Overview

Welcome to the "overview" page. This is the part of Spice Girls Discography where you can view Spice Girls chart-related data. In this section, you will see a brief overview of what has happened in Spiceworld in the twelve years the Spice Girls have been around (as a group and as solo artists). US information is not shown here as this is harder to collate. This section is constantly updated with the latest news and sales, so keep checking back.

Albums - Overview

In their twelve years, the Spice Girls (as a group or as solo artists) have released seventeen albums, that have sold a combined total of over 50 million copies worldwide. Although some of these albums could have perhaps sold more than they did, all of the Spice Girls have had an effort at making a solo album, and these efforts will never be forgotten. With all five girls pursuing successful careers, will the Spice Girls rollercoaster ever stop?

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
Spice (Spice Girls - 04/11/96) 2,928,000 copies #1 (15 weeks) 10x Platinum
Spiceworld (Spice Girls - 03/11/97) 1,576,000 copies #1 (3 weeks) 5x Platinum
Schizophonic (Geri - 07/06/99) 483,000 copies #4 2x Platinum
Northern Star (Mel C - 18/10/99) 884,000 copies #4 3x Platinum
Hot (Mel B - 09/10/00) 52,000 copies #28 Silver
Forever (Spice Girls - 06/11/00) 265,000 copies #2 Platinum
A Girl Like Me (Emma - 16/04/01) 124,000 copies #4 Gold
Scream If You Wanna Go Faster (Geri - 14/05/01) 146,000 copies #5 Gold
Victoria Beckham (Victoria - 01/10/01) 52,000 copies #10 -
Reason (Mel C - 10/03/03) 101,000 copies #5 Gold
Free Me (Emma - 09/02/04) 140,300 copies #7 Gold
Beautiful Intentions (Mel C - 11/04/05) 26,000 copies #24 -
Passion (Geri - 06/06/05) 10,000 copies #41 -
L.A. State Of Mind (Mel B - 27/06/05) 1,500 copies #453 -
Life In Mono (Emma - 03/12/06) 47,800 copies #65 -
This Time (Mel C - 02/04/07) 10,000 copies #57 -
Greatest Hits (Spice Girls - 12/11/07) 360,000 copies #2 Platinum

1996 - Overview

The start of the Spice Girls phenomenon was in July 1996, with the release of "Wannabe", and in this year two more singles followed, "Say You'll Be There" and "2 Become 1". All of these singles sold 900,000+ in the UK, and this was only a drop in the ocean compared to worldwide sales. Global domination was at their heels, despite only having released in the last 6 months of 1996, the Spice Girls spent half of that time at #1. "Spice", the debut album, was released in November 1996, reaching sales of nearly 3 million in the UK, and 21 million worldwide..

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
Wannabe (Spice Girls - 08/07/96) 1,199,341 copies #1 (7 weeks) Platinum
Say You'll Be There (Spice Girls - 14/10/96) 937,000 copies #1 (2 weeks) Platinum
2 Become 1 (Spice Girls - 16/12/96) 1,084,500 copies #1 (3 weeks) Platinum

1997 - Overview

Going into 1997, the year started with a trip to America, in which the phenomenon extended. "Wannabe" reached #1, staying there for 4 weeks. In the UK, three more singles were released in the UK, all of which were chart toppers. By the end of 1997, the Spice Girls had six #1 singles in a row, and another hit album under their belt, "Spiceworld", which would emulate the success of "Spice". December 1997 saw the release of "Spiceworld: The Movie, the film to which the new album was the theme. Come 1998, the Spice Girls would be embarking on a world tour, and preparing to record their third album, or at least, that was the plan at the time.

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
Mama/Who Do You Think You Are (Spice Girls - 03/03/97) 667,300 copies #1 (3 weeks) Platinum
Spice Up Your Life (Spice Girls - 13/10/97) 821,100 copies #1 (1 week) Platinum
Too Much (Spice Girls - 15/12/97) 665,200 copies #1 (2 weeks) Platinum

1998 - Overview

1998 would see many big changes and important twists for the Spice Girls. This year saw them embark on the Spiceworld tour - 103 dates, 2.1 million fans, and a dream come true for the Spice Girls. But, this didn't stop them releasing three more singles and two solo projects. It wasn't all good however, because "Stop" in March 1998 failed to reach #1, and Geri Halliwell departed from the group May 1998. The end of the year would bring better times as "Goodbye" their fourth best-seller so far, and would also mark the beginning of a two-year break for the group.

