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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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Sarah Nicole Harding (born Sarah Nicole Hardman on 17 November 1981 in Ascot) is an English singer, songwriter, actress and model.

Harding rose to fame as a member of Girls Aloud, formed through the ITV programme Popstars: The Rivals. Outside of the group, Harding made an appearance in a British independent film Bad Day (2008). In 2009, Harding starred in the BBC television film Freefall and the feature film St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold. She recorded her own solo material for the latter's soundtrack and collaborated with London synthpop band Filthy Dukes on the track "Real Wild Child" for the Wild Child soundtrack. Sarah Harding has also modeled for Ultimo lingerie. She will also host the third series of Living's Dating in the Dark in 2011.

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Kimberley Walsh performing in 2004


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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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Out of Control is the fifth studio album (sixth 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.

The album was praised by a number of critics. It was described as "their most melancholy album to date", a "break-up album [...] atop a mix of ’80s electro-pop", and "chock-full of those trademark, otherworldy electro-synth songs". The Times declared, Xenomania and Girls Aloud "continue to be as inventive as ever" and BBC Music called the album "pop music at its finest". Out of Control was also a commercial success. It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, becoming their most successful studio album to date. The album's lead single, "The Promise", became Girls Aloud's fourth number one and was followed by "The Loving Kind" (co-written by Pet Shop Boys) and "Untouchable". The album was followed by the Out of Control Tour.

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