Monday, October 1, 2007

Spice Girls sales records

The Spice Girls released 3 albums as a group (two with Geri and one without her) Spice, Spiceworld and Forever. As far as singles go its really hard to tell you how ALL the singles did all over the world.... but i can give you as much info as I can find.

Wannabe (1996, 1998)
Say You'll Be There (1996, 1997)
2 become 1 (1996)
Too Much (1997)
Step To Me (1997)
Mama / Who Do You Think You Are (1997)
Spice Up Your Life (1997)
Who Do You Think You Are (1997)
Move Over / Generation Next (1997)
Move Over (1997)
Stop (1998)
Viva Forever (1998)
Goodbye (1998)
Let Love Lead The Way (2000)
Holler (2000)
Tell Me Why (2001)
If You Wanna Have Some Fun (2001)

Pepsi Singles

Step To Me 1997
Move Over/Generation Next Live 1998

Promotion Singles

Tell Me Why
If You Wanna Have Some Fun
Weekend Love 2000

Exclusive Japanese Single
Love Thing 1996

1996 - Overview

The start of the Spice Girls phenomenon was in July 1996, with the release of "Wannabe", this year, two more singles followed, "Say You'll Be There" and "2 Become 1" - all of these sold 900,000+ in the UK, and this was only a drop in the ocean. World domination was at their heels, in 1996, despite only having released in the last 6 months of 1996, the Spice Girls spent 20% of the year at #1. "Spice", the debut album, was released in November 1996, eventually receiving sales of over 3 million in the UK, and 22 million worldwide..

Name of Release
Record Sales
Peak Position Certification
Wannabe (Spice Girls - 07/96) 1,269,841 copies #1 (7 weeks) Platinum
Say You'll Be There (Spice Girls - 10/96) 930,000 copies #1 (2 weeks) Platinum
Spice (Spice Girls - Album - 11/96) 3,000,000 copies #1 (15 weeks) 10x Platinum
2 Become 1 (Spice Girls - 12/96) 1,072,073 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. This year, three singles were released in the UK, all massive hits - 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 the 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 - 03/97) 660,000 copies #1 (3 weeks) Platinum
Spice Up Your Life (Spice Girls - 10/97) 800,000 copies #1 (1 week) Platinum
Spiceworld (Spice Girls - Album - 11/97) 1,900,000 copies #1 (3 weeks) 5 x Platinum
Too Much (12/97) 657,000 copies #1 (2 weeks) Platinum

1998 - Overview

1998 would see many big changes, and twists for the Spice Girls. This year saw them embark on the Spiceworld tour - 103 dates, 2.1 million fans, a dream come true for them. But, this didn't stop them releasing three more singles, and, two solo projects. This year also saw their first #2 peak - "Stop", in March 1998, and Geri Halliwell's departure from the group, in May 1998. The end of the year would bring their fourth best seller so far, "Goodbye", and would also mark a two-year break for the group.

Name of Release
Record Sales
Peak Position Certification
Stop (Spice Girls - 03/98) 331,000 copies #2 Silver
Viva Forever (Spice Girls - 07/98) 623,000 copies #1 (2 weeks) Platinum
I Want You Back (Mel B - 09/98) 218,000 copies #1 (1 week) Silver
When You're Gone (Mel C - 11/98) 635,300 copies #3 Platinum
Goodbye (Spice Girls - 12/98) 833,500 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, however, group activity - 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 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 - 05/99) 330,000 copies #2 Gold
Schizophonic (Geri - Album - 06/99) 415,000 copies #4 2x Platinum
Word Up (Mel B - 06/99) 50,000 copies #14 -
Mi Chico Latino (Geri - 08/99) 372,000 copies #1 (1 week) Silver
Goin' Down (Mel C - 09/99) 90,000 copies #4 -
Northern Star (Mel C - Album - 10/99) 900,000 copies #4 3x Platinum
What I Am (Emma - 11/99) 215,000 copies #2 Silver
Lift Me Up (Geri - 11/99) 337,000 copies #1 (1 week) Silver
Northern Star (Mel C - 11/99) 195,000 copies #4 Silver

2000 - Overview

The start of the new millennium, and this year would see all of the Spice Girls in the chart for one reason or another - all excluding Emma releasing a solo single, and the Spice Girls as a group making a "comeback". The first 6 months of this year are often seen as the height of Spice Girls' solo success, with 3 #1s and a very high selling #2. In October 2000, the Spice Girls released a new single, "Holler", which did well on the chart, and in November, the album "Forever" followed, which flopped quite remarkably. Unfortunately for Melanie B, her album, "Hot", was released in the middle of all of this, and only reached #28.

