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Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street. Please bring sheet music or backing cassette". After several weeks of deliberation, Victoria Adams , Melanie Brown , Melanie Chisholm and Michelle Stephenson were among 12 women chosen to a second round of auditions in April; Geri Halliwell also attended the second audition, despite missing the first. According to Stephenson, the material the group was given was "very, very young pop"; : They also worked on various dance routines at the Trinity Studios in Knaphill , near Woking , Surrey. A few months into the training period, Stephenson was fired from the group and replaced with Emma Bunton. In October , armed with a catalogue of demos and dance routines, they began touring management agencies. Encouraged by the reaction they had received at the Nomis showcase, all five members delayed signing contracts on the legal advice from, among others, Adams's father. In March , the group parted from Heart Management due to their frustration with the company's unwillingness to listen to their visions and ideas. To ensure they kept control of their own work, they allegedly stole the master recordings of their discography from the management offices. They were introduced to record producers Absolute , who in turn brought them to the attention of Simon Fuller of 19 Entertainment , who signed them to his company in March During the summer of that year, the group toured record labels in London and Los Angeles with Fuller, signing a deal with Virgin Records in September Their name was changed to Spice Girls, as a rapper was already using the name "Spice". Spice and breakthrough Main article: In the weeks leading up to the release, the video for "Wannabe" directed by Swedish commercials director Johan Camitz and shot in April at the Midland Grand Hotel in London , got a trial airing on music channel The Box. The video was an instant hit, and was aired up to seventy times a week at its peak. The first music press interview appears in Music Week. In July , the group conducted their first interview with Paul Gorman , the contributing editor of music paper Music Week, at Virgin Records' Paris headquarters. His piece recognised that the Spice Girls were about to institute a change in the charts away from Britpop and towards out-and-out pop. The song proved to be a global hit, hitting number one in 37 countries   and becoming not only the biggest selling debut single by an all-female group but also the biggest-selling single by an all-female group of all time. In December "2 Become 1" was released, becoming their first Christmas number-one and selling , copies in its first week,  making it the fastest selling single of the year. The two tracks continued the group's remarkable sales, giving them three of the top five biggest selling songs of in the UK. The success was unprecedented and drew comparisons to Beatlemania ,  leading the press to dub it "Spice mania"     and the group the "Fab Five". Problems playing this file? That same month the Spice Girls attracted a crowd of , when they switched on the Christmas lights in Oxford Street , London. At the time, this was the highest-ever debut by a non-American act, beating the previous record held by the Beatles for " I Want to Hold Your Hand " and the joint highest entry for a debut act beating Alanis Morissette with " Ironic ". It sold out its initial print run of , copies within a day, and was eventually translated into more than 20 languages. The group also performed their first live British show, for the Royalty of Great Britain. At the show, they breached royal protocol when Mel B and then Geri Halliwell planted kisses on Prince Charles' cheeks and pinched his bottom, causing controversy. In June , Spice World began filming and wrapped in August. Groundbreaking success, Spiceworld and Halliwell's departure Main article: It entered the UK Albums Chart at number one on 19 October , making it the group's fifth consecutive number one hit single. That same month, Simon Fuller took the Spice Girls east to perform their first live major concert to 40, fans in Istanbul , Turkey. In November, the Spice Girls released their second album, Spiceworld. The album was a global best seller. It set a new record for the fastest-selling album when it shipped seven million copies over the course of two weeks. Gaining favourable reviews,  the album went on to sell over 10 million copies in Europe,  Canada,  and the United States  combined, and 20 million copies worldwide. The group was criticised for the number of sponsorship deals signed  —over twenty in total—and they began to witness diminishing international chart positions. Nevertheless, the Spice Girls remained the biggest-selling pop group of both and Many commentators speculated that Fuller had been the true mastermind behind the group, and that this was the moment when the band lost their impetus and direction. The group ended as the year's most played artist on American radio. Recordings were made for a planned live album, but the idea was dropped after Halliwell's later departure. It was derided by England football fans in favour of a re-release of the Lightning Seeds anthem " Three Lions ", which beat it to number one on the singles chart. On 31 May , Halliwell announced her departure from the Spice Girls. Through her solicitor she stated: This is because of differences between us. I'm sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best. Rumours of a power struggle with Brown as the reason for her departure were circulated by the press. Halliwell went on to launch an initially successful solo career. The four remaining members were adamant that the group would carry on and that their approaching North American tour would continue as normal. However, Halliwell's departure threw most of the group's plans into disarray. It also meant that most of the material the group had recorded throughout the first half of at Dublin 's Windmill Lane Studios with longtime collaborators Richard Stannard and Matt Rowe was scrapped. A rumoured animated venture by Disney also failed to materialise. AWS , a manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters. On 9 March , Halliwell informed the other members of the group of her intention to withdraw from the group, yet the girls signed an agreement with AWS on 24 March and again on 30 April and participated in a commercial photo shoot on 4 May in Milan, eventually concluding a contract with AWS on 6 May The Court of Appeal of England and Wales held that their conduct constituted a misrepresentation by giving the impression that Halliwell intended to remain