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Girls Aloud

Formed December 2002. Disbanded March 2013.
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Biography

Girls Aloud were an English-Irish pop girl group, which was created through the ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. The group comprised singers Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh. The group achieved a string of twenty consecutive top ten singles in the United Kingdom, including four number ones. They also achieved seven certified albums, of which two reached number one. They have been nominated for five Brit Awards, winning the 2009 Best Single for "The Promise".

The group's musical style is pop, but throughout their career they had experimented with electropop and dance-pop. Girls Aloud's collaborations with Brian Higgins and his songwriting and production team Xenomania earned the group critical acclaim, due to an innovative approach to mainstream pop music. The group became one of the few UK reality television acts to achieve continued success, amassing a fortune of £30 million by May 2010. Guinness World Records lists them as "Most Successful Reality TV Group" in the 2007 edition. They also hold the record for "Most Consecutive Top Ten Entries in the UK by a Female Group" in the 2008 edition, and are credited again for "Most Successful Reality TV Group" in the 2011 edition. The group was also named the United Kingdom's biggest selling girl group of the 21st century, with over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone. In March 2013, after the Ten: The Hits Tour, the group announced their split.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Ten

    Ten 2012

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    Incredible proof of how perfect pop can be in the right hands.
  2. Review of Out Of Control

    Out Of Control 2008

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    Long may they reign.
  3. Review of Tangled Up

    Tangled Up 2007

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    Girls Aloud make challenging pop music without ever losing their sense of fun.
  4. Review of The Sound of Girls Aloud: the Greatest Hits

    The Sound of Girls Aloud: the Greatest Hits 2006

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    You could almost hear the walls between musical genres being battered down by Louis...
  5. Review of Chemistry

    Chemistry 2005

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    GA have resuscitated pop's corpse by wedding chart-friendly melodies to experimental...
  6. Review of What Will The Neighbours Say?

    What Will The Neighbours Say? 2004

    Reviewed by David Hooper
    In the ultra-fickle world of TV-generated pop, Girls Aloud have real staying power...
  7. Review of Sound Of The Underground

    Sound Of The Underground 2003

    Reviewed by Jacqueline Hodges
    Their debut album is sure to shut up at least some of their cynics, myself included.
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