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Harding eyes TV career - Ireland Online
Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding is eyeing a career on the small screen when she finally hangs up the mic. The singer is planning her future when the British band finally comes to an end, and has already landed a part in the upcoming 'St Trinian's' movie...
Harding lands St Trinian's role - Ireland Online
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Sarah Harding set for TV and movie stardom - Marie Claire.co.uk
Sarah realises that Girls Aloud can't carry on forever and thinks that television and film are where her future career lies. 'Ideally she'd like to do some sort of music and chat show. She's also keen on acting', a source told The Sun....
Sarah Harding feeling pregnancy pressure - MSN Singapore
Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding doesn't feel ready to start a family yet - even though her boyfriend, DJ Tom Crane, keeps talking about settling down. Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding doesn't feel ready to start a family yet - even though her...
Sarah Harding: Tom Crane and I are in no rush to marry - Now Magazine Online
'I have no idea where that came from, but someone's telling porkies,' says Sarah, 27. 'You have to be engaged to plan a wedding. We're in no rush to get married.' Sarah is also planning to take her time before she starts a family....
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Elizabeth Yelland of Clarksburg isn't a NASCAR fan but her 10-year-old son, Nick Lara, and his friend, Sarah Harding, 11, like the race cars. Yelland said, "So I thought: 'Cars. Kids. Free. Good.' " Nick and Sarah couldn't get enough of exploring the...

Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding performing at Girls Aloud's Tangled Up tour

Sarah Nicole Harding (born Sarah Nicole Hardman on 17 November 1981 in Ascot) is an English singer and model, best known for her work with the pop group Girls Aloud.

Harding attended Hazel Grove High School from 1993 to 1998, and later attended Stockport College. She then worked as part of the promotions team for 2 nightclubs in The Grand Central Leisure Park in Stockport. Harding was also a regular singer at karaoke nights in the Whistling Jig, Puss and Boots pub as well as many others and did some vocals for Project G on some unreleased tracks. Project G was a band for which Harding provided lead vocals, long before Girls Aloud came along. She did some photoshoots for promotion but no album, nor known singles exist. Some tracks that have leaked onto the internet include "Searching" and "Don't Wanna Be Alone". In 2002, she auditioned both for being a contestant on UK talent-search shows Fame Academy and Popstars: The Rivals and it was in the latter where she found fame, pulling out of Fame Academy after being accepted in the Popstars 1st round.

Harding also has an entry in FHM's High Street Honeys 2002, the magazine's national beauty contest, and her pictures appeared in the first Top 100, but she later withdrew, upon achieving success on Popstars. A year later, she was voted one of the Top 30 sexiest women in the world, by readers of the same magazine. In 2005, she entered the same Top 10 at Number 8, slipping to Number 15 in 2006, to Number 17 in 2007 and to number 36 in 2008.

In the finale of the "Popstars" show, she was picked as the final member of the five-piece group, Girls Aloud, that formed the female half of the eponymous 'rivals'. She defeated Javine Hylton for the final place, in a result that provoked a measure of surprise.

As a member of Girls Aloud, Harding has taken part in many events and TV shows, such as the 25 August 2006 episode of The Friday Night Project. Harding co-hosted the show with Cheryl Cole, and Kimberley Walsh and then a Christmas special with Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle joining them. She is also the oldest member of the group.

Outside of Girls Aloud, Harding signed a £100,000 deal to model Ultimo lingerie, following the likes of Penny Lancaster, Rachel Hunter and Helena Christensen. Reports claim that Harding was chosen to model the underwear range after she was seen wearing a bikini on holiday in the papers.

Harding has filmed a cameo appearance in a British independent film Bad Day, which was released in 2008. She plays a brunette girl called Jade Jennings who sits in the back of a cab and swears down the phone. The film also stars Donna Air and Claire Goose.

Harding has recently been seen as the face of Coca-Cola Zero, upon its launch in Ireland. She will also advertise and promote Sunsilk with the rest of Girls Aloud.

It was reported that Harding would appear in a new Carry On film.

Harding collaborated with London synthpop band Filthy Dukes on the track "Real Wild Child" for the Wild Child soundtrack. It was released in August 2008. Harding sparked rumours with the move that she would be leaving Girls Aloud to pursue a solo career, a rumour she later denied.

Sarah was also complimented on her driving skills during a test drive for Fifth Gear, but crashed a Ferrari into a parked minivan while exiting the car park.

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Girls Aloud

Girls Aloud in the music video for "Biology".  From left to right: Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Cheryl Cole & Nicola Roberts.

Girls Aloud are a British girl group that were created on the ITV1 talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. The group, consisting of Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, and Kimberley Walsh, have been successful in achieving a string of 20 consecutive UK Top 10 singles (including four number ones), two UK number one albums, and having been nominated for four BRIT Awards, winning Best Single in 2009 for "The Promise".

