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Girls Aloud performing live during the Ten: The Hits Tour in 2013

Girls Aloud were an English-Irish pop girl group, which was created through the ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. The group comprised singers Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh. The group achieved a string of twenty consecutive top ten singles in the United Kingdom, including four number ones. They also achieved seven certified albums, of which two reached number one. They have been nominated for five Brit Awards, winning the 2009 Best Single for "The Promise".

The group's musical style is pop, but throughout their career they had experimented with electropop and dance-pop. Girls Aloud's collaborations with Brian Higgins and his songwriting and production team Xenomania earned the group critical acclaim, due to an innovative approach to mainstream pop music. The group became 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, and are credited again for "Most Successful Reality TV Group" in the 2011 edition. The group was also named the United Kingdom's biggest selling girl group of the 21st century, with over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone. In March 2013, after the Ten: The Hits Tour, the group announced their split.

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The Out of Control Tour is Girls Aloud's fourth arena-based concert tour and their fifth tour overall. Thirty-two dates were announced for the arena tour. The tour started on 24 April 2009 in Manchester's MEN Arena, with the final show on 6 June 2009 in Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena. The group performed three nights at London's O2 Arena and two at Wembley Arena. In addition to their own dates, Girls Aloud opened for Coldplay's Viva la Vida Tour at Wembley Stadium on 18 and 19 September 2009. The tour's layout included various props, such as podiums, poles, and ramps, as well as an additional smaller stage in the middle of the arena. The show was broadcast on Sky1 in August 2009 and was later released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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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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Nicola Roberts performing in Newcastle in 2009


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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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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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