Including previously unreleased live tracks + unheard ‘Step To Me’ original demo recording
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Spiceworld,” the multimillion-selling second album by the biggest girl band of all time – the Spice Girls announce new and expanded versions of the album on multiple formats via UMC / Virgin Records – out Nov. 4 (http://spcgrls.uk/SW25).
Curated by the band, “Spiceworld 25” brings together the original chart-topping album with some of their favorite bonus tracks and B-sides, along with previously unreleased live recordings from the Virgin Records archive.
The band said, “The ‘Spiceworld’ era was such a fun time for us; we’d just had a No. 1 album with ‘Spice,’ we were travelling all over the world and meeting our amazing fans, we released our second album AND we had our very own movie! Who would’ve thought it? It’s crazy to think that 25 years have passed.”
The iconic “Spiceworld” album, released on Nov. 3, 1997, spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Official Charts UK album chart and 48 weeks on the UK Top 40. It sold 192,000 copies in the U.K. in week one, passing a million sales after just eight weeks (reaching No. 1 in 11 other territories, No. 2 in Canada, No. 3 in the U.S. and No. 6 in Japan). “Spiceworld” has since sold more than 14 million copies worldwide, including more than 1.6 million in the U.K. (where industry trade body the BPI has certified it five-times-Platinum) and 4.2 million in the U.S. (certified four-times-Platinum by the RIAA).
Across the formats, highlights include fan favorite “Step To Me,” originally the soundtrack to a 1997 soft drinks campaign where fans were required to collect 20 pink ring pull tabs from cans in return for a four track “not in the shops” CD single. “Spiceworld 25” digital and two-CD formats include the previously unheard original demo recording.
A press release said, “Fans who have long clamored for a live album that captured the excitement generated by the Spice Girls' hugely successful 1998 97-date European and North America tour will delight at the four previously unreleased live recordings included on both the two-LP set and the two-cassette tape set, all captured at different venues.
“Together with some timeless remixes, a search of the archives revealed a previously unreleased version of ‘Viva Forever.’ The ‘John Themis Ambient Mix’ is named after the much in-demand Australian-born guitarist who later co-wrote Emma Bunton's April 2001 solo No. 1 ‘What Took You So Long.’ ”
The digital, CD and cassette formats are rounded off by a brand new “Spice Girls Party Mix,” which pulls together some of the bands biggest and most popular hits in a near-15-minute fiesta of pop music.
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After their iconic 1996 debut single “Wannabe” topped the charts in 37 countries, Spice Girls' debut album “Spice” went on to sell more than 31 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album of all time by a female group. The girls have gone on to sell more than 90 million records around the globe, releasing three studio albums and 11 singles, and winning a host of awards (including a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music).
“Spiceworld” includes the singles “Spice Up Your Life” (U.K. No. 1 October 1997), “Too Much” (U.K. No. 1 December 1997), “Stop” (U.K. No. 2 March 1998) and “Viva Forever” (U.K. No. 1 August 1998). “Spice Up Your Life” and “Stop,” were the Spice Girls’ second- and third-most streamed songs (audio and video combined) in 2021. “Spiceworld” has since sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.
The album and singles generated a phenomenon known as “Spice Mania,” aided by the release of the film “Spice World” in December 1997, a U.K. box office No. 1, grossing over $100 million worldwide.
The Spice Girls performed their first ever concert at the 8,000-capacity Abdi İpekçi Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 12, 1997. It was released on video by Virgin Records as “Girl Power! Live In Istanbul” in December 1997. The accompanying “Spiceworld Tour” started in Dublin on Feb. 24, 1998, and ran for 97 dates across Europe and North America