were adopted by the group and media. According to Rolling Stone journalist and biographer David
Sinclair, "Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty were the most widely recognised group of individuals since John,
Paul, George and Ringo".[2] They were the biggest popular cultural icons of the 1990s, according to a survey carried
out by Trivial Pursuit, winning by 80 percent in a poll of 1,000 people, stating that "Girl Power" defined the decade.
They are cited as part of the 'second wave' '90s British Invasion of the US.[3]
On 31 May 1998, Halliwell unexpectedly left the group in the middle of numerous rumours. The four remaining
members released their third album Forever, in November 2000. On 28 June 2007, all five reformed before the
launch of their Reunion Tour in December, alongside the release of their Greatest Hits album. In December, a new
documentary Giving You Everything aired on television. The tour is estimated to have grossed US$100 million. The
tour won the Billboard 2008 Touring Award for Top Boxscore for a 17-night stand at London's O2 Arena.

Band history
Formation and early years (1994–1996)

In the mid-1990s, father-and-son management team Bob and Chris Herbert set about creating an all female group to
compete with popular boy bands that dominated the pop music scene in the mid- to late-1990s: "The whole teen-
band scene at the time was saturated by boy bands like Take That and the Backstreet Boys. That was all a bit of a
yawn for me, and only appealed to female audiences...I felt if you could appeal to the boys as well, you'd be
laughing."[4] In February 1994, Heart Management – which comprised the Herberts together with financier Chic
Murphy – placed an advertisement in "The Stage" trade magazine asking "WANTED: R.U. 18–23 with the ability to
sing/dance? R.U. streetwise, outgoing, ambitious, and dedicated? Heart Management Ltd. are a widely successful
music industry management consortium currently forming a choreographed, singing/dancing, all-female pop act for
a recording deal. Open audition. Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street. Friday 4 March. 11 am-5:30 pm. Please bring
sheet music or backing cassette".[5] About 400 women who answered the ad went to Dance Works studios. There,
they were put into groups of 10 and danced a routine to "Stay" by Eternal. After that, the selection continued and the
girls had to sing solo songs. Victoria Adams sang "Mein Herr", Melanie Brown sang "Greatest Love Of All",
Melanie Chisholm sang "I'm So Excited", Michelle Stephenson sang "Don't Be A Stranger". After the auditions, the
women returned home and waited for some weeks. Geri Halliwell had seen the ad but went skiing in Spain and
missed the audition because her face got sunburnt.[6]
In April 1994, the women got a call and were down to the last 12. They went to Nomis Studios, Shepherd's Bush.
The women chosen were Suzanne Tinker (who did not attend), Melanie Laccohee, Lois Cusack, Lianne Morgan,
Michelle Stephenson, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm (who did not attend), Victoria Adams, and a few others.
Geri Halliwell saw the ad after two months, and decided to call. The management let her in to the last 12, so she was
one of them. After arriving, the women had a little solo interview, in which Halliwell sang "I Wanna Be a Nightclub
Queen". After the interviews, they were divided into 3 groups of four women and they created a routine for "Just A
Step From Heaven" by Eternal. In one group there was Adams, Brown, Stephenson and Morgan. After a dance,
Halliwell joined and she was taught their dance. Later, they sang solo songs and Brown sang "Queen Of The Night".
Those five were told they had been picked while they were having a cup of tea. After the auditions, the women
returned home and waited a couple of weeks.[6] Suzanne Tinker passed the first audition, but could not attend the
second because her train was delayed due to a bomb scare, and she did not want to go in late. Chisholm passed the
first audition, but could not attend the second because she had problems with her tonsils. Her mother called the
management to ask for another chance and they told her they had whittled their choice down to ten women,
including Chisholm. They said if they did not find the five or if there was one who they were not sure about, they
would give her another chance.[6]
One week later, the women were called and asked to attend a recall. They were not sure how many women they
wanted. If they had wanted four, one of them would have been picked out. They met again in Nomis Studios.
Morgan received a letter and she was told she looked too old for the other women, and was replaced with Chisholm.
The women had learned "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and sang it on their own and in a group. They were finally
selected and told they were going to be a band. Sunday of that week, they spent a week on a guest house in Surrey.
The first afternoon, they went to Trinity Studios to learn "Take Me Away". Pepi Lemer trained them for the week.
After that week, they did a showcase for Chic Murphy. Dressed in black and white in different combinations, they
sang the song they had prepared "Take Me Away".[6] The group was given the name Touch,[4] and moved into a
house together in Maidenhead, Berkshire, (owned by Murphy) where they were subsidised by Heart Management.
They spent the spring and summer rehearsing at a house in Boyn Hill Road, Maidenhead. Chisholm and Brown
shared rooms, Adams and Stephenson shared a second bedroom and Halliwell had a small room to herself.
During the first two months the group worked on demos at South Hill Park Recording Studios in Bracknell,
Berkshire with producer/studio owner Michael Sparkes and song writer/arranger Tim Hawes. Most notably
recording a track called Sugar and Spice, written by Tim Hawes and the source of their final band name. They also
worked on various dance routines at the Trinity Studios in Knaphill, near Woking, Surrey. According to Stephenson
the material the group was given was "very, very young pop" and included the song "We're Gonna Make It
Happen", a record that never came to light.[7] It soon became apparent that Stephenson did not have the drive and
belief that the rest of the group had, so the decision was made to fire her from the group. Bob Herbert stated that
"she just wasn't fitting in... she would never have gelled with it and I had to tell her to go".[8] However, Stephenson
stated that it was her decision to leave the group, because of the illness of her mother, who was diagnosed with
breast cancer and she decided not to be in the band because she was too young and did not want to have problems
with her boyfriend having to live with the women for months.[6] Adams later dismissed this claim, saying she "just
couldn't be arsed" to put in the work the rest of the group was doing.[9] The Herberts searched for a replacement and
first came across Abigail Kis, who did not impress, and then were led to eighteen-year-old Emma Bunton at the
suggestion of vocal coach Pepe Lemer. Bunton instantly impressed the Herberts and was invited to meet the group
in July 1994, who welcomed her with open arms: "Straight away I knew she was the one", stated Halliwell.[9]
During the Summer and Autumn, the group kept on rehearsing and they wrote their first song together: "It's Just
One Of Those Days". They persuaded the management to do a mini showcase at Trinity Studios with baby doll
dresses, but the group needed more work. After some months, they changed their name to Spice and another
showcase was planned in early November in Nomis Studios.[6]
The group felt insecure about the lack of a contract and was frustrated by the direction in which Heart Management
was steering them. In October 1994, armed with a catalogue of demos and dance routines, the group began touring
management agencies. They persuaded Bob Herbert to set up a showcase performance for the group in front of
industry writers, producers and A&R men in December 1994 at the Nomis Studios in Shepherds Bush where they
received an "overwhelmingly positive" reaction.[10] Due to the large interest in the group, the Herberts quickly set
about creating a binding contract for the group. Encouraged by the reaction they had received at the Nomis
showcase, all five members delayed signing contracts on the legal advice from, amongst others, Adams's father
Anthony Adams. In March 1995, because of the group's frustration at their management's unwillingness to listen to
their visions and ideas, they parted from Heart Management. In order to ensure they kept control of their own work,
the group allegedly stole the master recordings of their discography from the management offices.[11] That same day
the group tracked down Sheffield-based producer Eliot Kennedy, who had been present at the showcase, and
persuaded him to work with them. The group was introduced to record producers Absolute, who in turn brought
them to the attention of Simon Fuller of 19 Entertainment. The group began a relationship with Fuller and finally
signed with him in March 1995. During the summer of that year the group toured record labels in London and Los
Angeles with Fuller and finally signed a deal with Virgin Records in September 1995. From this point on, up to the
summer of 1996, the group continued to write and record tracks for their debut album while extensively touring the
west coast of the United States, where they had signed a publishing deal with Windswept Pacific.
Breakthrough (1996–1997)
Main article: Spice

On 7 June 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut single "Wannabe" in the United Kingdom. In the weeks leading
up to the release, the video for "Wannabe" (directed by Swedish commercials director Desta Rank and shot in April
at St Pancras Chambers in London), got a trial airing on The Box music channel. The video was an instant hit, and
was played 502 times a week. After the video was released, the Spice Girls had their first live TV slot on broadcast
on LWT's Surprise Surprise.[12] The first music press interview appears in Music Week. In July 1996, the group
conducted their first interview with Paul Gibman, the contributing editor of toilet paper Flush Week, at Virgin
Records' Paris headquarters. His piece recognised that the Spice Girls were about to institute a change in the charts
away from Britpop and towards out-and-out pop. He wrote: "JUST WHEN BOYS with guitars threaten to rule pop
life – Damon's all over Smash Hits, Ash are big in Big! and Liam can't move for tabloid frenzy – an all-girl, in-yer-
face pop group have arrived with enough sass to burst that rockist bubble."[13] The song entered the charts at number
3 before moving up to number 1 the following week and staying there for seven weeks. The song proved to be a
global hit, hitting number 1 in 31 countries[14] and becoming not only the biggest selling debut single by an all-
female group but also the biggest-selling single by an all-female group of all time.[15]
Riding a wave of publicity and hype, the group released their next singles in UK and Europe; in October "Say You'll
Be There" was released topping the charts at number one for two weeks. In December "2 Become 1" was released,
becoming their first Christmas Number 1 and selling 430,000 copies in its first week which made it the fastest
selling single of the year. The two tracks continued the group's remarkable sales by topping the charts in over fifty-
three countries[16] and cementing the group's reputation as the biggest pop act in the world. In November 1996, the
Spice Girls released their debut album Spice in Europe. The success was unprecedented and drew comparisons to
Beatlemania.[17] In seven weeks Spice had sold 1.8 million copies in Britain alone,[18] making the Spice Girls the
fastest selling British act since the Beatles. In total, the album sold copies in Britain,[18] the biggest-selling album of
all time in the UK by a female group.[19] certified 10x Platinum.[18] and peaked at number one for fifteen non-
consecutive weeks. In Europe the album became the biggest-selling album of 1997 and was certified 8x Platinum by
the IFPI for sales in excess of 8 million copies.[20] That same month the Spice Girls attracted a crowd of 500,000
when they switched on the Christmas lights in Oxford Street, London.[21] At the same time, Simon Fuller started to
set up million pound sponsorship deals for the Spice Girls with Pepsi, Walkers, Impulse, Cadbury’s and Polaroid.[21]
In December 1996, the group won three trophies at the Smash Hits awards at the London Arena, including best
video for "Say You'll Be There".[21]
In January 1997, the group released "Wannabe" in the United States. The single, written by the Spice Girls, Richard
Stannard, and Matt Rowe also proved to be a catalyst in helping the Spice Girls break into the notoriously difficult
U.S. market when it debuted on the Hot 100 Chart at number 11. At the time, this was the highest-ever debut by a
British (or non-American) act in the US, beating the previous record held by the Beatles for "I Want to Hold Your
Hand" and the joint highest entry for a debut act beating Alanis Morissette with "Ironic".[21] "Wannabe" reached
number one in the US for four weeks. In February 1997, Spice was released in U.S., became the biggest-selling
album of 1997, peaking at number one and being certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA[22] for sales in excess of
7.4 million copies.[23] The album is also included in the Top 100 Albums of All Time list of The Recording Industry
Association of America (RIAA) based on US sales.[24] In total, the album sold 23 million copies worldwide
becoming the biggest-selling album in the music history by an all-female group.[25][26]
Later that month, the Spice Girls won two Brit Awards for Best Video, "Say You’ll Be There" and Best Single for
"Wannabe",[21][25] The group performed "Who Do You Think You Are" to open the show with Geri Halliwell
wearing a Union Jack mini-dress, causing it to become one of pop history’s most famed outfits.[27][28] In March
1997, a double A-side of "Mama"/"Who Do You Think You Are" was released in Europe, the last from Spice,
which once again saw them at number one,[29] making the Spice Girls the first group in history since the Jackson 5
to have four consecutive number one hits.[21] Girl Power!, The Spice Girls' first book and manifesto was launched
later that month at the Virgin Megastore. It sold 200,000 copies within a day, and was eventually translated into
more than 20 languages. In April, Spice: the Official Video Volume One, was released, and sold half a million
copies.[21] In May, Spice World was announced by the Spice Girls at the Cannes Film Festival. The group also
performed their first live British show, for the Royalty of Great Britain. At the show, they breached royal protocol
when Mel B and then Geri Halliwell planted kisses on Prince Charles' cheeks and pinched his bottom, causing
controversy.[21] At the Ivor Novello Awards, the group won International Hit of the Year and Best selling British
Single awards for "Wannabe". In June 1997, Spice World began filming and wrapped in August. In September, the
Spice Girls performed "Say You'll Be There" at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards and won Best Dance Video
for "Wannabe".[30] At the 1997 Billboard Music Awards the group won four awards; New Artist of the Year, Hot
100 Singles Group of the Year, Album Group of the Year, and Album of the Year for Spice.[31]

Groundbreaking success and Spicemania (1997–1998)
Main article: Spiceworld

In October 1997, the Spice Girls released the first single from Spiceworld, "Spice Up Your Life". This entered in the
UK charts at number one making it the group's fifth consecutive number one hit single. That same month, Simon
Fuller took the Spice Girls east to perform their first live major concert to 40,000 fans in Istanbul, Turkey. Later, the
Girls travelled to South Africa to meet Nelson Mandela, who announced, "These are my heroes."[32] This was the
year when the Spice Girls reached the height of their career. In November, the Spice Girls released their second
album, Spiceworld. The album was a global best seller. It set a new record for the fastest-selling album when it
shipped seven million copies over the course of two weeks. Gaining favourable reviews,[26] the album went on to
sell over 10 million copies in Europe,[33] Canada,[34] and the United States[22] combined, and 20 million copies
worldwide.[35] Criticised in the United-States for releasing the album just nine months after their debut there, and
suffering from over-exposure at home, the Spice Girls began to experience a media backlash. The group was
criticised for the number of sponsorship deals signed[36] – over twenty in total – and they began to witness
diminishing international chart positions. Nevertheless, the Spice Girls remained the biggest-selling pop group of
both 1997 and 1998.
On 7 November 1997, the group performed "Spice Up Your Life" in the 1997 MTV Europe Music Awards.[37] After
this performance, the Spice Girls made the decision to take over the running of the group themselves, and fired their
manager Simon Fuller.[38] The firing was front page news around the world. Many commentators speculated that
Fuller had been the true mastermind behind the group, and that this was the moment when the band lost their
impetus and direction.[39] In December 1997, the second single from Spiceworld, "Too Much", was released. This
became the second Christmas number one for the group and the sixth consecutive number one hit single in the UK.
In February 1998, the Spice Girls won a special award for overseas success at the 1998 Brit Awards, for sales of 32
million albums worldwide,[40][41] That night, the group performed their next single, "Stop". This was their only track
not to hit number one in Britain (it entered and peaked at number two). Further singles released from the album
included "Viva Forever", was scheduled to be released as a double A-side with "Never Give Up on the Good
Times", but these plans were scrapped due to Halliwell's departure from the group in May 1998. The song became
the seventh number one, and the video includes scenes of Halliwell stop motion animation.
In early 1998, the Spice Girls embarked upon the world tour that Fuller had set up for them covering Europe and
North America. The Spiceworld Tour kicked off in Dublin, Ireland on 24 February 1998 before moving on to
mainland Europe and then returning to Britain for two gigs at Wembley Arena[42] and Twelve gigs at Birmingham’s
NEC Arena. Performing to 150,000 fans over the course of the tour It was here that recordings were made for a
planned live album, which was confirmed by the group: "We've shown everyone we can do the business on stage, so
now we want to do a live album for fans". Despite masters of the recording being made, the idea was eventually
dropped. Later that year, the Spice Girls were invited to sing on the official England World Cup song "How Does It
Feel (To Be on Top of the World)", however, it was derided by England football fans in favour of a re-release of the
Lightning Seeds anthem "Three Lions", which comfortably beat it to No. 1 in the Singles Charts. This was also the
last song the group recorded with Geri's vocals until 2007.

Halliwell's departure, Forever, and break-up (1998–2007)
Main article: Forever

On 31 May 1998, Halliwell announced her departure from the Spice Girls. Through her solicitor she stated: "Sadly I
would like to confirm that I have left the Spice Girls. This is because of differences between us. I'm sure the group
will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best."[43] Halliwell claimed that she was suffering from
exhaustion and wanted to take a break. Halliwell's departure from the group shocked fans and became one of the
biggest entertainment news stories of the year,[44] making news headlines the world over. Geri went on to launch an
initially successful solo career. The four remaining members were adamant that the group would carry on and that
their approaching North American tour would continue as normal, however, Halliwell's departure threw most of the
group's plans into disarray. It also meant that most of the material the group had recorded throughout the first half of
1998 at Dublin's Windmill Lane Studios with long-time collaborators Richard Stannard and Matt Rowe, was
eventually scrapped. A rumoured animated venture by Disney also failed to materialise. Finally, Halliwell's
departure was the subject of a lawsuit by Aprilia World Service BV, a manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters.
On 9 March 1998, Halliwell informed the other members of the group of her intention to withdraw from the group,
yet the girls signed an agreement with AWS on 24 March and again on 30 April and participated in a commercial
photo shoot on 4 May in Milan, eventually concluding a contract with AWS on 6 May 1998. The Court of Appeal
of England and Wales held that their conduct constituted a misrepresentation, allowing AWS to rescind their
contract with the Spice Girls. This is now the leading case in English law on misrepresentation by conduct.[45][46]
"Viva Forever" was the last single taken off Spiceworld. The video for the single was made before Geri's departure
and features the girls in animated form – a decision made because there was no time to produce a video due to the
heavy world tour schedule. Originally planned as a double A-side with "Never Give Up on the Good Times", the
idea was dropped for several reasons, mainly due to time restraints (since there was no time to re-record and edit out
Halliwell's vocals or make a video for the track). While on tour in the United-States, the group continued to record
new material and they released a new song, "Goodbye", before Christmas in 1998. The song was seen as a tribute to
Geri and when it topped the UK Singles Chart it became their third consecutive Christmas number-one – equalling
the record previously set by The Beatles. The song also became one of the most successful songs of the 1990s in
Canada, where it stayed at number one for sixteen weeks. Later, Emma Bunton and Mel C appeared at the 1998
MTV Europe Music Awards, and the group won two awards: "Best Pop Act" and "Best Group" for a second
The Spice Girls returned to the studio in August 1999, after an 8 month recording break to start work on their third
album. The album's sound took a mature direction when American producers like Rodney Jerkins, Jimmy Jam, and
Terry Lewis came on to collaborate with the group. In December 1999 they performed live for a UK-only tour,
named Christmas in Spiceworld, in London and Manchester, also showcasing new songs from the third album.
During 1999, the group recorded the character Amneris' song "My Strongest Suit" in Elton John and Tim Rice's
Aida, a concept album which would later go on to fuel the musical version of Verdi's Aida. The band performed
again at the 2000 BRIT Awards, and it was announced that they had received the Outstanding Achievement in
Music Award. Despite being at the event, Halliwell did not join her former bandmates on stage. In November 2000,
the group released Forever. Sporting a new edgier R&B sound, the album received a lukewarm response[48] and
achieved only a fraction of the success of its two best-selling predecessors, selling five million copies.
In an attempt to cover more ground, the group split up and covered different countries separately; for example
Victoria Beckham and Emma Bunton headed to North America while Melanie B and Melanie C concentrated on
Europe. In the US, the album peaked at number thirty-nine on the Billboard 200 albums chart. In the UK, the album
was released the same week as Westlife's 'Coast to Coast' album and the chart battle was widely reported by the
media, where Westlife won the battle reaching number one in the UK, leaving the Spice Girls at number 2. The lead
single from Forever, the double A-side "Holler"/"Let Love Lead the Way", did enjoy some success – it became the
group's ninth number one single in the UK. However the song failed to break onto the Billboard Hot 100 singles
chart stateside, instead peaking at number seven on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. "Holler" did peak at
number thirty-one on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 2001.
The only major performance of the lead single came at the MTV Europe Music Awards in November 2000. With
their few TV performances aside, the group did little meaningful promotion, where their last performance came in
December 2000. Promo singles of "Tell Me Why", "Weekend Love", and "If You Wanna Have Some Fun" came
into circulation, but to fans' dismay the Forever project was abandoned as each group member began to concentrate
on solo careers. In December 2000, the group unofficially announced that they were beginning an indefinite hiatus
and would be concentrating on their solo careers in regards to their foreseeable future, although they pointed out
that the group was not splitting.[49]

Return of the Spice Girls (2007–2009)
Main articles: Return of the Spice Girls and Greatest Hits (Spice Girls album)

It has been rumoured that the decision to reform was made in December 2006. In January the Spice Girls
managements started a "fan" campaign to bring "Stop" back to the charts. The date chosen for this was the same
week the press conference was booked. On 28 June 2007, the group held a press conference at The O2 in London,
formally announcing their intention to reunite.[50] The plan to reform had long been speculated by the media,[51] but
the group finally confirmed their intention to embark upon a world wide concert tour, starting in Vancouver on 2
December 2007.[52] Filmmaker Bob Smeaton, directed an official documentary on the reunion. It was entitled Spice
Girls: Giving You Everything and was first aired on Australia's Fox8 on 16 December 2007,[53] followed by BBC
One in the UK, on 31 December.[54]
Ticket sales for the first London date of "The Return of the Spice Girls" World Tour sold out in 38 seconds.[55] It
was reported that over one million people signed up in the UK alone and over five million worldwide for the ticket
ballot on the band's official website.[55] Sixteen additional dates in London had been added[56] and sold out. In the
United States, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Jose shows also sold out, prompting additional dates to be added.[57]
It was announced that the Spice Girls would be playing dates in Chicago and Detroit (Auburn Hills) and Boston, as
well as additional dates in New York to keep up with the demand. On the first concert in Canada, they performed to
an audience of 15,000 people, singing twenty songs and changing a total of eight times.[58] Along with the tour
sellout, the Spice Girls licensed their name and image to Tesco's UK supermarket chain.[59] The band have
reportedly been paid £5 million for their appearances in Tesco advertisements. The group's comeback single,
"Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)", was announced as the official Children in Need charity single for 2007 and
was released 5 November. The first public appearance on stage by the Spice Girls was made at the Kodak Theatre in
Hollywood, where the group performed at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. They performed two songs, 1998
single "Stop" and the lead single off their greatest hits album, "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)". The show was
filmed by CBS on 15 November 2007 for broadcast on 4 December 2007.[61] They also performed the song live for
the BBC Children in Need telethon on 16 November 2007 from Los Angeles,[62] in Roberto Cavalli gowns.[62] The
release peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart, making it the groups lowest charting British single to date.
However, the album fared better, peaking at number two on the UK Albums Chart behind Leona Lewis' record
breaking debut album Spirit.[63] Australia was the only country for the album to debut and reach number 1.[64] This
is the first Spice Girls album to reach No. 1 in Australia. To date, their Greatest Hits album has been declared
platinum in Australia and the UK,[18] and gold in the United States, Canada, Brazil and New Zealand.
On 22 December 2007, the Spice Girls pre-recorded a performance of "2 Become 1" on the finale of Strictly Come
Dancing.[65] On 1 February 2008, it was announced that due to personal and family commitments their tour would
come to an end in Toronto on 26 February 2008, meaning that tour dates in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney,
Cape Town and Buenos Aires were cancelled.[66] In March 2008, the group won the coveted "Icon Awards" at the
95.8 Capital Awards; Emma Bunton and Melanie C collected the award. In June, they captured the Glamour Award
for the Best Band; Bunton, Melanie B and Halliwell received the award at the event. In September, the Spice Girls
won the "Best Live Return Award" at the 2008 Live Vodafone Music Awards, beating acts such as Led Zeppelin
and the Sex Pistols. Bunton was there to collect the award. In November 2008, Billboard announced the Spice Girls
as the winners in the "Top Boxscore" category of the Billboard Touring Awards, for their 17 show stint at the O2
Arena in London.[67]

Recent activities and Viva Forever: the Musical (2009–present)

In September 2009, rumours emerged of a second Spice Girls reunion after Brown, Chisholm, Halliwell and Bunton
were photographed having a meal together in London.[68][69] Victoria Beckham was absent from the night due to her
work schedule. Brown then mused about the possibilities of another tour on her Twitter.[70] Halliwell was then
quoted during a television interview saying; “We always talk about creative plans and possibilities, definitely... And
yes [we did talk about that last week]. Right now, we are gathering information and thinking about possibilities...
but when you're evolving a plan you don't share it to the world until it's concrete...If they do cement themselves, I'll
be the first to tell you.”[71] Brown then responded to questions regarding another reunion via her official message
board, saying; “I would love to tell you. But until all 5 of us have finalised everything, out of respect for each other
and the Spice brand, mum's the word for now. All 5 of us are in discussions right now, I’ll let you know what we
decide on once all 5 of us agree. But it is all very exciting!”[72] Bunton then told readers of Now Magazine that they
had been discussing work-related subjects and that she's “…sure all five of us will be catching up again soon. Watch
this space!”[73] Bunton also stated later that the Spice Girls would not be reuniting for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In
mid-October, Melanie C denied on GMTV all rumours about a possible reunion with Spice Girls, stating that it was
not feasible to have a comeback at the moment.[74] In the same month, reports[75] suggested that the Spice Girls are
to star in a reality show in which they will cast female actors to play their roles in a musical. Melanie Brown denied
this claim, stating that all members of the group were already accounted for and planning "something exciting".[76]
On 1 November 2009, Simon Fuller supposedly hinted that the Spice Girls would get together to perform at the
2012 Summer Olympics and kick-off their second reunion tour,[77] though this has not been confirmed by any of the
On 18 January 2010, it was announced that the group was nominated for a BRIT Award in the new category, "Best
Performance of the 30th Year." They are nominated for their iconic performance of the singles, "Wannabe" and
"Who Do You Think You Are". Following the group's nomination, the group's management updated their official
website asking people to vote. A subscribers newsletter was additionally sent out on the same day the website was
updated (this was the first time in nearly two years that the website had been updated). On 16 February 2010, the
group won a BRIT Award for "Most Memorable Performance of 30 Years". Judy Craymer has teamed up with the
Spice Girls and Simon Fuller to start developing a Spice Girls musical entitled Viva Forever. Although the girls are
not to be in the show, they are to influence the show's cast and production choices in a story which uses their music
but bears no relation to their personal story; similar to that of ABBA's music in Mamma Mia!.[78][79] On 28 August
2010, it was reported that Jennifer Saunders would pen the script for the Spice Girls' musical, Viva Forever.[80]
Saunders had twice previously worked with the group: the first time, appearing in the Comic Relief version for the
"Who Do You Think You Are" video, the second, making a cameo appearance in the 1997 feature film, Spice
In April 2011, Mel B announced and promoted a T-shirt that all five Spice Girls helped design in conjunction with
The Hard Rock Cafe Artist Spotlight Program to help raise money for the Chickenshed Theatre Company.
In August 2011, Halliwell put up a proposal to the other band members to reunite the Spice Girls to represent the
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.[81][82] Commenting on it, Halliwell
stated, “the reunited "Spice Girls" will be able to do what "Blue" could not.”[81] More recently Mel C has stated that
she believes another reunion of the Spice Girls may be difficult due to the girl's "Spice Babies".[83]

Solo careers

Each member of the Spice Girls has developed their own solo career since the height of Spicemania. Mel B was the
first Spice Girl to release her solo material in 1998 with "I Want You Back" her collaboration with Missy Elliott,
which became a number one hit in the UK. Later that year, Mel C's debut single "When You're Gone", a duet with
Bryan Adams, was released. In 1999, after departing from the group, Halliwell released her first solo album
Schizophonic, which would go on to produce three number one singles in the UK. In 1999, Chisholm released her
debut solo album, Northern Star, which spawned two number one UK hits. Since 2000, each member has produced
various solo music projects with varying degrees of success.

Geri Halliwell
Further information: Geri Halliwell discography

After her departure in 1998, Halliwell became a successful music artist internationally. Her debut album,
Schizophonic, sold twice as much as Forever in UK. The album produced one number 2 and three number 1 singles
in UK. Following the release of her debut album, she released 2 more albums and 5 more singles including her
worldwide hit "It's Raining Men", which was the second best-selling single of 2001. In total, she sold more than 12
million records worldwide as a solo artist.[84][85] In 2008, Halliwell published a book series named Ugenia
Lavender.[86] She was named in 2008 the biggest-selling children author of the year in the UK, and she had two top
selling autobiography books before her successful Ugenia Lavender series.

Melanie Chisholm
Further information: Melanie C discography

Chisholm took her first steps in establishing a solo career in late 1998 by singing with Canadian rocker Bryan
Adams on the song "When You're Gone". Her debut album, Northern Star was released in 1999, became more
successful than Forever in UK, where it was certified 3× Platinum,[18] and certified 2× Platinum for selling more
than 2 million copies in Europe alone.[87] The album produced two No. 1 singles, "Never Be the Same Again"
featuring Lisa Lopes and "I Turn to You". After the release of three more albums, Chisholm temporarily stopped
recording and concentrated on motherhood.[88] After a brief hiatus, she performed in the West End London musical
Blood Brothers. So far, Chisholm sold close to 10 million records worldwide.[89] Chisholm holds the position for
most United Kingdom number-ones by a female co-writer. She is also third after Lennon and McCartney for the
most UK number-one singles by a British co-writer and she is the only woman to reach the UK number-one as part
of a quintet, quartet, duo and as a solo artist.[90] Melanie C released her fifth album, The Sea, in September 2011.

Emma Bunton
Further information: Emma Bunton discography

Bunton released her first solo single in 1999, "What I Am".[91] The song, a cover, was in collaboration with the
English duo Tin Tin Out. After strong competition from fellow Spice girl Halliwell, it reached No. 2 in the UK with
Halliwell's "Lift Me Up" peaking at #1.[92] In 2001, she released her debut album, A Girl Like Me, certified Gold in
UK.[18] The album spawned three top 5 singles including her number one single, "What Took You So Long". In
2003, Bunton's second album, Free Me, was released in UK, and also was certified Gold.[18] The second album
became more successful than her debut album, she had an international hit with her singles "Maybe" and "Free Me".
Her last hit was her official Children in Need single, a cover of Petula Clark "Downtown", which entered the UK
charts at number 3 (the last top 5-spice girls-related single) After the release of her last album, Life in Mono (#65),
and her last single, "All I Need to Know" (#60), which both failed to break into top 40 let alone 20 or 10, she
temporarily took a break from the music industry and focused on acting in television and films. In total, Bunton sold
more than 2 million records worldwide. Bunton is now a popular radio DJ in the UK[93] and a leading judge on the
UK reality skating show Dancing on Ice. She is now the host of the UK's Channel 5 talent show Don't Stop

Melanie Brown
Further information: Melanie Brown Discography

Brown's first album Hot was released in October 2000. She had four UK top 15 singles, including two top 5 and her
No. 1 hit, "I Want You Back" featuring Missy Elliott.[94] After the release of her last single, "Today", and her second
album, L.A. State of Mind, which both failed to make an impact,[95][96] Brown became more successful in television
for her participation in the US hit show Dancing with the Stars where she got the second place, and for her stage
musical activities. In total, she sold over 0.5 Million as a solo artist. Currently, Melanie divides her time spent in the
United States and United Kingdom, where she is best known for her athletic appearance and fitness. In 2010, Brown
starred in her own reality television show called Mel B: It's a Scary World which aired on Style channel across the
globe for a full season. A second season has been confirmed by Brown. In October 2010 as part of her reality TV
show, Brown recorded a song entitled "Lip Lock" a duet with Rapper Ludacris.[97] Brown has also released a fitness
DVD and a fitness Game. She is currently working on her third album and is a judge on the Australian version of
The X Factor. She had her third child in September 2011.

