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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.

Sexy! No No No…

“Sexy! No No No…” is a song by British girl group Girls Aloud from their fourth studio album, Tangled Up (2007). In 2007, the group announced that they would release a new album, due in November of that year. In July 2007, it was announced that “Sexy! No No No…”, due to be released in September, would be as the first single from Tangled Up, with a radio premiere scheduled for 20 July. The track leaked a few hours prior to the premiere. “Sexy! No No No…” was written by Girls Aloud and Xenomania, and is an electropunk song that incorporates a sample of Nazareth’s 1975 song “Hair of the Dog”, for which they received a writing credit. Composed of three songs welded together, the song avoids the verse-chorus form present in most contemporary pop music.

“Sexy! No No No…” received generally favourable reviews from music critics, and peaked at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, continuing the band’s string of hits by becoming their fifteenth consecutive single to chart within the top ten. The song also peaked at number 11 on the Irish Singles Chart. The accompanying music video was directed by Trudy Bellinger, and features the group singing and dancing through pins and wires in black PVC catsuits and red dresses. To promote the song, Girls Aloud performed “Sexy! No No No…” at Dance X, ITV1 special Saturday Night Divas and T4 on the Beach. The track was also included in three of the group’s concert tours, 2008’s Tangled Up Tour, 2009’s Out of Control Tour and 2013’s Ten: The Hits Tour.

The Promise (Girls Aloud song)

“The Promise” is a single by English-Irish girl 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. Influenced by Phil Spector and music of the 1960s, “The Promise” is an upbeat love song that was written to announce Girls Aloud as “a supergroup.” Upon its release in October 2008, the single became Girls Aloud’s fourth number one on the UK Singles Chart, continuing their six-year streak of top ten hits.

The music video is set at a drive-in movie theatre, where Girls Aloud watch themselves performing as a 1960s girl group on screen. “The Promise” was promoted through numerous live appearances, including a high-profile performance on The X Factor, and served as the opening number of 2009’s Out of Control Tour. The song was praised and appreciated by most contemporary music critics, who lauded the song despite it being unusual for Girls Aloud. “The Promise” was awarded Best British Single at the 2009 Brit Awards, the group’s first win at the ceremony.

On the Metro

“On the Metro” is a song by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, recorded and taken from their second greatest hits compilation Ten (2012). The song was written by Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts, along with Jason Pebworth, George Astasio, Shave and Dan Stein, while production was handled by The Invisible Men and DJ Fresh.

The song is a dance-pop song, which is influenced by progressive house music and J-pop. Many contemporary music critics acclaimed the song, with many feeling that the production was still up to date and felt that it was one of the best electropop-recorded songs ever. Many critics also deemed it one of the best songs on the album, with many fans believing it would have been more fitting as the album’s second/final single rather than “Beautiful ‘Cause You Love Me”.

No Good Advice

“No Good Advice” is a song by British girl group Girls Aloud, taken from their debut album Sound of the Underground (2003). The song was written by Aqua’s Lene Nystrøm Rasted, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. It has themes of rebellion, reflecting Higgins’ general mood of failure after a business partnership fell through. Following the overwhelming success of Girls Aloud’s debut single “Sound of the Underground”, the group waited five months until May 2003 before releasing the follow-up. “No Good Advice” cemented their success when it peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart.

The music video features Girls Aloud dressed in futuristic silver outfits and hologram effects. “No Good Advice” was promoted through various live performances and has since been performed on Girls Aloud’s first three concert tours. Described as “a disco track with guitar”, the song has heavy 1980s influences. The track was lauded by many contemporary music critics, who deemed it a worthy sequel to its predecessor and praised Higgins’ production.

Memory of You

“Memory of You” is a song by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud recorded during sessions for their fifth studio album Out of Control (2008). The song was written by Girls Aloud, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. Described as “more dance oriented than pop,” the track is influenced by trance and progressive house music, originating as a track entitled “Japan” by trance project Cadence.

The song was originally released as a B-side to the 7″ vinyl format of their 2009 single “The Loving Kind”. Due to its overwhelming popularity with fans, it was later released in high quality on Girls Aloud’s Singles Box Set (2009). The song received positive reviews from contemporary music critics, some of whom suggested that the track was better than its A-side. Nicola Roberts also included a solo version of “Memory of You” as a B-side to her single “Yo-Yo”.

