Arts and Entertainment Trailblazers: The Spice Girls in 1997

The Eurythmics star told the girls to 'ham up' their individual personalities

Comeback flops

They came, they sang, they conquered the charts, spat the dummy and then scuttled off into obscurity. Only to return with a vengeance - whether we liked it or not.

Mutya Buena: 'Sugababes are just a brand now'

Ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena blasted the girl group's new line-up today - and dismissed it as a "brand".

Sugababe Keisha Buchanan quits to go solo

The last original member of all-girl-group the Sugababes left the band, it was revealed.

Album: The Marvelettes, Forever, (Motown)

The Supremes weren't even the best girl group on Motown, let alone in the world. The Marvelettes were, although these things are, of course, a matter of taste.

The Saturdays, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham<br>M83, Koko, London

Can anyone tell The Saturdays apart? Can they sing? Does it matter? The basques are good, though

Blogger who wrote about killing Girls Aloud cleared

Case tested whether Obscene Publications Act applied to the internet

Nolan sisters to go back on the road

The all-conquering 1970s' girl band The Nolans are back after announcing today that they have reformed.

Girl band singer accused of infecting partners with HIV

A singer with Germany’s most successful girl band has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm by infecting a partner with HIV.

The world's last bastion of free speech? Enter the Cheeky Girls ...

It hosted Nixon's first speech post-Watergate, so do the Oxford Debating Union's latest guests reveal a dumbing down?

Ida Maria, Komedia, Brighton

'I'm sorry I haven't broken a rib yet," remarks Ida Maria, the Riot Grrl-esque punk-pop diva and, if you're seduced by the hype, Scandinavia's hottest new export. She is, of course, referring to an incident last year where, while trying to impress a gaggle of booking agents during a gig, she attempted a backwards somersault. It wasn't the first time she had emerged from a show with an injury. Another one ended in a bloody face as she tried to head butt a guitar. Thus Maria, who claims to have grown up wishing she was Iggy Pop, has created a problem for herself. Now her fans want broken bones or their money back.

Those Dancing Days - Swedish girls who pop

Yes, they're five very young Swedish women who play catchy pop numbers &ndash; but cast aside your prejudices, Those Dancing Days take their act and their music seriously. They talk to Elisa Bray

First Night: Girls Aloud, SECC, Glasgow

Bolshy disco floor-fillers make Girls Aloud the only pop show in town

Sugababes, Royal Albert Hall, London

Any sense of "duty" in modern Britain could be summarised as follows: paying your taxes; making contact with your relatives over Easter; and going with a loved one to watch the Sugababes. Two thirds of the mainly adult audience at this Royal Albert Hall concert from the trio's Change tour wanted to be there. The rest danced reluctantly until they had had one too many lagers; after that they could have been anywhere.

Album: The B-52's, Funplex (EMI)

Thanks in part to the growth of children's TV, fun has become a much more commodified notion than it was 30 years ago, when The B-52s released their classic debut single "Rock Lobster". It's a perfect, impregnable pop record: even Family Guy's fat oaf Peter couldn't tarnish its cheery lustre with an acoustic folk-song version in a recent episode.

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