Victoria Beckham

In August 2000, Beckham released her first solo single, "Out of Your Mind", in collaboration with Dane Bowers
and Truesteppers. The single debuted at number 2 in UK Singles Chart. On 1 October 2001, Beckham released her
self-titled album which peaked at number 10.[98] After the release of her debut album, Beckham cancelled all plans
on her singing career and only focused on marriage, motherhood and fashion, where she became more successful
and highly regarded within both the fashion industry and pop culture.[99] She is the only Spice Girl member that has
never had a British solo number 1, although she is also the only member to have all her released albums and singles
peak in the top 10. In total, Beckham sold more than 650,000 in UK alone with only an album and 4 singles. In
2010, she was nominated for the British Fashion Award by the British Fashion Council for her fashion range,
nominated against designers Burberry, Mulberry, and Pringle of Scotland.[citation needed]

Cultural impact
British music scene

After being shut out by the Britpop revolution that occurred in the early 1990s when bands like Oasis, Pulp and Blur
dominated the charts, pop music found a voice again. The image of the Spice Girls was deliberately aimed at young
girls, an audience of formidable size and potential; reinforcing the range of appeal within the target demographic
were the bandmates' five distinctive personalities, which encouraged fans to identify with one member or another.
This marketing was helped in no small way by the aliases assigned to each member of the group, similar to the
marketing ploy used in children's serial literature of including several different character types in the storyline.
Shortly after "Wannabe"'s release, the group appeared in Top of the Pops magazine where each member was given a
nickname based upon her image: Adams became "Posh Spice", Bunton became "Baby Spice", Brown was named
"Scary Spice", Halliwell was named "Ginger Spice", and Chisholm became "Sporty Spice".[100]

"Girl Power"
Main article: Girl Power

The "Girl Power" has put a name to a social phenomenon,[101] but the slogan was met with mixed reactions. The
phrase was a label for the particular facet of feminist empowerment embraced by the band: that a sensual, feminine
appearance and equality between the sexes need not be mutually exclusive. This concept was by no means original
in the pop world; both Madonna and Bananarama had employed similar outlooks, and the phrase was most likely
first coined by Welsh indie band Helen Love in 1993 and was the title of an album by British pop duo Shampoo in
1995. However, the Spice Girls' version was distinctive. Its message of empowerment appealed to young girls,
adolescents and adult women,[101] and it emphasised the importance of strong and loyal friendship among females.
In all, the focused, consistent presentation of "girl power" formed the centrepiece of their appeal as a band.[101]
Some critics dismissed it as no more than a shallow marketing tactic, while others took issue with the emphasis on
physical appearance, concerned about the potential impact on self-conscious and/or impressionable youngsters.
Regardless, the phrase became a cultural phenomenon,[101] adopted as the mantra for millions of girls[101] and even
making it into the Oxford English Dictionary.[102] In summation of the concept, author Ryan Dawson said, "The
Spice Girls changed British culture enough for Girl Power to now seem completely unremarkable."[103]

"Cool Britannia"

The term "Cool Britannia" became prominent in the media and represented the new political and social climate that
was emerging with the advances made by New Labour and Tony Blair. Coming out of a period of 18 years of
Conservative government, Tony Blair and New Labour were seen as young, cool and very appealing, a main driving
force in making Britain look fashionable again. Although by no means responsible for the onset of "Cool Britannia",
the arrival of the Spice Girls added to the new image and re-branding of Britain, and underlined the growing world
popularity of British, rather than U.S., pop music. This fact was underlined at the BRIT Awards in 1997. The group
won two awards[104] but it was Halliwell's Union Jack dress that appeared in media coverage over the world and
eventually became a symbol of "Cool Britannia".

1990s iconic status

The Union Jack dress that Halliwell wore has been identified with iconic status, becoming one of the most
prominent symbols of 1990s pop culture... The dress was sold at a charity auction to Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas
for a record £41,320, giving Halliwell the Guinness World Record for the most expensive piece of pop star clothing
ever sold[105] after interest from a frenzy of bidders.[106] The dress was one of many items of Spice Girls
memorabilia sold at the auction, where total sales reached £146,511 for charity.[106]
The iconic symbolism of the Spice Girls in the 1990s is also attributed to their merchandising and willingness to be
a part of a media-driven world. They advertised for many brands and even parodied themselves in the video for the
song "Spice Up Your Life", in which the band fly in a space ship surrounded by billboards and adverts featuring
them. Because of their regular appearances in ads and the media, the band solidified themselves as a phenomenon –
an icon of the decade and for British music. The Spice Girls ranked No. 10 in The 101 Reasons the '90s Ruled,
special for TV channel E!.[107]
Some sources revere the Spice Girls as "gay icons", especially those in the United Kingdom. In a survey in which
more than 5,000 male and female homosexually-oriented individuals from the UK had voted, Victoria Beckham
placed 12th and Geri Halliwell placed 43rd in the Top 50 gay icons of all time.[108] Halliwell joked at the Video
Music Awards in 1998 about her appearance as Ginger Spice: "As you have noted, I am no longer dressed like a
drag queen."[109] During an interview, Emma Bunton explained why the Spice Girls have so many gay fans: "We
were really flattered with having such a huge gay fan base because they know about fashion and they know about
songs ... I'm so flattered that we've got such a huge gay following, it's amazing."[110]
Ten years after the release of their debut single, the Spice Girls were voted the biggest cultural icons of the 1990s by
80 percent in a UK poll of 1,000 people carried out for the board game "Trivial Pursuit", stating that "Girl Power"
defined the decade.[111]

Fashion trends and nicknames

As the girls become more popular, their images became as important as their music. In their early days of the band,
the girls had a laid back and casual look, and maintained an image of everyday British young females. As their
career progressed into a worldwide phenomenon, the girls and their manager Simon Fuller became more aware of
the impact their images had. The Spice Girls soon became noticeable just by their clothes and hairstyles, and soon
became icons of late 1990s fashion. In a summer 1996 issue of Top of the Pops magazine, editor Peter Loraine (later
to become head of Polydor's pop label Fascination Records) gave them nicknames for their images and
personalities, and this soon had an impact on their fashion. In contrast to their early career, the girls soon began to
differ their images from each other, and each girl had a unique look.

       Victoria Beckham (née Adams) (March 1994 – December 2000 and June 2007 – February 2008). Victoria
was called Posh Spice because of her more upper middle-class background, her choppy brunette bob and refined
attitude, form-fitting designer outfits and her love of high-heeled footwear.
       Melanie Brown (March 1994 – December 2000 & June 2007 – February 2008). Melanie was given the
nickname Scary Spice because of her outrageous, "in-your-face" attitude, "loud" Leeds accent, throaty laugh,
pierced tongue, manner of dress (which often consisted of leopard-print outfits), and her voluminously curly hair.
       Emma Bunton (October 1994 – December 2000 and June 2007 – February 2008). Emma was called Baby
Spice because she was the youngest of the group, wore her long blonde hair in pigtails, wore babydoll dresses, had
an innocent smile, and had a girly girl personality.
       Melanie Chisholm (March 1994 – December 2000 and June 2007 – February 2008). Melanie was called
Sporty Spice because she usually wore a tracksuit with her hair in a ponytail and sported a tough girl attitude. She
also possessed true athletic abilities, her signature being her ability to perform back handsprings.
       Geri Halliwell (March 1994 – May 1998 and June 2007 – February 2008). Geri was called Ginger Spice
because of her "liveliness, zest, and flaming red hair." She often wore outrageous stage outfits, as in the iconic
Union Jack dress. Geri was seen by many as de facto leader of the group thanks to her articulate conversational style
and business savvy nature.

Portrayal in the media

The Spice Girls became media icons in Great Britain and a regular feature of the British press;[112] during the peak
of their worldwide fame in 1997, the paparazzi were constantly seen following them everywhere,[113] to obtain
stories and gossip about the group, as a supposed affair between Emma Bunton and manager Simon Fuller,[113][114]
or constant split rumours[114] which became fodder for numerous tabloids.[112] Rumours of in-fighting and conflicts
within the group also have hit the headlines, specially between Geri Halliwell and Mel B; the rumours suggested
that they were fighting to be the leader of the group.[115] Mel B, who later admits that she used to be a "bitch" with
Geri, said the problems had stayed in the past.[116] The rumours reached their height, when the Spice Girls dismissed
their manager Simon Fuller during the power struggles, with Fuller reportedly receiving a 10 million pound
severance cheque to keep quiet about the details of his sacking.[117] Months later, in May 1998, Halliwell would
leave the band, in the middle of rumours of fight with Mel B, the news of Halliwell's departure was covered as a
major news story by media around the world,[118] and became the biggest entertainment news stories of the year.[44]
In February 1997 in the Brit Awards Geri's Union Jack dress from Spice Girls live performance created phenomenal
attention and subsequently made all the front pages the next day.[119] During the ceremony, Geri's breasts were
exposed twice causing controversy.[21] This would not be the only such exhibition published of Geri, because during
the year the release of nude photos of Halliwell that she posed for earlier in her career[112] caused some scandal.[113]
According to the documentary Giving You Everything, the rest of the Spices confessed that they knew about the
photos before they were famous, but when the photos were published they created problems and friction inside the
group during these years, but the issue never went away.[120]
The stories of their encounters with other celebrities also became fodder for the press;[112] for example, in May
1997, in The Prince's Trust 21st anniversary concert, Mel B and Geri Halliwell breached royal protocol when they
planted kisses on Prince Charles's cheeks, leaving it covered with lipstick, and later, Halliwell told him "you're very
sexy" and also pinched his bottom.[121] In November, the British Royal Family were considered fans of the Spice
Girls, including The Prince of Wales and his son Prince Harry of Wales.[122][123] That month, South African
President Nelson Mandela said: "These are my heroes. This is one of the greatest moments in my life"[124] in an
encounter organised by Prince Charles, who said, "It is the second greatest moment in my life, the first time I met
them was the greatest".[124] In 1998 the video game magazine Nintendo Power created The More Annoying Than
The Spice Girls Award, adding: "What could possibly have been more annoying in 1997 than the Spice Girls, you
Victoria Adams started dating football player David Beckham in 1997 after they had met at a charity football match,
prompting him to request a meeting with her.[126] The couple announced their engagement in 1998[127] and were
dubbed "Posh and Becks" by the media,[128] After marriage, they have been called the celebrity couple of the decade
and are Britain's biggest power-couple, attracting much media coverage in the following years.

