Sydney, AU. (Top40 Charts/ EMI MUSIC Australia) - EMI are delighted to be part of the Spice Girls
reunion announced overnight. Signed to Virgin Records in the early 90s, the feisty fivesome immediately took the UK by storm, rapidly becoming the biggest girl band of all time globally with their unique brand of girlpower having an impact on popular culture that is still felt to this day.
With subsequent total global sales of over 55 million records, the Spice Girls hit the world with a bang on release of their debut single "Wannabe", which went to No 1 in 31 countries. It became the biggest-selling single by a girl group, the biggest-selling debut single of all time and the highest-ever debut by a British artist in the US, beating the record set by the Beatles 30 years previously.
EMI Music will be releasing the long-awaited Spice Girls' greatest hits album in November 2007 worldwide.
Tony Wadsworth, chairman & CEO, EMI Music UK said, 'The Spice Girls were a unique phenomenon and a great instance of UK pop music taking over the world. It's great to have them back.'
After many years of speculation and rumour, one of Britain's biggest ever global success stories announced their reunion tour to the world's media at the O2 Arena, London yesterday.
Eleven years after they began to re-write the record books as one of the biggest selling girl groups of all time, Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell announced the 11 date tour, spanning six continents to over four hundred of the world's media.
From Europe to North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia, the famous five will globe trot to the four corners of the planet, treating fans old and new to a brand new, state of the art live extravaganza under the banner, 'The Return of the Spice Girls'.
Fifty five million records sold, an astonishing nine UK No.1 singles, three-back-to-back UK Christmas No.1 singles and, in 'Wannabe', the biggest selling single ever by an all female group, the Spice Girls have very little to prove, except that proper pop is back.
The Girls showed what the world has been missing since they set out to forge their own careers in 2001, answering questions from the media in their usual irrepressible style, once again displaying that irresistible group dynamic.
Back together again, they invited the world to join in the fun, calling for fans to register for tickets at the new website www.thespicegirls.com.
To celebrate the reunion The Spice Girls will be making their first ever official documentary for TV broadcast around the world with highly respected director Bob Smeaton ('Beatles Anthology', 'Who's Next'). The documentary will tell the definitive story of The Spice Girls.
'THE RETURN OF THE SPICE GIRLS' TOUR
7/12 – USA, Los Angeles, CA
8/12 – USA, Las Vegas, NV
11/12 – USA, New York City
15/12 – UK, London
20/12 – Germany, Koln
23/12 – Spain, Madrid
10/1 – China, Beijing
12/1 – China, Hong Kong
17/1 – Australia, Sydney
20/1 – South Africa, Cape Town
24/1 – Argentina, Buenos Aries
A long overdue Greatest Hits album is set for release at Christmas.