The Loving Kind

“The Loving Kind” is a song performed by British girl group Girls Aloud, taken from their fifth studio album Out of Control (2008). The song was written by Pet Shop Boys, Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. Described as a “synth pop ballad”, “The Loving Kind” was originally written for inclusion on Pet Shop Boys’ Yes (2009) before being given to Girls Aloud. Upon its release in January 2009, “The Loving Kind” entered the UK Singles Chart at number ten, thereby continuing their six-year streak of top ten hits.

In the music video, the group portrays the “good” and “bad” Girls Aloud as they perform in mirrored boxes. “The Loving Kind” was promoted through numerous live appearances and was performed on 2009’s Out of Control Tour. The song was largely praised by most contemporary music critics, although maligned by others for its similarities with “Call the Shots”.

Love Machine (Girls Aloud song)

“Love Machine” is a song recorded by British girl group Girls Aloud from their second studio album, What Will the Neighbours Say? (2004). It was released by Polydor Records on 13 September 2004, as the second single from the album. The song was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Nick Coler, Lisa Cowling, Myra Boyle, and Shawn Lee. The instrumentation was inspired by The Smiths, and created by Powell and Coler. “Love Machine” is an uptempo pop rock and teen pop song with elements of the 1980 synthpop. The single was received favourably by contemporary music critics, who deemed it as joyful track that was different from the single releases by other artists at the time. According to research carried out for Nokia in 2006, “Love Machine” is the second “most exhilarating” song ever.

“Love Machine” debuted and peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, continuing the band’s string of hits by becoming their sixth consecutive single to chart within the top three. The song also peaked inside the top ten in Europe and Ireland. The accompanying music video was directed by Stuart Gosling, and portrays the five members in a nightclub/restaurant scene dancing and sipping champagne whilst singing their pop number. Girls Aloud performed “Love Machine” on all of their tours and on several live appearances, including at Disney Channel Kids Awards, TMF Awards 2005, and at The Girls Aloud Party TV special in 2008. English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys covered the song on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

Long Hot Summer (Girls Aloud song)

“Long Hot Summer” 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. “Long Hot Summer” was written for inclusion in the Walt Disney Pictures film Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), but plans fell through. Higgins later described the track as “a disaster record.” Released in August 2005, it became Girls Aloud’s first single to miss the top five on the UK Singles Chart.

The music video drew inspiration from the possibility of inclusion on the Herbie soundtrack, taking place at a garage where Girls Aloud work as auto mechanics. “Long Hot Summer” was promoted through numerous live appearances and has since been performed on two of the group’s concert tours. The “upbeat pop tune” received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics; some reviewers thought the song felt “flat.”

Life Got Cold

“Life Got Cold” is a song by British girl group Girls Aloud, taken from their debut 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. Noel Gallagher of Oasis received a writing credit due to similarities with Oasis’ “Wonderwall”. Released as their third single in August 2003, “Life Got Cold” became Girls Aloud’s third consecutive top three hit on the UK Singles Chart.

Set in an abandoned city, the music video suggests coldness and darkness with its blue hue. It portrays Girls Aloud moving in stunted movement. “Life Got Cold” was promoted through various live performances and has since been performed on three of Girls Aloud’s concert tours. Described as a “surprisingly poignant”, the melancholic ballad received favorable reviews from contemporary music critics; however, it was criticised for its similarities with Oasis.

Can’t Speak French

“Can’t Speak French” is a song performed by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, taken from their fourth studio album Tangled Up (2007). The song was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. Described as “a swirling, slower cut with great jazzy guitar changes,” Higgins said it was “the easiest Girls Aloud single they made.” Upon its release in March 2008, “Can’t Speak French” charted within the top ten on the UK Singles Chart, continuing their five-year streak of top ten hits.

The music video sees Girls Aloud seduce guests at a dinner party in elaborate costumes inspired by Marie Antoinette and 18th century French fashions. “Can’t Speak French” was promoted through numerous live appearances and has since been performed on all of Girls Aloud’s subsequent tours. The “sultry” song received praise from most contemporary musics, cited as an example of Xenomania’s creativity.

