Last night, Girls Aloud seemingly confirmed on Twitter that they are no more.
Following the closing date of their 'Ten' arena tour, the group thanked fans for their "love and support", adding: "but we have now come to the end of our incredible time together."
To celebrate one of the greatest ever girl groups in British pop, we've looked back at their finest moments over the last decade below.
1. The forming of the band on Popstars: The Rivals
Where it all began. Who'd have thought Pete Waterman, Geri Halliwell and Louis Walsh could be responsible for such a band? Of course, it was up to the public to knock one girl out to make the final group, but few would have suggested it would be between Sarah or Javine. But the public in those days were very wise indeed, and put Sarah through to the band, leaving Javine to embark on an illustrious solo career that started with the brilliant 'Real Things' and ended with her stealing So Solid Crew's MC Harvey from Alesha Dixon and having his baby, only to split a year later.
Watch the birth of Girls Aloud below:
2. Winning the Christmas number one
Popstars: The Rivals didn't end with simply making the group; they were to compete with their boyband counterpart One True Voice for the Christmas number one. Fortunately, the newly-named Girls Aloud were given a much, much better song in the form of 'Sound of the Underground', which went on to top the charts - leaving One True Voice to release the weirdly-titled follow-up 'Shakespeare's (Way With) Words' and split shortly after. Watch the moment Girls Aloud topped a particularly brilliant top ten Christmas countdown below:
3. Love Machine
After a successful debut album that spawned three top ten singles, Girls Aloud settled into their long-time partnership with production collective Xenomania on their follow-up LP What Will The Neighbours Say? a year later. Previous singles 'Jump' and 'The Show' were top two hits, but it wasn't until 'Love Machine' - a swinging, big band track with ludicrous lyrics - that they were thrust into the wider public consciousness. Ironically, they've stated many times since that it's one of their least favourite singles.
4. Telling it like it is (was)
Ah, the days before extensive media training. Now with plenty of hits under their belt, Girls Aloud didn't shy away from giving their honest opinions about everyone else in the industry. The long-running feud between Cheryl and Lily Allen was well-publicised, but our favourite is their frank discussion about Pussycat Dolls from 2006.
5. Greatest Hits, Pt. 1
It was standard procedure for groups to release a greatest hits after three reasonably successful albums (despite the criticism that often came with it), and in Girls Aloud's case it was a move that paid off in spades. 2005's Chemistry had underperformed in the charts and cast doubt over the band's future, but all it took was a handy reminder of their back catalogue (and impressive new single 'Something Kinda Ooooh') to launch themselves back to the top of the charts.
Watch the 'Something Kinda Ooooh' video below:
6. The reality series Passions of Girls Aloud
A completely bizarre but utterly brilliant series from 2008 that saw each member taking on a challenge they'd always wanted to do. Cheryl's episode ended up being a networking exercise as she learnt to street dance (and eventually feature on a song) with will.i.am, while Kimberley and Nicola sensibly took on West End musicals and make-up ranges respectively. Our favourite though was Sarah's curious decision to take up polo, with hilarious results.
Watch Sarah in The Passions of Girls Aloud below:
7. 'Tangled Up' arena tour
The success of their greatest hits album and follow-up LP Tangled Up allowed them to put on their most elaborate arena tour, which included 15 dates across the UK. With a big show came even bigger performances, most notably with 'Sexy! No No No...', which saw the group entering the stage from the roof amidst a sea of dry ice and fluttering fabric. Watch the performance below:
8. 'The Promise' live on The X Factor
Attention on the group became more Cheryl-focused after she took on a role as a judge on The X Factor. Naturally, she used the spot to her advantage, bringing in her bandmates for a brilliant performance of 'The Promise' during a live results show in 2008. Of course, Cheryl took centre stage, but it saw the entire band reach new heights in their career.
9. Winning a Brit Award
After seven years together, the group were finally recognised at the 2009 Brit Awards, where they won the 'Best Single' prize for 'The Promise'. While most awards are essentially meaningless, the recognition (and beating Coldplay, Leona Lewis, Duffy and, ahem, Scouting For Girls) made them a credible pop act in the eyes of the general public.
Watch Girls Aloud winning a Brit Award below:
10. The Comeback
After announcing a 12-month hiatus in 2009 that was eventually extended by a further two years, reports of Girls Aloud making a return for their tenth birthday was one of the worst-kept secrets of 2012. Having each embarked on solo careers with varying degrees of success, the time was right to announce details of their new retrospective Ten and single 'Something New' in support of Children in Need. Digital Spy was at the conference and truth be told, it was easily one of the standout music moments of the year.
Watch Girls Aloud announce their return below:
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