There was a time in the ‘90s and early ‘00s that the British girl band dominated the charts both in the UK and overseas. From the Spice Girls to Girls Aloud and the Sugarbabes to Mis-Teeq, the bubblegum pop sound combined with empowering lyrics helped to propel British girl bands to success around the globe.
All good things must of course come to an end, and the manufactured girl band has fallen out of favour in the charts in recent years. Some girl band members have sunk into obscurity while others have carved out glittering careers for themselves outside of the bands that got them going.
Keep reading to find out about the best of the British girl bands and where their members are now:
The Spice Girls
The original and best of the British girl bands, The Spice Girls were formed in 1994 and signed to Virgin Records, where they were managed by Simon Fuller.
Their infectious tunes and lyrics which drew heavily on the girl power movement saw the Spice Girls gain a stratospheric level of international success, becoming ubiquitous around the globe.
Although the group is often seen to have disbanded in 1998 when Geri Halliwell left, it formally broke up in 2000 and has reunited several times since then, notably at the 2012 London Olympics’ opening ceremony.
The most famous of the former Spice Girls is of course Victoria Beckham, known at the time as Victoria Adams (or Posh Spice). She has made a successful and critically acclaimed move into the fashion industry and has, along with husband David, made the Beckham name into a global brand.
Other members Mel B, Mel C, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell have also done well since the split; all four have enjoyed some success as solo artists, while Bunton has established herself as a radio presenter and Mel C now treads the boards as a successful star of West End musicals.
Though there was no overlap between the Spice Girls and Girls Aloud in the charts, Girls Aloud were certainly influenced by their girl band predecessors and a similarly strong lyrical style despite a more sophisticated image and dance-influenced sound laid bare the connections between the two groups of artists.
Girls Aloud were brought together by the reality TV show Popstars: The Rivals and went on to enjoy more than a decade of chart domination, including 20 consecutive top-ten singles and seven certified albums.
The band went their separate ways in 2013 in order that the members, Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding and Nadine Coyle could pursue their own ambitions.
Cheryl has undoubtedly been the most successful, with several stints on the X Factor judging panel under her belt as well as a successful solo career both in the UK and further afield.
Sarah has appeared in several TV shows and films including Coronation Street, while Nicola Roberts has seen success as a fashion designer and other band members have also released solo material
Less popular perhaps than the Spice Girls or Girls Aloud, but no less fondly remembered, Mis-Teeq brought some more gritty sounds to the otherwise sugary sweet world of the girl band with their garage stylings.
As well as making waves in the UK music scene, Mis-Teeq found fame in America with the release of the single Scandalous from their third album, Eye Candy. Sadly, their good fortune did not last long and when the group’s record label went bankrupt, the three members decided to part company and try to make it alone in the music business.
Following the band’s breakup in 2005, former members Sabrina Washington and Su-Elise Nash went on to release moderately successful solo material, while both have also continued to make TV appearances.
The standout member was, however, Alesha Dixon, who following a successful solo career and an applauded turn on Strictly Come Dancing has now become a permanent member of the judging panel on Saturday night favourite, Britain’s Got Talent.
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