part of the group in the foreseeable future, allowing AWS to rescind their contract with the Spice Girls. This is now the leading case in English law on misrepresentation by conduct. The video for the single was made before Halliwell's departure and features the girls in stop-motion animated form, as there was no time to produce a video due to the world tour schedule. Originally planned as a double A-side with "Never Give Up on the Good Times", the idea was mainly as there was no time to re-record and edit out Halliwell's vocals or make a video for the track. Forever and hiatus Main article: While on tour in the United-States, the group continued to record new material and released a new song, " Goodbye ", before Christmas in The song was seen as a tribute to Geri Halliwell, and when it topped the UK Singles Chart it became their third consecutive Christmas number-one — equalling the record previously set by the Beatles. She gave birth to daughter Phoenix Chi in February Later that year, she married Beckham in a highly publicised wedding in Ireland. The album's sound was initially more pop-influenced, similar to their first two albums, and included production from Eliot Kennedy. In December they performed live for a UK-only tour, Christmas in Spiceworld , in London and Manchester, also showcasing new songs from the third album. Despite being at the event, Halliwell did not join her former bandmates on stage. In the UK, the album was released the same week as Westlife 's Coast to Coast album and the chart battle was widely reported by the media, where Westlife won the battle reaching number one in the UK, leaving the Spice Girls at number two. On 28 June , the group held a press conference at The O2 Arena revealing their intention to reunite. It was entitled Spice Girls: On the first concert in Canada, they performed to an audience of 15, people, singing twenty songs and changing a total of eight times. They performed two songs, single "Stop" and the lead single from their greatest hits album, "Headlines Friendship Never Ends ". While the album peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart. On 1 February , it was announced that due to personal and family commitments their tour would come to an end in Toronto on 26 February , meaning that tour dates in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, Cape Town and Buenos Aires were cancelled. Bunton was there to collect the award. The group later won the award which was received by Halliwell and Brown. Although the group were not in the musical, they influenced the show's cast and production choices in a story which uses the music, similar to ABBA 's music in Mamma Mia! Pancras Renaissance London Hotel , the location where the group filmed the music video for "Wannabe", sixteen years earlier, to the day. Second reunion plans On 8 July , Brown, Bunton, and Halliwell unveiled a new website under the name "The Spice Girls - GEM", released a short video celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first single "Wannabe", and teased upcoming news from them as a three piece. I think people are getting it a bit confused with GEM. Brown reaffirmed Chisholm's position in an interview saying, "Victoria's busy [ The modern pop phenomenon that the Spice Girls created by targeting early members of Generation Y was credited with changing the global music landscape,    bringing about the global wave of late s and early s teen pop acts such as Hanson , Britney Spears , Christina Aguilera and NSYNC. Girl power The phrase " girl power " put a name to a social phenomenon, but the slogan was met with mixed reactions. This concept was by no means original in the pop world: The phrase itself had also appeared in a few songs by British girl groups and bands since at least ; most notably, it was the name of British pop duo Shampoo 's single and album, later credited by Halliwell as the inspiration for the Spice Girls' mantra. The phrase was regularly uttered by all five members—although most closely associated with Halliwell—and was often delivered with a peace sign. The Spice Girls' version was distinctive. Its message of empowerment appealed to young girls, adolescents and adult women,   and it emphasised the importance of strong and loyal friendship among females. The video, which was launched on YouTube and ran in movie theatres internationally,  featured British girl group M. O , Canadian " viral sensation " Taylor Hatala, Nigerian-British singer Seyi Shay and Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez lip-syncing to the song in various locations around the world. Cool Britannia Halliwell wearing a replica of her iconic Union Jack dress The term " Cool Britannia " became prominent in the media and represented the new political and social climate that was emerging with the advances made by New Labour and the new UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Coming out of a period of 18 years of Conservative government, Tony Blair and New Labour were seen as young, cool and appealing, a driving force in giving Britain a feeling of euphoria and optimism. This fact was underlined at the Brit Awards ; the group won two awards  but it was Halliwell's iconic red, white and blue Union Jack mini-dress that appeared in media coverage around the world, becoming an enduring image of "Cool Britannia". Instrumental to their range of appeal within the target demographic were the bandmates' five divergent personalities and styles, which encouraged fans to identify with one member or another and were a departure from previous bands. Their concept of each band member having a distinct style identity has been influential to later teen pop groups such as boy band One Direction. After the lunch, Loraine and his editorial staff decided to devise nicknames for each member of the group based on their personalities. In an interview with Music Week , Loraine explained that, "In the magazine we used silly language and came up with nicknames all the time so it came naturally to give them names that would be used by the magazine and its readers; it was never meant to be adopted globally. Beckham was called Posh Spice because of her more upper-middle-class background, her choppy brunette bob cut and refined attitude, signature pout, form-fitting designer outfits often a little black dress and her love of high-heeled footwear. Brown also called Mel B was given the nickname Scary Spice because of her "in-your-face" attitude, "loud" Leeds accent, throaty laugh, pierced tongue, bold manner of dress which often consisted of leopard-print outfits , and her voluminously curly Afro hair.
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