The much anticipated Girls Aloud special announcement was made today at 12pm in a press conference which was streamed live on youtube.
Not surprisingly, the girls announced that they are releasing a best of album, Ten, in celebration of their 10 year anniversary. Ten has 18 tracks, 4 of which are new (On The Metro, Beautiful ‘Cause You Love Me and ‘Every Now And Then’).
The girls also announced their UK and Ireland tour. Talking about the tour, Cheryl said, “Touring’s the best thing about what we do fullstop & to say thankyou to the fans for all of the support,that’s a special feeling.”
Nick Grimshaw was a great moderator. Taking questions from both the assembled press and 5 lucky fans, via Skype. Grimshaw didn’t only keep the proceedings moving along but also added much wit.
The girls looked very happy to be back in each other’s company. When asked what it was like when they got together to make the decision to reform, Cheryl said, “It’s always emotional when we get in a room. We haven’t been seen publicly together for 3 years but we always get together”
Kimberley added, “The best thing about coming back together is just being together. It feels so comfortable to be back together”
When asked if this will be a one off tour or will there be more from Girl’s Aloud, Nadine said, “Coming back together and having all of our voices on a song is exciting … we’ve got all these great songs… what should we do? We have to see how the fans react. So we’ll just have to wait and see”
It’s been an exciting 10 years for the band. Cheryl said, “it’s hard to pinpoint a highlight, we’ve had a really blessed career … It’s incredible that we’re getting to show a decade in music .. that’s crazy. If you had of asked us 10 years ago whether we would be here we would think you were crazy. That’s a huge achievement! ”
Kimberley’s highlight is “when we won the Brit Award.” The rest of the girls agreed that that was a big moment for the band.
The girls were asked what advice they would give to their younger selves (10 years ago). Nadine jumped in and said, “Don’t worry about it. We worried so much. We constantly worked. Just chill out! It’s all going to be OK. It’s not life and death. It’s not real life! We are so privileged to call this a job.”
Watch the press conference in full
Something New, the new video and first single from Ten, was also released today. This is Girls Aloud’s first music video since 2009 and I have to say I love it! Girls Aloud, it’s great to have you back!
Something New will be released as The Children in Need single on Novemeber 18, and Ten will be out at the end of November.
Ten – The Hits tour hits the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, on March 13 and the O2 Dublin on March 16. Tickets go on sale at 9am next Friday. I have no doubt they will be sold out in minutes!