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).
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."
(Watch Sporty, Scary and Ginger discuss their Viva Forever: The Musical plans)
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:
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.
Here are her great duet releases from 1998 until now: