Posts tagged "Spice Girls"

Mel B Talks About Geri Halliwell Leaving The Spice Girls: “It Was Bad”

It’s been over sixteen years now since Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice!) famously left The Spice Girls at the height of their popularity in 1998, and Mel B is still recalling the bitterness in the group that followed her unexpected exit.

During an interview with Larry King, Scary Spice — who just wrapped up her latest stint as an America’s Got Talent judge — revealed that their “5 year plan” for the group got cut short to 3 years after Geri suddenly quit the band due to ongoing pressure she was dealing with regarding body image and depression. “When Geri left the group, it was bad,” she told King. “She left on my birthday and didn’t tell anybody. She just didn’t show up. We had the rest of the tour, the American part of the tour,” she explained. (Also, it appears Larry is just now learning that Geri left the group.)

Was there bitterness? “Yeah, for a long time,” she revealed. “I’m still reminded of it. I saw her a couple weeks ago and said ‘Remember when you left on my birthday?’” she laughs, sounding a bit irked. (We were too!)

While nothing will ever top the Spice Girls at their peak, it’s nice to see that the girls have all gone on to do great things for themselves as individuals nearly two decades later. Besides — we will always have girl power. (And Spice World.) More »

Someone Is Letting Madonna Direct Another Movie: Morning Mix

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:: Madonna is getting behind the camera again. The budding auteur will direct a movie called Ade: A Love Story. It’s a coming of age tale about growing up in an interracial and mixed faith family. [Billboard]

:: If you’re old enough to remember the ’90s this news will literally make your heart flutter. Backstreet Boys have hinted at a joint tour with the Spice Girls. None of us are ready for this double dose of nostalgia! [MTV]

:: Elton John‘s extravagant Las Vegas show Million Dollar Piano will be shown in theaters for one night only in 40 different countries around the globe. Sounds like a fun night at the movies. [Rolling Stone].

:: Interest in Gwyneth Paltrow‘s split with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is so great that her GOOP website crashed last night. There was no explanation for the site’s meltdown on the actress’ Facebook page. [Gossip Cop]

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Little Mix’s “Word Up” Video: Watch Melanie C Crash The Girls’ Campy Sports Relief Clip

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What's The Word?
If you’re a young British girl group who are traveling down the tried-and-true road paved by the Spice Girls, and you’ve been commissioned to record the official Sports Relief charity single, then you’d best enlist Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm for at least a cameo in the music video. And actually, that’s exactly what Little Mix did for their “Word Up” visual. The song is a cover of Cameo‘s 1986 funk-pop classic, and the video is a virtual camp fest that finds the quartet aerobicising and creating all-around chaos while several well-known faces flash by the camera, including Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider actor Chris Barrie and, of course, Mel C.

Watch above as Sporty Spice does one of her famous “Say You’ll Be There” high-kicks all in the name of charity…and girl power! More »

MØ Covers Spice Girls’ “Say You’ll Be There”: Listen & Download For Free

Danish songbird will release her debut LP No Mythologies To Follow on RCA in March, and ahead of that she’s done the one thing that’s guaranteed to get her name out there amongst the pop enthusiast set: A Spice Girls cover. The 25 year old chose the UK girl group’s 1997 (or 1996, depending on which country you live in) confection “Say You’ll Be There” to re-work as an electronic slow jam. Despite this being a completely different arrangement from the original, there is what sounds like a sweet guitar-sample solo in the middle bit, and MØ pulls off the “I’ll give you everything, on this I swear / just promise you’ll always be there!” shout-rap with aplomb.

Hear her take on this Spice gem below. More »

Melanie C Might Just Go Ahead And Record A New Solo Album, She Says

Sporty Spice Girls songstress turned solo star Melanie C turned out several of the best pop records of the ’00s (you can say whatever you like, but Northern Star was great), but after quietly releasing several solo albums on her own label, the songstress says that she’s ready to get back in the studio. 

“I’ve missed working as a solo artist,” she said in an interview with Metro, “and [I] miss my band so I want to work on a new album.” And that’s that! More »

Fifth Harmony Cover Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” In Concert, Get Endorsed By An Actual Spice Girl

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They Aren't Wannabes, Though
Every new girl group has visions of becoming the next Spice Girls (although for my money, Little Mix are the likeliest to take that crown with their new single “Move”), but it’s not every day that an actual, honest-to-God Spice Girl endorses your performance of their song — and yet, that’s precisely what happened to X Factor songbirds Fifth Harmony (better known as Fifth Harmonslay in certain corners, like our office), who won praise from Mel B when they covered Spice’s “Wannabe” last night during a concert.