Girls Aloud hold the record for the shortest time between formation and reaching number one in the UK Charts (with their platinum-selling début single "Sound of the Underground"), and have since become one of the few UK reality television acts to achieve continued success. In 2007, Guinness World Records listed them as "Most Successful Reality TV Group". They also hold the record for the most consecutive top 10 singles in the UK Charts by a female group starting with "Sound of the Underground" in 2002 through to "The Loving Kind" in 2009.

Girls Aloud were formed on 30 November 2002, in front of millions of viewers on the ITV1 programme Popstars: The Rivals. The concept of the programme, hosted by Big Brother presenter Davina McCall, was to produce a boyband and a girlband who would be 'rivals' and compete for the 2002 Christmas number one single. Following the initial success of Hear'Say (winners of the original Popstars show), several thousand applicants attended auditions across the UK in hope of being selected. Ten men and ten women were chosen as finalists by judges Pete Waterman, Louis Walsh and Geri Halliwell. However, two of these were disqualified before the live shows began: Hazel Kaneswaren was found to be too old to participate whilst Nicola Ward refused to sign the contract, claiming the pay the group would receive was too poor. Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts, who had made it into the final fifteen but not the final ten, were chosen as their replacements.

During October and November, the finalists took to the stage participating in weekly Saturday night live performances (alternating week-by-week between the girls and boys). Each week the contestant polling the fewest phone votes was eliminated, until the final line-ups of the groups emerged. The five girls who made it into the group were (in order) Cheryl, Nicola, Nadine, Kimberley and Sarah; Javine Hylton missed out on a place in the group, despite previous expectations that she would be placed in the line-up. The group were named Girls Aloud and were originally managed by Louis Walsh until 2005 when Hilary Shaw replaced him. The runners-up, a boy band called One True Voice, were managed by Pete Waterman.

The two groups competed for the number one position in the Christmas week UK singles chart. Girls Aloud won the battle with their single "Sound of the Underground" (produced by Brian Higgins and Xenomania) which stayed at number one for four weeks. Disney Channel viewers later voted this as best single of 2002–2003 at the Disney Channel Kids Awards. Originally tipped to be more successful than the girls, One True Voice released just two singles before disbanding in the summer of 2003.

After the success of their first single "Sound of the Underground", the newly formed group took several months to record their début album. Also entitled Sound of the Underground, this was released on 26 May 2003 and entered the charts at number two. One of the tracks, "Girls Allowed", was written for the group by ex-Westlife star Bryan McFadden, while "Some Kind of Miracle" was co-written by former B*Witched member Edele Lynch. The group's second single, the number two hit "No Good Advice", was also released in May 2003, and the third single, "Life Got Cold", charted at number three in August 2003.

In November 2003, the group released "Jump"—a cover of the Pointer Sisters' 1980s dance hit. The song featured on the soundtrack to the 2003 film Love Actually, and entered the chart at number two. The album went platinum after a re-issue was released on 1 December 2003. The new version of Sound of the Underground featured a new album cover and the replacement of three original songs with "Jump" (which was not included on the original version), "You Freak Me Out" (which appeared on the soundtrack of Freaky Friday) and "Girls on Film" (a cover of a Duran Duran song originally a B-side to "Life Got Cold"). "You Freak Me Out" was included on release schedules and was performed on CD:UK in early 2004, with presenter Cat Deeley stating that it would be their next single. However, the plans for this release were scrapped as work began on a second album. Sound of the Underground stayed on the top 75 chart for 20 non-consecutive weeks, over a period of more than three years (it re-entered in December 2006).

After a brief break, the group returned in June 2004 to promote their new single "The Show", the first release from their second album. It had an unusual structure for a pop song, consisting of a number of interchanged sections rather than the more typical verse-chorus form. This single showed off a new look for the group and was backed by a pre-release promotional campaign featuring five empty chairs bearing the members' names. This built up excitement over the new look, and the image later featured on the single cover with the members in their seats. When released, the single entered the charts at number two. The follow-up release, "Love Machine", also peaked at number two in September 2004. "Love Machine" was nominated for ITV's The Record of the Year and finished in sixth place. Their seventh single, a cover of The Pretenders' hit "I'll Stand by You", reached the number one position on the UK singles chart in November 2004, and stayed there for two weeks. This was 2004's single for the Children In Need appeal with its proceeds going towards the charity.

