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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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Cheryl Ann Cole (née Tweedy; born 30 June 1983) is a British singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, model, and television personality.

Cole rose to fame in 2002 after becoming a member of pop group Girls Aloud through ITV's reality television programme Popstars: The Rivals. In 2008, Cole became a judge on the British reality television show The X Factor. Propelling her fame to new heights, Cole has been called "the nation's new sweetheart." Her first solo single, "Fight for This Love", was the fastest-selling single of 2009 up to that point when it entered the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart at number one and has achieved success throughout Europe. Her debut solo album 3 Words achieved similar success. Her second album Messy Little Raindrops and its lead single "Promise This" achieved similar success. Cole has also become recognized as a style icon, appearing on the covers of British Vogue, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar. She married English footballer Ashley Cole in 2006. The couple were divorced in 2010. Cole fell life-threateningly ill with malaria in 2010 as well, but has since made a recovery.

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Nadine Coyle performing in 2004

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"Call the Shots" is a song performed by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, written and produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania. Released on 26 November 2007, the single was the second to be taken from Girls Aloud's fourth studio album Tangled Up and charted within the top three. Allmusic described the song as "an elegant electro-pop ballad delivered with a restraint and maturity to rival groups of twice their age". "Call the Shots" was critically acclaimed, with pop music journalist Peter Robinson calling it the "greatest pop song of the 21st century." The song won his website Popjustice's £20 Music Prize. Artists such as Mark Morriss, Smashing Pumpkins, David Jordan, Coldplay, Bloc Party, Malcolm Middleton and Fyfe Dangerfield have performed versions of "Call the Shots" at live performances.


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Chemistry is the third studio album by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud. Recording sessions took place in 2005, following Girls Aloud's first tour What Will the Neighbours Say? Live. It was released by Polydor Records on 5 December 2005 in the United Kingdom. The album was entirely produced by Xenomania. The album was described as "a concept album which relates to the girls and what it's like to be a twentysomething girl in London". The Guardian said that the album's "lyrics sound like Blur's Parklife rewritten by the editorial staff of Heat magazine" and "holds a distinctly ambiguous mirror up to noughties celebrity". Girls Aloud came under fire for the album's allegedly "dirty lyrics".

Despite being the group's lowest charting album to date, Chemistry was certified platinum in the UK and Ireland and earned the group critical acclaim. In 2008, Slant Magazine said that "Chemistry is probably still their crowning glory". It spawned four top ten singles - "Long Hot Summer", "Biology" (called "the best pop single of the last decade" by Peter Cashmore of The Guardian), their cover of Dee C. Lee's "See the Day", and lastly, "Whole Lotta History".




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