Today marks a sad day for British music as its most successful girl-group of all time has called it a day following their final show together.
10-and-a-half years ago, five young girls called Nadine, Sarah, Nicola, Kimberley and Cheryl were put together as the girl-group on Popstars: The Rivals, the reality TV competition that they went on to win as a 5-piece known as Girls Aloud.
Together, the five girls took the UK charts by storm and captured the nation’s hearts whilst doing so. Kicking off their winning streak with their debut #1 single ‘Sound of the Underground‘ back in 2002, Girls Aloud became the most successful UK girl-group of all time as they enjoyed 20 consecutive top 10 hit singles in just 7 years.
After a three-and-a-half year hiatus, the girls reunited for their tenth year anniversary last October for a greatest hits album release, Ten, and another sold-out UK arena tour. Last night marked the final show of the said tour in Nicola’s hometown of Liverpool at the Echo Arena – now the band’s final concert together also – which was followed by an announcement from the band confirming their disbandment.
Dear Alouders, we just want to say from the bottom of our hearts Thank you!! This tour has been an amazing experience and the perfect chance to say thank you for being on this journey with us through a decade. It has far exceeded any of our dreams and we hope we are forever your inspiration and reminder that dreams really do glitter!! Your love and support will stay with us forever but we have now come to the end of our incredible time together . Love you lots.
The band were acknowledged for reinventing pop music and breaking the curse of girl bands usual life span of 2-3 years, not to mention the curse of reality TV stars. With the help of production-writing team Xenomania the band achieved 4 #1 singles, 22 Top 11 singles, six certified albums, 3 Guinness World Records and the BRIT Award for Best Single of 2009 with ‘The Promise‘.
Girls Aloud‘s final London concerts were filmed earlier this month as part of their ‘Ten – The Hits Tour’, and will be broadcasted on UK Freeview channel VIVA on Saturday, March 30 at 7pm.
RIP Girls Aloud, you will live on forever in our memory as the greatest girl-group pop music has ever had the pleasure of hosting. XO