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Spice Girls: Timeline

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Spice Girls: Timeline
With the Spice Girls about to reunite for the first time in over six years, we take a look at the history of the girl group and its ups and downs.

January, 1994: Chris and Bob Herbert put an advert in The Stage magazine looking for five females to form a group. The advert asks: "R. U. 18-23 with the ability to sing/dance? R.U. streetwise, outgoing, ambitious, and dedicated?"

March 1994: More than 400 girls audition in London. Finalists Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, Victoria Adams, Geri Haliwell and Michelle Stephenson are selected to form 'Touch'.

July 1994: Michelle Stephenson quits the band citing family and personal reasons. The Herberts say she didn't have the drive that the other girls had. After advertising for a new member, Emma Bunton joined the group and they change their name to The Spice Girls.

October 1994: The girls become unhappy with their management team and leave them so that they can have more control over their work.

March 1995: The girls sign with Simon Fuller's 19 management. They spend the summer touring America, rehearsing and honing their "girl power" style.

July 8, 1996: 'Wannabe' is released and goes straight in at number three in the UK music charts. A week later the single goes to number one and stays there for seven weeks. The song becomes number one in 31 countries. After an article by Top Of the Pops magazine is released, the girls adopt their nicknames, Baby, Sporty, Scary, Posh and Ginger.

October, 1996: Second single 'Say You'll Be There' is released and tops the charts globally.

November, 1996: Debut album Spice is released across Europe. The album sells 1.8 million copies in the first seven weeks in the UK alone, making them the fastest selling British act since The Beatles. It tops the album charts for 16 weeks in Britain.

January, 1997: Single '2 Become 1' tops UK charts for 2 weeks. 'Wannabe' reaches number 11 in the Hot 100 in the US, the highest ever debut by a British act. 'Wannabe' then becomes number one in America four weeks later.

February, 1997: Spice is released in the US, selling over 6 million copies there alone.

March, 1997: 'Who Do You Think You Are'/'Mama' tops the UK music charts for three weeks.

June, 1997: The group begins filming for debut movie Spiceworld: The Movie, starring Michael Barrymoore, Roger Moore, Jennifer Saunders and Richard E. Grant. Released in December 1997, the movie takes over $70 million worldwide, despite critics panning the girls' acting abilities. The same month 'Say You'll Be There' hits number one.

July, 1997: Spice is certified 4 x platinum.

September, 1997: The girls receive MTV Video Music Awards for Best Dance Video for 'Wannabe' and the Viewer's Choice Award.

October, 1997: 'Spice Up Your Life' reaches number one in the UK, making the Spice Girls the first band in Britain to have their first five hits top the charts and 4 in a row debut at number one.

November 7, 1997: The girls fire manager Simon Fuller, claiming he had become too controlling and limited their artistic freedom. They later find it difficult managing themselves and build their own management team.

November, 1997: Single 'Spice Up Your Life' is released, as is second album Spiceworld. The album sets a new record for being the fastest selling album after selling seven million copies in two weeks. They are criticised for over-exposure after releasing their second album just nine months after their debut in the US. However, they are still named the biggest selling pop group for 1997.

January, 1998: 'Too Much' reaches number one in the UK and they receive three American Music Awards.

May 31, 1998: Geri Halliwell announces she is leaving the group, citing personal differences. In her statement, she says: "Sadly, I would like to confirm I have left the Spice Girls... this is because of differences between us. I am sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best."

August, 1998: 'Viva Forever' hits number one in the UK, their first single as a foursome.

December, 1998: 'Goodbye' reaches number one, becoming their third consecutive Christmas number one.

June, 1999: Geri Halliwell releases Schizophonic.

September, 1999: Geri hits number one with single 'Mi Chico Latino'.

November, 1999: Mel C releases her debut album Northern Star. Geri Halliwell beat Emma Bunton's single 'What I Am' to get a number one with 'Lift Me Up'.

March, 2000: The Spice Girls receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Brits. Mel C gets a number one with single 'Never Be The Same Again'.

October, 2000: Spice Girls single 'Holler' reaches number one, making history as the girls become the first all female group to get nine number one singles.

November, 2000: The girls release their final album Forever.

March, 2001: Mel C announces she is leaving the Spice Girls, saying: "I'll always be a Spice Girl. I don't intend to do any more work with the Spice Girls .... Really, I've not been comfortable being in the Spice Girls for probably the last 2 years. It doesn't really feel that natural to me anymore." The group say they want to pursue solo careers.

June, 2001: Geri releases Scream If You Want To Go Faster.

November, 2001: Victoria Beckham releases debut album Victoria Beckham.

July, 2005: Rumours surface that the Spice Girls will be reuniting on stage at London's Live 8 concert in Hyde Park. Bob Geldof confirms he has spoken to all of the girls about it. The rumours however never come to fruition and Mel B's commitments in America are cited as the reason. Ever since rumours continue about a possible reunion between all five members.

June, 2007: Girls announce a reunion tour.

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