The 90s was a defining moment for music and popular culture. The era produced industry legends such as Britney Spears, Mariah Carey and British pop sensation the Spice Girls. The Spice Girls helped revolutionize the British music industry with their girl message that resonated deeply with fans.
The Spice Girls in Paris, France, 1996
However, in 2000, the group announced that they would be going their separate ways, much to the dismay of their fans. So what are the Spice Girls up to in 2022?
The Spice Girls broke several records during their heyday
The Spice Girls rose to fame when their hit single “Wannabe” dropped. The song was the single from their self-titled debut album, which sold three million copies in their home country and 23 million worldwide.
Spotify announced in 2016 that “Wannabe” had been streamed for the equivalent of 1,000 years. During the height of their success, the Spice Girls became the best-selling girl group of all time, with brand endorsements and album sales reaching an estimated $800 million by 1998. The girls released songs such as “Say You’ll Be There”, “Who Do You Think You Are” and “Stop”.
Since their breakup, the band has toured twice. The Return of the Spice Girls in 2008 and Spice World in 2019 were successes and won the Billboard Live Music Award for the highest-grossing engagement.
What Are The Spice Girls Doing Now in 2022?
The Spice Girls have moved on in their lives since then, so what are they up to today? Mel B was a judge on America’s Got Talent and was recently honored by Prince William for her charity work. Her sister Spice Beckham dressed her for the occasion.
Scary Spice, aka Mel B, also made a surprise celebrity appearance on Netflix’s The Circle alongside Baby Spice, aka Emma Bunton. Speaking of Bunton, SCMP reports that she married partner Jade Jones in 2021. She is also a published author and owns a baby products company.
Beckham is perhaps the most famous of the girls. She is married to former footballer David Beckham and owns a fashion line and cosmetics company. Mel C is actively recording and participating in Dancing with The Stars.
The History of the Spice Girls
Many bands usually form organically through friends who share a mutual love of music. However, the Spice Girls were different because they were the product of two music executives, Chris and Bob Herbert, who were looking for an all-girl band to go head to head with the many boy bands at the time.
The managers went through 400 potential singers and decided on five girls, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Victoria Adams (now Beckham), Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton. The group was not originally known as the Spice Girls, but was called Touch.
The filming of the music video for 'Wannabe' was shot on this day in 1996! 🇬🇧❤️ pic.twitter.com/0xzqW5fNCi
— Spice Girls (@spicegirls) April 19, 2022
Mel C reportedly said that the group was bland in its original name, and that it wasn’t until everyone started to lean into their personalities that they became successful. The Spice name was the brainchild of Halliwell, who came up with it once they changed management.
They also reportedly got rid of another band member named Mel Coloma because her voice drowned out the others. After getting rid of Coloma, they brought in Beckham and Bunton, which eventually became the matchup we all know and love.
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