November 1996, Spice Girls change the pop world
On this day in music history, the world has noticed a new pop phenomenon: the Spice Girls.
17 November 1996, the Spice Girls debut release 'Spice' was at No.1 on the UK album chart.
The album was first released on 19 September 1996 by Virgin Records and recorded between 1995 and 1996, by producers Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard, and the production duo Absolute.
Spice was a huge worldwide commercial success. It became the world's top-selling album of 1997 selling 19 million copies in over a year and then it sold more than 31 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by a female group in history.
The Spice Girls were an English pop girl group formed in 1994; it was made up of Melanie Brown ("Scary Spice"), Melanie Chisholm ("Sporty Spice"), Emma Bunton ("Baby Spice"), Geri Halliwell ("Ginger Spice"), and Victoria Beckham ("Posh Spice").
Spice Girls were the biggest British pop phenomenon since Beatlemania. This British girl band brought the “Girl Power” concept in the pop world.
Time called them "arguably the most recognisable face" of Cool Britannia, the mid-1990s celebration of youth culture in the UK.