are a British girl group created by ITV1 talent show
Popstars: The Rivals
in 2002. The group, consisting of Cheryl
Cole, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Sarah Harding,
has become one of the most successful British pop groups of the decade,
with a record-breaking 19 consecutive Top 10 singles (including four
number ones) and six albums (including two number ones). They are
poll winners, have won a TMF Award and have been
nominated for two BRIT Awards.
Girls Aloud hold the record for the
shortest time between formation and reaching number one in the UK Charts
(with their platinum-selling début single "Sound of the Underground"),
and have since become one of the few reality television groups to
achieve continued success. Guinness World Records lists them as "Most
Successful Reality TV Group" in the 2007 edition, and they also hold the
record for "Most Consecutive Top Ten Entries in the UK by a Female
Group" in the 2008 edition, with 15 consecutive top tens from "Sound of
the Underground" in 2002 through to "Walk This Way" in 2007. Girls Aloud
have since extended this record to 19 consecutive Top 10s from debut —
the most recent being "The Promise" which reached #1 in October 2008.
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Girls Aloud have a number of diverse fans including the Jonas
Brothers, Matt Helders,
Chris Martin, Duff
McKagan, and Neil
Tennant. They have had
their music covered by artists as varied as Arctic Monkeys,
Billy Corgan, Coldplay,
and Mark Morriss. The
Observer has referred to "Biology" as the single of the decade.
2002–2004: Sound of the Underground
After the success of their first single "Sound of the Underground",
the newly formed group took several months to record their début album.
Also entitled Sound of the Underground, this was released on 26
May 2003. It entered the charts at number two, behind Justin
Timberlake's album Justified. One of the tracks, "Girls Allowed",
was written for the girls by ex-Westlife star Bryan McFadden while "Some
Kind of Miracle" was co-written by former B*Witched member Edele Lynch.
The girls' second single, the number two hit "No Good Advice", was also
released in May 2003, and the third single, "Life Got Cold", charted at
number three in August 2003.
In November 2003, the girls released "Jump"—a cover of the Pointer
Sisters classic 80's dance smash. The song featured on the soundtrack to
the 2003 film Love Actually. It entered the chart at number two,
behind Westlife's single "Mandy". The album went platinum after a
re-issue was released on 1 December 2003. The new version of Sound of
the Underground featured a new album cover and the replacement of
three original songs with "Jump" (which wasn't included on the original
version), "You Freak Me Out" (which appeared on the soundtrack of
Freaky Friday) and "Girls on Film" (a cover of a Duran Duran song
originally a B-Side to "Life Got Cold"). "You Freak Me Out" found its
way onto release schedules and was performed on CD:UK in early 2004,
with presenter Cat Deeley stating that it would be their next single.
However the plans for this release were scrapped as work began on a
second album. Due to a sharp cut in price, and the group's increased
popularity after the release of their Greatest Hits collection,
Sound of The Underground re-entered the Top 75 in December 2006.
The album stayed on the Top 75 chart for 20 non-consecutive weeks, over
a period of more than three years.
2004–2005: What Will the Neighbours Say?
After a brief break, the girls returned in June 2004 to promote their
new single "The Show" - the first release from their second album. It
had an unusual structure for a pop song, consisting of a number of
interchanged sections rather than the more typical verse-chorus form.
This single showed off a new look for the girls and was backed by a
pre-release promotional campaign featuring five empty chairs bearing the
girls' names. This built up excitement over the new look, and the image
later featured on the single cover with the girls in their seats. When
released, the single entered the charts at number two. The follow-up
release "Love Machine" also peaked at number two in September 2004.
"Love Machine" was nominated for ITV's The Record of the Year and
finished in sixth place. "Love Machine" went on to be used in a
television advert for Homebase. Their seventh single, a cover of The
Pretenders' hit "I'll Stand by You", reached the number one position on
the UK singles chart in November 2004, and stayed there for two weeks.
This was 2004's single for the Children in Need appeal with its proceeds
going towards the charity.
