Popstars (UK) discography

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Girls Aloud are the most successful group to appear on the programme, scoring four number-one singles and a number-one album.

Popstars (UK) was a British reality television show produced for ITV that aired for two series. The first series, Popstars, aimed to find five singers to form a new pop group. During the second series, Popstars: The Rivals, two music groups were formed to compete for the Christmas number-one single in the United Kingdom.[1]

The five winning contestants from the first series formed the group Hear'Say.[2] Their first two singles, "Pure and Simple" and "The Way to Your Love", became number-one hits on the UK Singles Chart. Two other single releases, "Everybody" and "Lovin' Is Easy", reached the top ten. Hear'Say released their first album Popstars in May 2001; this was followed by a second album, 'Everybody'. After a line-up change, the group split a year after formation.[3][4]

In the second series, two new groups, Girls Aloud and One True Voice, were formed.[5][6] They competed for the Christmas number-one in 2002 with their debut singles "Sound of the Underground" and "Sacred Trust / After You're Gone" respectively; Girls Aloud finished on top and debuted at number one, and One True Voice debuted at number two.[7] One True Voice released another single, "Shakespeare's (Way with) Words" before splitting in June 2003.[8] Girls Aloud, in contrast, have become one of the most successful female groups in the United Kingdom, with 17 successive top-ten singles, four number-ones singles and six top-ten albums. During the group's three-year hiatus, Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, and Nicola Roberts also went on to release solo material. Girls Aloud reunited to celebrate their tenth anniversary in 2012.

In addition to the winners of the show, several other participants have achieved careers in music. Liberty X (originally known as Liberty before a legal dispute) has had eight top ten singles in the UK charts, including the number-one hit "Just a Little" in 2002. Kym Marsh released a solo album and two singles after leaving Hear'Say, and Darius Danesh, who did not advance past the audition stage, released material after appearing on Pop Idol. Javine Hylton, the singer who missed out on a place in Girls Aloud, debuted at number four with "Real Things and released several other singles. She was selected as the United Kingdom's entry for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, singing "Touch My Fire".[9] The four other female finalists formed the band Clea, and the five losing male finalists experienced success in their band Phixx. The Cheeky Girls, a Romanian duo who did not make the live finals, were given a record contract, and debuted at number three behind the two winning bands.

Singles[edit]