What Will the Neighbours Say? was released on 29 November 2004 and entered the album charts at number six. The album featured the production and song writing skills of Xenomania. The album's immediate success led to the girls announcing their first What Will the Neighbours Say? Live tour, which took place in May 2005. What Will the Neighbours Say? received excellent reviews; most critics deemed it an improvement on their début release. The final single to be taken from this album was "Wake Me Up", released in February 2005. It charted at number four—their first to miss the top three, but their eighth top-five single. In early 2005, the group won Glamour Magazine's "Band of the Year" award, and were also nominated for a BRIT Award for Best Pop Act.

After a short break following their first tour, the group began work on their third studio album, Chemistry. The first single from the album, "Long Hot Summer", was released in August 2005 and charted at number seven, ending their consecutive top five run but continuing their unbroken run of top ten singles. The single that launched their third album was "Biology" which peaked at number four. Chemistry was released on 5 December 2005. The album peaked on the charts at number eleven, their lowest so far, despite overwhelming critical acclaim; it has also gone platinum.

Their cover of Dee C. Lee's "See the Day", released in the Christmas week of 2005, charted at number nine. "See the Day" became Girls Aloud's biggest hit in terms of radio airplay since "Sound of the Underground", peaking at number six due to its success on stations such as BBC Radio 2. Girls Aloud released their début DVD Girls on Film in June 2005, featuring their first eight music videos and television performances. It peaked at number five on the DVD Music chart. This was followed by the What Will the Neighbours Say? Live DVD in November 2005, which reached number six. The group travelled to Australia and New Zealand in February 2006 to release the single "Biology" and the album Chemistry. Arriving on 23 February, the group undertook a one-week promotional tour, during which they appeared on many TV shows. "Biology" peaked at number twenty-six in the Australian singles chart, failing to break the group in the Australian market.

In September 2006, the official Girls Aloud web site confirmed the release of The Sound of Girls Aloud, a compilation that contains Girls Aloud's singles and some new and previously unreleased material. The album was released on 30 October 2006, and débuted at number one on the UK album chart. The album was also released on a limited edition double CD format containing live tracks such as "I Predict a Riot" and previously unavailable tracks such as "Singapore" and "Hanging on the Telephone", a cover of the Blondie single; this has now become a highly priced collectors' item.

The lead single from the album, "Something Kinda Ooooh", was released in October 2006. Girls Aloud became the first British act to reach the top five purely on download sales, with the song entering at number five; it peaked at number three following a physical release. The next single, "I Think We're Alone Now",—the official theme of the film It's a Boy Girl Thing, and previously a hit single for Tommy James and The Shondells (in 1967) and for Tiffany (in 1987)—was the third time the group have entered the Christmas chart battle. The single peaked at number four, making it Girls Aloud's fourteenth consecutive top ten and eleventh top five.

Girls Aloud collaborated with the Sugababes on their fifteenth single, a cover of the song "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith. The track was released in March 2007 as the official single for Comic Relief, as "Sugababes vs. Girls Aloud". It became the group's third British number-one, and their fifteenth consecutive top-ten single. In May 2007, Girls Aloud went on their third tour, The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits Tour. During the tour, the group appeared at 15 arenas across the UK and Ireland. The supporting acts for this tour were Misha Williams, Natalia and Rogue Traders.

The song "Sexy! No No No...", the first single from Girls Aloud's fourth studio album, was released in August 2007 and reached number five on the UK Singles Chart. The album, Tangled Up, was released on 19 November 2007, debuting on the UK Albums Chart at number four. Their seventeenth single, "Call the Shots", was released in the UK one week later, and rose to number three to give the band their tenth top three single. It spent nineteen weeks in the top fifty.

Girls Aloud received their second BRIT Award nomination in 2008, nominated for the Best British Group award. Tangled Up was also certified Platinum in January. The third and final single from Tangled Up was "Can't Speak French". The single was released in March 2008, with a French version and "Hoxton Heroes", a satirical track aimed towards indie bands, as B-sides. It entered the official UK charts at number nine, continuing their consecutive run of top ten singles. In May and June 2008, Girls Aloud embarked on the Tangled Up Tour—their third arena tour, and fourth overall. They played a total of 34 concerts around the UK, including 24 arenas and 11 open air venues, making this tour their longest yet. They were scheduled to play 13 open air venues, but due to the bad weather, two of the concerts were cancelled.

In May 2008, the group confirmed that they had begun working on their fifth studio album. The first single from the album, "The Promise", was released in October 2008, followed by the album, Out of Control, on 3 November. Girls Aloud said that it was their "most exciting and thrilling album yet". "The Promise" became their fourth number one on the UK Singles Chart, selling more than 77,000 singles in its first week of release—this made it the fastest selling single of 2008 up to that point. Out of Control followed suit when it entered at number one on the UK Albums Chart. The single returned the group to the top two on the Irish Singles Chart, while the album became their first top ten on the Irish Albums Chart since Sound of the Underground. "The Loving Kind" was released as the album's second single on 12 January 2009. The song, co-written by Pet Shop Boys, became the girls' twentieth consecutive top ten single. It was, however, their lowest charting single to date charting at number ten in the UK Singles Chart and sixteen in the Irish Singles Chart.