"What Will the Neighbours Say?" was released on 29 November
2004 and entered the album charts at number six. The album featured the
production and song writing skills of Xenomania. The album's immediate
success led to the girls announcing their first What Will the
Neighbours Say? Live tour, which took place in May 2005. What
Will the Neighbours Say? received excellent reviews; most critics
deemed it an improvement on their début release. The final single to be
taken from this album was "Wake Me Up", released in February 2005. It
charted at number four - their first to miss the top three, but their
eighth top-five single. In early 2005, the girls won Glamour
Magazine's "Band of the Year" award, and were also nominated for a
BRIT Award for best pop act.
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After a short break following their first tour, the girls began work
on their third studio album, Chemistry. The first single from the
album, "Long Hot Summer", was released in August 2005 and charted at
number seven, ending their consecutive top five run but continuing their
unbroken run of top ten singles. The single that launched their third
album was "Biology". Chemistry was released on 5 December 2005.
It features "Models", a song first heard being recorded on their ITV2
documentary Girls Aloud: Home Truths and also used as the theme
music to their E4 documentary Girls Aloud: Off the Record. It
boasts writing credits from JC Chasez of 'N Sync fame, who penned the
track Watch Me Go. The album peaked on the charts at number
eleven, their lowest so far, despite overwhelming critical acclaim; it
has also gone platinum.
Their cover of Dee C. Lee's "See the Day", released in the Christmas
week, charted at number nine. "See the Day" became Girls Aloud's biggest
hit in terms of radio airplay since "Sound of the Underground", peaking
at number six due to its success on stations such as BBC Radio 2. Girls
Aloud released their début DVD Girls on Film in June 2005,
featuring their first eight music videos and television performances. It
peaked at number five on the DVD Music chart. This was followed by the
What Will the Neighbours Say? Live DVD in November 2005, which
reached number six. The group travelled to Australia and New Zealand in
February 2006 to release the single "Biology" and the album Chemistry.
Arriving on 23 February, the girls undertook a one-week promotional
tour, during which they appeared on many TV shows. "Biology" peaked at
number twenty-six in the Australian singles chart failing to break the
"Whole Lotta History" was the fourth and final single to be taken
from Chemistry. Released on 13 March 2006, it became the fourth
highest download-only entry at number eighty (this was the first time
singles had been able to chart on downloads alone). The week after its
download release the song reached number six, and as the number-eighty
position was outside the top seventy-five, this became the week's
highest new entry. The single was accompanied by a video filmed in
Paris, their first outside the UK. In May 2006 the girls embarked on
their second UK tour (and first arena tour), Chemistry. During the tour,
the girls performed at ten large arenas in the UK, playing to over
100,000 people in total. The tour received rave reviews, with the
majority of tabloids awarding 4/5 marks. In the same month, Girls Aloud
were moved to Fascination Records, a sub-label of Polydor Records; all
future Girls Aloud releases will be published by Fascination Records.
Girls Aloud also won the Heart Award for the single "See the Day" at the
O2 Silver Clef Lunch, with Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh attending
the awards presentation ceremony.
2006–2007: The Sound of Girls Aloud
In September 2006, the official Girls Aloud web site confirmed the
release of The Sound of Girls Aloud - a compilation that contains
Girls Aloud's singles and some new and previously unreleased material.
The album was released on 30 October 2006, and on 5 November 2006 it
débuted at number one on the UK album chart. The album was also released
on a limited edition double CD format containing live tracks such as "I
Predict a Riot" and previously unavailable tracks such as "Singapore"
and "Hanging On The Telephone", a cover of the Blondie single; this has
now become a highly priced collectors' item. In the week beginning 11
August 2007, the album re-entered the top 100 at number 100; the
following week it climbed one place to 99, still showing strong sales.
As of the week of 24 September 2007, the album is still in the top 200.
