are an English
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.
Girls Aloud: Off the Record is a six-episode series recorded by Girls Aloud for E4 that started on April 11, 2006 at 10:30pm. The series follows Girls Aloud in the buildup to their 2006 Chemistry arena tour, from appearing on TV shows to filming the "Whole Lotta History" video in Paris, promoting in Australia and New Zealand, doing promotional appearances in Ibiza and Greece, and going on an ambassadorial trip to China. The series also follows a selection of Girls Aloud's fans, including two Australian fans who spent all their money on tickets to Girls Aloud's Wembley show. The girls' personal lives were featured too - Jesse Metcalfe, Nadine's boyfriend at the time, and Ashley Cole, who was preparing to marry Cheryl, appear in certain episodes. A DVD of the series was released on August 28, 2006.
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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