Girls Aloud also performed at the BRIT Awards for the first time in their careers in 2009. They were nominated for Best British Group and Best British Single ("The Promise"). They won the award for Best Single, their first ever BRIT Award but lost out to Elbow for Best British Group. The Out of Control Tour is scheduled to commence in April, and Girls Aloud will support Coldplay at Wembley Stadium on 18 September 2009.

In February 2009, it was announced that Girls Aloud had signed a new record deal with Fascination which will see the group release another three albums, with the next album being released in 2010. Girls Aloud are also set to release Out of Control in continental Europe in the near future, with a television advertisement tie-in in Germany.

Girls Aloud also appeared on the 2007 compilation Radio 1: Established 1967, celebrating the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio 1, with a cover of Wheatus' "Teenage Dirtbag", as well as singing backing vocals on Franz Ferdinand's cover of David Bowie's "Sound and Vision". In addition to these appearances, Girls Aloud recorded two tracks for the soundtrack to the new St Trinian's movie ("Theme to St. Trinian's" and "On My Way to Satisfaction"). They also make a cameo appearance in the film as the school band. The soundtrack was released on 10 December 2007, and the video for "Theme to St. Trinian's" premiered in mid December 2007. On 6 January 2008, "Theme to St. Trinian's" became the first Girls Aloud song to enter the UK Singles Chart without any plans of a physical release, peaking at number fifty-one. Additionally, the girls also performed covers of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab", Robyn's "With Every Heartbeat", and Timbaland & OneRepublic's "Apologize for Jo Whiley's Live Lounge programme on BBC Radio 1.

In April 2008, Cheryl Cole had a guest role on will.i.am's song "Heartbreaker". She provided backing vocals and appeared in the song's music video. The song peaked at number 4. Sarah Harding will also appear on a song with The Filthy Dukes for the 2008 film Wild Child. She will perform a cover of Iggy Pop's reindition of the Johnny O'Keefe song "Wild Child". In April 2009, MTV reported that Cole has been working on solo material that is expected to be released in the interim period prior to the release of the next Girls Aloud album, scheduled for Autumn 2010.

Girls Aloud's backing vocals appear on Norwegian pop singer Annie's second album Don't Stop, on "My Love Is Better". However, their mutual producer Brian Higgins reportedly didn't ask for permission, which upset Girls Aloud. Annie herself revealed in an interview that "Brian asked them if they'd like to help out. They were really up for it and came into my studio and it was really fun." The issue was resolved and the song will remain on Annie's album.

Girls Aloud recorded a six-part fly on the wall documentaryTelevision program|series]] for E4 entitled Girls Aloud: Off the Record, which started its run on 11 April 2006. The series was filmed during the "Chemistry" era, and focused on the band's promotional activities, including the shooting of the "Biology" video and the lead-up to and aftermath of the release of "Whole Lotta History". It also showed the band travelling abroad, to places such as Greece, Paris, Shanghai and Australia. A DVD of the series was released on 4 September 2006 after several release date changes. This included an unaired episode and subsequently reached number four on the Music DVD Chart.

The Girls starred in a new television series on ITV2, Passions of Girls Aloud, broadcast from 14 March to 4 April 2008 and coinciding with the third single release from Tangled Up. The premise of the show is the girls achieving something that they have always wanted to do. It was reported on the 13 November 2007 that Nadine would not be taking part. This is said to be due to the programme's bosses refusing to let her undertake charity work.

Girls Aloud appeared in a variety show entitled The Girls Aloud Party. The show aired on 13 December 2008 on ITV for the Christmas season. Girls Aloud performed hits and revealed their Christmas single, as well chatting to showbiz pals and performing comic sketches. Cilla Black and Julie Goodyear appeared as Nicola Roberts' grandmother and Sarah Harding's mother, respectively, in some of the sketches.

In 2005, Girls Aloud filmed a one-off documentary entitled Girls Aloud: Home Truths. This would later make way for Off the Record. A year later, they appeared in an episode of Ghosthunting with... (without Nadine), in which Yvette Fielding guided them through haunted locations. In April 2007, Girls Aloud filmed a cameo appearance in the new St. Trinian's movie, playing the school band. The film was released in the UK on 21 December 2007, with Girls Aloud providing two songs for the movie (see St. Trinian's: Original Soundtrack). The Girls also make a cameo appearance in the Oasis documentary, Lord Don't Slow Me Down. In addition to their live concerts, Girls Aloud have released two other DVDs – Girls On Film and Style.

