In just four weeks from now the Official Charts Company will be grabbing our balloons and party poppers to celebrate a glittering 60 Years of the Official Singles Chart; the institution that has kept pop fans like you, and us, salivating with anticipation on a weekly basis since we were knee-high to a grasshopper (or should that be The Beatles?).
But before we get to that, a certain group of chart-topping ladies by the names of Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, AKA Girls Aloud, have something very special to announce to the world tomorrow to celebrate their own anniversary of a decade in music. And what a decade it’s been!
Since winning hit reality TV show, Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, Girls Aloud have beaten off tough competition from the likes of Atomic Kitten, The Saturdays and Sugababes to become the UK’s biggest selling girl group of the 21st Century. To date, they have racked up over 4.3 million singles sales, and have scored 20 Top 10 hits (including four Official Number 1s).
Girls Aloud’s biggest selling single is their 2002 debut, Sound Of The Underground, which has sold over 653,000 copies sold in the UK. Sound Of The Underground is also their fastest selling single, shifting 213,000 copies in its first week of sale in December 2002 when it was crowned the Official Christmas Number 1. Girls Aloud’s biggest selling download is 2008’s The Promise, which has sold over 485,000 copies to date.
Martin Talbot, Managing Director of the Official Charts Company says:
“With a staggering 20 Top 10 singles and four Number 1s, we’re delighted to officially crown Girls Aloud as the UK’s biggest selling girl group of the 21st Century. As the Official Charts Company gears up to celebrate 60 years of the Official Singles Chart next month, we wish a huge congratulations
Girls Aloud’s Official Top 20 biggest selling singles are as follows: