Would Eva Longoria make the perfect fifth Spice Girl?
The Spice Girls are back together! Ok, that was misleading. By “are” I mean “were” and by “together” I mean “in the same room, taking pictures for a couple of hours”. Also, there were only four of them. But other than that...
Posh, Sporty, Baby and Ginger reunited at David Beckham’s glamorous birthday party on Saturday, in Marrakech, Morocco. It was the presence of Geri Halliwell, Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton that really spiced up the party, though.
Four songs recorded in 2000 emerged on SoundCloud on Wednesday, before being removed less than 24 hours later.
The internet briefly went into meltdown on Wednesday as four previously unreleased Spice Girls songs appeared online, only to be taken down early on Thursday morning.
The songs are believed to have been recorded at the same time as their third and final studio album Forever, which was released in 2000. Their titles are ‘A Day In Your Life’, ‘Pain Proof’, ‘If It’s Lovin’ Your On Mind’ and ‘Right Back At Ya’. The last of these is an alternative version of the one that actually appeared on Forever.
A still from the video for the Spice Girls' 1997 single 'Who Do You Think You Are'
Continue reading: Four Unreleased Spice Girls Tracks Leak Online, Before Being Taken Down
Everyone seems to know the score; They've seen it all before
As the England football team prepare for their biggest challenge yet, facing the world’s top teams in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, some of the U.K’s biggest stars have seen football and music combine once more to cultivate the official World Cup song. It debuts on March 21st – Sport Relief night.
The Sports Relief crew gear up for an active few days in the name of charity
Katy B, former Spice Girl Emma Bunton and Pixie Lott are amongst the stars singing on the song, while footballing legends Sir Geoff Hurst, Michael Owen, Dion Dublin and Carlton Palmer all appear in the video, which is lead by Match of The Day host/former England striker Gary Lineker and former Take That star, Gary Barlow.
Continue reading: We're Here Again: England 'World Cup Song' Will Debut March 21
The Spice Girls reunited briefly in 2012, but Scary Spice Mel B is hoping to get the group back together for good. She knows at least one member is going to need some encouragement though.
Mel B is now a judge on 'America's Got Talent'
Melanie Brown spoke with The Daily Mail about her love for her four former bandmates, and how she hopes they will soon be together again.
Continue reading: Mel B Is Hoping For a Spice Girls Tour In The Near Future
Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear.
Oh, bless Geri Halliwell. The former Spice Girl was tasked with performing her new single Half of Me during an appearance on Australian sports programme The Footy Show this week, though things didn't really go to plan.
"How often to do we have an international superstar on the stage?" said one of the Footy Show's presenters before introducing Geri, "She's one of our favourite red-heads, and don't forget she's a member of the Australia's Got Talent show!"
The 41-year-old is releasing her new song down-under and, in fairness, agreed to sing a live rendition on the NRL show in front of an arena full of fans. Unfortunately for Halliwell, she regularly went out of tune and the dancing was frankly ridiculous.
Continue reading: Geri Halliwell Live Performance on Australian Show Is Hilarious [Video]
The 39-yea-old pop star is expanding her horizons.
It’s the circle of life – while some girl groups are reuniting, others are calling it quits for good. Such is the fate of 90s wonder The Spice Girls, at least as far as Melanie Chisholm (Mel C) is concerned. The singer commented for The Sun that the group, comprising of herself, Melanie Brown, Geri Halliwell, Emma Burton and Victoria Beckham (nee Adams) wasn’t likely to head back in to the studio to record new music. However, she didn’t rule out further tours, so all is not lost for the five remaining Spice Girls fans out there.
Melanie Chisholm, Pictured At The Virgin London Triathlon
In the meantime, Mel C is pursuing some creative endeavors of her own and targeting the talent show market this time. While it isn’t clear whether producers of BBC’s The Voice have actually contacted the performer, she does seem to have her sights set on a judging spot. It makes perfect sense, following the natural progression from pop star to fading/faded popstar to reality show judge.
Show suffers on the back of poor ticket sales and bad reviews
Viva not quite Forever for the Spice Girls musical as it’s been revealed that the West End production is to close in June. Devastating news for sure.
The news came on the back of poor reviews and a subsequent slump in ticket sales, despite the show initially boasting that it was taking bookings up until 2014 in the wake of December’s high profile launch. Sadly producer Judie Craymer confirmed “We just can't make it work," who was hoping to follow up the success of Abba musical Mamma Mia!
In a statement, the Spice Girls said they were "thrilled that the thousands of people who came to the show had as much fun as we did,” but on a personal level it’s clear there were a couple of disappointed members. Emma Bunton took to her twitter to say that she was “gutted” about the news, while Melanie Chisholm also confessed herself “devastated” – an emotion shared by the many who actually went to watch the musical, we feel, though not perhaps for the same reasons.
Continue reading: Spice Girls Musical 'Viva Forever' Closing After Just Six Months
Depeche Mode are annoyed by "some of the bands who have won" a BRIT Award because they have not been as successful as them.
