60 Facts About Spice Girls


Spice Girls are a British girl group formed in 1994, consisting of Melanie Brown, known as Mel B ; Melanie Chisholm, or Melanie C ; Emma Bunton ; Geri Halliwell ; and Victoria Beckham .

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In 1997, a film starring the Spice Girls, Spice World, was released; it was a commercial success but received poor reviews.

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Spice Girls have sold 100 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling girl group of all time, one of the bestselling artists, and the most successful British pop act since the Beatles.

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On 7 July 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut single "Wannabe" in the United Kingdom.

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Spice Girls's piece recognised that the Spice Girls were about to institute a change in the charts away from Britpop and towards out-and-out pop.

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In February, Spice Girls was released in the US, and became the best-selling album of 1997 in the US, peaking at number one, and was certified 7× Platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of 7.

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Later that month, the Spice Girls performed "Who Do You Think You Are" to open the 1997 Brit Awards, with Geri Halliwell wearing a Union Jack mini-dress that became one of pop history's most famed outfits.

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The group thus had to do all the songwriting and recording at the same time as they were filming Spice Girls World, resulting in a grueling schedule that left them exhausted.

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In September, the Spice Girls performed "Say You'll Be There" at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and won Best Dance Video for "Wannabe".

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In October 1997, the Spice Girls released the first single from Spiceworld, "Spice Up Your Life".

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Nevertheless, the Spice Girls remained the best-selling pop group of both 1997 and 1998.

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The morning of the performance, the Spice Girls had fired their manager Simon Fuller and took over the running of the group themselves.

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Later that month, the Spice Girls became the first pop group to host ITV's An Audience with.

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In January 1998, the Spice Girls attended the US premiere of Spice World at the Mann's Chinese Theatre.

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In early 1998, the Spice Girls embarked on the Spiceworld Tour, starting in Dublin, Ireland, on 24 February 1998 before moving to mainland Europe and North America, and then returning to the United Kingdom for two gigs at Wembley Stadium.

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Later that year, the Spice Girls were invited to sing on the official England World Cup song " On Top of the World", the last song recorded with Halliwell until 2007.

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From 1998 onwards, the Spice Girls began to pursue solo careers and by the following year, Brown, Bunton, Chisholm, and former member Halliwell, had all released music as solo artists.

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In December 1999, the Spice Girls embarked on a UK-only tour, Christmas in Spiceworld, in London and Manchester, during which they showcased new songs from the third album.

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The Spice Girls ceased all promotional activities for the album in December 2000, as they began an indefinite hiatus to concentrate on their solo careers.

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On 28 June 2007, the Spice Girls, including Halliwell, held a press conference at the O2 Arena revealing their intention to reunite for a worldwide concert tour titled the Return of the Spice Girls.

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The first public appearance on stage by the Spice Girls occurred at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, where they performed two songs, 1998 single "Stop" and the lead single from their greatest hits album, "Headlines ".

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At the 2010 Brit Awards, the Spice Girls received a special award for "Best Performance of the 30th Year".

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In June 2012, to promote the musical, the Spice Girls reunited for a press conference at the St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, where music video for "Wannabe" was filmed exactly sixteen years earlier.

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On 24 May 2019, the Spice Girls began the Spice World – 2019 Tour of the UK and Ireland at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland.

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On 27 September 2022, the Spice Girls announced the tracklisting for Spiceworld25, the 25th anniversary edition of their 1997 album Spiceworld.

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Spice Girls said the Spice Girls "instinctively had an ear for a catchy tune" without resorting to the "formula balladry and bland modulations" of 90s boy bands Westlife and Boyzone.

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Unlike prior pop vocal groups, the Spice Girls shared vocals, rather than having a lead vocalist supported by others.

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Spice Girls did not play instruments, but co-wrote all of their songs.

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Sinclair identified Halliwell as a major source of ideas for the Spice Girls' songs, including many of the concepts and starting points for the group's songs.

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Matt Rowe, who wrote several songs with the Spice Girls, agreed that Halliwell was particularly good when it came to writing lyrics and credits the lyrics for "Viva Forever" to her.

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Spice Girls felt that all five members had contributed equally to the songwriting.