Their performance of the track was plenty lively (and they’re tough to beat vocally, as they proved during a live session at Idolator a few months back), but the real coup came after the performance, as Mel saw video of the set and sent some praise their way. More »

Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” And 15 Other Great Pop Songs Released In 1998: Playlist

Revisit These Classics...One More Time
In 1998, Bill Clinton was President, Monica Lewinsky was the most famous intern on the planet, the world had come down with Titanic fever and a show on MTV called Total Request Live was about to alter the sound of popular music. One such superstar who rose up through TRL‘s glittery ranks was Britney Jean Spears, a then-16-year-old performer who had last been seen as a series regular on Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club.

To celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Britney’s debut single “…Baby One More Time” — a three-and-a-half-minute dose of pop-funk that put Spears on the fast track and cemented songwriter/producer Max Martin as a music’s go-to maestro — we took a deep look in the mirror, realized how old we were and began sobbing uncontrollably. Then we composed ourselves and whipped up a fairly pop-filled playlist that is guaranteed to give you an accurate depiction of what radio sounded like in 1998.

So head below to get an earful of what people were listening to while checking their pagers and worrying about the Y2K Bug. More »

Miley Cyrus Returns The Favor, Will Appear On Mike WiLL Made It Single: Morning Mix

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:: Miley Cyrus enlisted Mike WiLL Made It to produce her new single “We Can’t Stop” (out June 3), and now she’s returning the favor. Cyrus is featured on Will’s forthcoming “23,” along with Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. [2 Dope Boyz]

:: Ever wonder how things are different at SNL when Justin Timberlake preps to host as opposed to when Justin Bieber does it? Bill Hader, now a former cast-member, opened up about working with the two, and said JT shows up by himself, whereas Biebs shows up “with like 20 guys” catering to the star’s every need. [Gossip Cop]

:: When news broke that Paris Hilton had signed with Cash Money, Twitter nearly exploded. Remember, Paris has basically been a non-entity since the advent of Twitter, so tweeters were hungry for the chance to post about her in 140 characters or less. Your friends probably had some good reactions, but not as good as the ones compiled here -> [Vibe]

:: There’s an official Daft Punk racecar. While it seemed more apt to do it during their Tron soundtrack days, the French duo’s label, Columbia, is a partner with Team Lotus F1 and have designed a Daft Punk-emblazoned Formula One car. [Stereogum]

:: Scary Spice spent most of the ’90s with her mouth agape. It’s science. [BuzzFeed]

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Happy Mother’s Day: Here Are 9 Music Videos That Celebrate Moms

To All The Moms
Moms — where would we be without them? (Well, not alive, we suppose.) Better yet, where would our favorite pop stars be without them?! Some of them know the world would be a dismal place if not for the women who brought them into this world, which is why, time and time again, musicians have used music videos as a platform to say “thank you” to the women who made them what they are today (or even to tribute the children they were about to birth themselves).

So in honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday (May 12), we’ve rounded up some of our favorite mom-themed videos to show moms everywhere how much we appreciate them. Below, watch as everyone from Whitney Houston to Drake celebrates mamas and mamas-to-be. More »

Watch Jessica Biel Bring Sexy Back (Kind Of) At A Justin Timberlake Performance: Morning Mix

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See What She's Twerkin' With
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:: Like the loving and adoring wife she is, Jessica Biel was seen rocking out as husband Justin Timberlake performed his classic “SexyBack” at a show after the Brit Awards. So…better or worse than Gwyneth?  [TMZ]

:: Next week’s Law & Order: SVU may or may not be based on the all-too-familiar saga of Chris Brown and Rihanna. The episode, being advertised as “the familiar story of two celebrities intertwined by abuse,” features an up-and-coming singer who is the victim of violence at the hands of her hip-hop star boyfriend. [Billboard]

:: Melanie Brown, a.k.a. Mel B. a.k.a. Scary Spice, has been announced as the replacement for fellow Brit Sharon Osbourne as a judge on America’s Got Talent. [Vulture]

:: Rapper Ja Rule was released from an upstate New York prison on Thursday (February 21) after serving out a sentence for illegal gun possession. And then… he was taken straight into federal custody to finish serving a concurrently-running sentence for tax evasion. [Billboard]

:: Coming soon to a gym near you: Lil Jon. Kind of. The rapper has partnered with Zumba Fitness to release his next single, “Work.” The deal also includes a “nightclub series,” featuring Lil Jon and fitness instructor Gina Grant. Hopefully, this means we’ll get to see Jon participate in some Zumba routines. [The Boombox]

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