Girls Aloud were reportedly looking at film scripts. Kimberley Walsh said "We want it to be a Friends and Sex and the City kind of thing, all morphed into one," while Nicola Roberts added: "We'd really like the chance to do some more acting. We've been given a lot of dodgy scripts — they were all awful." Kimberley and Nicola made a cameo appearance in the family drama show Britannia High which was aired in the UK this autumn. Whilst Sarah has starred in the feature film Bad Day as Jade Jennings and is set to be starring in a BBC film called Freefall in 2009.

Cheryl Cole is a judge on the fifth series of The X Factor, replacing Sharon Osborne. Cheryl has said that "whilst we get started on the next album, it will be brilliant to be a judge on The X Factor." Her fellow judge Louis Walsh was a judge on Popstars: The Rivals and formerly managed Girls Aloud. Cheryl's category on the X Factor was the 14 to 24 Girls, and her act Alexandra Burke made it to the final, and eventually won.

Girls Aloud's website confirmed on 8 April 2008 that the girls will be co-writing an autobiography, titled Dreams That Glitter – Our Story. The book, named after a lyric in "Call the Shots", was published in October 2008 through the Transworld imprint Bantam Press. The book looks at the rise of the band, as well as the girls' individual life stories. In addition to these insights, Dreams That Glitter also includes fashion tips, celebrity gossip and never-before-seen photos of the band. Before the release, OK! magazine bought the rights to preview and serialise the book.

The group remain constant tabloid fodder. Tweedy's relationship with footballer Ashley Cole has kept her in the papers, especially during the 2006 World Cup in June and July 2006. A "cheating" scandal received widespread tabloid coverage in February 2008. Coyle and Harding have regularly featured in the tabloids because of their Hollywood relationships. Coyle was dating Jesse Metcalfe of Desperate Housewives until January 2008, when Coyle ended it. Harding was rumoured to be seeing Stephen Dorff, and she also dated Daily Star writer Joe Mott, although the couple have since split up.

In 2007, Girls Aloud signed a one-year deal to endorse hair care brand Sunsilk. The endorsement was reportedly worth £1.25m. The girls filmed a television advertisement, and magazine advertisements also ran, with each of the five members being the face of a different shampoo. The same year, Girls Aloud also sealed a deal with the UK division of Samsung. They endorsed mobile phones and MP3 players, made personal appearances and sang at Samsung events, and contributed to competition prizes, among other activities. The Samsung F210 Purple came with a 1GB memory card featuring Girls Aloud content.

In March 2008, the girl group signed a deal to front an ad campaign for a new low-calorie KitKat bar called "Senses". The chocolate bar manufacturer also sponsored Girls Aloud's Tangled Up Tour. The exact worth of the endorsement is unknown, but a figure of £500,000 each has been suggested. Later in 2008, Girls Aloud appeared in television advertisements for Nintendo DS.

A landmark obscenity case is now pending in the British courts involving a story published online centred on Girls Aloud. This is believed to be the first such prosecution for written material since 1991. A guilty verdict could have a significant impact on the future regulation of the Internet in the UK. In the fictional tale, all five of the female members of Girls Aloud are sexually abused and murdered.

Girls Aloud have a number of celebrity fans including Bono, the Jonas Brothers, Matt Helders, Chris Martin, Duff McKagan, and Neil Tennant. They have had their music covered by artists as varied as Arctic Monkeys and Bloc Party. Chris Martin who is also a Girls Aloud fan has said that he wishes for his band Coldplay to do a rock version of one of the girl's pop tunes some time.

English writer and novelist Julie Burchill has also revealed that she is a fan of Girls Aloud. She has stated that they are 'simply the most perfect pop group since The Monkees'.

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The Promise (Girls Aloud song)

Girls Aloud in the music video for "The Promise" (2008).

The song was released in Germany on 16 January 2009 as a digital download.

The song is notable for its 1960s influence. "The Promise" has been called "a 60s-influenced pop gem given a contemporary Girls Aloud twist", and "more interesting than the average retro-pop nugget." Digital Spy referred to the single as "a cute, wistful pop song" with "some nice Spectorish touches in the production and a lovely, classic-sounding melody" that "grows more persuasive with every listen." It was criticised for being "a shameless attempt at trying to cash in on the Duffy and Winehouse favoured 60's femme pop." On the other hand, Slant Magazine said that while it "suggests the girls have shallowly jumped aboard the retro-soul bandwagon led by Duffy and Amy Winehouse, the song's go-for-broke, very modern re-imagining of Spector's wall of sound proves to be more authentic and entertaining than most other recent attempts".

The Guardian, however, felt the song was "disappointing" because "Girls Aloud's producers have always been capable of making exciting and innovative pop music". It has also received comparisons to Girls Aloud's previous single, "Can't Speak French". Terry Wogan has also claimed that the tune features the melody from the theme song of Blankety Blank, a British TV quiz show from the 1980s.

