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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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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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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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Nicola Roberts performing in Newcastle in 2009


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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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Out of Control is the fifth studio album (sixth 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.

The album was praised by a number of critics. It was described as "their most melancholy album to date", a "break-up album [...] atop a mix of ’80s electro-pop", and "chock-full of those trademark, otherworldy electro-synth songs". The Times declared, Xenomania and Girls Aloud "continue to be as inventive as ever" and BBC Music called the album "pop music at its finest". Out of Control was also a commercial success. It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, becoming their most successful studio album to date. The album's lead single, "The Promise", became Girls Aloud's fourth number one and was followed by "The Loving Kind" (co-written by Pet Shop Boys) and "Untouchable". The album was followed by the Out of Control Tour.

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