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Melanie C duets, Spice Girls plans, and other Sporty facts

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Melanie Chisholm is one fifth of the biggest girl music group in history. No, not The Supremes, or Destiny's Child, or even The Go Go's. We are talking about Spice Girls. The band, who is rumored to have plans for their twentieth anniversary, is the biggest-selling all-female group in history, with estimated sales of over seventy-five million copies all around the world. Not bad, for a band who only released three studio albums (the math would lead you to the average of twenty-five million per album).

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Last autumn, Brian Litrrell, Backstreet Boy member, told Spanish reporters that since the newly reformed five-piece were celebrating twenty-years in the industry, they were discussing a 2014 tour with the Spices, who formed in 1994. Melanie C said last month "It's funny isn't it? Because people are saying it's the 20 year anniversary of The Spice Girls, and we did get together in '94, but "Wannabe" wasn't released until '96 so we don't really see it until '96." [[Press Association]] reported.

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Perhaps Littrell's claims for a unified tour were for further in the future, as was the added fuel from Melanie Brown telling Katie Couric that something was surely going to happen to celebrate the milestone. Not to mention Emma Bunton's current claims that a Las Vegas gig would depend on a cash amount which would bring the fivesome (or foursome, sans Victoria Beckham) together again. [[MTV UK]] reports Bunton adding "After the Olympics, it was really hard to think, 'What can we do next?' We represented our country, it was huge! We like to say never say never, so we'll have to see."

See other tours happening this spring/summer: Eric Himan & Ani DiFranco, The Sounds, Ellie Goulding, Cher, Lady Gaga

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However, Melanie C, the solo artist, has garnered enough praises and records on her own to stand free of Spicey-related stories. Melanie C is the only artist in the UK to reach the number-one slot (singles) as a quintet, quartet, duo and solo. She also is the British female composer with most number credits to her name (twelve).

The artist, who turned forty this year, is only second to Madonna for a female artist in the UK with most number-one singles. Unsurprisingly, the top five is rounded by three of her Spice Pals:

Madonna: 13 #1's
Melanie C: 12 #1's
Geri Halliwell: 11 #1's
Melanie Brown/Emma Bunton: 10 #1's

Chisholm has sold over twelve million records worldwide, and has amounted eight UK top 10 entries, eleven UK top 20 entries, and sixteen UK top 100 entries. As a solo artist she has accumulated six number-one singles around the world: "Never Be The Same Again", "I Turn To You", "Here It Comes Again", "First Day of My Life", "The Moment You Believe" and "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".

Now, she has a new single coming out with Slovakian singer Peter Aristone. The track, "Cool As You", will be released in late March via [[iTunes]] and other online music outlets. Melanie does not duet often, but when she does, the outcome is usually fantastic.

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Here are her great duet releases from 1998 until now:

"When You're Gone" with Bryan Adams
"When You're Gone" with Bryan Adams A&M Records

"When You're Gone" with Bryan Adams

Melanie's first non-Spice release came in 1998 when her duet with Bryan Adams, "When You're Gone", was released and peaked at number three on the UK charts. The single sold 676,947 copies and was the 82nd-best selling single of the 1990s (in the UK). [[Music video]]

"Never Be The Same Again" ft. Lisa Left-Eye Lopez
"Never Be The Same Again" ft. Lisa Left-Eye Lopez Virgin Records

"Never Be The Same Again" ft. Lisa Left-Eye Lopez

Melanie's second duet, and first number-one solo-single, came in 2000 when she released "Never Be The Same Again" with Lisa Left-Eye Lopez, off her first album, Northern Star. The single was a success overseas, despite not being released in the US. It sold 144,000 copies in its first week, selling more than 400,000 copies altogether, making it the eighteenth best seller of 2000 (in the UK). The single peaked at number-one in New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and charted inside the top ten in Australia, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, and the main Eurochart. [[Music video]]

"I Know Him So Well" ft. Emma Bunton
"I Know Him So Well" ft. Emma Bunton Red Girl Records

"I Know Him So Well" ft. Emma Bunton

Chisholm's third duet came off her last studio-album, the theatrical release Stages. The album was a compilation of covers, which included the Chess track "I Know Him So Well" which features Emma Bunton, her Spice Girls bandmate. The single charted well on the UK indie charts and despite not becoming a bit hit, it kept the Spicemania momentum in the autumn of 2012, following the Olympics performance. [[Music video]]

"Loving You" by Matt Cardle
"Loving You" by Matt Cardle Absolute Records

"Loving You" by Matt Cardle

The fourth duet came as X-Factor winner Matt Cardle's single "Loving You" in 2013. The song, also recorded in Spanish titled "Te Amo", peaked at number fourteen on the UK charts, becoming Melanie's highest charting single since "Next Best Superstar" in 2005, her first independent release. This is not counting her latest number-one, a cover of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", a star-studded release. The steamy [[music video]] was so effective, the two were rumored to be dating.

"Cool As You" by Peter Aristone
"Cool As You" by Peter Aristone

"Cool As You" by Peter Aristone

Finally, the new track "Cool As You", is more like "Loving You", where Melanie plays off the love interest to the male singer. The track is slated to be available online on March 31st. Check [[iTunes]] for her full catalogue. [[Music video]]

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