Filming for "The Promise" music video was on 15 September 2008. The video premièred on AOL's website on 25 September 2008. The music video was filmed by Trudy Bellinger for Merge @ Crossroads Films, and produced by Golden Square. They had just over three days to produce an open air drive-in movie theatre using Flame and studio footage of five cars. Girls Aloud also reportedly auditioned the male actors/musicians in the music video, one of whom was guitarist Rene Woollard.

In the music video, Girls Aloud are at a '50s and '60s drive-in movie theatre. Cheryl Cole has a loose beehive hairstyle, while Nicola Roberts has a bouffant style and Sarah Harding channels the famous '60s model Twiggy. The drive-in is actually playing a black-and-white film of Girls Aloud performing "The Promise" in shimmering sequined dresses which are extremely similar to dresses The Supremes wore in 1966 on a tv appearance at The Hollywood Palace. They are performing with a band and imitating girl groups such as The Supremes. Meanwhile, at the drive-in, other male customers flirt with Girls Aloud. Sarah Harding gets out of the car and walks in front of the screen to sing her "Here I am... walking Primrose..." verse, while the other girls laugh and Kimberley Walsh sounds her horn at Harding. Girls Aloud occasionally sing along with their lines as well. The music video features flickering and flashes to emulate films of the time.

On 28 December 2008, the UK Singles Chart listed "The Promise" as the number 17 best-selling single in their year end countdown.

An exclusive remix of "The Promise" by Jason Nevins was available as an iTunes exclusive, while the CD single featured a brand new b-side entitled "She". A limited edition picture disc was made available exclusively through Girls Aloud's official website, featuring a live performance of "Girl Overboard" as the b-side.

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Tangled Up

Tangled Up cover

Tangled Up is the fourth studio album (fifth overall) by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud. It was released by Fascination Records on 19 November 2007 (see 2007 in music) in the United Kingdom. Like their previous efforts, Tangled Up is produced by the production team of Brian Higgins and Xenomania.

The album title, Tangled Up, came from the song "Close to Love", the second song featured on the album.

Cheryl Cole said that "Call the Shots" is her favourite from the new album, and that it "gives me goosebumps". It was called "an elegant electro-pop ballad delivered with a restraint and maturity to rival groups of twice their age" and "classy electronic Euro-pop with real edge". Digital Spy also praised the song, calling it "more tasteful than some of the more lurid previous hits". BBC Music said that "Close to Love" "kicks off the energetic side of Tangled Up with a monster beat." "Sexy! No No No...", described as a "pounding electro-punk number with an extended, vocodered intro", was called both "one of the most daring songs they've yet released" and "easily the weakest track." The Guardian felt that "someone carelessly forgot to pack a tune amid the fuzzy guitars and synthesizers, distorted vocals and Sympathy for the Devil-esque whoops." The song contains a sample of Nazareth's "Hair of the Dog".

Tangled Up was relesaed in Ireland on 16 November 2007 and in the United Kingdom on the following Monday. In addition to the album, an extra limited edition remix album was released. The bonus disc, entitled Mixed Up, was available to purchase only from Woolworths, and was available at a discounted price when bought together with Tangled Up. Jewels & Stone are responsible for the album. Whilst the CD inlay lists it as an eight track CD, it is actually a one track CD of a 38 minute megamix of the tracks listed. A fan edition of Tangled Up was also available through Girls Aloud's official website; it is the only version of the album to contain a picture of Girls Aloud on the cover, along with song lyrics and signed postcards.

The first single from Tangled Up, "Sexy! No No No...", was released 3 September 2007. It became their sixteenth consecutive top ten hit in the UK. Sarah Harding described the song as "edgy", and a major advance in Girls Aloud's sound. "Sexy! No No No..." was followed by the second single, "Call the Shots", released a week after the album on 26 November 2007. The song debuted at number nine due to strong download sales and peaked at number three, spending a total of fifteen weeks in the top forty. The third single was confirmed on 15 January 2008 as "Can't Speak French". "Can't Speak French" debuted at number forty-nine on the UK Singles Chart on 24 February 2008, four weeks before the single's physical release. After the physical release the song peaked at number nine.

The reviews for Tangled Up have been extremely positive. The BBC labelled it "yet another unrelenting pop masterpiece", also calling Girls Aloud "undoubtedly the best girl band the UK has ever seen". The Guardian said Tangled Up was "irresistible". Many critics said it was Girls Aloud's best album, including Popjustice, who gave it a "6/5", and Virgin Media who said "the girls excel themselves". Daily Star took a lighter approach, joking that it will "be knocking the stuffing out of turkeys this Christmas".

