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The former footballer and Spice Girl are expected to invest £5m on doing the house up to their own specifications

Christmas Trends: It's all too much as Spice Girls defy rumours to take Christmas No 1 spot

The Spice Girls are not dead. Despite a rash of stories predicting the imminent demise of the band, the girls have managed to take the Christmas number one slot for the second year running.

Oasis `embarrassed by the hype', says Noel

Don't bother to buy Oasis's eight minute-single All Around the World on 12 January, still less their latest album. At least, one might be forgiven for holding on to one's money after comments its writer Noel Gallagher, reported yesterday.

Hit or miss... it's a hard day's Spice

The world trembles with anticipation to see whether `Spiceworld - The Movie' is, as has been suggested, the natural heiress to `A Hard Day's Night' or just one more embarrassment in the tradition of such long-forgotten stinkers as `Gonks Go Beat' and `Live It Up'. Andy Gill considers the scary challenge facing Ginger and Co.

Spice dolls dumb down girl power

Parents all over the land can relax - the official advice is don't buy your daughter a Spice Girl doll for Christmas.

Top ten albums chart

1 Spiceworld SPICE GIRLS

Pop: Call the fire brigade

Seen live, The Prodigy are certainly provocative, says Ryan Gilbey, and it's not just because of Maxim's frocks.

Just the job: careers advice for budding hunt saboteurs, Spice Girls managers, train drivers ...

Today's guest expert was to have been Earl Spencer, who was due to offer advice on your emotional and marital problems.

Fashion: Don't call it kids' stuff

What do kids really, really want? It's not the Spice Girls, that's for sure. Don't call them kids, either. If anything, call them pre-teens or teenagers. And beware: if you are thinking of buying some clothes for a teenager this Christmas, they are very, very hard to please, says Melanie Rickey. Photographs by Andrew Lamb

Bittersweet verdict for Spice Girls at awards ceremony

Signs that the popularity of the ubiquitous Spice Girls is beginning to wane became evident yesterday when they were voted best and worst British group at an awards ceremony.

Has Lara Croft at last passed her sell-by date?

Eidos, the computer software group, is relying on the success of the long-awaited sequel to its best-selling game, Tomb Raider, to dig itself out of financial trouble after announcing a pounds 18.3m loss yesterday for the six months to September.

Spice Girls fail to stop EMI slump

There is life in the Spice Girls yet and their new album, Spiceworld, is selling better at this stage than the first album, Spice, the group's record company claimed yesterday. EMI said it had shipped 7 million copies of the album to retailers. However, shops have said the record is selling poorly.

Shares: Week Ahead: EMI shareholders looking for a little spice are likely to be disappointed

The Spice Girls may have only just lost their shine, but EMI, their record company, has been under the weather for quite some time. During the past year, the group has been underperforming the sector by around 20 per cent while it has been lagging behind the All Share Index by as much as 40 per cent.

The doctor's cure for over-exposure: a few weeks out of the spotlight

Nothing gives the British press more satisfaction than pulling someone down from a great height. Paul McCann, media correspondent, asks music industry experts if and how the Spice Girls can be saved from a media keen to write them off.

Have the Spices passed their sell-by date?

What goes up must come down, but the important question is when. Could it really be true that the age of the Spice Girls has passed as suddenly as it emerged?

Rock: Girl power rules ... but with a little less spice

They have toned down the riskier, raunchier lyrics in their new album but the women of Salt-n-Pepa reckon that when it comes to girl power they can show the young pretenders a thing or two. Phil Johnson meets a group who have grown up hard and fast.
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