- Title: Geri, Emma and Mel B hint at Spice Girls reunion
- Date: 8th July 2016
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - JUNE 26, 2012) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SPICE GIRLS, (L-R) MELANIE BLATT, MELANIE CHISHOLM, GERI HALLIWELL, EMMA BUNTON, VICTORIA BECKHAM
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- Keywords: music reunion Emma Bunton Mel B Geri Horner Geri Halliwell Spice Girls
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- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Music
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- Story Text: Three members of the hugely successful Spice Girls band hinted at a possible reunion on Friday (July 8) as they released a video marking 20 years since the group's debut single "Wannabe" stormed the charts worldwide.
Emma Bunton, known as Baby Spice, Mel B, dubbed Scary Spice and Geri Halliwell (now Horner), nicknamed Ginger Spice, thanked their fans for their enduring support in a video posted on YouTube and a website called "Spice Girls GEM", thought to refer to the trio's initials.
However, there was no sign of other original band members, Victoria Beckham, Posh Spice, and Melanie Chisholm, Sporty Spice, in the video, hinting at a potential reunion of just the three, some 16 years after the group split.
"We want to celebrate and have a party," Mel B, whose real name is Melanie Brown, said in the video. "And when we do, you're all invited," she added alongside Horner and Bunton.
The Spice Girls released "Wannabe" in July 1996 and went on to sell more than 80 million records worldwide, with hits such as "Spice Up Your Life" and "Viva Forever".
All five members briefly reunited at the 2012 London Olympics to perform a medley of their songs.
"We hope to tell you soon what you want, what you really really want," a written message in the video added, referring to lyrics from "Wannabe".
Adding to hints of reunion, songwriter and music producer Eliot Kennedy, who previously worked with the band, told a British morning television show on Friday he had been in the studio with Mel B, Horner and Bunton.
"We wrote a brilliant song and the energy was exactly like it was 20 years ago," he told "Good Morning Britain", adding the band had had "a massive effect" on pop music.
Asked about the song's potential release, he said: "Who knows right now, it's in a bit of state of flux... they've got lots of plans."
Chisholm took to Twitter to mark the anniversary saying: "Happy 20th Birthday #Wannabe you haven't aged a bit".
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