Artist Series Song title Release date UK peak chart position Ref(s)
Hear'Say 1 "Pure and Simple" 12 March 2001 1 [10]
Liberty D 1 "Thinking It Over" 24 September 2001 5 [11]
Hear'Say 1 "The Way to Your Love" 25 June 2001 1 [12]
Claire Freeland 1 "Free" 21 July 2001 44
Hear'Say 1 "Everybody" 26 November 2001 4 [13]
Liberty 1 "Doin' It" 3 December 2001 14 [14]
Warren Stacey 1 "My Girl, My Girl" 11 March 2002 26 [15]
Liberty X 1 "Just a Little" 13 May 2002 1 [16]
Hear'Say 1 "Lovin' Is Easy" 12 August 2002 6 [17]
Liberty X 1 "Got to Have Your Love" 9 September 2002 2 [18]
Liberty X 1 "Holding On for You" 2 December 2002 5 [19]
Cheeky Girls 2 "Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)" 9 December 2002 2 [20]
One True Voice 2 Sacred Trust / After You're Gone 16 December 2002 2 [21]
Girls Aloud 2 "Sound of the Underground" 16 December 2002 1 [22]
Liberty X 2 "Being Nobody" E 24 March 2003 3 [23]
Kym Marsh C 1 "Cry" 6 April 2003 2 [24]
Cheeky Girls 2 "Take Your Shoes Off" 5 May 2003 3 [25]
Girls Aloud 2 "No Good Advice" 12 May 2003 2 [26]
One True Voice 2 "Shakespeare's (Way with) Words" 2 June 2003 10 [27]
Javine A 2 "Real Things" 7 July 2003 4 [28]
Kym Marsh 1 "Come On Over" 7 July 2003 10 [29]
Cheeky Girls 2 "(Hooray! Hooray! It's a Cheeky Holiday!)" 4 August 2003 3 [30]
Girls Aloud 2 "Life Got Cold" 18 August 2003 3 [31]
Clea 2 "Download It" 22 September 2003 21 [32]
Liberty X 1 "Jumpin" 20 October 2003 6 [33]
Kym Marsh 1 "Sentimental" 27 October 2003 35 [34]
Phixx 2 "Hold on Me" 27 October 2003 10 [35]
Javine 2 "Surrender (Your Love)" 10 November 2003 15 [36]
Girls Aloud 2 "Jump" 17 November 2003 2 [37]
Cheeky Girls 2 "Have a Cheeky Christmas" 8 December 2003 10 [38]
Liberty X 1 "Everybody Cries" 12 January 2004 13 [39]
Clea 2 "Stuck in the Middle" 16 February 2004 23 [40]
Phixx 2 "Love Revolution" 8 March 2004 13 [41]
Javine 2 "Best of My Love" 14 June 2004 18 [42]
Phixx 2 "Wild Boys" 21 June 2004 12 [43]
Girls Aloud 2 "The Show" 28 June 2004 2 [44]
Javine 2 "Don't Walk Away" / "You've Got a Friend" 9 August 2004 16 [45]
Girls Aloud 2 "Love Machine" 13 September 2004 2 [46]
Cheeky Girls 2 "Cheeky Flamenco" 27 September 2004 29 [47]
Girls Aloud 2 "I'll Stand by You" 15 November 2004 1 [48]
Cheeky Girls 2 "Boys and Girls" 6 December 2004 50 [49]
Phixx 2 "Strange Love" 24 January 2005 19 [50]
Girls Aloud 2 "Wake Me Up" 21 February 2005 4 [51]
Javine 2 "Touch My Fire" 16 May 2005 18 [52]
Girls Aloud 2 "Long Hot Summer" 22 August 2005 7 [53]
Liberty X 1 "Song 4 Lovers" 26 September 2005 5 [54]
Clea 1 "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" F 17 October 2005 35 [55]
Liberty X 1 "A Night to Remember" 14 November 2005 6 [56]
Girls Aloud 2 "Biology" 14 November 2005 4 [57]
Girls Aloud 2 "See the Day" 19 December 2005 9 [58]
Girls Aloud 2 "Whole Lotta History" 13 March 2006 6 [59]
Clea 2 "Lucky Like That" 12 June 2006 55 [60]
Liberty X 1 "X" 19 June 2006 47 [61]
Javine 2 "Don't Let the Morning Come"B 2 October 2006 49 [62]
Girls Aloud 2 "Something Kinda Ooooh" 23 October 2006 3 [63]
Girls Aloud 2 "I Think We're Alone Now" 18 December 2006 4 [64]
Girls Aloud G 2 "Walk This Way" 12 March 2007 1 [65]
Girls Aloud 2 "Sexy! No No No..." 31 August 2007 5 [66]
Girls Aloud 2 "Call the Shots" 26 November 2007 3 [67]
Girls Aloud 2 "Theme to St. Trinian's" 10 December 2007 51 [68]
Girls Aloud 2 "Can't Speak French" 14 March 2008 9 [69]
Cheryl Cole 2 "Heartbreaker" 5 May 2008 4 [70]
Girls Aloud 2 "The Promise" 19 October 2008 1 [71]
Girls Aloud 2 "The Loving Kind" 12 January 2009 10 [72]
Girls Aloud 2 "Untouchable" 27 April 2009 11 [73]
Cheryl Cole 2 "Fight for This Love" 19 October 2009  1 [74]  
Cheryl Cole 2 "3 Words" 18 December 2009  4 [74]  
Cheryl Cole 2 "Parachute" 11 March 2010  5 [74]  
Cheryl Cole 2 "Promise This" 24 October 2010  1 [74]  
Cheryl Cole 2 "The Flood" 2 January 2011  18 [74]  
Nadine Coyle 2 "Insatiable" 31 October 2010   26 [75]
Nicola Roberts 2 "Beat of My Drum" 2 June 2011   27 [76]
Nicola Roberts 2 "Lucky Day" 16 September 2011   40 [76]
Nicola Roberts 2 "Yo-Yo" 6 January 2012   111 [77]
Cheryl Cole 2 "Call My Name" 10 June 2012  1 [78]  
Cheryl Cole 2 "Under the Sun" 2 September 2012  13 [79]
Girls Aloud 2 "Something New" 19 November 2012  2  
Girls Aloud 2 "Beautiful 'Cause You Love Me" 17 December 2012  97  

Albums[edit]

Only albums that charted in the Top 100 of the UK albums chart are included in this list.

