Songstress Melanie Brown, who’s more often referred to as Mel B or “Scary Spice,” is telling us all that we want, that we really, really want to know about the Spice Girls – GEM project, a somewhat incomplete reunion of the Spice Girls for their 20th anniversary.
Sitting down with Extra correspondent Mario Lopez, the 41-year-old performer and America’s Got Talent judge explained that the term “Spice Girls – GEM,” which is hyphenated for a reason, is actually the name of the website that made mention of Mel B, Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), and Geri Horner’s (Ginger Spice) return to music.
“GEM is actually the launch of our website,” Brown says. “We’re always going to be [the] Spice Girls. We can’t change that name.”
Along with the clarification, Mel, who has always been incredibly game to bring the Spice Girls together again for a second reunion — their first, for the Return of The Spice Girls tour, was shortened by several months in 2008 — also relayed that despite several reports from the media that promise new music from the ladies as well as with a new tour, nothing is actually set in stone just yet.
“We’re kind of in the midst of figuring out some performances together,” she expressed.
As previously mentioned on the Inquisitr, fellow Spice Girls Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) and Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) have opted out of slamming their bodies down and winding it all around for the celebratory rite of passage. The group’s first single, “Wannabe,” was initially released on July 8, 1996, and would go on to become their first and only No. 1 hit on American shores, while being their first of nine in the UK.
It was a powerful, albeit fleeting, life-changing moment that another Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell — now Horner after tying the knot with race car driver Christian Horner in 2015 — touched on briefly in a touching open letter with Marie Claire for its August issue.
“I was in a surge of emotion during that time,” Geri shared, “but there wasn’t much of a chance to celebrate. We were constantly on to the next thing; there was always another mountain to climb. We were never home, always traveling together as a group. It was mind-blowing to think that, in a span of a few short months, we had gone from shooting [the video to “Wannabe” in] a run-down old building in London, wearing clothes I had bought from a market, to doing a big production [for the “Say You’ll Be There’ video] in a California desert with sexy costumes and a male model.”
The go-go-go lifestyle of the Spice Girls was one of many reasons that Horner departed the group in 1999. The remaining four would release one more album without her, 2000’s Forever, before taking a seven-year break from the world.
Looking back at the meteoric rise to fame now, Horner (who rejoined the group for the aforementioned Return of The Spice Girls tour) now realizes the massive impact that she, along with Melanie Brown and the other Spice Girls, made not just upon the world, but to each other.
“After 85 million records sold worldwide, three world tours, three studio albums, one movie, one departure (me in 1998), 11 solo albums collectively, four marriages, [and] 11 children —all with the continued support of the best fans in the world— I am proud to say we are still friends,” she proclaims. “The Spice Girls is bigger than one, two, three, four, or five members. It belongs to us all.”
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