What Do You Really Know About Girl Groups?9 min read

Jun 21, 2018 | INDUSTRY INSIGHTS, MUSIC

We took a quick look at some of the biggest all-female acts of the last century, focusing specifically on commercial success.

 

The Supremes

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The Supremes were one of the most (if not the most) successful girl groups of all time. It was at the end of 1965 that they have achieved international success, with number one records in several countries.

They had a very classy look and Diana Ross’ voice was made for pop music. Their music appealed to a large audience and in 1966 their album The Supremes A’Go-Go knocked the Beatles’ Revolver off the top spot.

The music that they made was timeless with “Stop! In The Name Of Love,” “Baby Love,” “Come to See About Me,” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” being some of the hits they produced over the years.

Motown was actually one of the first to implement the systematic approach to producing talent, which can now be seen in the exciting world of K-Pop.

 

How Successful Were They?

Diana Ross is one of the most successful recording artists in the world, with combined record sales reaching close to a 100 million. No collective girl group have achieved what “The Supremes” have and the mark that they left on music will always be remembered for years to come.


 

Destiny’s Child

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A lot of people forget that before Beyoncé went out on her iconic solo career, that she was one-third of the extremely popular Destiny’s Child. Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were just as instrumental in the success of the group, with the three power figures delivering iconic songs such as, “Survivor” and “Say My Name”.

 

How Successful Were They?

After selling over 60 million records, they may have had a point, Beyoncé, Michelle and Kelly came together one last time to release their farewell album, “Destiny Fulfilled.

They also went on a farewell tour in 2013, as well as a surprise appearance at Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show. It would be very easy to narrow it down to “This the group that gave us Beyoncé” and leave it there, but that would not justify the fact that this iconic trio gave us six-years of great music.


 

Spice Girls

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The Spice Girls are probably one of the first names that come to mind when you think of an iconic girl group. Not only are Spice Girls the most commercially successful girl group ever, but their cultural impact and quality of music pushed major boundaries in the world of entertainment.

These 5 stars were absolutely adored by the public. Victoria Beckham, Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Geri Horner represented the everyday girl and had by far one of the biggest influences on popular culture in modern times.

 

How Successful Were They?

This popularity quickly saw the Spice Girls achieve albums sales of up to 80 million. They were ranked 20th on Forbes magazines list of the 40 wealthiest of 1998, with an income of $49 million USD.

There have been strong rumours that the Spice Girls are planning a re-union once-off show, so let’s wait and see whether one of our favourite girl groups will come together for one last time.


The Pussycat Dolls

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In 2009, the Pussycat Dolls announced that they would be taking a break from the spotlight for a while. In 2010 it was confirmed that the group had officially broken up, with news circulating that the release of ‘Jai Ho’ as Pussycat Dolls ft. Nicole Scherzinger was the final nail in the coffin for the group.

 

How Successful Were They?

In their reign, they did, however, sell 54 million records worldwide and were ranked by Billboard as the 80th most successful musical act of the 2000s. Their brand has diversified into reality tv, merchandise and other ventures. They were also ranked 100th on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music and 10th on the all-girl group list.


 

TLC

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TLC experienced some group conflict when Lisa Lopes felt uncomfortable with her role in the group, stating that she felt she did not have enough space to rap on the album. The line-up consisted of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.

How Successful Were They?

‘Creep’ and Waterfalls were only two of the unforgettable hits that were released by the second biggest-selling girl group of all time. The group sold over 65 million records during their career. Billboard magazine ranked TLC as one of the greatest musical trios, as well as the seventh most successful act of the 1990s.


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