- Title: 'Zigazig ah!' Spice Girls mark 25 years since 'Wannabe' release
- Date: 8th July 2021
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (FILE - DECEMBER 18, 1997) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (RTV) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** SPICE GIRLS GETTING OUT OF CAR / WALKING INTO THEATRE SPICE GIRLS POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS ON A STAIRCASE SPICE GIRLS (FROM L-R) GERI HALLIWELL (NOW HORNER), MELANIE BROWN, VICTORIA BECKHAM, EMMA BUNTON, MELANIE CHISHOLM VARIOUS OF SPICE GIRLS ON STAIRS LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - JANUARY 22, 1998) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (RTV) VARIOUS OF SPICE GIRLS ARRIVING AT MOVIE PREMIERE ON BOARD LONDON DOUBLE DECKER BUS FANS CHEERING / SPICE GIRLS SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS SPICE GIRLS WALKING ALONG ROAD SPICE GIRLS POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - 11 DECEMBER, 2012) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) "VIVA FOREVER" SIGN VARIOUS OF SPICE GIRLS MELANIE BROWN, GERI HALLIWELL, EMMA BUNTON AND MELANIE CHISHOLM POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS FANS CHANTING "SPICE GIRLS" VICTORIA, DAVID, BROOKLYN, ROMEO AND CRUZ BECKHAM POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS EMMA BUNTON AND MELANIE CHISHOLM POSING GERI HALLIWELL / SPICE GIRLS STANDING TOGETHER (SOUNDBITE) (English) THE SPICE GIRLS (LEFT TO RIGHT, MELANIE BROWN, GERI HALLIWELL, EMMA BUNTON, MELANIE CHISHOLM) SAYING: HALLIWELL: "They still love us, we still love them. We still love each other. We love hanging out - it's brilliant." MELANIE BROWN, GERI HALLIWELL, EMMA BUNTON AND MELANIE CHISHOLM LAUGHING WITH REPORTER VICTORIA BECKHAM TURNING TO PHOTOGRAPHERS WHILE SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS BROWN, HALLIWELL, BUNTON AND CHISHOLM ENTERING THEATRE INSIDE PICCADILLY THEATRE MELANIE BROWN, GERI HALLIWELL, VICTORIA BECKHAM, EMMA BUNTON, AND MELANIE CHISHOLM ARRIVING FOR CURTAIN CALL AUDIENCE APPLAUDING SPICE GIRLS HUDDLING ON STAGE, CHISHOLM, SAYING: "WOW." LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - JUNE 26, 2012) (REUTERS) MEMBERS OF THE SPICE GIRLS WALKING ON-STAGE MEL C SPEAKING WITH MEL B, GERI HALLIWELL AND EMMA BUNTON, VICTORIA BECKHAM LOOKING ON VARIOUS OF SPICE GIRLS SPEAKING IN INTERVIEW SPICE GIRLS LAUGHING DURING INTERVIEW
- Embargoed: 22nd July 2021 11:31
- Keywords: Emma Bunton Geri Halliwell Mel B Mel C Spice Girls Victoria Beckham
- Location: INTERNET / LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES / MADRID, SPAIN / LONDON AND MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
- City: INTERNET / LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA AND NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES / MADRID, SPAIN / LONDON AND MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Europe,Music
- Reuters ID: LVA002EKZE53H
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- Story Text:The Spice Girls celebrated 25 years since the release of their debut single "Wannabe" on Thursday (July 8), with heartfelt messages thanking their fans for their continued support in making them one of the most successful girl bands in the world.
An upbeat and empowering track, "Wannabe" was released on July 8, 1996 and soared to the top of music charts around the world.
The group, made up of Mel B, known as Scary Spice, Emma Bunton - Baby Spice, Mel C - Sporty Spice, Victoria Beckham - Posh Spice and Geri Halliwell (now Horner) - Ginger Spice, went on to sell some 90 million records worldwide.
"Feeling very emotional, what an amazing 25 years it has been," Bunton wrote on Instagram.
"Thanks to our wonderful fans for making 5 girls dreams come true, loving the songs that we wrote, copying our dance routines and embracing our individuality!"
Horner posted old photos of the group and described "Wannabe" as "the song that changed the lives of five girls from Britain".
To mark the occasion, the band has previously announced they would release a limited edition "Wannabe25" EP on Friday (July 9), including the original track, the original demo recording, a remix and a demo of previously unreleased ballad "Feed Your Love". They also launched the #IAmASpiceGirl campaign asking fans to share memories.
The Spice Girls formed in 1994. Horner left in 1998, while the remaining members went their separate ways in 2000. They got back together for a tour in 2007-2008 and performed at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony.
The Spice Girls returned as a foursome for a 2019 reunion tour, without Beckham, now a fashion designer.
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