Born on the 12th January 1974 in Merseyside, England, Melanie Chisholm became a member of Spice Girls in 1994. Their three albums sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and they had nine singles at number 1 in the UK.
"Northern Star" was her first solo album. On the back of the first single "Goin' Down", the album initially went to #10 in the UK charts after being released on 18th October 1999, before going down the chart rapidly. In the US, it peaked at a disappointing #208 after being released on 2nd November 1999. After 5 singles - two of which were UK #1s, three tours, and 18 months of constant promotion, the album went triple platinum in the UK, peaking at #4 on its re-release in August 2000. Sales for the album currently stand at around 3 million copies worldwide (around 900,000 in the UK). The album continues to sell well, and in 2004, re-entered the UK Top 100 for yet another time, as a result of being low-priced in some stores. "Northern Star" has a remarkable Top 75 chart run, which demonstrates its sheer success as Melanie C established herself slowly as a solo artist. "Reason" was her second album, which took 18 months to complete. Released on 10th March 2003, it reached #5 in the UK chart - selling 30,500 copies in its first week. Although it didn't perform as well as "Northern Star", "Reason" has a Gold certification in the UK, with 80,000 copies sold. January 2004 saw the album reduced to £2.99 in all major record shops, but even then, "Northern Star" at the same price outsold it greatly. After the failure of "Melt/Yeh Yeh Yeh", the album is now truly a closed chapter. Although sales stalled after "On The Horizon", it managed to sell 500,000 copies worldwide.
The release of Melanie C's last album, "Reason" in March 2003 meant many changes for her career later in the year. Following the disaster of "Melt/Yeh Yeh Yeh", she parted from her record label, Virgin Records, and decided to go it alone, releasing her third solo album, "Beautiful Intentions", on her own label, Red Girl Records. Following the release of the single "Next Best Superstar" (#10 in the UK singles chart), Melanie will release "Better Alone" in July.
Doing a 'backflip' while performing 'Wannabe'
Winner of the 1997 MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video, "Wannabe".
Winner of the 1997 MTV Europe Music Award for Best Group, Spice Girls.
Nearly missed the final audition for Spice Girls because of recurring chronic tonsillitis.
Fan of Liverpool Football Club.
Broke her knee while competing in charity show "The Games" (2003) (Sept 2003).
Winner of 4 Brit Awards 1997 with Spice Girls.
Winner of 3 American Music Awards 1998 with Spice Girls.
Winner of a Special Award at Brit Awards 1998 with Spice Girls.
Winner of 2 awards (Best Group and Best Pop) at the MTV Europe Music Awards 1998 (1998) (TV) in Milan, Italy.
Winner of 2 Billboard Awards 1997 in Las Vegas, USA.
Nominated for Best Female on Brit Awards 2000 (2000) (TV) in Earl's Court, London.
Winner of "ifpi" Award 2000 in Brussels, Belgium for her solo debut, "Northern Star", selling over 1 million copies in Europe only (not including UK and Ireland).
Nominated for 3 ECHO Awards 2001 in Berlin, Germany, but didn't win any.
Nominated for 4 MTV Europe Music Awards 2000 (2000) (TV) in Stockholm, Sweden, but didn't win any.
Nominated for Best Female at "National Music Awards 2003" in London, UK, but lost to Rachel Stevens.
Took ballet as a child and impressed fellow students and teachers alike with her athletic and dancing abilities.
Winner of a Music Award at "Scouseology Awards 2003" in Liverpool, UK.
Quit Spice Girls in November 2000, just after the band released their 3rd album, "Forever".
Has said "no" to the idea of Spice Girls doing a reunion tour.
Dueted with Bryan Adams on a song called 'When You're Gone'.
Dueted with Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes on a song called 'Never Been The Same Again' on Melanie's 1st solo album 'Northern Star'.
Owns her own production company, Red Girl Productions.
Is great friends with Ex Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, he also played guitar on Melanie's first album 'Northern Star'.
Her single "First Day Of My Life", theme of "Julia - Wege zum Glück" (2005), ranked #1 in the German Single Charts (October 2005).
Sang with actor Bruce Willis at Planet Hollywood .
Blur is her favourite band.
Has 1 half-brother (Paul), 4 step-brothers (Jad, Stuart, Liam & Declan), has 1 step-sister (Emma).
Is great friends with producer Rick Rubin, he produced some tracks on Melanie's 1st solo album 'Northern Star'.
Currently resides in Wales, with boyfriend of 7 years Thomas Starr. .
Attended former band-mate Geri Halliwell's baby shower .
She practices Judo prior to being a singer, and still practices to this day. In 2003, she tore her knee during a Judo match for the TV show "The Games" (2003) and had to undergo surgery.
Announced on her website she is *not* engaged to long-term boyfriend, Thomas Starr .
Announced she is expecting her first child, with Thomas Starr, in late winter. [August 2008].
Announced on her official website that she and her long-term boyfriend, Thomas Starr, are expecting their first child together [August 2008].
She and longtime boyfriend Thomas Starr welcomed their first child, a girl named Scarlet, on February 22, 2009 at 4:10pm, and weighing in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces.
Her half brother is British Touring Car driver Paul O'Neill.
Nominated for a "Best Actress" Laurence Olivier Award, for her role in the West End musical "Blood Brothers" .
Returned to work 9 months after giving birth to her daughter Scarlet in order to begin performing in the West End musical "Blood Brothers".
(March 2003) 2nd solo album "Reason" entered the UK album charts at number 5.
(November 2003) Releasing her first double single in UK "Yeh Yeh Yeh" / "Melt" which is out on 10th November 2003.
(December 2003) Has parted ways with record label Virgin Records.
(June 2004) After being dropped by Virgin Records, she decided to become an independent artist with her own label: the Red Girl Production.
(April 2005) Released on 4th April 2005, "Next Best Superstar" was the first single to be released from her third solo album, "Beautiful Intentions".
(August 2006) Melanie continues to tour Europe and will release her fourth solo album next year.
(May 2006) "First Day Of My Life" was originally a special German-exclusive single, the theme tune to a year-long soap-opera called Wege zum Glück (2005). Released on 30th September 2005 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, the single had massive exposure with promotion on top-class TV shows. "First Day Of My Life" reached #1 in Germany, Austria and #2 in Switzerland. The success in these territories led to releases in the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden, where it met some success. The song recently kicked off the "Beautiful Intentions" campaign in France, Spain and Portugal where it has been a huge success, notably in Spain and Portugal where the song reached #1. "First Day Of My Life" also had an Australian and Russian release, where it gained a huge radio airplay.
(March 2007) Due to release new single 'I Want Candy' at the end of March.
(December 2007) On reunion tour with Spice Girls.
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