Following the final date of Girls Aloud’s Ten: The Hits Tour in Liverpool’s Echo Arena last night (20th March), the band posted a message on their official twitter account seemingly confirming the end of the group.
In the statement, the band wrote: “Your love and support will stay with us forever but we have now come to the end of our incredible time together.” They also took the time to thank those who came to see them, saying “This tour has been an amazing experience and the perfect chance to say thank you for being on this journey with us through a decade. It has far exceeded any of our dreams and we hope we are forever your inspiration and reminder that dreams really do glitter!!”
The Ten: The Hits Tour was preceded by Ten, the second greatest hits compilation released by the band. This was to mark the ten years since Girls Aloud’s formation on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, from which they began their career with their first number one single ‘Sound of the Underground’. Announcing their reformation in October 2012 after a three year hiatus, it was widely speculated that a sixth studio album would be on the horizon but last night’s announcement dismisses these rumours.
Throughout their ten year career, Girls Aloud released 22 singles with 20 of these peaking inside the top ten, including 4 number ones. They are also the biggest selling girl group of the 21st century in the UK with more than 4.3 million singles sales.