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Girls Aloud performing live during the Ten: The Hits Tour in 2013

Girls Aloud were an English-Irish pop girl group, which was created through the ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. The group comprised singers Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh. The group achieved a string of twenty consecutive top ten singles in the United Kingdom, including four number ones. They also achieved seven certified albums, of which two reached number one. They have been nominated for five Brit Awards, winning the 2009 Best Single for "The Promise".

The group's musical style is pop, but throughout their career they had experimented with electropop and dance-pop. Girls Aloud's collaborations with Brian Higgins and his songwriting and production team Xenomania earned the group critical acclaim, due to an innovative approach to mainstream pop music. The group became 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, and are credited again for "Most Successful Reality TV Group" in the 2011 edition. The group was also named the United Kingdom's biggest selling girl group of the 21st century, with over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone. In March 2013, after the Ten: The Hits Tour, the group announced their split.

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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.

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

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Girls Aloud 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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