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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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Kimberley Jane Walsh (born 20 November 1981) is an English singer, songwriter, actress and model. Walsh first tasted fame as a student at the Bradford based theatre school Stage 84, appearing in a number of adverts and small television roles. She rose to stardom in 2002 as a member of Girls Aloud after competing on the ITV programme Popstars: The Rivals. Walsh was also the face of high street chain New Look's autumn/winter 2009 collection. She also fronted MTV's coverage of the BAFTA Awards in 2010. Walsh was honoured with the Yorkshire Woman of the Year award in 2009, in recognition of her both her success and her role as celebrity ambassador for the Breast Cancer Haven charity, which has a branch in Leeds.Walsh previously dated footballer Martin Pemberton for two and a half years. She currently lives with former Triple 8 singer Justin Scott, who she has been dating for the past six years.

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Nicola Roberts performing in Newcastle in 2009


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"Sound of the Underground" is a song by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, written and produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania. It was released on 16 December 2002 in the UK, just 16 days after the group was formed on Popstars: The Rivals, and became the year's Christmas number one. The single spent four consecutive weeks at number one, achieving a platinum certification from the British Phonographic Industry. "Sound of the Underground" received a positive response from most music critics. It "proved a first: it was a reality pop record that didn't make you want to do physical harm to everyone involved in its manufacture". The song also served as the title track of Girls Aloud's debut album, Sound of the Underground.

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Tangled Up is the fourth studio album (fifth overall) by the British all-female pop group Girls Aloud. It was released by Fascination Records on 19 November 2007 (see 2007 in music) in the United Kingdom. Like their previous albums, Tangled Up is produced by the production team of Brian Higgins and Xenomania. The album took around six months to record, with sessions taking place in Kent and Los Angeles.

Tangled Up charted within the top five in the UK and was certified platinum; it also received a gold certification in Ireland. The BBC labelled it "yet another unrelenting pop masterpiece", also calling Girls Aloud "undoubtedly the best girl band the UK has ever seen". Girls Aloud released three singles from the album - the top five "Sexy! No No No...", the top three "Call the Shots" (called the "greatest pop song of the 21st century" by Peter Robinson), and also the top ten "Can't Speak French". The album was followed by the Tangled Up Tour.

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