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Information about Girls AloudGirls Aloud are a girl group that were created on the ITV1 talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 (11 years ago). The group, consisting of Cheryl Cole (12 walls), Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, and Kimberley Walsh, have been successful in achieving a string of 20 consecutive UK Top 10 singles (including four number ones), two UK number one albums, and having been nominated for four BRIT Awards, winning Best Single in 2009 (4 years ago) for "The Promise".
Girls Aloud hold the record for the shortest time between formation and reaching number one in the UK Charts (with their platinum-selling début single "Sound of the Underground"), and have since become one of the few UK reality TV acts to achieve continued success, amassing a fortune of £25 million by May 2009 (4 years ago). Guinness World Records lists them as "Most Successful Reality TV Group" in the 2007 (6 years ago) edition. They also hold the record for "Most Consecutive Top Ten Entries in the UK by a Female Group" in the 2008 (5 years ago) edition, with 15 consecutive top tens from "Sound of the Underground" in 2002 (11 years ago) through to "Walk This Way" in 2007 (6 years ago).
2002–2003: Sound of the UndergroundAfter the success of their first single "Sound of the Underground", the newly formed group took several months to record their début album. Also entitled Sound of the Underground, this was released on 26 May 2003 (10 years ago) and entered the charts at number two. One of the tracks, "Girls Allowed", was written for the group by ex-Westlife star Bryan McFadden, while "Some Kind of Miracle" was co-written by former B*Witched member Edele Lynch. The group's second single, the number two hit "No Good Advice", was also released in May 2003 (10 years ago), and the third single, "Life Got Cold", charted at number three in Aug. 2003 (10 years ago).
In Nov. 2003 (10 years ago), the group released "Jump"—a cover of the Pointer Sisters' 1980 (33 years ago) dance hit. The song featured on the soundtrack to the 2003 (10 years ago) movie Love Actually, and entered the chart at number two. The album went platinum after a re-issue was released on 1 dec. 2003 (10 years ago). The new version of Sound of the Underground featured a new album cover and the replacement of three original songs with "Jump" (which was not included on the original version), "You Freak Me Out" (which appeared on the soundtrack of Freaky Friday) and "Girls on Film" (a cover of a Duran Duran song originally a B-side to "Life Got Cold"). "You Freak Me Out" was included on release schedules and was performed on CD:UK in early 2004 (9 years ago), with presenter Cat Deeley (6 walls) stating that it would be their next single. However, the plans for this release were scrapped as work began on a second album. Sound of the Underground stayed on the top 75 chart for 20 non-consecutive weeks, over a period of more than three years (it re-entered in dec. 2006 (7 years ago)).
2004–2005: What Will the Neighbours Say?After a brief break, the group returned in Jun. 2004 (9 years ago) to promote their new single "The Show", the first release from their second album. It had an unusual structure for a pop song, consisting of a number of interchanged sections rather than the more typical verse-chorus form. This single showed off a new look for the group and was backed by a pre-release promotional campaign featuring five empty chairs bearing the members' names. This built up excitement over the new look, and the image (wallpaper) later featured on the single cover with the members in their seats. When released, the single entered the charts at number two. The follow-up release, "Love Machine", also peaked at number two in sep. 2004 (9 years ago). "Love Machine" was nominated for ITV's The Record of the Year and finished in sixth place. Their seventh single, a cover of The Pretenders' hit "I'll Stand by You", reached the number one position on the UK singles chart in Nov. 2004 (9 years ago), and stayed there for two weeks. This was 2004's single for the Children In Need appeal with its proceeds going towards the charity.
What Will the Neighbours Say? was released on 29 Nov. 2004 (9 years ago) and entered the album charts at number six. The album featured the production and song writing skills of Xenomania. The album's immediate success led to the girls announcing their first What Will the Neighbours Say? Live tour, which took place in May 2005 (8 years ago). What Will the Neighbours Say? received excellent reviews; most critics deemed it an improvement on their début release. The final single to be taken from this album was "Wake Me Up", released in Feb. 2005 (8 years ago). It charted at number four—their first to miss the top three, but their eighth top-five single. In early 2005 (8 years ago), the group won Glamour Magazine's "Band of the Year" award, and were also nominated for a BRIT Award for Best Pop Act.
2005–2006: ChemistryAfter a short break following their first tour, the group began work on their third studio album, Chemistry. The first single from the album, "Long Hot Summer", was released in Aug. 2005 (8 years ago) and charted at number seven, ending their consecutive top five run but continuing their unbroken run of top ten singles. The single that launched their third album was "Biology" which peaked at number four. Chemistry was released on 5 dec. 2005 (8 years ago). The album peaked on the charts at number eleven, their lowest so far, despite overwhelming critical acclaim; it has also gone platinum.