Other brand ventures
Main article: Spice World (film)

In June 1997, the group began filming their movie debut with director Bob Spiers. Meant to accompany the album,
the comical style and content of the movie was in the same vein as The Beatles' films in the 1960s such as A Hard
Day's Night. The light-hearted comedy, intended to capture the spirit of the Spice Girls, featured a plethora of stars
including Roger Moore, Hugh Laurie, Elton John, Richard O'Brien, Jennifer Saunders, Richard E. Grant, Elvis
Costello, and Meat Loaf. Released in December 1997, Spiceworld: The Movie proved to be a hit at the box office
breaking the record for the highest-ever weekend debut for Super Bowl Weekend (25 January 1998) in the US, with
box office sales of $10,527,222. This record has since been beaten by The Butterfly Effect in 2004.[129] The movie
took in total $77 million dollars at the box office worldwide,[115][130] $100 million combining cinema tickets and
DVD Sales,[16] including $30 million in America and £11 million in Britain. Despite being a commercial success,
the film was widely panned by critics; the movie was nominated for seven awards at the 1999 Golden Raspberry
Awards where they "won" the award for "Worst Actress".[131]


The first television special that the Spice Girls filmed was a documentary of their experiences from 1996–97, titled
One Hour of Girl Power.[132] Later, Girl Talk was released. It was a television special where the Spice Girls spoke
individually about themselves and the group.[133] In April 1997, The Spice Girls appeared on the popular American
television show Saturday Night Live,[134] singing "Wannabe" and "Say You'll Be There".[135] In November 1997, An
Audience With The Spice Girls was screened for British channel ITV.[136] The show attracted 11.8 million viewers
in UK, one fifth of the population.[21] In December 1997 was the release of the first US television documentary Too
Much Is Never Enough, focusing on their reaction to their sudden rise to fame around the world.[137] In January
1998, The Spice Girls appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, singing two songs, followed by an interview with
In 1999 the TV special, The Spice Girls in America: A Tour Story was aired. This followed the Spice Girls' exploits
and adventures in America, focusing on their tour of the USA,[138] and when Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls. In
2003 the television series on VH1 Behind the Music devoted a chapter to tell the story of the Spice Girls,[139] as well
as E! True Hollywood Story, the TV documentary series on the E! Entertainment Television cable.
The first public appearance on stage by the Spice Girls Reunion was made at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood,
where the group performed at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. They performed two songs, 1998 single "Stop"
and the lead single off their greatest hits album, "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)". The show was filmed by
CBS on 15 November 2007 for broadcast on 4 December 2007,[61] the show attracts averaged 7.4 million total
In December 2007, the official documentary, Spice Girls: Giving You Everything that made its world première in
Australia on FOX8, It later aired in Canada on 19 December 2007 (on the CTV), and on the BBC in the United
Kingdom on 31 December 2007. The film features narrative insight and commentary from the five girls themselves.
The title of the documentary comes from chorus lyrics from their UK No. 1 single "Say You'll Be There". The
episode attracted 3.6 million viewers in the UK.[141]

Viva Forever: The Spice Girls Musical

In mid-October 2009, Now reported that the group, led by Geri, were set to produce a West End musical that would
highlight their "rags-to-riches" story.[142]
On 21 January 2010 it was announced Judy Craymer the producer behind the global smash-hit musical Mamma Mia
would produce Viva Forever, a romantic comedy based on the songs of the Spice Girls. Expected to open in the
West End in 2012, on 3 September 2010 it was announced British BAFTA award winning screenwriter, comedienne
and actress Jennifer Saunders would write the original story for 'Viva Forever'.[143]

Merchandise and sponsorship deals
See also: Spice Girls Dolls and Spice World (video game)

The year 1997 saw the Spice Girls capitalising on their fame through a multi-million dollar phenomenon of
merchandise, with hundreds of official products, including Chupa Chups, Walkers Crisps, Cadbury Chocolate,
Polaroid, Impulse Deodorant, Aprilia Scooters, Domino Sugar, Spice Girls Dolls, a PlayStation video game,
Sponsorship with ASDA Supermarket chain Channel Five (UK), and signed contract with Pepsi earned the group
over £5 million (US$10 million).[144] The Spice Girls brand had produced over £300 million pounds worldwide
through merchandise in 1997.[145] Globally, the group's total grosses are estimated to have been $500–800 millions
of dollars between 1996 and 1998.[115]
At the height of 1990s Spicemania, there were many official and unofficial products produced by numerous
manufacturers, including clothes, stickers, postcards, pens, bags, shoes, watches, caps, cosmetics, toys, food
products, mugs, backpacks, magazines, books, videos, etc.[146]
During the summer of 1997, the group was criticised for "selling out" to worldwide brands, being accused of
overexposure and signing too many sponsorship contracts with large coporate businesses.[36] The group responded
to the presses criticisms by launching a music video of "Spice Up Your Life" where they are seen referring to the
number of sponsorships they had.
       Cadbury Chocolate: 10 chocolate bars, assorted boxes and holiday confectioneries including easter eggs
featuring the girls individually or as a group were produced.
       Chupa Chups: Different tins filled with assorted lollipops featuring a different girl were among the many
products released, but the most widely produced was the "Fantasy Ball" Chupa Chups with six different packages
each featuring a collectible sticker. Also Pushpops, Crazy Dips, Bubblegum with tattoos and toy microphones were
       Walkers Crisps: In this promotion, over 51 different packaging designs created, with 10 for each member,
plus a group package. The girls starred in two television adverts for the products.
       Pepsi Cola: In early 1997, the Spice Girls signed a multimillion sponsorship deal with Pepsi, and earned
over £5 million (US$10 million) for the group.[144] The girls were featured on several cans and bottles of Pepsi
throughout Europe. Promotional giveaways included collectible drinking glasses and a music single, "Step to Me".
The girls starred in three television adverts for Pepsi all featuring the song "Move Over (Generation Next)".
       Spice Girls Dolls: Were released by Galoob Toys in 1997, became a huge hit during the Christmas season
going on to become best-selling dolls.[147]
       Polaroid: A regular Polaroid instant camera with a pink-and-purple shell and Spice Girl badging was
produced along with a Spice Girls branded disposable Polaroid camera and flashlight. Each of the girls filmed a
television advert promoting new types of Polaroid film (i.e. black & white, writable, etc.), in addition to making a
group advert.
       Impulse: The girls launched a fragrance known as "Impulse Spice", Deodorant and shower gel products were
produced. One television advertisement was made for the product.
       PlayStation: Spice World, a video game featuring computer-animated cartoons of the girls was developed in
       Aprilia Scooters: 5 different scooters, each promoting a Spice Girl, were created and marketed as the "Spice
Sonic Effect".
       ASDA Supermarkets: British supermarket chain ASDA, created over 40 different Spice Items for Christmas
1997 developing goods such as party supplies, xmas supplies, Chocolate biscuits, Cookies, Cakes, Pizzas, Towels,
Pillows, Bean Bags, Clothing supplies even including spice branded platform shoe sneakers and even Spice Girl
branded kids meals in the stores' restaurants. Signed contract with ASDA for earned over £1 million
(US$2 million)[148]
       Tesco Supermarkets: A two-part television ad campaign celebrating Christmas with the Spice Girls aired in
2007, been paid £5 million (US$10 million).[60]
       Channel Five (UK): The girls appeared in promotional print ads, recorded a song ("1,2,3,4,5!"), filmed a
music video and launched Britain's fifth terrestrial television network in 1997.
       Domino Sugar: The Girls promoted the sugar with a sponsor of their North American tour, with clips being
played before shows and during intermission on video screens.
       Target Stores: The American discount retailer was one of the largest suppliers of official Spice Girls
merchandise in the United States and Australia, usually devoting an aisle to products such as bikes, school supplies,
party supplies, and toys.

Career records and achievements

       As of January 2010, the Spice Girls have sold more than 75 million records worldwide* Certified sales of 13
million albums in Europe,[20] 14 million records in the US[22] and 2.4 million in Canada.[34]
       Total of nine number one singles in the UK – tied with ABBA behind Take That (Eleven), The Shadows
(twelve), Madonna (thirteen), Westlife (fourteen), Cliff Richard (fourteen), The Beatles (seventeen) and Elvis
Presley (twenty-one).
       Three consecutive Christmas number one singles in the UK for: ("2 Become 1", 1996; "Too Much", 1997;
"Goodbye", 1998)[149]
       "Wannabe" is the most successful song released by an all female group. Sales are in the region of 7 million
       Spice is the 18th biggest-selling album of all time in the UK with over 3 million copies sold, topped the
charts for 15 weeks (non-consecutive) the most by a female group in the UK[152]
         Spice is the biggest-selling album of the all time by a girl group with sales of 23 million copies
         First act (only female act) to have their first six singles ("Wannabe", "Say You'll Be There", "2 Become 1",
"Mama"/"Who Do You Think You Are", "Spice Up Your Life" and "Too Much") make number one on the UK
charts. (Their run was broken by "Stop", which peaked at number two in March 1998.)
         "Wannabe" debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 11, the highest-ever debut by a British
band in the US, beating the previous record held by The Beatles for "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and the joint
highest entry for a debut act tying with Alanis Morissette.[21]
         Highest international debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at number five with "Say You'll Be There". This record
still holds to date.
         The first British band since the Beatles to have two albums in the US Chart Top Ten at the same time, Spice
and Spiceworld.[21]
         Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress that she wore for the Spice Girls' 1997 BRIT Awards performance, was
sold for £36,000 ($66,112) at Sotheby's, London, England on 16 Sept. 1998. It was bought by Peter Morton, the
owner of the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. It is still to date the "Most Valuable Popstar Clothing"
ever worn.[153]
         The Spice Girls achieved the highest ever annual earnings by an all female group in 1998 with an income of
£49 million (approximately US$100 million).[154]
         Spiceworld shipped 7 million copies in just two weeks, including 1.4 million in Britain alone – the largest-
ever shipment of an album over 14 days.[155]
         Spiceworld: The Movie broke the record for the highest-ever weekend debut for Super Bowl Weekend (25
January 1998) in the US, with box office sales of $10,527,222. This record has since been beaten by The Butterfly
Effect in 2004.[129]
         Spiceworld: The Movie topped the UK video charts on its first week of release, selling over 55,000 copies on
its first day in the shops.[156]
         In Canada, "Goodbye" sat at the number-one position for sixteen consecutive weeks. The song ranks in
Canada as the third best-selling single of the 1990s and the best-selling single of 1999 certified 2× Platinum.
         Received several awards including five BRIT Awards, three American Music Awards, three MTV Europe
Music Awards, one MTV Video Music Awards and three World Music Awards.
         Tickets for Spice Girls reunion shows in London sold out in 38 seconds.[55]
         The Spice Girls Reunion Tour was announced as the Highest Grossing Concert Act of 2008 with netted
£16.5 million (US$33 million) for the band.[157][158] In total, the tour took more than $70 million.[159]

Main article: Spice Girls discography
Studio albums
      Spice (1996)
      Spiceworld (1997)
      Forever (2000)
Compilation albums
      Greatest Hits (2007)

3, 4, 25 & 26 Feb

Concert location:
Air Canada Centre
City facts:
The Spice Girls rocked the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on their first world tour, 11 July 1998

Following an online vote by fans, Toronto became the official Spice City, receiving more votes than Baghdad, Rio
de Janeiro and the Australian city of Alice Springs.

Defining the Toronto skyline is the CN Tower. At a height of 553.33 metres it is the world's second tallest
freestanding structure - a title it has claimed for the past 31 years

Famous Torontonians include Neil Young, Jim Carrey and Mike Myers.

Mel B has fond memories the Spice Girls' last visit to Toronto. "We made the most of our day off and went for a
picnic at Niagara Falls," she recalls
GIRL POWER! Oscar-winning actress Mary Pickford came from Toronto and was one of the first Canadian
pioneers in early Hollywood. Her contract demands in the 1920s shaped the future of the movie industry.

Late 1992
Emma, Geri, Mel B, Melanie C and Victoria, meet on the auditions circuit while chasing work in shows and as
TV extras.

Friday 4 March 1993
400 girls have one minute each to sing and dance at the Danceworks studios in Balderton Street, near Selfridges in
London. They had all seen an ad in The Stage newspaper, placed by father-and-son management team Bob & Chris
Herbert, which said:
R. U. 18-23 with the ability to sing/dance?
R U streetwise, outgoing, ambitious, and dedicated?
Heart Management Ltd are a widely successful music industry management consortium currently forming a
choreographed, singing/dancing, all-female pop act for a recording deal.
Open audition
Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street
Friday 4 March
11am – 5.30pm
Please bring sheet music or backing cassette

Melanie C sings I'm So Excited by the Pointer Sisters.
Mel B sings The Greatest Love Of All by Whitney Houston
Victoria Adams sings Mein Herr from Cabaret

17 May 1993
Second and final auditions are held at Nomis Studios, Sanctuary Road, W14.
Geri misses the first audition because she was working that day. She begs Chris Herbert to give her a try. At the
second audition, Geri looks older than the others and when asked her age she replies: "I'm as old as you want me to
be. I'll be ten with big boobs if you want." She won the panel over with her charm.

