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Spice Girls Biography

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Birth Place: London, England
Years Active: 1994-2001, 2007-2008
Genres: Pop, Dance-pop, Teen Pop

Spice Girls was an English pop girl group formed in 1994. The members consist of Victoria Beckham (née Adams), Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell.

Spice Girls' debut single, “Wannabe,” was released by Virgin Records in the United Kingdom in July 1996. It went to #1 in 31 countries worldwide and became the biggest-selling debut single of all time. In the U.K. it stayed at the top of the U.K. Singles chart for seven weeks and went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. It also topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the United States for three weeks in February 1997. Follow-up singles “Say You'll Be There” and “2 Become 1” also went to #1 in the U.K. and reached the Top 5 across most of Europe and in the U.S.

The group's debut album, “Spice,” was released in the U.K. in November 1996 and became another global success, selling two million copies in its first week and ten million copies in the next seven months. “Spice” has sold over 23 million copies worldwide and was certified 10x platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) in the U.K. The fourth Spice Girls single, the double A-side “Who Do You Think You Are” / “Mama,” also went to #1 in the U.K.

In November 1997 the group released their second album, “Spiceworld,” which has sold 20 million copies worldwide and has been certified 5x platinum by the BPI. The album produced three #1 singles in the U.K., “Spice Up Your Life,” “Too Much” and “Viva Forever,” with “Stop” peaking at #2, ending the group's run of consecutive #1 singles in the U.K..

In May 1998 Halliwell left the group to pursue a solo career. Now a four-piece, the Spice Girls released their third album, “Forever,” in November 2000. It peaked at #2 on the U.K. Albums chart and was certified platinum by the BPI. The album also produced two more U.K. #1 singles, “Goodbye” and the double A-side “Holler” / “Let Love Lead the Way.” In 2001 the members decided to go on an indefinite hiatus and concentrate on solo projects and motherhood.

In 2007 all five members of the Spice Girls reunited to work together to record new tracks to appear on their “Greatest Hits” album. The album was released that year with two new songs, the single, “Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)” and “Voodoo.” The album peaked at #2 in the U.K., where it was certified platinum. To date, the Spice Girls have sold more than 75 million records worldwide.