Melanie Janine Brown (born 29 May 1975), better known as Mel B or Melanie B, is an English R&B and pop recording artist, songwriter, dancer, actress, author, television presenter and model. Brown rose to fame as a member of the girl group the Spice Girls, in which she was famously known as "Scary Spice". She is known as Mel B in order to distinguish her from her Spice Girls bandmate Melanie C.
The Spice Girls signed to Virgin Records and in 1996 they released their debut single, "Wannabe", which hit number one in more than 30 countries and helped establish the group as a "global phenomenon". It was followed by their debut album, Spice, which sold more than 28 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by a female group in music history. The band's second album, Spiceworld, went on to sell over 20 million copies world wide. As of 2013, the Spice Girls have sold over 75 million albums worldwide, making them the biggest selling female group in history and also one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Brown is also known for supporting Girl Power and their global earlier tours grossed an estimated at $500–800 million between 1996 and 2001. The Return of the Spice Girls was the band's comeback tour in 2007-2008 and is said to have grossed US$200 million and won the Billboard 2008 Touring Award. Brown net worth as of July 2013 is estimated to be around $85 million.