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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 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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Nicola Maria Roberts (born 5 October 1985) is an English singer, songwriter, and actress.

Nicola Roberts rose to fame in 2002 after becoming a member of pop group Girls Aloud through ITV's reality television programme Popstars: The Rivals. Roberts received attention for her extremely pale skin; she says she had a fake tanning "addiction" during Girls Aloud's earlier years. Through the television series The Passions of Girls Aloud, Roberts created a cosmetics range for girls with pale skin called Dainty Doll. In 2009 and 2010, Roberts worked on a documentary for BBC Three entitled Nicola Roberts: The Truth About Tanning, which highlighted the dangers of constant tanning. Roberts has since advocated a ban on the usage of tanning beds by individuals under the age of 18.

She split with her boyfriend of 5 years, Carl Egerton, in December 2006. Roberts then dated businessman Carl Davies from 2007 until May 2008. Roberts has been dating Dubai-born Charlie Fennell, whom she has been dating since September 2008.

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Nadine Coyle 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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Chemistry is the third studio album by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud. Recording sessions took place in 2005, following Girls Aloud's first tour What Will the Neighbours Say? Live. It was released by Polydor Records on 5 December 2005 in the United Kingdom. The album was entirely produced by Xenomania. The album was described as "a concept album which relates to the girls and what it's like to be a twentysomething girl in London". The Guardian said that the album's "lyrics sound like Blur's Parklife rewritten by the editorial staff of Heat magazine" and "holds a distinctly ambiguous mirror up to noughties celebrity". Girls Aloud came under fire for the album's allegedly "dirty lyrics".

Despite being the group's lowest charting album to date, Chemistry was certified platinum in the UK and Ireland and earned the group critical acclaim. In 2008, Slant Magazine said that "Chemistry is probably still their crowning glory". It spawned four top ten singles - "Long Hot Summer", "Biology" (called "the best pop single of the last decade" by Peter Cashmore of The Guardian), their cover of Dee C. Lee's "See the Day", and lastly, "Whole Lotta History".

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