Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)

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"Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)"
Single by Spice Girls
from the album Greatest Hits
Released 5 November 2007
Format
Recorded 2007
Genre
Length 3:31
Label Virgin
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Richard Stannard
  • Matt Rowe
Spice Girls singles chronology
"Holler"/"Let Love Lead the Way"
(2000)
"Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)"
(2007)
Children in Need Singles chronology
"Downtown"
(2006)
"Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)"
(2007)
"Do Ya/Stay with Me"
(2008)
Music video
"Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" on YouTube
For other songs, see Headlines (disambiguation).

"Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" is a song performed by British group the Spice Girls. It was released as the only single from the group's compilation album, Greatest Hits on 12 November 2007.[1] It was also announced it would be the last single from the group until the finishing of their world tour The Return of the Spice Girls. The song was the first commercial single release to feature the group's original lineup since Geri Halliwell left in 1998. The song was also the official Children in Need single of 2007.

Background and composition[edit]

The song was initially written by Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell with help from producers, with the other three girls adding later on.[citation needed] Musically, "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" is a pop and electronic-ballad song, which talks about the group reuniting, mainly talking about their friendship throughout two decades together.[2]

Halliwell described the single as a "big love song" and "a Spice Girl classic".[1] Another group member, Melanie Chisholm in her 2008 appearance on Never Mind The Buzzcocks announced, that she thought "this song is not good at all" and that at least she was against the release of any new material when the record company was trying to market the Greatest Hits release.[3]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

"Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" has received generally mixed reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic gave it a mixed review, as they[who?] said that as well with "Voodoo" were "forgetable and a sleeper hit". He also said that the song "isn't as self-referential or clever as its title suggests." Talia Kraines from BBC Music called the song a "classic Spice ballad".[4] NME gave it a mixed review, saying "while new ballad "Headlines" is functional but lacks a certain, ahem, zig-a-zig aaaaaaargh."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

The Spice Girls performing in Las Vegas on 9 December 2007.

"Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" was first released in the UK. The song debuted at number twenty on 17 November 2007. The song later climbed and peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the group's first single not to peak inside the top ten, or indeed the top two. Among this, it became a minor hit worldwide.

"Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" debuted at number forty-two on the Canadian Singles Chart, only staying in for three weeks in the charts. The song became a very minor hit in that country.[6] The song debuted at number ninety on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, only peaking on the charts for one week. The song debuted at number sixty-seven on the Austrian Singles Chart, the group's lowest charting single in that country.[7] The song debuted at number fifty-two on the Dutch Top 40 on the issue date 17 November 2007. The single later slipped to number ninety-three after one week, thus the single became the group's third single to miss the top ten in that country.

In some countries it peaked in some high peaks. On the issue date 15 November 2007, "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" debuted at number three on the Swedish Singles Chart, the group's highest single since 1999's Goodbye. The song only stayed on for five weeks.[8] The song peaked at number two in Italy, becoming a success in that country, staying in for seven weeks. It debuted at number twenty-four in New Zealand (RadioScope). The song peaked at number six, making it the eleventh and the all the group's tenth top single.[9]

Music video[edit]

The Spice Girls as they appear in the music video for "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)".

Directed by Anthony Mandler, the music video was filmed at Pinewood Studios. On the 15 October 2007 episode of Dancing With the Stars, it was confirmed that the Spice Girls would be filming a music video for "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" the following week. A world exclusive screening of the video, which launched the run up to Children in Need Night, aired on BBC One on 2 November.[10] The music video featured Halliwell's first appearance in a Spice Girls music video since "Stop" in 1998).

The video opens on a stately room, with plum colored walls and antique furniture. Bunton opens a large, black door and is followed by Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown and Chisholm. The girls are dressed in beautiful gowns throughout the video, presumably designed by Roberto Cavalli, who designed the costumes for the Return of the Spice Girls tour. Vignettes of the girls singing together and separately are sewn together to create a collage. Fading in and out, the music video ends with the girls combined together although they are at different places.

Live performances[edit]

The Spice Girls performed the song especially for the telethon on 16 November 2007, live from Los Angeles.[10] They also recorded a performance of the song for the 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, but the performance did not make the televised broadcast of the show. The song was also performed on their reunion tour, Return of the Spice Girls in 2007 and 2008.

Format and track listing[edit]

This is the format and track listing of the major single release of "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)".

  1. "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" - 3:28
  2. "Wannabe" [Soul Seekerz 2007 Mix] - 6:56

Credits and personnel[edit]

Published by Kobalt Music/Sony/ATV Music Publishing/Copyright Control/Peer Music (UK) Ltd.[12]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[13] 67
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 42
Germany (Media Control Charts)[14] 46
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 29
Italy (FIMI)[15] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 15
New Zealand Airplay (RIANZ)[9] 6
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[13] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 3
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[16] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 90

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Spice Girls to release new single". BBC. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2007.
  2. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "Greatest Hits - Spice Girls". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ 10:32 (2007-11-12). "Music - Review of Spice Girls - Greatest Hits". BBC. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  5. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Spice Girls". Nme.Com. 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  6. ^ a b c "Spice Girls - Headlines (friendship Never Ends) - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Spice Girls - Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Spice Girls - Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  9. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  10. ^ a b "Spice Girls support Pudsey with new single". Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  11. ^ EMI (20 November 2007). "Headlines CD Single". Amazon. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Greatest Hits (CD Album liner). Spice Girls. EMI Music. 2007. 5099951017224. 
  13. ^ a b c d Steffen Hung. "Spice Girls - Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  14. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  15. ^ a b Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group - http://www.fireballmedia.ie. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  16. ^ "Spice Girls - Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 

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