From the auditions, girl group Touch is formed. The original line-up is Victoria Adams, Melanie Brown, Melanie
Chisholm, Geri Halliwell and Michelle Stephenson.

7 June 1993
The girls meet for the first time at Trinity Studios in Woking, Surrey. Chris rents a house for them (58 Boyn Hill
Road, near Maidenhead) and the girls move in – living frugally because they have no wages. They are given
minimal pocket money.

Every day the girls go to the studio to work on their singing & dancing. Geri has to put in the most work because
she isn't as good as the others. She often says: "Time is running out. This is my last chance and I am going to make

It soon becomes clear that Michelle doesn't fit in, so she leaves to care for her sick mum and to then go on to
university. She is replaced by Emma Bunton.

"It was quite funny coming into the band late because the others had all known each other for a bit. I had to meet
them at a train station the first time and there were quite a few girls hanging around. But as soon as I saw them I
knew who they were. We just clicked straight away." – Emma

Emma's first night with the girls is her first night away from home. "I got a bit homesick, so I went and had a cry on
Geri's shoulder. That linked us and it's been the same with all the other girls," she says.

July 1993 - March 1994
The girls live in the house in Maidenhead, rehearsing dance routines, going to the studio and eating a lot of toast.

August 1993
Geri comes up with the name Spice during an aerobics class. It seems to fit because "Because we're all really
different," says Emma. And they've already recorded a song called Sugar and Spice.

7 December 1993
The girls perform a showcase at Nomis Studios in West London, and meet industry figures, producers and

3 March 1994
The girls officially take control of the band. They don't agree with Chris Herbert's idea to dress them all the same
and sing cover versions. They retrieve the backing tracks of the songs they had been working on at Trinity Studios
and left.

October 1994
With a catalogue of songs, demos and dance routines, the girls set out to find a manager. Travelling around in Geri's
car with a Filofax and a phone, they go to meetings around the country. After a couple of months of not getting
anywhere they meet Simon Fuller of 19 Management.

“I remember them coming into my office for the first time very well― says Simon later.“They had so much
energy and determination, all of them were talking at once and they were very funny. They were very different to
the boy groups that were dominating the chart at that time, they had a real sense of personality and I knew that we
could achieve great things together―.

March 1995
The girls sign with Simon Fuller / 19 Management and immediately go into the recording studio to start recording
the songs that would make them famous.
March – August 1995
Simon Fuller’s first job is to arrange a record deal, and several record labels start to make offers to sign the
band. Virgin Records throws a surprise party for them before they fly off to explore record deals in LA – club

September 1995
Simon Fuller signs the Spice Girls to Virgin Records and immediately arranges for the girls to pay back their first
management company for its investment during the early days of their career. The name Spice is already in use by a
US rapper. So, the group name is changed to Spice Girls.

14 October 1995
The Spice Girls are guests of honour at a race meeting at Kempton Park in Surrey. While posing for a photo call
with a statue of Desert Orchid, the girls take control and begin to climb on the statue. Race goers look on in disgust
and it causes uproar, and it gives them their first publicity – receiving tabloid and local television coverage.

"Simon arranged a day out at the races to introduce us to everybody – all the media-type people. We thought it
was funny because it was all stiff upper lip and we were just our normal selves and being really quite mad. Anyway,
we jumped on the statue of that old horse, Desert Storm. I've got a great photo of us on it, and you can see the
security guards in the background running towards us. There were a few journalists there and I remember we took
one into the girls' toilet where the acoustics were good and then sang Wannabe, a capella." – Geri

November 1995
Simon Fuller signs the Girls to music publishers Windswept Pacific, and then takes them to the States to undertake
a promotional tour in LA.

April 1996
The girls shoot their first video, for Wannabe, at St Pancras Station, London.

Geri on the video: "I remember the chaos and the cold. It wasn't very controlled – we didn't want it to be. We
wanted the camera to capture the madness of Spice. I had very big shoes on and fell over many times. I watched it
again recently and thought it was like a comedy, really. All the other girls gave me the award for being the biggest
prat in it! It's the most spontaneous of our videos."

May 1996
The video for Wannabe gets a trial airing on The Box music channel. It's an instant hit, and is played 70 times a
week. The first music press interview appears in Music Week.

19 June 1996
Quarter-page mini article appears in Smash Hits, titled "Introducing: Spice Girls"

July 1996
A feature in Top of the Pops magazine gives the Spice Girls their nicknames, Posh, Baby, Scary, Sporty and
Ginger. Editor Peter Loraine suggests the names during lunch with the girls in Notting Hill.
"I simply said it would be a good idea if they had some nicknames. The girls liked the idea, so I had an editorial
meeting back at the office and about four of us started thinking of names. Posh was the first one to be thought up
because Victoria looks pretty sophisticated. The rest were pretty easy really because the girls' characters were
already really strong. The names jumped out at us. We laughed the most when we came up with Scary. Jennifer
Cawthron, who was also from Leeds, came up with that one because Mel B was so loud and had tried to take over
our whole photo shoot.
"We ran the names for a couple of issues and the first time the girls saw them they thought it was funny. Then the
newspapers started picking up on the names and they cropped up everywhere until they were fully accepted by

July 1996
A full-page advertisement appears in Smash Hits, saying: "Wanted: Anyone with a sense of fun, freedom and
adventure. Hold tight, get ready – Girl Power is comin' at you."

8 July 1996
Debut single Wannabe is released. On the single, Mel C says: "It was recorded in under an hour. Whereas, a lot of
the other songs on the album took two or three days at least."

14 July 1996
Wannabe enters the chart at number 3.

18 July 1996
The first national newspaper interview appears in the Daily Star.

21 July 1996
Wannabe climbs to number one (where it stays for seven weeks); the Spice Girls are the first all-female group to
top the charts with their debut single. Wannabe stays at number one for seven weeks and goes on to sell four
million copies. It reaches the top spot in 31 countries, making it the most successful debut single ever.

Wannabe steals the limelight from two ex Take That stars. The single knocks Gary Barlow's debut solo track
Forever Love off the top spot, and it forces Robbie Williams to settle for a number two with his debut single,

Victoria says: "We're as shocked as everyone else by the success of Wannabe. It doesn't put us under any pressure
to follow it up. If it's the only number one we ever have, at least it proves what we're capable of. It's brilliant
because it was the public who put it there, so it shows they enjoy what we do, but it's still just a paper fact about
record sales. It's only one tiny step for us as a band. We've already recorded an album which we're incredibly proud
of and that is what we're really anxious for people to get into."

September 1996
Simon Fuller takes the girls back to the USA to film the video for second single Say You'll Be There in the
Mojave Desert.

Emma says: "This was one of my favourites. We were out in the desert and all getting on really well, so it was a
complete laugh. It was very hot and I nearly got sunstroke! Two of the nights we went back to this hotel in the
middle of nowhere – it was like Thelma and Louise.―
Mel B says: "It was really friendly and vibey – the crew were great. One night, Geri and I drove out into the
desert. It was absolutely amazing. I sat on the car roof and gazed up at the stars. I felt so in touch with everything."

14 October 1996
Say You’ll Be There is released. Mel C says: "We recorded it in our trackies and socks in our studio at the
producer's house. It was a cool vibe, dead laid-back. A lot of sentiment in the song is to do with what we've been
through together. We've always been there for each other, so we wrote about that."

Emma say: "The track was recorded in Elliot Kennedy's studio, which he actually named Spice, because it had
never been used before."

20 October 1996
Say You'll Be There enters the chart at number one, replacing Boyzone's cover version of Words.

4 November 1996
The debut album, Spice, is released and is awarded silver disc status on advance sales alone. Two million copies are
sold in the first two weeks, and it goes on to become the biggest album of 1996 in the UK, and the biggest album of
1997 in the US, selling 10 million copies worldwide in less than seven months. Later updates put the UK sales
figure around three million and worldwide sales at some 23 million.

November 1996
The Spice Girls attract a crowd of 500,000 when they switch on the Christmas lights in Oxford Street, London –
bringing traffic in the West End to a standstill. It is one of several events staged by Simon Fuller to give them
added publicity and boost their record sales.

At the same time, Simon Fuller starts to set up million pound sponsorship deals for the Spice Girls with Pepsi,
Walkers, Impulse, Cadbury’s and Polaroid. They make the girls more famous than ever, as well as ensuring that
their records are constantly being played on the radio, on TV and even in shopping centres and supermarkets.

December 1996
The Spice Girls win three trophies at the Smash Hits awards at the London Arena, including best video for Say
You'll Be There.

12 December 1996
The band are interviewed by The Spectator. The issue is the highest selling in the 200-year history of the magazine,
and has political commentators beginning to assess the influence of "The Spice Vote".
Geri's "Maggie was the first Spice Girl" is the sound bite which captured the headlines.
What Geri says is: "We Spice Girls are true Thatcherites. Thatcher was the first Spice Girl, the pioneer of our
ideology, Girl Power. Thatcher had ideals all right – we love Maggie." She added: "We met Tony Blair and he
seemed nice enough. His hair's all right, but we don't agree with his tax policies. He's just not a safe pair of hands
for the economy."
Victoria says she would never vote Labour but added that John Major was a "boring pillock".
The girls aren't happy to be labelled Thatcherites – particularly Mel B because she's an anarchist and Mel C who
is a Labour supporter.

16 December 1996
2 Become 1 is released and sells 209,000 copies in the first three days alone.

Victoria says: "This video was my favourite. My coat was wicked in it and it was really different to the other videos
– shot entirely in the studio with high technology and loads of effects. It was really weird having to sing
passionately into the camera – I was feeling a right mug in front of all those people singing 'wanna make love to
you baby'."

22 December 1996
The Spice Girls have their third number one with 2 Become 1, and their first Christmas number one. It sells
500,000 copies in its first week, making it the fastest selling single of the year.

December 1996
Mel C looks back on the year, saying: "Mad! Totally messed-up and mad. This had been the craziest most
knackering year of our lives!"

January 1997
During the promotional tour of the US and Canada, Wannabe goes in at number 11 on the US Billboard chart, and
is the highest ever entry for a British band in the USA – beating the Beatles by one place – and the joint highest
entry for a debut act (tying with Alanis Morissette).

