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.
Dreams That Glitter - Our Story is the autobiography of Britishpop groupGirls Aloud, which was published on 9 October 2008. The book was written with a ghostwriter and published by the TransworldimprintBantam Press. The autobiography was announced through Girls Aloud's official website on April 8, 2008. The 256-page book includes an insight into their personal lives, their success as a group, style tips, and "everything we've learned about life, love and music." The book also features unseen photographs. The title comes from a line in the group's 2007 single "Call the Shots". Girls Aloud held a book signing at Waterstones in Piccadilly, London on the release date.
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. Robets has been dating Dubai-born Charlie Fennell, whom she has been dating since September 2008.
"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.
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.