Real name: Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell
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The Spice Girls are an English all-female pop group, which was formed in London in 1994. The Spice Girls, consisting of: Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell signed to Virgin Records and released their debut single, "Wannabe", in 1996. The song went on to spend seven weeks atop the UK Singles Chart and helped establish the group as an "international phenomenon" who went on to release three studio albums and ten singles, selling in excess of 53 million records world wide.
During the first two months the group worked on demos and dance routines at the Trinity Studios in Woking. 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. 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". However, Stephenson stated it was her decision to leave the group because of the illness of her mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Victoria later dismissed this claim saying she "just couldn't be arsed" to put in the work the rest of the group was doing. The Herberts searched for a replacement and first came across Abigail Kas, 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.
In an interview on This Morning in the UK in May 1998, literally just weeks before Halliwell's departure, the group confirmed that they were writing their third studio album which would be unlike its two predecessors. The group intended the album to consist of various solo singles, duets and group songs to allow the girls to record their own music, yet stay together as a band. This would never materialise as Halliwell's departure threw the groups plans into complete disarray.
In September 2007, Spice Girls reported that American Choreographer Jamie King (who choreographed Madonna's Confessions Tour among others) will be hired for updating dance routines of the group. Also, Donatella Versace will be designing several new outfits for the girls for their world tour. Donatella has expressed excitement to be working with the girls especially because she and her daughter are big fans.
The reformed girl band are due to play the O2 Arena in December, with over one million people said to have registered for the ticket ballot. Sugababes are rumoured to be the supporting act for the UK leg of the tour.
On October 5, 2007, in an interview with Scott Mills on Radio 1, Mel C announced that the new Spice Girls single would be a ballad called "Headlines". The single is to be released on 19 November 2007 in aid of the 2007 Children In Need Appeal. Geri Halliwell stated on GMTV on October 5 that the Spice Girls Greatest Hits album would be released on 12 November, also confirming the title of their new single.
The Union Jack dress Geri wore has acquired something of an iconic status, and is in the Guinness World Records as the most expensive piece of pop star clothing ( about £42,000) ever sold at an auction.