Artist Series Album title Release date UK peak
chart position
Ref(s)
Hear'Say 1 Popstars 26 March 2001 1 [80]
Hear'Say 1 Everybody 2 December 2001 24 [81]
Liberty X 1 Thinking It Over 27 May 2002 3 [82]
Girls Aloud 2 Sound of the Underground 26 May 2003 2 [83]
Kym Marsh 1 Standing Tall 21 July 2003 9 [84]
Cheeky Girls 2 PartyTime 11 August 2003 14 [85]
Myleene Klass 1 Moving On 20 October 2003 32 [86]
Liberty X 1 Being Somebody 3 November 2003 12 [87]
Girls Aloud 2 What Will the Neighbours Say? 29 November 2004 6 [88]
Liberty X 1 X 10 October 2005 27 [89]
Girls Aloud 2 Chemistry 5 December 2005 11 [90]
Girls Aloud 2 The Sound of Girls Aloud 29 October 2007 1 [91]
Girls Aloud 2 Tangled Up 19 November 2007 4 [92]
Girls Aloud 2 Mixed Up H 19 November 2007 56 [93]
Girls Aloud 2 Out of Control 3 November 2008 1 [94]
Girls Aloud 2 Girls A Live I 26 May 2003 29 [95]
Cheryl Cole 2 3 Words 26 October 2009  1  
Cheryl Cole 2 Messy Little Raindrops 29 October 2010  1  
Nadine Coyle 2 Insatiable 8 November 2010   47 [75]
Nicola Roberts 2 Cinderella's Eyes 26 September 2011  17  [76]
Cheryl Cole 2 A Million Lights 18 June 2012  2  
Girls Aloud 2 Ten 26 November 2012  9  
Kimberley Walsh 2 Centre Stage 4 February 2013  18  

Other releases[edit]

  • Liberty X recorded a version of Kool and the Gang's "Fresh", which charted at number 58 on the Australian Singles Chart.
  • In addition to recording her own solo album following the split of Hear'Say, Myleene Klass signed a deal with EMI Classics which allowed her to choose her own tracks for a series of classical albums. She recorded two songs each for Music for Romance and Music for Mothers.[96]
  • Darius Danesh appeared on the first series but was eliminated at the audition stage. He reached the final three in Pop Idol and had a succession of hit singles.
  • Clea released two albums, Identity Crisis and Trinity; the former was released only in Russia and the latter charted at number 258 on the UK Albums Chart. They also re-released "Stuck in the Middle" in 2006 as a joint single with "I Surrender", but the song failed to chart.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

^A a Javine Hylton is known professionally by her first name only. She was due to release a song with the producer Richard X but the single was cancelled.

^B b "Don't Let the Morning Come" was a collaboration with Soul Avengerz.

^C c Kym Marsh continued to be known professionally by this name despite her marriage to Jack Ryder.[97] She was originally a part of the band Hear'Say

^D d Liberty X were originally known as Liberty but changed their name in 2002.[98] This was following a high-profile court case where another UK band with the same name claimed that their name was being used without permission.[99] Readers of The Sun chose the name X Liberty but the band decided to call themselves Liberty X.

^E e "Being Nobody" was credited as Richard X vs. Liberty X.[23]

^F f Clea recorded "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" with Da Playaz and the release was credited as Da Playaz vs. Clea.

^G g "Walk This Way" was released by Girls Aloud in collaboration with fellow British girl group Sugababes as the Comic Relief single in 2007, charting at number-one.[100]

^H h Girls Aloud's album Mixed Up was a bonus CD offered exclusively at Woolworths which contained remixes of the Tangled Up album tracks.

^I i Girls A Live is a live album to accompany Out of Control that was initially available at Woolworths.

^J j Cheryl Cole was credited on the release of will.i.am's 2008 single "Heartbreaker" as having sung backing vocals.[101]

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