by Graham Pierrepoint
The Spice Girls were one of the most iconic pop groups of the 1990s, having emerged in 1996 as the bastion of self-professed ‘girl power’, and helping to bring British music back over to US shores – love them or feel indifferent to them, their time in the spotlight has acted as a template for girl groups everywhere – at least in the UK and Europe. All five members of the group have gone on to enjoy success in their own careers – and while they may not be generating their own music to hit the charts any more, word of a full reunion has always been on the cards – even when only three or four of them were ever on board.
Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham, has consistently avoided talks of reuniting with Geri Horner (nee Halliwell), Emma Bunton, Mel C and Mel B – as she has established herself in the fashion world and has made no secret about the fact that she has effectively left pop music behind her. However, news has emerged this week that – after several false starts and an outright denial that a reunion would be occurring last year – all five members of the group have been offered £10 million each to reform and return to the spotlight. This will effectively mean that they are back together to perform endorsements, launch a new greatest hits compilation and more besides – and it is thought that much of the deal, set up by the group’s initial manager Simon Fuller, will revolve around a number of TV projects in China. It seems that the group’s reach was more extensive than many may have given it credit!
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A full world tour is reportedly off the table due to business and family commitments – meaning that anyone hoping to take in the girls’ greatest hits on the live stage may be left disappointed. Victoria alone has said that she would agree to this proposed reunion on the grounds that she didn’t have to sing – and she advised UK media in recent months that a reunion was never going to happen. “At some point you’ve got to know when it’s time to say, ‘that was great’,” she advised at the time. The news, therefore, that her mind has been somewhat changed will come as a nice surprise for any fans of the girls from back in the day.