One Hour of Girl Power

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One Hour of Girl Power
Spice VHS One Hour.jpg
Video by Spice Girls
Released 1997
Recorded 1995-1997
Genre Pop
Length 60 minutes
Label Virgin
Spice Girls chronology
One Hour of Girl Power
(1997)
Girl Power! Live in Istanbul
(1997)

One Hour of Girl Power, also known as Spice—the Official Video—Vol. 1, is a VHS production released in the spring of 1997. It shows various performances and all the music videos filmed until that point, as well as behind the scenes of the videos. On iTunes, a five-minute abridged version of the video was released as a bonus track with the Greatest Hits album.

Summary[edit]

One Hour of Girl Power shows private footage of the pre-fame Spice Girls arriving at a hotel in the United States in 1995, where they are seen running through the corridors in their robes and playing around by the pool (briefly singing the then yet to be released 'Love Thing' a cappella). Included on the video are the promotional video clips for their debut single, "Wannabe", as well as those for the following singles, "Say You'll Be There", "2 Become 1", "Mama" and "Who Do You Think You Are". The videos are interspersed with behind the scenes footage of the making of the videos, and a running commentary by the band. The video for "Who Do You Think You Are" appears in an alternate version, interspersed with behind the scenes footage featuring the 'Sugar Lumps', a Spice Girls spoof group made up of British celebrities Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Kathy Burke, Lulu and actress Llewella Gideon. The complete Sugar Lumps version was made to promote Comic Relief (Who Do You Think You Are was the Comic Relief single for 1997). Footage of the girls in on promotional tours America, Hong Kong and the UK make up th rest of the documentary portion of the video. The presentation concludes with an edited version of the Spice Girls' classic performance at the 1997 BRIT Awards, presented by Ben Elton.

Sales[edit]

The video was very successful at the time of its release, selling almost 500,000 copies in the UK between April and June to become the best-selling pop video in the UK ever.[1] The video peaked at number one on the UK Video Chart,[2] and was the fifth best-selling video of 1997.[3][4] It was also successful in many other countries such as Japan and the US. In the US, the video was the 20th best-selling video of 1998.[5]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[6] 8× Platinum 800,000^
France (SNEP)[7] 3× Platinum 60,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] 13× Platinum 650,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Newsline: Music Video Shipments". Billboard. 20 September 1997. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Official Video Chart Top 100: 11 May 1997 - 17 May 1997. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  3. ^ End of Year Video Chart Top 100 - 1997. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Andrews, Sam (14 March 1998). The Scene From The U.K.: Video Turns A Corner, DVD Debut Delayed. Billboard. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "The Year in Video: Top Video Sales". Billboard Magazine. 9 January 1999. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Canadian video certifications – Spice Girls – One Hour of Girl Power". Music Canada. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Certifications Video Triple Platine - année 1998". Disque en France. Archived from the original on 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  8. ^ "British video certifications – Spice Girls – One Hour of Girl Power". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2016-07-26.  Enter One Hour of Girl Power in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select DVD in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search