All we wanted was something new, and they gave it to us, for a minute: Girls Aloud, the most successful British girl group of the century, announced their split last night in a rather grim Twitter post.
Most Americans don’t know much about Girls Aloud, which is probably a good thing, since they made a type of once-in-a-lifetime cutting-edge, avant-garde pop that probably wouldn’t have ever caught on in the United States — but they did have an unmatched string of 20 consecutive Top 10 singles, plus four #1 hits and a BRIT Award, so they were kind of a big deal. They went on hiatus in 2008 and then reunited last year for a greatest hits release and a UK tour, and now, it seems, the dream has glittered out. Big sigh. Deep breaths.
“We have now come to the end of our incredible time together,” said a statement on their official Twitter. “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.”
If this post seems a little dreary, it’s because we’re sad, and that’s all there is to it. Not much else to say about it besides that, but man. Oh, man.
Here’s “Biology,” a song that The Guardian very casually called “the best pop single of the decade.”
R.I.P., Girls Aloud. You will be missed.