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
Stop (Spice Girls - 09/03/98) 334,300 copies #2 Silver
Viva Forever (Spice Girls - 20/07/98) 627,600 copies #1 (2 weeks) Platinum
I Want You Back (Mel B - 14/09/98) 222,800 copies #1 (1 week) Silver
When You're Gone (Mel C - 23/11/98) 650,100 copies #3 Platinum
Goodbye (Spice Girls - 14/12/98) 854,500 copies #1 (1 week) Platinum

1999 - Overview

1999 would be a signature year in Spice history - it would be the first year without any Spice Girls releases as a group, but there would be plenty as solo artists. There was some group activity however - the recording of "the third album" took place after August, and there were was a mini-tour in December. Geri Halliwell and Melanie C released their first solo albums, while all of the other girls, excluding Victoria, all had at least one solo single in the chart - towards the end of the year, we would see the first and only Spice chart battle to date, with Geri's "Lift Me Up" and Emma's "What I Am" going head-to-head for the #1 in November 1999.

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
Look At Me (Geri - 10/05/99) 330,000 copies #2 Gold
Word Up (Mel B - 28/06/99) 77,000 copies #14 -
Mi Chico Latino (Geri - 16/08/99) 372,000 copies #1 (1 week) Silver
Goin' Down (Mel C - 27/09/99) 92,600 copies #4 -
What I Am (Emma - 01/11/99) 220,000 copies #2 Silver
Lift Me Up (Geri - 01/11/99) 337,000 copies #1 (1 week) Silver
Northern Star (Mel C - 22/11/99) 202,600 copies #4 Silver

2000 - Overview

The start of the new millennium, and this year would see yet more success as solo artists, and the comeback of the Spice Girls as a group. The first nine months of this year are often seen as the height of Spice Girls' solo success, with three #1s and a very high selling #2. In October 2000, the Spice Girls released a new single, "Holler", which became the Spice Girls' ninth chart-topper, and in November their long-awaited album "Forever" followed, which sadly flopped quite remarkably. Unfortunately for Melanie B, her album, "Hot", which was released in the middle of all of this Spice Girls activity was left on the shelf, only reaching #28.

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
Bag It Up (Geri - 13/03/00) 255,000 copies #1 (1 week) Silver
Never Be The Same Again (Mel C - 20/03/00) 401,800 copies #1 (1 week) Gold
I Turn To You (Mel C - 07/08/00) 345,800 copies #1 (1 week) Silver
Out Of Your Mind (Victoria - 14/08/00) 394,100 copies #2 Gold
Tell Me (Mel B - 25/09/00) 106,500 copies #4 -
Holler/Let Love Lead The Way (Spice Girls - 23/10/00) 246,400 copies #1 Silver
If That Were Me (Mel C - 27/11/00) 53,600 copies #18 -

2001 - Overview

Following on from a disappointing last half of 2000, fortunes seemed to pick up in the first half of 2001, before falling apart very rapidly towards the end. "What Took You So Long" and "It's Raining Men" were massive sellers, but just like the year before, a massive overload of singles in the summer made people bored of the girls, with three releases in just 6 weeks. 2001 would be the last year to date that we would see a solo Spice Girl reach the coveted #1 spot, or even sell above 100,000 copies with a single.

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
Feels So Good (Mel B - 19/02/01) 139,100 copies #5 -
What Took You So Long (Emma - 02/04/01) 250,400 copies #1 (2 weeks) Silver
It's Raining Men (Geri - 30/04/01) 421,700 copies #1 (2 weeks) Silver
Lullaby (Mel B - 04/06/01) 38,200 copies #13 -
Scream If You Wanna Go Faster (Geri - 30/07/01) 77,500 copies #8 -
Take My Breath Away (Emma - 27/08/01) 81,000 copies #5 -
Not Such An Innocent Girl (Victoria - 17/09/01) 80,200 copies #6 -
Calling (Geri - 26/11/01) 66,000 copies #7 -
We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight (Emma - 10/12/01) 35,000 copies #20 -

2002 - Overview

2001 was the biggest year for solo Spice Girls releases yet, with a massive 12 releases going into our shops, but 2002 would be different. Due to Emma and Melanie B's poor showings with their last singles, they had parted with Virgin Records. Geri had taken a break from music, and Melanie C was enjoying a rest after a 2 year promotional campaign for "Northern Star". This left Victoria, who released "A Mind Of Its Own" in February 2002. This was to be followed by a remix of "I Wish", but poor sales led to her parting from Virgin meaning the single never got released, making this a quiet year for all Spice Girls fans in general.