Graffiti My Soul

“Graffiti My Soul” is a song by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, taken from their second studio album What Will the Neighbours Say? (2004). Written and produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, the track was originally written for Britney Spears. “Graffiti My Soul” includes a sample of Peplab’s “It’s Not the Drug.”

Receiving comparisons to Madonna and The Prodigy, “Graffiti My Soul” was lauded by contemporary music critics who praised its innovation. It was expected to be the fifth and final single from What Will the Neighbours Say?, but was canceled so Girls Aloud could begin recording their third album Chemistry.

Can’t Speak French

“Can’t Speak French” is a song performed by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud, taken from their fourth studio album Tangled Up (2007). The song was written by Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania, and produced by Higgins and Xenomania. Described as “a swirling, slower cut with great jazzy guitar changes,” Higgins said it was “the easiest Girls Aloud single they made.” Upon its release in March 2008, “Can’t Speak French” charted within the top ten on the UK Singles Chart, continuing their five-year streak of top ten hits.

The music video sees Girls Aloud seduce guests at a dinner party in elaborate costumes inspired by Marie Antoinette and 18th century French fashions. “Can’t Speak French” was promoted through numerous live appearances and has since been performed on all of Girls Aloud’s subsequent tours. The “sultry” song received praise from most contemporary musics, cited as an example of Xenomania’s creativity.

Call the Shots

“Call the Shots” is a song by British girl group Girls Aloud from their fourth studio album, Tangled Up (2007). The song was written by Miranda Cooper, with inspiration from an article about the advance of women in business, and Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Lisa Cowling, and Giselle Somerville also received songwriting credits. Polydor Records originally intended to release it as a single for The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits (2006); however, “Something Kinda Ooooh” was selected instead. In September 2007, “Call the Shots” leaked online, and on 26 November of the same year, it was released as the second single from Tangled Up through Fascination Records, a week after the album’s release.

Produced by Xenomania, the dance-pop and pop rock song showcases a more mature side from Girls Aloud, and received positive reviews from music critics, with one deeming it as the “greatest pop song of the 21st century”. In 2008, the song 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. “Call the Shots” proved to be commercially successful upon its release, charting at number three on the UK Singles Chart, continuing the band’s string of hits by becoming their sixteenth consecutive single to chart within the top ten, and being later certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry. The song also peaked at number nine on the Irish Singles Chart.

The accompanying music video was directed by Sean de Sparengo, and features the girls in purple dresses performing on Malibu Beach at night with flames and white fabric surrounding them. Each member of the band is also shown other locations, following several story lines. “Call the Shots” was promoted through numerous live appearances, including a high-profile performance on The X Factor, and has since been performed on three of Girls Aloud’s subsequent concert tours. Several artists and bands including Coldplay and Mark Morriss have covered the song.

Biology (song)

“Biology” is a song performed by English-Irish 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. Composed of distinct sections, it avoids the verse-chorus form present in most contemporary pop music. “Biology” was released as a single in November 2005, ahead of the album’s release. Following the disappointment of “Long Hot Summer”, “Biology” returned Girls Aloud to the top five of the UK Singles Chart and became their tenth top ten hit.

The music video, consisting only of group shots, witnesses Girls Aloud seamlessly move through various sequences while performing disjointed choreography. “Biology” was promoted through a number of live appearances and has since been performed on all of Girls Aloud’s subsequent concert tours. The song, which includes a variety of styles, received widespread acclaim from contemporary music critics. Considered one of Girls Aloud’s signature songs, The Guardian referred to “Biology” as “the best pop single of the last decade.”

Beautiful ‘Cause You Love Me

“Beautiful ‘Cause You Love Me” is a song recorded by British girl group Girls Aloud from their second compilation album, Ten (2012). It was written by Rachel Moulden and produced by Jim Eliot. The song received mixed reviews from music critics, who thought that ballads were not the group’s best efforts. Upon the release of Ten, it charted at number 97 on the UK Singles Chart. The accompanying music video was directed by Paul Caslin, and consists mostly of beauty shots from each member. The song was performed on a few programmes, such as Children in Need 2012 and Top of the Pops.

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