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Girls Aloud are an English-Irish girl group that were created through the ITV1 talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. The group consists of Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.

Following the success of their debut single "Sound of the Underground", which spent four weeks at number one, the group has been successful in achieving a string of twenty consecutive top ten singles (including three more number ones) and two number one albums in the United Kingdom. All of their albums have been certified platinum, with their greatest hits album The Sound of Girls Aloud selling over one million copies. They have been nominated for five BRIT Awards, winning Best Single in 2009 for "The Promise". The group has sold ten million records worldwide.

Girls Aloud's collaborations with Brian Higgins and his songwriting and production team Xenomania have earned the group critical acclaim, due to an innovative approach to mainstream pop music. The group has become one of the few UK reality television acts to achieve continued success, amassing a fortune of £30 million by May 2010. Guinness World Records lists them as "Most Successful Reality TV Group" in the 2007 edition. They also hold the record for "Most Consecutive Top Ten Entries in the UK by a Female Group" in the 2008 edition.

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The Passions of Girls Aloud is a four-part television series starring girl group Girls Aloud. The series premiered on ITV2 on March 14, 2008. The programme, a reality show, follows each member achieving aspirations outside of the group. Cheryl Cole learned street dancing in Compton and auditioned for a part in will.i.am's "Heartbreaker" music video (she also contributes vocals to the radio edit). Sarah Harding's aspiration was to play polo in Argentina. She suffered from a lack of oxygen and fell off the horse. Despite her wishes, she was pulled out of the game due to health concerns. Kimberley Walsh auditioned for a West End production of Les Misérables. The producers of the show cast her as a whore in the song "Lovely Ladies", and she would also perform an encore of "On My Own" in character. Nicola Roberts created a make-up range geared towards women with pale complexion. She travelled to Taiwan to test various textures and shades and organises a launch party for the press. The range, named Dainty Doll, was released on 18 April 2008. Nadine Coyle did not take part.

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Cheryl Ann Cole (née Tweedy; born 30 June 1983) is a British singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, model, and television personality.

Cole rose to fame in 2002 after becoming a member of pop group Girls Aloud through ITV's reality television programme Popstars: The Rivals. In 2008, Cole became a judge on the British reality television show The X Factor. Propelling her fame to new heights, Cole has been called "the nation's new sweetheart." Her first solo single, "Fight for This Love", was the fastest-selling single of 2009 up to that point when it entered the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart at number one and has achieved success throughout Europe. Her debut solo album 3 Words achieved similar success. Her second album Messy Little Raindrops and its lead single "Promise This" achieved similar success. Cole has also become recognized as a style icon, appearing on the covers of British Vogue, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar. She married English footballer Ashley Cole in 2006. The couple were divorced in 2010. Cole fell life-threateningly ill with malaria in 2010 as well, but has since made a recovery.

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Cheryl Cole performing at London's O2 Arena in 2008


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"The Promise" is a pop song performed by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, written and produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania. It was released as the first single from the group's fifth studio album Out of Control (2008) and became Girls Aloud's fourth number one on the UK Singles Chart. Influenced by music of the 1960s, the song is an upbeat love song that was written to announce Girls Aloud as "a supergroup." Critically appreciated and commercially successful, "The Promise" was awarded Best British Single at the 2009 BRIT Awards, the group's first win at the ceremony.

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Sound of the Underground is the first studio album by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud. It was released by Polydor Records on 26 May 2003 in the United Kingdom, with a re-issue released 1 December. The album was completed in April 2003 and described as a mix of "Blondie and Bananarama, with a smattering of the Spice Girls at their best thrown in." Sound of the Underground is the only album not to be entirely produced by the production team of Brian Higgins and Xenomania.

Yahoo! Music said that Girls Aloud "have made a seriously fine debut album. OK, so it's not Blonde on Blonde, Innervisions or OK Computer, but it may well be another Spice." A number of reviews noted the high quality of the album compared to output from other reality show contestants. The album charted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum five months later. The album included four top three singles - the number one "Sound of the Underground", "No Good Advice", "Life Got Cold", and a cover of Pointer Sisters' "Jump".

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