Melanie Janine Brown (born 29 May 1975),better known as Mel B, Melanie B and, for a short time, as Melanie G, is an English presenter, television personality, recording artist, actress, author and model. Brown rose to fame as a member of the girl group the Spice Girls, in which she was known as Scary Spice. The group signed to Virgin Records and in 1996 they released their debut single, “Wannabe”, which hit number one in more than 31 countries and helped establish the group as a “global phenomenon”. It was followed by their debut album, Spice, which has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide becoming the best-selling album by a female group in music history. The band’s second album, Spiceworld, went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide.As of 2013, the Spice Girls have sold over 100 million albums worldwide, making them the biggest selling female group in history and also one of the best-selling music artists in the world.Brown is also known for supporting girl power and earlier global tours, which grossed an estimated $500–800 million between 1996 and 2001. The Return of the Spice Girls was the band’s comeback tour throughout 2007 and 2008, having grossed US$200 million and winning the Billboard 2008 Touring Award. As of July 2013, Brown’s net worth is estimated to be $85 million.In 1994, Brown, along with Melanie C, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham responded to an advertisement in The Stage magazine. Around 400 women, who answered the advertisement, attended auditions at Danceworks Studios in Mayfair, London. Halliwell, Chisholm, Beckham and Brown were originally chosen as the members of the group, and then formed a quintet with Emma Bunton. The group felt insecure about the lack of a contract and were frustrated by the direction in which Heart Management and broke with them. In 1995, they toured record labels in London and Los Angeles and finally signed a deal with Virgin. Their debut album, Spice was a huge worldwide commercial success, peaked at number one in more than 17 countries across the world, and was certified multi-platinum in 27 countries.Conceptually, the album centered on the idea of Girl Power, and during that time was compared to Beatlemania.In total the album sold 30 million copies worldwide and becoming the biggest-selling album in music history by a girl group and one of the most successful albums of all time. The first single, “Wannabe” reached number one in 31 countries and all the next singles – “Say You’ll Be There”, “2 Become 1”, “Who Do You Think You Are” and “Mama” – also peaked at number one in United Kingdom.
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