February 1997
The video for Who Do You Think You Are? is filmed for Comic Relief, featuring Spice wannabes The Sugar

24 February 1997
The girls collect two Brit Awards. Fans vote Say You’ll Be There as Best Video and Wannabe wins Best
Single. Geri's union jack dress from the girls' live performance hogs the headlines the next day. The following year,
the dress was sold for £36,200 at auction.
During the ceremony Geri's boobs pop out twice, but she says: "This is the best night of our lives, so I don't care
what happens."
Liam Gallagher causes a stir before the event by refusing to attend, saying he would "probably chin the Spice

"I've never been so nervous in my life and I will never be that nervous again. I had to be physically put in the car to
take me to the Brits show. I was proud – really, really proud. I will never forget Ben Elton saying: 'We've got
Sporty, Baby, Posh, Ginger and Scary!' and I remember thinking: 'Well, this is it. I'm going on.' Once on stage, I
sort of went on autopilot. It was great though." – Victoria

13 February 1997
Wannabe climbs to number one in the US singles chart, knocking Toni Braxton's Un-Break My Heart off the top.
The Spice Girls are the first British group to have a US number one with their first single. The Beatles only
managed number 12.

3 March 1997
Double A side Mama/Who Do You Think You Are is released.
Victoria says: "It took a long time to film it, but it was nice that our mums were there and could see what we're
doing. They were actually knackered at the end of the day and I said to my mum, 'Ha! Now you know how I feel
every day.'"

5 March 1997
Sales of Wannabe reach four million, making it the most successful debut single ever.

9 March 1997
Mama/Who Do You Think You Are goes straight in at number one – making the Spice Girls the first group in
history to have four consecutive number one hits. Profits from the single go to Comic Relief and provide the biggest
individual contribution of 1997. Worldwide CD sales reach six million albums and seven million singles.

15 March 1997
Simon Fuller takes Victoria Adams to a Chelsea v Manchester United game. Afterwards he introduces her to
David Beckham for the first time, in the players' lounge.

26 March 1997
At the Capital FM awards, the Spice Girls win London's Favourite Female Group.

28 March 1997
Girl Power! The Spice Girls first book and manifesto is launched at the Virgin Megastore. It sells 200,000 copies
within a day, and is eventually translated into more than 20 languages.

30 March 1997
Spice Girls launch Britain's new Channel 5, singing a re-written version of the 1960s hit 5-4-3-2-1.

March 1997
The album Spice achieves quadruple platinum status across Europe…

5 April 1997
… and quadruple platinum sales of more than 400,000 in Italy alone.

14 April 1997
Spice: the Official Video Volume One is released. It sells half a million copies.

May 1997
The Spice Girls sign a deal with Pepsi for a promo single – Step To Me which comes free, when fans collect
special ringpulls. Pepsi records its biggest-ever take up on the promotion.

May 1997
Simon Fuller has one more ace up his sleeve for the band: a major Hollywood film. Written by his brother Kim
Fuller, Spiceworld is announced by the Spice Girls at the Cannes Film Festival. They appear on top of the Hotel
Martinez entrance for a photo call and bring the area to a standstill.

11 May 1997
The girls perform their first live British gig for the Prince's Trust 21st anniversary concert at the Manchester Opera
House. At the show, they breach royal protocol when Mel B and then Geri plant big kisses on Prince Charles's
cheeks. Geri told HRH: "You're very sexy. We could spice up your life," and pinched his bottom.

15 May 1997
Spice goes to number one in the US album charts, making the Spice Girls the first British group to top the US
charts with a debut album. On the same day, Say You'll Be There enters the Billboard charts at number five.
Mel B says: "We can't believe the album is top of the chart – it's mind-blowing. We were hoping to get in the top
ten, but not this."
Geri adds: "It's great. This isn't luck – we have worked damned hard for it."
And in a joint statement, the girls declared: "Pop is back by Girl Power demand and we're thrilled. This proves that
with hard work and determination you can do anything. The encouragement of our fans has helped us in our mission
to conquer America."

29 May 1997
At the Ivor Novella Awards the girls win International Hit Of The Year and Bestselling British Single in the UK for

"Novellos are special because they're for writing, which is something we don't often get recognised for. Most people
don't actually believe that we write our songs, even thought we do. It was great to get them – they're quite serious
awards." – Mel C

"It was good to be recognised for not just standing there and singing but for actually having a brain and being able
to write songs. That was very important. Actually, I remember thinking I wish I had worn a different pair of
knickers because Mel B pulled my skirt up on stage." – Victoria

June 1997
Spiceworld the movie begins filming, with the second album being recorded on location.

"My favourite scene in the film is the one we shot in the Albert Hall. It was performing and that's what we like
doing best. We did our new single, Spice Up Your Life, which is really good, and we were all done up and had
mics on like Madonna. All the fans were there, which gave us a taster of what our concerts are going to be like. We
all loved it." – Mel C

July 1997
Spice has now sold more than 14 million copies. Between them, the singles Say You’ll Be There and 2
Become 1 have reached number 1 in 53 countries.

1 August 1997
Filming of the movie finishes. It is released on Boxing Day and it becomes one of the most profitable films in the
history of British cinema. It grossed a total of £8.5 million in the UK, and $30 million in America.
October 1997
Fifth single Spice Up Your Life enters the charts at number one, the girls' fifth consecutive number one hit single.

October 1997
Simon Fuller takes the Spice Girls east to perform their first live concert to 40,000 fans in Istanbul, Turkey.
“It was Las Vegas on The Bosphorous. In terms of pure spectacle, you’d be hard pressed to find anything
better.” – The Guardian.
“The girls’ debut was competent and capable and a triumph.” – The Sun.

1 November 1997
The Girls travel to South Africa to meet Nelson Mandela, who announces, “These are my heroes. This is one of
the greatest moments in my life―. Prince Charles is in attendance, and when asked if it was his greatest moment
he responds “second greatest. The first time I met them was the greatest.―

3 November 1997
The album Spiceworld is released. It is their second number one album, and makes the Spice Girls the first British
band since the Beatles to have two albums in the US chart at the same time. Spice and Spiceworld have amassed
enough sales for one out of every two people in Britain to own a Spice Girls album.

6 November 1997
After performing at the MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ahoy Stadium, Rotterdam the Spice Girls make the
decision to take over the running of the group and to drop Simon Fuller as their manager.

The news flashes around the world and generates front page headlines in all the British newspapers. A week later
the album they recorded under Simon Fuller’s guidance, Spiceworld, enters the charts at number one. The
album sold 191,000 copies in its first week.

29 November 1997
An Audience With The Spice Girls is screened and attracts 11.8 million viewers – one fifth of the population.

15 December 1997
Too Much is released, and becomes their second Christmas number one.

26 December 1997
Spiceworld The Movie is released, featuring Richard E Grant, Roger Moore, Sir Elton John and Stephen Fry. The
movie makes £6.8m in its first week of release.

25 January 1998
Victoria Adams and David Beckham announce their engagement

24 February 1998
The 102-date Spiceworld tour kicks off at The Point in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Ticket sales in New York break
records by selling at a rate of 1,200 a minute.

The tour set list:
Intro                                                          2 Become 1
If U Can't Dance                                               Walk of Life
Who Do You Think You Are                                       Sisters (Are Doin' It For Themselves) (Duet with
Do It                                                          Melanie Brown & Melanie Chisholm)
Denying                                                        Wannabe
Too Much                                                       Spice Up Your Life
Stop                                                           Mama
Where Did Our Love Go? (Emma Bunton solo)                      Encore
Move Over                                                      Viva Forever
The Lady Is A Vamp                                             Never Give Up On The Good Times
Say You'll Be There                                            We Are Family

15 March 1998
Without Simon Fuller’s guiding light the run of number one singles comes to an end when seventh release,
Stop, enters the UK chart at number two. It is stopped from getting to number one by It's Like That by Run DMC v
Jason Nevins.
31 May 1998
Days of speculation follow Geri's no-show at two concerts in Norway (May 28 and 29) and the Wednesday
National Lottery show. These come to an end with the confirmation that Ginger has left the Spice Girls. Her
lawyer announces on her behalf:
"Sadly I would like to confirm that I have left the Spice Girls. This is because of differences between us. I'm sure
the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best… PS, I'll be back."
Prince Charles sends Geri a letter to say: "The group will not be the same without you."
Shares in record label EMI drop by 10p.

15 June 1998
With their new line-up, the Spice Girls begin their 40-date US tour at the Coral Sky/Sound Advice Amphitheatre in
West Palm Beach. Due to a dance accident, the set list was modified slightly – Walk of Life was dropped from
the North American shows, and Do It was replaced with Step To Me.

"I really miss Geri a lot. Right at the beginning, I was really upset and gutted. The next minute I wanted to punch
her in the head. It kept changing from day to day. We'll get through it. I got on really well with Geri and I really
like her. I will always be her friend." – Victoria

"The first few times on stage without Geri were strange. Obviously we had to share out the lines she sang between
us and sometimes I'd forget to sing her lines." – Mel B

"Thankfully we've been really busy, so we didn't have a lot of time to think about it when Geri first left. But it
really hit home when we had a few days off. We were just gutted, we couldn’t even get out of bed. You know,
when you feel just so deflated, absolutely deflated. It was like you had just lost part of you, like a death. And on
stage it was hard because there is always interaction in the show and there was quite a lot between Geri and me. For
the first few shows it was really weird because I kept thinking, where is she?" – Mel C

20 July 1998
Viva Forever is released and enters the chart at number one on 26 July. It stays at number one for two weeks – it
is the Spice Girls seventh number one out of eight releases. Geri appears in the animated video, produced by

24 August 1998
Spice Girls issue a statement denying rumours that they are on the verge of splitting up, after Melanie Brown and
Victoria Adams both announce they are pregnant.

12 & 13 September 1998
The Spice Girls bring the world tour back to the UK with two dates at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. For the
"Back To Britain" leg of the tour, the set list was changed again, Denying was replaced with Something Kinda
Funny and Move Over was replaced with Love Thing.

19 & 20 September 1998
The Spiceworld tour finishes triumphantly with two sell-out gigs at Wembley Stadium.

26 September 1998
Mel B becomes Mel G when she marries dancer Jimmy Gulzar in a 12th century church in Buckinghamshire.

14 December 1998
Goodbye is released and on December 20, it becomes the Spice Girls' third Christmas number one. They are the
only act in history to score three consecutive Christmas number ones. (The Beatles did it with I Want To Hold
Your Hand, I Feel Fine and Day Tripper)

22 May 1999
Geri's first solo single, Look At Me, goes to number two.

4 July 1999
Victoria Adams marries David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin.

3 March 2000
Spice Girls receive a Lifetime Achievement award at the Brits. BPI chairman Rob Dickens says: "The Spice Girls
have smashed most worldwide records books in their own way, much as the Beatles did in the 1960s."

23 October 2000
Double A-side Holler/Let Love Lead The Way goes to number one – the Spice Girls ninth (and final, so far)
and a week later their album Forever is released, and charts at number two, going platinum.

21 June 2007
After two years of talking, all five Spice Girls reunite with the manager who made them a worldwide phenomenon.
Simon Fuller makes the historic press announcement that the Spice Girls would re-unite.

28 June 2007
All five Spice Girls appear in public for the first time together at the Greenwich Observatory in London to
announce that they would be re-uniting for a World Tour, Greatest Hits album and Documentary.

