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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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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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"Sound of the Underground" is a song by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, written and produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania. It was released on 16 December 2002 in the UK, just 16 days after the group was formed on Popstars: The Rivals, and became the year's Christmas number one. The single spent four consecutive weeks at number one, achieving a platinum certification from the British Phonographic Industry. "Sound of the Underground" received a positive response from most music critics. It "proved a first: it was a reality pop record that didn't make you want to do physical harm to everyone involved in its manufacture". The song also served as the title track of Girls Aloud's debut album, Sound of the Underground.

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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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