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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 Tangled Up Tour is Girls Aloud's third arena-based concert tour and their fourth tour overall. It was in support of the group's fourth studio album Tangled Up. The tour began on 3 May 2008 in Belfast, with the final show on 4 June in Birmingham. They also performed ten open air concerts over the summer. The twenty-four arena dates and ten summer shows made the tour their longest yet. The show reportedly cost an estimated £3 million to stage, with £250,000 worth of pyrotechnics. Billiam, Luigi Masi, and The Saturdays supported the vocal group during all the dates. The tour was sponsored by KitKat. Girls Aloud received tabloid attention for the provocative outfits, designed by Julien MacDonald, which were frequently compared to those of Madonna.

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Nadine Elizabeth Louise Coyle (born 15 June 1985) is an Irish singer, songwriter, and actress.

Coyle first rose to fame in 2001, after entering the Irish version of the talent show Popstars. As one of the winners of the show, Coyle was selected to become a member of the group Six. However, she could not join the group because she was underage. Coyle was encouraged by Louis Walsh to compete on the UK's Popstars: The Rivals. She thus landed herself a place in the final line-up, becoming a member of Girls Aloud. During Girls Aloud's hiatus, Coyle started work on solo material. Her debut album Insatiable and its title track were released in November 2010 through her own label Black Pen Records in partnership with Tesco. The album was a commercial failure. Coyle is engaged to American football player Jason Bell. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Nadine Coyle performing in 2004


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"No Good Advice" is a song by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, co-written by Aqua's Lene Nystrøm Rasted and produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania. The song was released in May 2003 as the second single from the band's début album Sound of the Underground and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. Nadine Coyle said in an interview, "We were No.1 for a month straight and then getting songs from all these other producers [...] We waited from December to May before releasing a second single because we knew it had to be our strong point or we might as well kiss our careers goodbye." Musically, the song was labelled "a disco track with guitar - a cross between Blondie and The Bangles." Brian Higgins said that Girls Aloud initially didn't like the song. In 2003, the song won the Popjustice £20 Music Prize.

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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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