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
A Mind Of Its Own (Victoria - 11/02/02) 56,500 copies #6 -

2003 - Overview

After the disappointing break that 2002 gave us, Melanie C kicked off 2003 with "Here It Comes Again", the first solo-Spice single in nearly a year, and followed it with her new album, "Reason". None of Melanie's 2003 releases did well, and taught her the lesson that she should go back to her "Northern Star" roots. In May, Emma gave us "Free Me", her first single in 18 months. This, and the follow up single "Maybe" surpassed all expectations. The end of the year was the highlight, with Victoria's first single in two years, "Let Your Head Go/This Groove", reaching a brilliant #3 in the charts, the highest solo-Spice position since "It's Raining Men" over two years earlier.

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
Here It Comes Again (Mel C - 24/02/03) 40,000 copies #7 -
Free Me (Emma - 26/05/03) 55,500 copies #5 -
On The Horizon (Mel C - 02/06/03) 22,000 copies #14 -
Maybe (Emma - 13/10/03) 77,200 copies #6 -
Melt/Yeh Yeh Yeh (Mel C - 10/11/03) 8,300 copies #27 -
Let Your Head Go/This Groove (Victoria - 29/12/03) 68,600 copies #3 -

2004 - Overview

2004 kicked off with the releases of "I'll Be There" and "Free Me" from Emma Bunton, which both peaked at #7, Geri returned to the UK and Melanie B continued her American career. This was a quiet year for Spice Girls releases in general, with the only other releases being from from Emma, who released "Crickets Sing For Anamaria" in May 2004, and Geri who released her first single in three years, "Ride It", in November. However, Melanie C used 2004 to work on her third album, "Beautiful Intentions", and toured the UK in June showcasing her new material.

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
I'll Be There (Emma - 26/01/04) 39,500 copies #7 -
Crickets Sing For Anamaria (Emma - 31/05/04) 18,700 copies #15 -
Ride It (Geri - 22/11/04) 51,400 copies #4 -

2005 - Overview

2005 was an unsuccessful year for Spice Girls releases. Melanie C kicked off the year with the single "Next Best Superstar" and the album "Beautiful Intentions", which both performed reasonably. Geri released her third album, "Passion", in June, and was met with poor sales and a media backlash. Melanie B made her return to music in June with the release of "L.A. State Of Mind", which failed spectacularly - selling just 1,500 copies. However, Melanie C released a brand new single in September, "First Day Of My Life", which was a huge success, reaching #1 in Germany and Austria. This itself led to "Beautiful Intentions" selling 100,000 copies in Germany alone.

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
Next Best Superstar (Mel C - 04/04/05) 18,100 copies #10 -
Desire (Geri - 30/05/05) 12,600 copies #22 -
Today (Mel B - 13/06/05) 3,700 copies #41 -
Better Alone (Mel C - 01/08/05) (online only) (online only) -
First Day Of My Life (Mel C - 30/09/05) (non-UK) (non-UK) -

2006 - Overview

2006 was a very quiet year for the Spice Girls musically, but not publically. Melanie B found love in Eddie Murphy and increased her profile with news of her pregnancy, Victoria became a successful fashion designer and Geri gave birth to her first child, Bluebell. Melanie C spent the year promoting "Beautiful Intentions" in Europe with a lot of success (the album infact outsold "Reason" worldwide), but it would seem that 2006 belonged to Emma, who found the time to release the 2006 Children In Need single "Downtown", and her third album "Life In Mono", in between appearing every Saturday night on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing where she came third overall.

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
Downtown (Emma - 20/11/06) 74,000 copies #3 -

2007 - Overview

2007 was the busiest year in Spiceworld for a while. Victoria announced her move to LA and transformed herself into a worldwide mega-star, Emma released "All I Need To Know" and announced she was pregnant with her first child, Melanie C released her fourth album "This Time", Geri announced her book-series Ugenia Lavender and Melanie B was thrust back into the limelight due to her romance with Eddie Murphy, and her second child Angel. But not only that, it was the year where the girls finally decided to get back together. The Spice Girls released their Greatest Hits album in November 2007, before going on 47-date sold-out world tour.

Name of Release

Record Sales

Peak Position Certification
All I Need To Know (Emma - 12/02/07) 5,000 copies #60 -
The Moment You Believe (Mel C - 16/03/07) (non-UK) (non-UK) -
I Want Candy (Mel C - 26/03/07) 10,700 copies #24 -
Carolyna (Mel C - 18/06/07) 5,100 copies #49 -
This Time (Mel C - 22/10/07) 2,100 copies #94 -
Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) (Spice Girls - 19/11/07) 46,000 copies #11 -

What's in store for 2008?

Victoria will be expanding her dVb fashion range this summer with new lines.
Emma is currently taking a break to spend some time with her son Beau.
Melanie C continues to tour, and will release "This Time" in Canada on 8th April.
Geri will release the first of six books in her "Ugenia Lavender" series on 2nd May.
Melanie B has TV jobs and a fashion line coming up, and is working on some music.
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