Name of Release
Record Sales
Peak Position Certification
Bag It Up (Geri - 03/00) 255,000 copies #1 (1 week) Silver
Never Be The Same Again (Mel C - 03/00) 400,000 copies #1 (1 week) Gold
I Turn To You (Mel C - 08/00) 338,000 copies #1 (1 week) Silver
Out Of Your Mind (Victoria - 08/00) 376,000 copies #2 Gold
Tell Me (Mel B - 09/00) 100,000 copies #4 -
Hot (Mel B - Album - 10/00) 50,000 copies #28 Silver
Holler/Let Love Lead The Way (Spice Girls - 10/00) 230,000 copies #1 Silver
Forever (Spice Girls - Album - 11/00) 280,000 copies #2 Platinum
If That Were Me (Mel C - 11/00) 35,000 copies #18 -

2001 - Overview

Following on from a disappointing last half of 2000, things 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, but just like in 2000, a massive Spice-campaign in the Summer probably made people bored of the girls, with three releases within 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
Feels So Good (Mel B - 02/01) 138,450 copies #5
What Took You So Long (Emma - 04/01) 246,080 copies #1 (2 week)
A Girl Like Me (Emma - Album - 04/01) 125,000 copies #4
It's Raining Men (Geri - 04/01) 421,670 copies #1 (2 weeks) Silver
Scream If You Wanna Go Faster (Geri - Album - 05/01) 154,000 copies #5
Lullaby (Mel B - 06/01) 30,000 copies #13
Scream If You Wanna Go Faster (Geri - 07/01) 78,500 copies #8
Take My Breath Away (Emma - 08/01) 77,500 copies #5
Not Such An Innocent Girl (Victoria - 09/01) 75,000 copies #6
Victoria Beckham (Victoria - 10/01) 50,000 copies #10
Calling (Geri - 11/01) 66,000 copies #7
We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight (Emma - 12/01) 35,000 copies #20

2002 - Overview

2001 was the biggest year for solo Spice Girls releases yet, with a massive 12 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 from 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, and consequently, the single never got released - a quiet year for all Spice Girls fans in general.

Name of Release
Record Sales
A Mind Of Its Own (Victoria - 02/02) 60,000 copies #6

2003 - Overview

After the disappointing break that 2002 gave us, Melanie C kicked off 2003 with "Here It Comes Again", the first Spice single in nearly a year, and then her new album, "Reason". Like the rest of the Melanie C releases in 2003, neither took off, and it taught the lesson to Mel 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 pinnacle, with Victoria's first single in two years, "Let Your Head Go/This Groove" reaching a brilliant #3 in the charts.

Name of Release
Record Sales

Here It Comes Again (Mel C - 02/03) 40,000 copies #7
Reason (Mel C - Album - 03/03) 80,000 copies #5
Free Me (Emma - 05/03) 65,000 copies #5
On The Horizon (Mel C - 06/03) 25,000 copies #14
Maybe (Emma - 10/03) 80,000 copies #6
Melt/Yeh Yeh Yeh (Mel C - 11/03) 10,000 copies #27
Let Your Head Go/This Groove (Victoria - 12/03) 60,000 copies #3

2004 - Overview

With 2003 showing promise on the Spice Girls front (despite Melanie C's chart-problems), 2004 looks to repeat the success. Confirmed album releases this year come from Victoria and Emma, as well as rumoured single/album releases from Melanie C and Geri. The first releases of 2004 are Emma's single, "I'll Be There", and her album, "Free Me", which look set to repeat the success of the singles "Free Me" and "Maybe". Spice Girls Discography will keep you updated with all of the latest developments and news on the new solo Spice albums.

Name of Release
Record Sales
I'll Be There (Emma - 01/04) 30,000 copies #7
Free Me (Emma - Album - 02/04) 33,000 copies* -

* Sales last updated 16th February 2004

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