Their cover of Dee C. Lee's "See the Day", released in the Christmas week of 2005 (8 years ago), charted at number nine. "See the Day" became Girls Aloud's biggest hit in terms of radio airplay since "Sound of the Underground", peaking at number six due to its success on stations such as BBC Radio 2. Girls Aloud released their début DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) Girls on movie in Jun. 2005 (8 years ago), featuring their first eight music videos and TV performances. It peaked at number five on the DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) Music chart. This was followed by the What Will the Neighbours Say? Live DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) in Nov. 2005 (8 years ago), which reached number six. The group travelled to Australia and New Zealand in Feb. 2006 (7 years ago) to release the single "Biology" and the album Chemistry. Arriving on 23 February, the group undertook a one-week promotional tour, during which they appeared on many TV shows. "Biology" peaked at number twenty-six in the Australian singles chart, failing to break the group in the Australian market.
"Whole Lotta History" was the fourth and final single to be taken from Chemistry. Released in Mar. 2006 (7 years ago), it reached number six, the week's highest new entry. The single was accompanied by a video filmed in Paris, their first outside the UK. In May 2006 (7 years ago) the group embarked on their second UK tour (and first arena tour), Chemistry Tour. During the tour, the girls performed at ten large arenas in the UK, playing to over 100,000 people in total. The tour received rave reviews, with the majority of tabloids awarding 4/5 marks. In the same month, Girls Aloud were moved to Fascination Records, a sub-label of Polydor Records; all future Girls Aloud releases will be published by Fascination Records. Girls Aloud also won the Heart Award for the single "See the Day" at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch.
2006–2007: The Sound of Girls AloudIn sep. 2006 (7 years ago), the official Girls Aloud web site confirmed the release of The Sound of Girls Aloud, a compilation that contains Girls Aloud's singles and some new and previously unreleased material. The album was released on 30 Oct. 2006 (7 years ago), and débuted at number one on the UK album chart. The album was also released on a limited edition double CD format containing live tracks such as "I Predict a Riot" and previously unavailable tracks such as "Singapore" and "Hanging on the Telephone", a cover of the Blondie single; this has now become a highly priced collectors' item.
The lead single from the album, "Something Kinda Ooooh", was released in Oct. 2006 (7 years ago). Girls Aloud became the first British act to reach the top five purely on download sales, with the song entering at number five; it peaked at number three following a physical release. The next single, "I Think We're Alone Now",—the official theme of the movie It's a Boy Girl Thing, and previously a hit single for Tommy James and The Shondells (in 1967 (46 years ago)) and for Tiffany (in 1987 (26 years ago))—was the third time the group have entered the Christmas chart battle. The single peaked at number four, making it Girls Aloud's fourteenth consecutive top ten and eleventh top five.
Girls Aloud collaborated with the Sugababes (6 walls) on their fifteenth single, a cover of the song "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith. The track was released in Mar. 2007 (6 years ago) as the official single for Comic Relief, as "Sugababes (6 walls) vs. Girls Aloud". It became the group's third British number-one, and their fifteenth consecutive top-ten single. In May 2007 (6 years ago), Girls Aloud went on their third tour, The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits Tour. During the tour, the group appeared at 15 arenas across the UK and Ireland. The supporting acts for this tour were Misha Williams, Natalia and Rogue Traders.
2007–2008: Tangled UpGirls Aloud performing on T4 on the Beach in Jul. 2007The song "Sexy! No No No...", the first single from Girls Aloud's fourth studio album, was released in Aug. 2007 (6 years ago) and reached number five on the UK Singles Chart. The album, Tangled Up, was released on 19 Nov. 2007 (6 years ago), debuting on the UK Albums Chart at number four. Their seventeenth single, "Call the Shots", was released in the UK one week later, and rose to number three to give the band their tenth top three single. It spent nineteen weeks in the top fifty.
Girls Aloud received their second BRIT Award nomination in 2008 (5 years ago), nominated for the Best British Group award. Tangled Up was also certified Platinum in January. The third and final single from Tangled Up was "Can't Speak French". The single was released in Mar. 2008 (5 years ago), with a French version and "Hoxton Heroes", a satirical track aimed towards indie bands, as B-sides. It entered the official UK charts at number nine, continuing their consecutive run of top ten singles. In May and Jun. 2008 (5 years ago), Girls Aloud embarked on the Tangled Up Tour—their third arena tour, and fourth overall. They played a total of 34 concerts around the UK, including 24 arenas and 11 open air venues, making this tour their longest yet. They were scheduled to play 13 open air venues, but due to the bad weather, two of the concerts were cancelled. The girls also appeared as special guests at Kanye West's Glow in the Dark tour.
