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Whole Lotta History

“Whole Lotta History” is a song by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, taken from their third studio album Chemistry (2005). The song was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. Described as “a lush ballad”, “Whole Lotta History” was slightly remixed and released as a single in August 2006. It continued Girls Aloud’s string of hits by becoming their twelfth consecutive single to chart within the top ten on the UK Singles Chart.

The music video was filmed in Paris, France and features Girls Aloud reminiscing about a former love. “Whole Lotta History” was promoted through numerous live appearances and has since been performed on three of the group’s concert tours. Receiving comparisons to 1990s girl groups Spice Girls and All Saints, “Whole Lotta History” received generally favourable reviews from music critics.

Wake Me Up (Girls Aloud song)

“Wake Me Up” is a song recorded by English-Irish girl group Girls Aloud from their second studio album, What Will the Neighbours Say? (2004). It was released by Polydor Records on 21 February 2005, as the fourth single from the album. The song had been initially considered as the lead single, however, it was deemed as sounding too harsh and the record company did not want to take the risk. The track was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Shawn Lee, Lisa Cowling, Paul Woods and Yusra Maru’e. “Wake Me Up” is a pop rock song composed of a “garage rock guitar riff”.[1] It received mixed reviews from music critics. While some described it as predictable, others wrote that it appeared to be an attempt to recapture the sound of some of their previous release. Alex Kapranos, the lead singer of indie rock band Franz Ferdinand, said “Wake Me Up” inspired the band to work with producer Brian Higgins.

“Wake Me Up” debuted and peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart, and became the band’s first single to miss the top three. The song also peaked inside the top ten in Ireland, but missed the top ten in Europe. The accompanying music video was directed by Harvey & Carolyn, and portrays the band as rocker chicks as they ride motorcycles along a desert road. “Wake Me Up” has been performed on all of the group’s concert tours, and also in a few live television appearances, including twice at the Top of the Pops, where Harley Davidson lent motorbikes for the members to use for the first performance, and at Today with Des and Mel. In 2005, “Wake Me Up” won the award for the Popjustice £20 Music Prize, an annual prize awarded by a panel of judges organised by music website Popjustice to the singer(s) of the best British pop single of the past year.

Untouchable (Girls Aloud song)

“Untouchable” is a song performed by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, taken from their fifth studio album Out of Control (2008). The song was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. Influenced by trance music and Balearic beat, the album version of “Untouchable” is over six minutes long. Remixed for single release in April 2009, “Untouchable” memorably became Girls Aloud’s first single to miss the top ten on the UK Singles Chart. The song received generally favorable reviews from most contemporary music critics, who praised its ambition. “Untouchable” would be the final release by the group before their hiatus.

In the music video, inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey, the group travels through space and approaches Earth in illuminated glass spheres (resembling meteorites). “Untouchable” was promoted through an appearance on Dancing on Ice and the group’s Out of Control Tour, during which the song was performed.

Theme to St. Trinian’s

“Theme to St. Trinian’s”, also known as “Defenders of Anarchy”, is a promotional single recorded by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud for the album St. Trinian’s: The Soundtrack (2007), released to promote the film of the same name. The song was written by the film’s score composer Charlie Mole and Ali Thompson, while Girls Aloud’s recurring collaborators Xenomania provided production.

The track was recorded by Girls Aloud to coincide with their cameo appearance in the film as the St. Trinian’s School Band. A music video of their performance from the film was used to promote the track, which was available for digital download alongside the rest of the soundtrack album on 10 December 2007. “Theme to St. Trinian’s” charted at number 51 before being removed by Fascination Records to avoid confusion with Girls Aloud’s actual single “Call the Shots”.

Swinging London Town

“Swinging London Town” is a song by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, taken from their third studio album Chemistry (2005). The song was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, and Matt Gray, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. “Swinging London Town” both chronicles and ridicules the lives of the upper class in London, particularly yuppies, socialites and It girls. Influenced by techno, the electronic song drew comparisons to Giorgio Moroder and Pet Shop Boys.

Contemporary music critics praised “Swinging London Town” for Xenomania’s creative and skilled production, while some reviewers noted the irony of Girls Aloud singing the song’s lyrics. In 2012, fans voted for “Swinging London Town” to be included on the second disc to the deluxe edition of their greatest hits album Ten.

Sound of the Underground (song)

“Sound of the Underground” is the debut single by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, later featured on their debut album of the same name. The song was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, and Niara Scarlett, and produced by Higgins and his production team Xenomania. Following Girls Aloud’s formation on the ITV1 reality television show Popstars: The Rivals, “Sound of the Underground” was released just sixteen days later on 16 December 2002. It became the year’s Christmas number one. The single spent four consecutive weeks at number one, achieving a platinum certification from the British Phonographic Industry.