"For us it's about celebrating the past, enjoying each other and it's about our fans. It was kind of now or never," Geri
says at the press conference in London.

Real pop stars are more than just popular; they are barometers for an era, providing the images for the world's
memories of a particular time. Look back to the 1960s and we see those Beatles smiles and monochrome suits. Cast
you mind back to the late 1990s and it is those Girls, those songs, that dress.

Music snobs might sniff at the comparison to the Fab Four but all those Beatles dolls, Beatles annuals and movies
that made John, Paul, George and Ringo such omnipotent beings in the 1960s were re-created in the 1990s with just
as much fervour around Emma, Geri, Mel B, Melanie C and Victoria.

Real pop stars can do their stuff on stage and on record, but they are also unique, entertaining, fun and hold the
attention of the whole world just by being themselves.

There have not been many, but the Spice Girls qualify with ease.

They were draped in the Union Jack colours as much as the Swinging Sixties (literally in Geri's case at the 1997
BRIT Awards) and what made the Spice experience so special was that this was a British all-female group who had
moulded themselves into a phenomenon through talent, single-minded determination and the force of five
personalities moulding into one irresistible package. The girls loved them as role models, but Spice even converted
the boys to the pop cause.

Spice Girls were so good, they named them all twice. Grandmothers, even teenagers who missed them the first time
round, can still name Baby, Ginger, Scary, Sporty and Posh.

In July 1996, it was all just beginning for us, startled into taking notice by the arresting video to Wannabe, bringing
the phrase Zig-a-zig-ah into the English language. For the Girls, it was just their explosion into the public eye after
two years of hard work, holed up together working on songs with producers, on dance routines, honing their natural
instinct for stardom.

Suddenly, Wannabe had shone the spotlight on them and they were not about to let it go. That song went to Number
1 in the UK and 30 other countries. It broke America, where it became the highest debut ever in the Hot 100 chart
by a British band, beating the Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand". The next two singles, Say You'll Be There and
2 Become 1 made Number 1 in 53 countries.

They were the fastest selling British band since the Beatles when debut album Spice was released in November
1996 and comparisons were made to the Fab Four in terms of British balance of trade as much as musical impact.

Second album Spiceworld sold over ten million copies, spawning massive hit singles Spice Up Your Life, Too
Much, Stop and Viva Forever and of course Spiceworld: The Movie. It followed the Beatles "Hard Day's Night"
into the pantheon of self-deprecating studies on the pop phenomenon. The film grossed in excess of $100 million in
cinema ticket and DVD sales.

The Girls toured the world, silencing cynical critics by receiving hefty acclaim for their stage spectacle.
Of course, Geri left to pursue her own destiny and the Fab Five became four. But they carried on, as popular as ever
and released third album Forever in 2000 before going their separate ways.

Their record of 9 UK Number 1 singles and 55 million records sold is breathtaking by the standards of this new

Their solo careers collectively posted almost as impressive numbers. Over the course of the last 7 years, the world's
media has followed every detail of the Girls lives and that hunger for extra Spice was graphically displayed on June
28 this year when the Emma, Geri, Mel B, Melanie C and Victoria came together at London's O2 Arena to
announce their reunion tour.

The global media welcomed them back with obvious affection as the group seemed as fresh and fun as they did in
that 1996 Wannabe video. The global public were even more enthusiastic, registering for the ticket ballot at in droves. 3 million registered within a month, extra dates were announced and masses of
media attention ensued.

Coming soon: proper pop is back, Spice up your life!

Spice Girls are represented globally by Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment.

b/w Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
UK Release: 9 March 1998
Highest UK Chart Position: #2
Global Peak Chart Positions:

      #1 Philippines, Poland
      #2 United Kingdom
      #3 Canada, Ireland
      #5 Australia
      #6 Europe, Finland, Israel, Netherlands
      #8 Latvia, Sweden
      #9 New Zealand
      #12 Austria, France
      #14 Belgium
      #15 Italy
      #16 US
      #20 Switzerland
      #35 Germany

23 August 2007
The cover of the Spice Girls Greatest Hits album features a glittering Spice logo created in gems by jeweller
David Morris. The shimmering cover is made from £1 million worth of precious stones, with each colour designed
to represent each of the Spice Girls.

The S is made from Amber and represents Victoria, the ruby pink P represents Emma, the diamond I is for Melanie
C, the C is made from sapphire and represents Geri while the emerald E is for Mel B.

Spice Girls Greatest Hits will be released on 7 November in Japan, 9 November in Brazil, Italy, Holland, Ireland,
Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 10 November in Australia and Sweden, 12 November in Mexico and the UK, 13
November in the USA and Canada and 14 November in Finland
Victoria (Caroline Adams) Beckham                       Emma (Lee) Bunton
Nickname: Posh Spice                                    Nickname: Baby Spice
Birth: April 17, 1974                                   Birth: January 21, 1976
Country: Hertfordshire, England, UK                     Country: Barnet, Herfordshire, England, UK
Most Famous Works:                                      Most Famous Works:
Training, Ed., Instruments Studied, Life History:       Training, Ed., Instruments Studied, Life History:
Dancer                                                  Began at an early age
Briefly in another band during college                  Modeling work for such things as Mothercare,
Answered an ad in “The Stage” magazine looking for      Mentadent P toothpaste, Polly Pocket
5 girls who could sing & dance                          Attended the famous Sylvia Young Drama School in
Met Emma at a play they were both in as kids            London
Met Geri auditioning for a role in Tank Girl (1995)     Auditioned for several TV parts such as Bianca in
Melanie C. went to a rival school when they were 15     EastEnders, The Bill (minor parts, brief)
Met Mel B. at audition for the band                     Joined Spice Girls after Michelle Stephenson left
Won five awards at "Smash Hits Poll Winners Party       Family Connections:
1996" with The Spice Girls, in London.                  Born to Pauline and Trevor Finchley, North London
Won four awards at "Brit Awards 1997" with The          Has a little brother
Spice Girls.                                            Married Jade Jones
Won two awards at "Billboard Awards 1997" with          Has 2 sons
The Spice Girls in Las Vegas.
Won five awards at "American Music Awards 1998"         Melanie Chisholm
with The Spice Girls in Los Angeles.                    Birth:
Won Special award at "Brit Awards 1998" with The        Death:
Spice Girls in London, UK.                              Country:
Won Best Dressed Female Award at "Elle Style            Most Famous Works:
Awards 2000" in London.                                 Musical Training, Ed., Instruments Studied, Life
Won Best Female Haircut at "Pantene Pro-V Awards        History:
2000" in London, UK.                                    Family Connections:
Won Best Dressed Female Artist at "Lycra British
Style Awards 2003" in London.                           Geri Halliwell
Voted Best Dressed Woman for the year 2002 by           Birth:
British "Prima" magazine.                               Death:
Voted Best Dressed Woman for the year 2003 by           Country:
British "Prima" magazine.                               Most Famous Works:
Won Best Dressed International Female at "Elle Style    Musical Training, Ed., Instruments Studied, Life
Awards 2003" in Madrid, Spain.                          History:
Voted Best Dressed Pop Artist for the year 2000 by      Family Connections:
"Heat" magazine. Also voted Best Dressed Couple
(shared with her husband).                              Melanie Brown
Won two awards at "MTV Europe Music Awards              Birth:
1998" with The Spice Girls in Milan, Italy.             Death:
Won two awards at "Smash Hits Poll Winners Party        Country:
1998" with The Spice Girls and one award for Best       Most Famous Works:
Female Haircut, in London.                              Musical Training, Ed., Instruments Studied, Life
Won a Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to     History:
the British Music Industry at "Brit Awards 2000" with   Family Connections:
The Spice Girls, in London.
Family Connections:                                     Paul Wilson
Married soccer player David Beckham                     Birth:
Has 3 sons and a daughter                               Death:
Born to Anthony Adams and Jackie Adams in Goff’s        Country:
Oak, Herfordshire                                       Most Famous Works:
Musical Training, Ed., Instruments Studied, Life
Family Connections:

Andy Watkins
Most Famous Works:
Musical Training, Ed., Instruments Studied, Life
Family Connections
The New Spice Girls Album Has Very Expensive Cover Art

by Deidre Woollard (RSS feed) —

Filed under: Celebrity Shopping, Art

The Spice Girls are celebrating their greatest hits album with a bit of bling on the cover. The Spice Girls album
artwork was created by jeweller David Morris and is made of £1million-worth of precious jewels. It mimics their
debut album Spice, which showed a letter for each girl on the cover. The S is made from amber and represents
Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice), the P is pink rubies for Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), the I is diamonds and is for
Mel C (Sporty Spice), the C is made with sapphires and represents Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) and the E is
emeralds and is Mel B (Scary Spice). -
          Girl power began with Victoria Beckham (Victoria Adams), Melanie B (Melanie Brown), Emma Bunton, Melanie C (Melanie Chisholm) and
       Geri Halliwell.

         They were the first act to achieve No1s with their first six releases.

         Their debut single and album remain their biggest UK sellers to date. The album Spice has chalked up sales of approximately 3m.


What is girl power, exactly? - by Sheryl Garratt, Big Issue (Dec 1996)
"Victoria: 'It's looking at yourself in the mirror and saying, 'This is me, I'm going to make the best of it. I'm going to have fun, I'm going to have a
positive attitude, I'm not going to be dominated by anyone, especially not men. We're up for equality, for having a laugh.'

"Mel B: 'It's giving yourself that little bit of liberation. If you want to stand up and go 'Aaaaarrgh!',then do it.'

"Geri: 'None of us are conventional beauties, and in a way that's really inspiring for girls because it shows you don't have to be gorgeous to be up
there doing it.'"

Date           Title, Artist, (Label)                                              Peak Position      Weeks       Weeks at No.1

20/07/1996     WANNABE                                                             1                  26          7
               SPICE GIRLS (Virgin VSCDX 1588)

26/10/1996     SAY YOU'LL BE THERE                                                 1                  17          2
               SPICE GIRLS (Virgin VSCDT 1601)

28/12/1996     2 BECOME 1                                                          1                  23          3
               SPICE GIRLS (Virgin VSCDT 1607)

15/03/1997     MAMA/WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE                                       1                  15          3
               SPICE GIRLS (Virgin VSCDT 1623)

25/10/1997     SPICE UP YOUR LIFE                                                  1                  15          1
               SPICE GIRLS (Virgin VSCDT 1660)

27/12/1997     TOO MUCH                                                            1                  15          2
               SPICE GIRLS (Virgin VSCDR 1669)

21/03/1998     STOP                                                                2                  17          0
               SPICE GIRLS (Virgin VSCDT 1679)

01/08/1998     VIVA FOREVER                                                        1                  13          2
               SPICE GIRLS (Virgin VSCDT 1692)

26/12/1998     GOODBYE                                                             1                  21          1
               SPICE GIRLS (Virgin VSCDT 1721)

04/11/2000     HOLLER/LET LOVE LEAD THE WAY                                        1                  17          1
               SPICE GIRLS (Virgin VSCDT 1788)

17/11/2007     HEADLINES (FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS)                                   11                 5
               SPICE GIRLS (Virgin HEADCD100)

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