On the lighter side, after twenty years, I have rediscovered “The Spice Girls” and here’s why…..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”. With the “girl power” phenomenon, the Spice Girls were popular cultural icons of the 1990s. They are cited as part of the ‘second wave’ 1990s British Invasion. I have been given permission to offer you a closer look at the Girls, keep reading and listening… 🙂
GIRL POWER The Spice Girls are a British pop girl group formed in 1994. The group consisted of five members, who each later adopted nicknames initially ascribed to them: Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”), Melanie Chisholm (“Sporty Spice”), Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”), Geri Halliwell (“Ginger Spice”), and Victoria Beckham, née Adams (“Posh Spice”). They were signed to Virgin Records and released their debut single, “Wannabe Remix” 🙂 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 28 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by a female group in music history., and the biggest British pop phenomenon since Beatlemania.
Measures of their success include record breaking international record sales, 2007–2008, reunion tour, record-breaking achievements, Halliwell’s Union Jack dress, representing “girl power”, a little girl power never hurt anyone 🙂 a box-office film, Spice World, and their internationally recognized nicknames. The group became one of the most successful marketing engines, with their record global success between 1996 and 1998, their mentor and manager Simon Fuller, the group embraced merchandising and became a regular feature of the British and global press.
“Headlines Friendship Never Ends” was first released in the UK. The song debuted at number twenty on November 17, 2007. The song later peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart, I really can’t relate to why this excellent tune never made it number one, I love it “Bravo”. On November 19, 2007, the song debuted at number three on the Swedish Singles Chart, the group’s highest single since 1996’s Goodbye the song charted on for five weeks, peaking at number two in Italy, charted for seven weeks, debuted at number twenty-four in New Zealand, peaking at number six, Then there was my favorite, a song that has a total different meaning to me today, then it did in 1997. In March 1997, a single was released, the A-side was “Mama“/”Who Do You Think You Are” was released in Europe. The Spice Girls are the first group in history since the Jackson 5 to have four consecutive number one hits. 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 was released, and sold half a million copies, then 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 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”. At the 1997 Billboard Music Awards the group won four awards; New Artist of the Year, Hot 100 Singles Group of the Year, and Album of the Year for Spice. This is just a fraction of their accomplishments to date, no disrespect but I wasn’t what you would call a devoted fan, but I knew all the lyrics to Wannabe and could sing along, word for word, was it because my nieces played the song twenty times a day, not to mention all the radio stations, but I now have really discovered who the Spice Girls really are…to continue reading, click the links provided, much success and lotsa luv for sure…. 🙂 You can also buy their greatest hits collection, click here.
Photo’s and music courtesy of The Spice Girls.