2008–2009: Out of ControlGirls Aloud in the music video for "The Promise" (2008, 5 years ago).In May 2008 (5 years ago), the group confirmed that they had begun working on their fifth studio album. The first single from the album, "The Promise", was released in Oct. 2008 (5 years ago), followed by the album, Out of Control, on 3 November. Girls Aloud said that it was their "most exciting and thrilling album yet". "The Promise" became their fourth number one on the UK Singles Chart, selling more than 77,000 singles in its first week of release—this made it the fastest selling single of 2008 (5 years ago) up to that point. Out of Control followed suit when it entered at number one on the UK Albums Chart. The single returned the group to the top two on the Irish Singles Chart, while the album became their first top ten on the Irish Albums Chart since Sound of the Underground. "The Loving Kind" was released as the album's second single on 12 Jan. 2009 (4 years ago). The song, co-written by Pet Shop Boys, became the girls' twentieth consecutive top ten single., charting at number ten.
Girls Aloud also performed at the BRIT Awards for the first time in their careers in 2009 (4 years ago). They were nominated for Best British Group and Best British Single ("The Promise"). They won the award for Best Single, their first ever BRIT Award but lost out to Elbow for Best British Group. The Out of Control Tour is scheduled to commence in April, and Girls Aloud will support Coldplay at Wembley Stadium on 18 sep. 2009 (4 years ago).
In Feb. 2009 (4 years ago), it was announced that Girls Aloud had signed a new record deal with Fascination which will see the group release another three albums, with the next album being released in Autumn 2010 (3 years ago). Girls Aloud are also set to release Out of Control in continental Europe in the near future, with a TV advertisement tie-in in Germany.
"Untouchable" was the third single from the album. The song was released in Apr. to coincide with the Out of Control Tour, and peaked at number 11 in the UK Singles Chart.
In Apr. 2009 (4 years ago), it was announced that a singles boxset collection would be released. The boxset contains all 21 singles (making up 150 tracks and 13 hours of music), 16 videos, 8 games, an exclusive rarities disc and a 64 page booklet featuring the story behind the music. Sarah Harding announced in Jul. 2009 (4 years ago) on Alan Carr: Chatty Man that the girls are taking a break from music to concentrate on solo projects. She also announced the band aren't splitting and that they will release a new album in late 2010 (3 years ago).
Despite many split rumours Girls Aloud have denied these allegations. They stated that although they are currently working on solo projects this will co-exist with being in the band and with the new record deal signed they will be recording a minimum of three more albums. In saying this they have assured the fans that they will be back in the studio and a new album will be released in 2010 (3 years ago).
Other musical projectsGirls Aloud also appeared on the 2007 (6 years ago) compilation Radio 1: Established 1967 (46 years ago), celebrating the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio 1, with a cover of Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag", as well as singing backing vocals on Franz Ferdinand's cover of David Bowie's "Sound and Vision". In addition to these appearances, Girls Aloud recorded two tracks for the soundtrack to the new St Trinian's (3 walls) movie ("Theme to St. Trinian's" and "On My Way to Satisfaction"). They also make a cameo appearance in the movie as the school band. The soundtrack was released on 10 dec. 2007 (6 years ago), and the video for "Theme to St. Trinian's" premiered in mid dec. 2007 (6 years ago). On 6 Jan. 2008 (5 years ago), "Theme to St. Trinian's" became the first Girls Aloud song to enter the UK Singles Chart without any plans of a physical release, peaking at number fifty-one. Additionally, the girls also performed covers of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab", Robyn's "With Every Heartbeat", and Timbaland & OneRepublic's "Apologize" for Jo Whiley's Live Lounge programme on BBC Radio 1.
CollaborationsGirls Aloud collaborated with the Sugababes (6 walls), with the song Walk This Way (Originally by Aerosmith), for the 2007 (6 years ago) Comic Relief single. Girls Aloud's backing vocals appear on Norwegian pop singer Annie's second album Don't Stop, on "My Love Is Better". However, their mutual producer Brian Higgins reportedly didn't ask for permission, which upset Girls Aloud. Annie herself revealed in an interview that "Brian asked them if they'd like to help out. They were really up for it and came into my studio and it was really fun." The issue was resolved and the song will remain on Annie's album.
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