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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 Out of Control Tour is Girls Aloud's fourth arena-based concert tour and their fifth tour overall. Thirty-two dates were announced for the arena tour. The tour started on 24 April 2009 in Manchester's MEN Arena, with the final show on 6 June 2009 in Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena. The group performed three nights at London's O2 Arena and two at Wembley Arena. In addition to their own dates, Girls Aloud opened for Coldplay's Viva la Vida Tour at Wembley Stadium on 18 and 19 September 2009. The tour's layout included various props, such as podiums, poles, and ramps, as well as an additional smaller stage in the middle of the arena. The show was broadcast on Sky1 in August 2009 and was later released on DVD and Blu-Ray.


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Kimberley Jane Walsh (born 20 November 1981) is an English singer, songwriter, actress and model. Walsh first tasted fame as a student at the Bradford based theatre school Stage 84, appearing in a number of adverts and small television roles. She rose to stardom in 2002 as a member of Girls Aloud after competing on the ITV programme Popstars: The Rivals. Walsh was also the face of high street chain New Look's autumn/winter 2009 collection. She also fronted MTV's coverage of the BAFTA Awards in 2010. Walsh was honoured with the Yorkshire Woman of the Year award in 2009, in recognition of her both her success and her role as celebrity ambassador for the Breast Cancer Haven charity, which has a branch in Leeds.Walsh previously dated footballer Martin Pemberton for two and a half years. She currently lives with former Triple 8 singer Justin Scott, who she has been dating for the past six years.


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Girls Aloud 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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Sound of the Underground is the first studio album by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud. It was released by Polydor Records on 26 May 2003 in the United Kingdom, with a re-issue released 1 December. The album was completed in April 2003 and described as a mix of "Blondie and Bananarama, with a smattering of the Spice Girls at their best thrown in." Sound of the Underground is the only album not to be entirely produced by the production team of Brian Higgins and Xenomania.

Yahoo! Music said that Girls Aloud "have made a seriously fine debut album. OK, so it's not Blonde on Blonde, Innervisions or OK Computer, but it may well be another Spice." A number of reviews noted the high quality of the album compared to output from other reality show contestants. The album charted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum five months later. The album included four top three singles - the number one "Sound of the Underground", "No Good Advice", "Life Got Cold", and a cover of Pointer Sisters' "Jump".




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