The music video was recorded in an empty London warehouse days after Girls Aloud were formed. The song has been performed by Girls Aloud in a number of live appearances including Popstars: The Rivals and each of Girls Aloud’s concert tours. Critically appreciated for its juxtaposition of surf guitar against electronic beats, “Sound of the Underground” was praised for its originality for both a girl group and a reality television act. The song was referred to as a defining moment of the decade musically, credited with reshaping British pop for the 2000s.

Something New (Girls Aloud song)

“Something New” is a song recorded by British girl group Girls Aloud from their second compilation album, Ten (2012). It was released by Polydor Records on 16 November 2012, as the first single from the album and the official single for Children in Need 2012 and also serves as their final official single.[1] In February 2009, the group signed a new record deal with Fascination Records that would see the group release another three studio albums; however, they announced that they were taking a hiatus to pursue solo projects. In April 2012, bandmate Cheryl Cole revealed the girls had been in talks to regroup for the group’s tenth anniversary later that year. In October 2012, a countdown was activated on Girls Aloud’s official website, which would last until 19 October 2012, when “Something New” would be premiered on radio. However the date was brought forward to 16 October 2012 following an early online leak of the track.

“Something New” is a dance song produced by Girls Aloud’s long-time collaborator Brian Higgins. Music critics were mostly positive towards the production, and compared it to songs by David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga. They also noted that the track’s structure follow the group’s signature style. “Something New” debuted and peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Girls Aloud’s 16th top five hit in the country. The song also peaked inside the top five in Ireland and Scotland. The accompanying music video was directed by Ray Kay, and features a mixture of black-and-white and coloured shots of the entire group, while also showcasing each member in a separate set-up. Girls Aloud performed “Something New” in few programmes, such as Strictly Come Dancing and Top of the Pops, and in 2013’s Ten: The Hits Tour.

This is the second Children in Need song that the band have released, the first being “I’ll Stand by You” in 2004.

Something Kinda Ooooh

“Something Kinda Ooooh” is a song by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, taken from their first greatest hits collection The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits (2006). The song was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. Inspired by 1980s pop and George Michael, “Something Kinda Ooooh” was released as a single in October 2006. It returned Girls Aloud to the top three of the UK Singles Chart for the first time in two years. It also made Girls Aloud the first British act to debut in the top five on the chart based on legal download sales alone.

The music video shows Girls Aloud driving sports cars. The group admitted that the video was not their best, due to time restraints. “Something Kinda Ooooh” was promoted through numerous live appearances and has since been performed on each one of Girls Aloud’s subsequent concert tours. Described as “a welcome return to a tune which gets you moving”, the song received praise from contemporary music critics.

Some Kind of Miracle (song)

“Some Kind of Miracle” is a song by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, taken from their debut studio album Sound of the Underground (2003). The song was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. One of six songs produced by Xenomania for Sound of the Underground, “Some Kind of Miracle” was also remixed by Illicit.

Receiving comparisons to The Bangles and Geri Halliwell, “Some Kind of Miracle” was praised by contemporary music critics as a stand-out track from Sound of the Underground. “Some Kind of Miracle” was intended to be the album’s fourth single, but these plans were canceled upon the recording of “Jump” for the Love Actually soundtrack.

The Show (Girls Aloud song)

“The Show” is a song recorded by British girl group Girls Aloud for their second studio album, What Will the Neighbours Say? (2004). It was released by Polydor Records on 13 September 2004, as the lead single from the album. The song was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Lisa Cowling, Jon Shave, and Tim Powell. The synth rhythm, composed by Shave, represents a change in musical direction from the band’s previous releases. “The Show” is an uptempo dance-pop and electropop song with elements of the 1990 rave records. It garnered a positive response from music critics, who deemed it as another unique track produced by Xenomania, and was considered one of the best songs of 2004 by The Times.

“The Show” debuted and peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, continuing the band’s string of hits by becoming their fifth consecutive single to chart within the top three. The song also peaked inside the top ten in Ireland and certain European territories. In 2006, it charted at number 67 on Australia’s singles chart. The accompanying music video was directed by Trudy Bellinger, and portrays the five members as characters working in a salon. To promote the song, Girls Aloud performed “The Show” at the 2004 Royal Variety Performance and at London gay nightclub G-A-Y. It was also performed on five of the group’s concert tours.

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