The lead single from the album, "Something Kinda Ooooh", was released
on 16 October 2006, on downloads, and 23 October 2006, on physical
formats. Girls Aloud became the first British act to reach the top five
purely on download sales, with the song entering at number five. On its
second week of release the single climbed two places to number three on
the chart, later bettering the sales and chart run of that week's number
one from McFly. The next single, "I Think We're Alone Now", a US number
4 hit in 1967 for Tommy James and The Shondells as well as a 1987 number
1 for Tiffany, was the third time the group have entered the Christmas
chart battle. The single charted at number fifty on downloads alone,
based on downloads of the album version only. It then climbed to number
four, making it Girls Aloud's fourteenth consecutive Top 10 and eleventh
top five. The song is the official theme of the film It's a Boy Girl
Girls Aloud collaborated with the Sugababes on their fifteenth
single, a cover of the song "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith. The track was
released on 12 March 2007 as the official single for Comic Relief,
as "Sugababes vs. Girls Aloud". It became the group's third British
number one, and their fifteenth consecutive top-ten single.
Despite a strong start the single dropped quickly down the chart and
failed to match the success of other charity records. In May 2007, Girls
Aloud went on their third tour, The Sound of Girls Aloud: The
Greatest Hits Tour. During the tour, the girls appeared at 15 arenas
across the UK and Ireland. The supporting acts for this tour were Misha
Williams, Natalia and Rogue Traders.
2007–2008: Tangled Up
In 13 July 2007, it was announced that the song "Sexy! No No No..."
would become the first single from Girls Aloud's fourth studio album.
The track was played exclusively on The Chris Moyles Show on 20
July at 8:10am.
It was performed for the first time at a special gig at Oakwood Theme
Park, Wales on 21 July followed by a televised performance as part of
T4 on the Beach in Weston-super-Mare on 22 July. It was released to
download on 31 August 2007, reaching a position of #64 on the official
chart as a result of only two days of downloads before the physical
release on 3 September. The following week, it reached #5 on the UK
Singles Chart and stayed in the chart for eight further weeks. The
Girls' fourth studio album, Tangled Up, was released on 19
November 2007, debuting in the UK Album Charts at #4. Their 17th single
"Call the Shots" was released in the UK one week later on 26 November,
and having reached #9 on the UK Singles Chart on downloads alone the
week before, rose to #3 to give the band their 10th Top 3 single. The
single has now spent nineteen weeks in the top fifty.
Girls Aloud received their second BRIT Award nomination in 2008,
nominated for the Best British Group award.
Tangled Up was also certified Platinum in January.
The third and final single from Tangled Up was "Can't Speak
French". The single was released on 17 March, with a French version and
"Hoxton Heroes", a satirical track aimed towards indie bands, as
B-sides. On 23 March, the single entered the official UK charts at #9,
continuing their consecutive run of top ten singles.
In May and June 2008, Girls Aloud embarked on the Tangled Up Tour
- their third arena tour, and fourth overall. They played a total of 34
concerts around the UK, including 24 arenas and 11 open air venues,
making this tour their longest yet. They were scheduled to play 13 open
air venues, but due to the bad weather, two of the concerts were
2008: Out of Control
In May 2008, the group confirmed that they had begun working on their
fifth studio album. In
August 2008, The Sun newspaper revealed that the first single from the
album will be released in October 2008,
and Fascination Records confirmed it would be released on 3 November.
On 11 September, the title of the new single was announced on the Girls
Aloud website - "The Promise".
The song first aired on 14 September on BBC Radio One's Switch
with Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw.
"The Promise" debuted number one on the UK music charts on October 26th,
the group's first time since 2007's "Walk This Way" with the Sugababes
and 2004's I'll Stand by You". It is their fourth #1 single overall.
"The Promise" sold over 77,000 singles in its first week on the charts
and became the fastest selling single of 2008 until "Hero" - a charity
by the finalists on the X Factor - sold in excess of 100,000 copies two
days after release.
The single also returned the group to the top 2 in Ireland
for the first time in just under four years.
On 29 September 2008, it was confirmed by the Girls' Official Website
that their fifth studio album, and sixth overall, will be named Out
of Control. Girls Aloud claim this will be their "most exciting and
thrilling album yet"; it was released two weeks after lead single "The
On Sunday 9th November 2008, the album debuted at number one on the
UK Albums Chart, selling over 85,000 copies..