However, there was some mild criticism for the album. The Times said that the album was "as predictable as a motorway, but fun". Yahoo! Music praised songs such as "Black Jacks" and "Control of the Knife". However, the reviewer believed that the rest were "neither great nor grisly - simply so-so".

Tangled Up debuted in the UK Albums Chart at number four. The album fell steadily, before rising back into the top thirty with the release of "Can't Speak French" and later the top twenty at 12. On 25 January 2008, Tangled Up was certified Platinum. In the Irish Albums Chart, it debuted at number twenty-five. Since the release of "Can't Speak French" and the beginning of the tour, the album climbed back into the top 40 and re-entered the charts at number 12. It remained in the Top 40 until mid-June.

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Girls Aloud discography

Girls Aloud performing Love Machine on tour.

The discography of Girls Aloud, a British pop music girl group, consists of five studio albums, one greatest hits album, and two remix albums. Girls Aloud have also released twenty-one singles and music videos and six music DVDs; three being concert recordings. They have also provided eleven original recordings for other albums, and appear on three non-music DVDs.

Girls Aloud was formed in 2002 on the ITV1 talent show Popstars: The Rivals. Viewers voted for Cheryl Cole (née Tweedy), Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding to be members of the group. The following month they won Popstars: The Rivals by defeating the male group One True Voice. They released their debut single "Sound of the Underground", which became the Christmas number-one on both the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart. Their second single, "No Good Advice", was released in both CD and DVD single formats in May 2003. A week later, the group released their debut album Sound of the Underground, which was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The third single to be taken from the album was "Life Got Cold". Their fourth single, "Jump", a cover version of "Jump (for My Love)" by The Pointer Sisters, was taken from the soundtrack for the film Love Actually, and appeared on the re-issue of Sound of the Underground.

What Will the Neighbours Say?, the group's second album, was released in November 2004 and produced four singles, "The Show", "Love Machine", "I'll Stand by You", and "Wake Me Up". Preceded by the singles "Long Hot Summer" and "Biology", their third album, Chemistry, was released in December 2005. It is their lowest charting album to date, although it was still certified platinum in the UK. The following year, Girls Aloud released their greatest hits anthology, The Sound of Girls Aloud, which included their twelve singles and three new songs, two of which, "Something Kinda Ooooh" and "I Think We're Alone Now", were released as singles. March 2007 saw the release of "Walk This Way", a charity single for Comic Relief, performed in collaboration with Sugababes. In November 2007, the album Tangled Up was released and entered the UK album chart at number four. It was preceded by the lead single "Sexy! No No No...". The group's nineteenth single, "The Promise", was released in October 2008, and entered the UK and Irish Singles Charts at Number one and two respectively. It is taken from Out of Control, their fifth studio album, which was released on 31 October 2008 in Ireland and 2 November in the UK. "The Loving Kind" was released on 12 January 2009 in the UK. It peaked at number ten in the UK, thus becoming their 20th consecutive Top 10 single, but also their lowest charting single to date. Their 21st single, "Untouchable", is currently at number 11 in the UK charts, and reached 27 on downloads alone.

These songs have not appeared on a studio album released by Girls Aloud.

The first DVD Girls Aloud appeared in was Popstars: The Rivals, which includes footage of contestants' performances in auditions and final rounds, and interviews with the judges and final 20 contestants. Girls Aloud's first official DVD release was the 2003 single "No Good Advice", which was followed by Girls on Film in 2005. It features the promotional music videos for the first eight singles, and live performances from Top of the Pops, CD:UK and MTV. What Will the Neighbours Say? Live was also released in 2005, and was recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo date of that concert tour. The group's next DVD, the 2006 The Greatest Hits Live from Wembley Arena was recorded at the Wembley Arena on the final night of their arena-based Chemistry Tour. In 2007, Style was released, which contains all their music videos from "Sound of the Underground" to "Sexy! No No No...", and style and fashion tips from the girls. The Tangled Up Tour provided the content of their most recent DVD, Tangled Up: Live from The O2 2008, which was recorded at The O2 arena.

Girls Aloud appear in three other DVDs.

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Filthy Dukes

Filthy Dukes are a synthpop band from London, England. The band is composed of Olly Dixon (sampling, electronic percussion, electric guitar), Tim Lawton (synthesisers, lead vocalist) and Mark Ralph (bass guitar, backing vocals). Having been active since 2005, the band released their debut single "Tupac Robot Club Rock" on Fiction Records. The track features vocals from Philadelphia rap group Plastic Little. Their debut album, Nonsense in the Dark, was released on Monday 16th March.