Depeche Mode are annoyed by "some of the bands who have won" a BRIT Award.
The most successful electronic band in music history only have a solitary BRIT Award under their belt yet have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, but they feel let down they have never been given a Lifetime Achievement award, which has been given to bands including Spice Girls and Status Quo in the past.
Multi-instrumentalist Andy Fletcher said: "It annoys us when you see some of the bands who have won it."
Continue reading: Depeche Mode's BRIT annoyance
George Michael is working on a new album, according to his Twitter feed today (January 25, 2013). The pop star, who made it big in the ‘80s as part of Wham! and went on to have a successful solo career with songs such as ‘Careless Whisper’ and ‘Faith,’ has been talking about the possibility of a new album for some months, but has now confirmed that the recording process is underway, with a tweet that read “Hi everyone, hope you are all well, just to let you know I've been back in the studio a few weeks now, working on the new record....”
After suffering a serious bout of pneumonia, which left him fighting for his life, George Michael managed to stage a remarkable comeback, which culminated in him performing at last year’s London 2012 Olympics ceremony. However, the response to his performance there was probably not what George expected. Dressed in black leather and reflective shades, the 49 year old started off well, with a performance of his old classic, ‘Freedom 90,’ which fit in well with the nostalgic feel of the event, which also saw the likes of The Spice Girls and The Who perform. Everything went wrong for George Michael, though, when he used the opportunity to promote his new single, which was obviously not such a popular choice for the crowd, who were getting into the sing-along nature of the event.
Suddenly, a nation turned on George. No sooner were we praising his physical recovery than we were calling for him to be banished from the world of pop, for his commercial faux pas. So, George, you might be busy recording a new album, but some of us are still sulking over the Olympics, you know.
Victoria Beckham has decided against a new Spice Girls album and tour, leaving Geri Halliwell incensed. The former friends are no longer on speaking terms after Posh Spice rejected the idea of a "final fling" for the best-selling 90's girl group.
Geri and the rest of the girls - particularly Mel B and Emma Bunton - were keen on getting back on the road, though Victoria is presumably busy with her thriving fashion house. A source told the Daily Mirror, "Geri wants the girls to be back on the road as soon as they can. She's been trying to get in touch with Simon for the past few weeks but isn't getting anywhere. She and Victoria are no longer talking." One insider confirmed that Victoria's absence has essentially blown apart the entire comeback, saying, "A tour without Victoria is a real risk. She may not do a load of the singing but she brings a lot more than people think to the table."
The singer - easily the most successful and famous of the Spice Girls - has plenty on her plate in the coming months anyway. After leaving Los Angeles Galaxy, husband David Beckham is likely to sign for a new club in the near future, uprooting the famous family once again.
Continue reading: Victoria Beckham Snubs Spice Girls Tour, Leaves Geri Halliwell Fuming
Trouble is brewing in Spice World yet again.
After the premiere of Viva Forever, the Spice Girls musical earlier this week, two distinct camps reportedly formed between the members of the former girl group. At the afterparty for Viva Forever, Victoria Beckham was shunned by the rest of the girls and herself refused to mingle with Geri, Emma, Mel B and Mel C. "Victoria sat on her own table away from the rest of the girls. They didn’t speak the whole time she was there," a source reported, quoted by the Metro.
Despite this little incident, all of the ladies seemed to be in high spirits after the show. Emma Bunton, 36, Geri Halliwell, 40, Melanie Chisholm, 38, and Melanie Brown, 37, reportedly took the event as a chance to let their hair down, mingling with the musical’s cast and producers and later dancing to some Spice Girls hits. Beckham, on the other hand, had chosen to spend the night close to her husband and three children, as well as talking to fashion critic, Susie Menkes.
Continue reading: Spice Girls Give Victoria The Cold Shoulder At Viva Forever Afterparty
The Spice Girls' renaissance - which began with a performance at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony - has continued with the musical, Viva Forever! Of course, no musical premiere is complete without an after party, but did four of The Spice Girls give Posh Spice the cold shoulder?
"Victoria sat on her own table away from the rest of the girls. They didn't speak the whole time she was there," a source told Metro. "She came out of the loo singing Spice Girls songs to Romeo who went in after her,' said another source, "She was giggling with her friends while waiting for him to finish," they continued. "When the DJ played some Spice Girls hits, Posh was nowhere to be seen. Geri, Emma, Mel B and Mel C all got up to dance and tried to remember the moves to Spice Up Your Life, they didn't seem to care, or notice, Victoria was missing."
Mrs Beckham was widely criticised for her role in The Spice girls. People said she couldn't sing, dance or act, but that's really an accusation you could level at most modern pop starts, let alone the rest of the band; a band, which, according to Ginger Spice, isn't done yet. Geri told Heat magazine: "This is a great excuse for us all to have a party tonight! The musical was incredible, we all got really emotional watching it. I just want to see it again now. It was brilliant, it was emotional, funny, exciting, empowering... it was girl power!," adding, "we're going to be around for a long time. You haven't seen the last of us."