Other musical projects
Girls Aloud also appeared on the 2007 compilation Radio 1:
Established 1967, celebrating the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio 1,
with a cover of Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag", as well as singing backing
vocals on Franz Ferdinand's cover of David Bowie's "Sound and Vision".
In addition to these appearances, Girls Aloud recorded two tracks for
the soundtrack to the new St Trinian's movie ("Theme to St.
Trinian's" and "On My Way to Satisfaction"). They also make a cameo
appearance in the film as the school band. The soundtrack was released
on 10 December 2007,
and the video for "Theme to St. Trinian's" premiered in mid December
2007. On 6 January 2008, "Theme to St. Trinian's" became the first Girls
Aloud song to enter the UK Singles Chart without any plans of a physical
release, peaking at number fifty-one.
In April 2008, Cheryl Cole had a guest role on will.i.am's song
"Heartbreaker". She provided backing vocals and appeared in the song's
music video. The song peaked at #4. Sarah Harding will also appear on a
song with The Filthy Dukes for the 2008 film Wild Child.
She will perform a cover of Iggy Pop's reindition of the Johnny O'Keefe
song "Wild Child".
Girls Aloud's backing vocals appear on Norwegian pop singer Annie's
second album Don't Stop, on "My Love Is Better".
However, their mutual producer Brian Higgins reportedly didn't ask for
permission, which upset Girls Aloud.
However, Annie herself revealed in an interview that "Brian asked them
if they'd like to help out. They were really up for it and came into my
studio and it was really fun."
The issue was resolved and the song will remain on Annie's album.
TV and film
Girls Aloud: Off the Record
Girls Aloud recorded a six-part fly on the wall documentary series
for E4 entitled Girls Aloud: Off the Record, which started its
run on 11 April 2006. The series was filmed during the "Chemistry" era,
and focused on the band's promotional activities, including the shooting
of the "Biology" video and the lead-up to and aftermath of the release
of "Whole Lotta History". It also showed the band travelling abroad, to
places such as Greece, Paris, Shanghai and Australia. A DVD of the
series was released on 4 September 2006 after several release date
changes. This included an unaired episode and subsequently reached
number four on the Music DVD Chart.
Passions of Girls Aloud
The Girls starred in a new television series on ITV2, Passions of
broadcast from 14 March to 4 April 2008
and coinciding with the third single release from Tangled Up.
The premise of the show is the girls achieving something that they have
always wanted to do.
It was reported on the 13 November 2007 that Nadine would not be taking
This is said to be due to the programme's bosses refusing to let her
undertake charity work.
The Girls Aloud Party
Girls Aloud will be appearing in a variety show entitled The Girls
Aloud Party. The show will appear on ITV for the Christmas season.
According to The Sun, Girls Aloud will "perform hits and unveil
their Christmas single", as well as "chat to showbiz pals" and "perform
In 2005, Girls Aloud filmed a one-off documentary entitled Girls
Aloud: Home Truths. This would later make way for Off the Record.
A year later, they appeared in an episode of Ghosthunting with...
(without Nadine), in which Yvette Fielding guided them through haunted
locations. In April
2007, Girls Aloud filmed a cameo appearance in the new St. Trinian's
movie, playing the school band. The film was released in the UK on 21
December 2007, with Girls Aloud providing two songs for the movie (see
St. Trinian's: Original Soundtrack). The Girls also make a cameo
appearance in the Oasis documentary, Lord Don't Slow Me Down. In
addition to their live concerts, Girls Aloud have released two other
DVDs – Girls On Film and Style.
Girls Aloud were reportedly looking at film scripts. Kimberley Walsh
said "We want it to be a Friends and Sex and the City kind
of thing, all morphed into one," while Nicola Roberts added: "We'd
really like the chance to do some more acting. We've been given a lot of
dodgy scripts — they were all awful."
Kimberley and Nicola will make a cameo apperance in the family drama
show Britannia High set to air in the UK this autumn.
Cheryl Cole is a judge on the fifth series of The X Factor,
replacing Sharon Osborne.
