The music industry’s worst kept secret – that Girls Aloud were splitting – was confirmed earlier today. As we hold our breath for Sarah Harding's appearance in 'Run For Your Wife 2' (!), let’s take a look back at their career highlights.
1) Pop Stars: The Rivals
Back when we were all still pretty naive about the smoke and mirrors that occurred behind reality TV talent shows, the nation was captivated by the formation of Girls Aloud. Poor old One True Voice though (and Javine).
Fresh from toilet-gate (the less said about that the better, probably…) Girls Aloud followed up their drum ‘n’ bass-y Christmas Number One, Sound Of The Underground with the ace No Good Advice, both written by the endlessly inventive, Kent-based hitmakers Xenomania. More amazing, Xeno-written pop singles followed (Biology, The Show, Call The Shots) and, erm, I’ll Stand By You. (Check out this amazing, Pop Stars-era photo below, btw)
3) Cheryl goes solo
Who could have predicted Chezza ‘bruiser’ Cole would be the one who would become the break out star of the band? Aided by Black Eyed Pea Will.i.am, Cheryl’s Fight For This Love became a global anthem (it wasn’t just about getting back with your cheating, Premiership footballer you know) and the rest is (A Whole Lotta) history…
4) Nadine goes solo
Tina Turner-esque rock numbers? Record deals with Tesco? Everything about Nadine’s stab at solo-dom was entirely confusing. Much better was Nicola Roberts’ electropop direction and the excellent Diplo single ‘Beat Of My Drum’
5) The Comeback!
Something New! On The Metro! And, sadly, the Dove-advert-in-song-form Beautiful ‘Cause You Love Me. Their greatest hits album and tour were sadly too short lived, but never say never, eh? Who else is hoping for a ‘Big Reunion’ style comeback in 2017 then?
By Priya Elan