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Spice Girls have been credited with paving the way for the girl groups and female pop singers that have come after them.

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Unlike previous girl groups such as the Andrews Sisters whose target market was male record buyers, the Spice Girls redefined the girl group concept by going after a young female fanbase instead.

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The massive commercial breakthrough of the Spice Girls turned the tide, leading to an unprecedented boom of new girl groups in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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Some commentators credit the Spice Girls with reinvigorating mainstream feminism—popularised as "girl power"—in the 1990s, with their mantra serving as a gateway to feminism for their young fans.

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In keeping with their "girl power" manifesto, the Spice Girls' songs have been praised for their "genuinely empowering messages about friendship and sisterhood, " which set them apart from the typical love songs their pop contemporaries were singing.

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Billboard magazine said their lyrics "demonstrated real, noncompetitive female friendship, " adding that the messages the Spice Girls imparted have held up well compared to the lyrics sung by later girl groups such as the Pussycat Dolls.

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The Spice Girls were identified as part of another British Invasion of the US, and in 2016, Time acknowledged the Spice Girls as "arguably the most recognisable face" of "Cool Britannia".

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Spice Girls' image was deliberately aimed at young girls, an audience of formidable size and potential.

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Each Spice Girls Girl adopted a distinct, over-the-top trademark style that served as an extension of her public persona.

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Spice Girls are considered style icons of the 1990s; their image and styles becoming inextricably tied to the band's identity.

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Much as the Spice Girls broke records for chart-climbing in their prime, they remain an anomaly of the pop machine—still household-name famous two decades on.

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Spice Girls have been labelled the biggest pop phenomenon of the 1990s due to the international record sales, iconic symbolism, global cultural influence and apparent omnipresence they held during the decade.

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Study conducted by the British Council in 2000 found that the Spice Girls were the second-best-known Britons internationally—only behind then-Prime Minister Tony Blair—and the best-known Britons in Asia.

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The group were featured in VH1's I Love the '90s and the sequel I Love the '90s: Part Deux; the series covered cultural moments from 1990s with the Spice Girls' rise to fame representing the year 1997, while Halliwell quitting the group represented 1998.

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The LGBTQ magazine Gay Times credits the Spice Girls as having been "ferocious advocates of the community" throughout their whole career.

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Spice Girls became media icons in Great Britain and a regular feature of the British press.

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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 severance cheque to keep quiet about the details of his sacking.

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The light-hearted comedy, intended to capture the spirit of the Spice Girls, featured a plethora of stars including Richard E Grant, Alan Cumming, Roger Moore, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Elton John, Richard O'Brien, Bob Hoskins, Jennifer Saunders, Elvis Costello and Meat Loaf.

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Spice Girls World was released in December 1997 and proved to be a hit at the box office, taking in over $100 million worldwide.

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Spice Girls have hosted and starred in various television specials.

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Spice Girls are the best-selling British act of the 1990s, having comfortably outsold all of their peers including Oasis and the Prodigy.

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Spice Girls is the 18th-best-selling album of all time in the UK with over 3 million copies sold, and topped the charts for 15 non-consecutive weeks, the most by a female group in the UK.

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Spice Girls have the highest-grossing concert tours by an all-female group across two decades, grossing nearly $150 million in ticket sales across 58 shows.

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In February 1997, the "Sugar Lumps", a satirical version of the Spice Girls played by Kathy Burke, Dawn French, Llewella Gideon, Lulu and Jennifer Saunders, filmed a video for British charity Comic Relief.

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The video starts with the Sugar Lumps as schoolgirls who really want to become pop stars like the Spice Girls, and ends with them joining the group on stage, while dancing and lip-syncing the song "Who Do You Think You Are".

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In March 2013, the Glee characters Brittany, Tina, Marley, Kitty and Unique dressed up as the Spice Girls and performed the song "Wannabe" on the 17th episode of the fourth season of the show.

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Rapper Amine's 2017 single "Spice Girls Girl" is a reference to the group, and the song's music video includes an appearance by Brown.

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Wax sculptures of the Spice Girls are currently on display at the famed Madame Tussaud's New York wax museum.

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The sculptures of the Spice Girls were first unveiled in December 1999, making them the first pop band to be modelled as a group since the Beatles in 1964 at the time.

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