Nadine Coyle tells RWD magazine that Girls Aloud have received offers to bring their act to the U.S., but are hestitant to start again from the bottom in a market that hasn’t treated UK pop acts well. “Labels want to sign us,” the 23-year-old said. “But we’re asking ourselves whether we really want to start off from scratch doing all the crap to work our way up again or are we happy at the level we’re at now – where we have a safe haven in the States where no-one knows who we are or what we’re doing?”
Girls Aloud checked in with fans on their e-mail list, wishing all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The British girl group write:
2008 has been our biggest year yet!
We’ve been on our biggest tour to date and it’s been incredible seeing so many of you in the audience. It really means so much to us. Then we released ‘Out of Control’ in November which has been our first Number One studio album. It’s just more than we could ever hope for.
Plus ‘The Promise’ went Number One too which was ace. It’s been the best year yet for Girls Aloud but 2009 is going to be even bigger and better. We’ve got some surprises lined up already…
But on Christmas day, we’re going to relax, see our families and make the most of a day off! Nadine will be spending it in the sun in LA, Cheryl will be celebrating after winning The X Factor, Kimberley will be doing the cooking, Nicola will be getting dolled up and Sarah will be getting merry on the sherry. We really hope you have an amazing time and look forward to seeing you in 2009!
Lots of Love, Nadine, Cheryl, Nicola, Sarah and Kimberley. Xxx’
Watch a greeting from the girls here.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin tells The Mirror that other than his wife Gwyneth Paltrow and their daughter Apple, British pop group Girls Aloud are at the top girls on his list. “Girls Aloud are my favorite girls in the world, aside from my wife and daughter, of course,” Martin said. “But they definitely come third to eighth. I chose them for the tour because I was pretty sure if people knew they were doing a gig with us they’d think that was great. I’m definitely thinking about doing a a cover of a Girls Aloud song.”
The singer continued, “A great band is great because of its chemistry – and that’s what Girls Aloud have. Do I have a favorite girl? I’d hate to risk splitting them up.”
Mail On Sunday’s You magazine talked with all five members of Girls Aloud, where Cheryl Cole revealed she’s been “having thoughts” about having a baby with her husband Ashley, despite his widely reported affairs. “Girls Aloud wouldn’t break up if I had a baby but it would change the dynamics,” the 25-year-old said. “We have been working non-stop and there will come a time when you have to prioritize things, but I’m focused on what I’m doing with the girls right now.”
Someone not ready for kids though is Cheryl’s bandmate Sarah Harding. “I’m not a girlie girl, I get on better as one of the lads because I like to get down to the nitty-gritty,” said the 27-year-old, who is dating Mahiki DJ Tom Crane, 29. “I’m not ready for children because I’m not very maternal; I’m ambitious and career-driven and I’d like to do some acting and also play polo.” The full story at dailymail.co.uk has since been removed/relocated.
News of the World reports Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle is creating tension with her bandmates because she’s been spending too much time in Los Angeles. “The other four can’t stand her these days because they feel her heart isn’t in the band,” a source backstage at the girl group’s taping of their ITV Christmas special revealed. “Cheryl and Kimberley are now best friends, which Nadine has found quite hurtful. She’s become very distant and seems to resent the time she has to spend in London away from her new base in LA. Getting her to show up for things can be very difficult.” The British tabloid added that Nadine has been warned to “Commit or quit.”
The entire story at newsoftheworld.co.uk has since been removed.
Girls Aloud are out with the video for their new single ‘The Loving Kind’, released in the UK on January 12th. The song, co-written by The Pet Shop Boys, is the second release off the British girl group’s fifth studio album ‘Out of Control’, out now on Fascination Records. Watch it below.
Hassan Choudhury, Vice President of international marketing for Universal Music U.K. responded to Billboard’s Keith Caulfield about whether Girls Aloud will ever release an album in the U.S. Choudhury responded that the “international rollout for Girls Aloud and their ‘Out Of Control’ album is focused on continental Europe for the immediate future, spurred by the prospect of a major TV commercial tie-in in Germany, featuring the girls.” He added that the “longer-term future includes the U.S., especially if this European campaign proves the Girls Aloud appeal to international audiences.”
The full story at billboard.com has since been removed.
Girls Aloud’s official web site posted the following update concerning the British girl group’s next single:
After going to Number One with ‘The Promise’, Girls Aloud will soon be heading straight back into the charts with their next single ‘The Loving Kind’.
Taken from their Number One album, ‘Out of Control’, the track is a collaboration between the Girls, their long time producers Xenomania and one of Britain’s much loved bands, the Pet Shop Boys!
The track will be out on 12th January, along with another stylish video courtesy of Trudy Bellinger (‘The Promise’) and a B-side in the shape of the new recording ‘Japan’.
Girls Aloud have annonced dates for their Out of Control Tour 2009, kicking off May 2, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. The dates are as follows:
2nd May The O2 Dublin
3rd May The O2 Dublin
5th May Metro Radio Arena Newcastle
6th May Metro Radio Arena Newcastle
8th May Royal Concert Hall Glasgow
9th May Royal Concert Hall Glasgow
11th May Nottingham Trent FM Arena
12th May Nottingham Trent FM Arena
13th May Sheffield Arena
15th May Sheffield Arena
16th May MEN Arena Manchester
17th May MEN Arena Manchester
19th May Echo Arena Liverpool
20th May NIA Birmingham
21st May NIA Birmingham
23rd May The O2 London
24th May The O2 London
26th May Wembley Arena London
27th May Wembley Arena London
29th May MEN Arena Manchester
30th May SECC Glasgow
1st June NIA Birmingham
2nd June Liverpool Arena
3rd June Liverpool Echo Arena
5th June Metro Radio Arena Newcastle
The Daily Star reports that following Girls Aloud completing their five album record deal, the UK girl group are eager to continue on together, despite constant rumors of a band breakup, and will be re-signing to their label Fascination in a multi album deal. “Girls Aloud are bigger than ever what with their latest album Out Of Control’ and single ‘The Promise’ both going straight in at No 1 in the charts,” an insider explained. “Both their label Fascination and the band themselves are delighted at how things are going and are keen to keep the good times rolling.” Read more.