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Girls Aloud are an English-Irish girl group that were created through the ITV1 talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. The group consists of Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.

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.


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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. Robets has been dating Dubai-born Charlie Fennell, whom she has been dating since September 2008.

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Sarah Harding performing in 2004

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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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