The group began as Olly Dixon and Tim Lawton working together, where they promoted various club nights and DJ sets. They would go on to play supporting DJ sets for Mylo, Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem, as well as release remixes of bands such as Late of the Pier, The Rakes and The Maccabees. Their music was described as "electroacidhousenuravetwisteddiscopunkfunk". The duo then joined together with long-term producer Mark Ralph to began playing live. The band have their own resident DJ set, Kill Em All, which they have been playing for five years. It currently takes place at Fabric.

The band collaborated with Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding on a track for the film Wild Child, released in August 2008. It is also set to appear on the film's soundtrack. The track sparked rumours that Harding would be leaving Girls Aloud to pursue a solo career, a rumour she later denied.

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Passions of Girls Aloud

The Passions of Girls Aloud is a four-part television series starring girl group Girls Aloud. The series premiered on ITV2 on March 14, 2008.

Cheryl's aspiration is to be a street dancer. She has received training in ballet, ballroom and tap, but has never done any hip-hop or street dance. She meets with Kenrick "H2O" Sandy and Kymberlee Jay, choreographers, in London and learns basic street dancing. She takes a gymnastic lesson and also learns how to pop and lock. Cheryl's main problem was her lack of confidence.

Later, she flies to Los Angeles with her mother Joan. After going sightseeing around Hollywood, Cheryl meets with Kennis Marquis, Diddy's choreographer, at the Millennium Studios. He teaches her about dancing with style and swagger. He takes Cheryl shopping for hip hop fashion, so that she fits in with the L.A. street dancers. The next day, Cheryl heads to Compton, one of the most dangerous areas of L.A., to dance with Tommy the Clown and his friends. He teaches her "krumping" and she participates in a block party. Cheryl dances with two professional dancers to work on her routine further the next day.

Finally, she auditions for a part in Will.i.am's video for his new single "Heartbreaker", and gets the part. The show ends with an advancing screening of the music video, which Cheryl's bandmates, family and friends all attend. Cheryl also contributes vocals to the radio edit of the song (on the UK version of the song only).

Sarah's aspiration was to play polo. During the show, Sarah trained in the United Kingdom and Argentina.

Harding had a love of horseback riding, but her skills were "rusty". She learned the basics of polo while practicing in the UK. Whilst in Argentina, Sarah was set to compete in a polo competition against an successful polo team, but due to weather issues, the match was cancelled and Sarah flew back home. Luckily for her, a British polo competition was available for her to take part in. Sarah completed her passion when she competed against some of the best polo players across the world during a British game. Band members Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh and Nadine Coyle came to support her.

During the game, Sarah suffered from a lack of oxygen and fell off the horse. Although she didn't sustain any major injuries, she insisted that she couldn't remember what had happened, causing her mentor and the coach to pull her out due to scares about her health if she continued. At first, Sarah was distraught about this, but support from her fellow band members and family cheered her up.

Kimberley decided to audition for a West End production of Les Misérables. Kimberley trained in both London and New York City.

In Nicola's episode, she has had a passion for many years to create her own foundation for girls with fair skin like herself.

Nicola proves her point by going to a high street store, where there are no foundations for girls with such pale complexion. She meets with two directors from Jelly Pong Pong, a cosmetics company. They tell Nicola that creating a make-up range in two weeks could be difficult. They call in some favours, and Nicola goes to Taiwan to test out various textures and shades. She personally makes these decisions, and takes a tour of the factory where her range is created. She also arranges a launch party for the press, her family, and her friends. She selects models and a venue, and has creative control of the launch. Her bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Cole attended the launch at London's Sketch.

It was reported on the 13 November 2007 that Nadine Coyle would not be taking part. Nadine was initially going to conduct an orchestra, but pulled out of the television programme. This is said to be due to the programme's bosses refusing to let her undertake charity work. Sarah Harding later stated in an interview that Nadine was simply more reserved than the rest of the band, and didn't enjoy taking part in Reality-TV shows.

As a part of Passions, the Girls Aloud website posted a competition called "Be A Model for Nicola", which was meant to give one fan the chance to model for Nicola as part of her final task. However, it was later revealed that the winner would actually be attending the show and getting a makeover by Nicola. Nicola said that she tried to stick to her word, but the production company had the final decision.

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Isaac Hatfield

Isaac Smith Hatfield (1826 – October 20, 1872) was a merchant and political figure in Nova Scotia. He represented Argyle township in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1863 to 1867 as a Liberal-Conservative.

He was born at Tusket Lakes, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, the son of Captain James Hatfield and Elizabeth Lent, the daughter of James Lent. He married the widow Sarah Harding (née Cochrane). Hatfield served as a justice of the peace from 1855 to 1872. He lived at Tusket, Nova Scotia, where he operated a general store. Hatfield drowned in the Tusket Lakes at the age of 46.

His brother Forman later also served in the provincial assembly.

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