Cheryl has said that "whilst we get started on the next album, it will
be brilliant to be a judge on The X Factor."
Her fellow judge Louis Walsh was a judge on Popstars: The Rivals
and formerly managed Girls Aloud.
Girls Aloud's website confirmed on 8 April 2008 that the girls will
be co-writing an autobiography, titled Dreams That Glitter – Our
The book, named after a lyric in "Call the Shots",was published in
October 2008 through the Transworld imprint Bantam Press.
The book looks at the rise of the band, as well as the girls' individual
life stories. In addition to these insights, Dreams That Glitter
also includes fashion tips, celebrity gossip and never-before-seen
photos of the band.
Before the release, OK! magazine bought the rights to preview and
serialise the book.
The group remain constant tabloid fodder. Tweedy's relationship with
footballer Ashley Cole has kept her in the papers, especially during the
2006 World Cup in June and July 2006. A "cheating" scandal received
widespread tabloid coverage in February 2008.
Coyle and Harding have regularly featured in the tabloids because of
their Hollywood relationships. Coyle was dating Jesse Metcalfe of
Desperate Housewives until January 2008, when Coyle ended it.
Harding was rumoured to be seeing Stephen Dorff,
and she also dated Daily Star writer Joe Mott, although the
couple have since split up.
Stories often suggest an imminent split. More recently, tabloids have
reported that Nadine Coyle is quitting the group to go solo. The latest
of these emerged in March 2008, when she was absent from Kimberley's
sister Amy's 21st birthday party. The press stated that she was absent
"again." Coyle has
denied that she has any intention of leaving.
Nevertheless, her absence from the Brit Awards, parties and TV shows
have only added to the claims.
It was widely reported in April 2008 that Cheryl Cole was working on
solo material with T2.
These accusations were quickly denied, with Cole saying that she "had
been in tour rehearsals every day."
Cheryl Cole was signed up to launch Coca Cola Zero in a 2006 campaign
aimed at young men in the United Kingdom,
while Sarah Harding promoted the beverage in a 2007 campaign for
Ireland. Harding also became
the new face of Ultimo in 2006,
and modelled their lingerie until former Spice Girl Melanie Brown became
the new model in 2008.
In 2007, Girls Aloud signed a one-year deal to endorse hair care
brand Sunsilk. The endorsement was reportedly worth £1.25m.
The girls filmed a television advertisement, and magazine advertisements
also ran, with each of the five members being the face of a different
shampoo. The same year, Girls Aloud also sealed a deal with the UK
division of Samsung. They endorsed mobile phones and MP3 players, made
personal appearances and sang at Samsung events, and contributed to
competition prizes, among other activities.
The Samsung F210 Purple came with a 1GB memory card featuring Girls
In March 2008, the girl group signed a deal to front an ad campaign
for a new low-calorie KitKat bar called "Senses". The chocolate bar
manufacturer also sponsored Girls Aloud's Tangled Up Tour.
The exact worth of the endorsement is unknown, but a figure of £500,000
each has been suggested.
Later in 2008, Girls Aloud appeared in television advertisements for
- 2003 – Sound
of the Underground
- 2004 – What
Will the Neighbours Say?
- 2005 –
- 2007 –
- 2008 – Out
- 2006 – The
Sound of Girls Aloud
- 2007 – Mixed
- 2008 – Girls
- 2005 – Girls
- 2005 – What
Will The Neighbours Say:Live From Hammersmith Apollo
- 2006 – Girls
Aloud: Off The Record
- 2006 –
Chemistry Tour: Live From Wembley Arena 2006
- 2007 – Style
- 2008 –
Tangled Up: Live From The O2 2008
- 2008 – Ghost
Hunting With Girls Aloud
- 2005 – Theatre/Arena Tour – What Will the Neighbours Say? Live
- 2006 – Arena Tour – Chemistry Tour
- 2007 – Arena Tour – The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits
- 2008 – Arena Tour – Tangled Up Tour
- 2009 – Arena Tour – The Out Of Control Tour