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Spice Check

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All is not well in the land of Spice. First, the Spice Girls’ much-touted second album, Spice World, debuted to plain-vanilla sales, entering the charts at a bland No. 8. Then, in the blink of a mascaraed eye, the group fired founding manager Simon Fuller to look for, as publicist Alan Edwards put it, ”a bit more girl power.” (Rumor has it that he was axed due to the souring of his relationship with Baby Spice. Fuller had no comment.) Worst of all, the group was actually booed at a Nov. 13 concert in Barcelona when they demanded that photographers leave before they took the stage. All of this leads to an exceptionally low spiciness rating — which we’ve been charting on a semi-regular basis — this week. Of course, this doesn’t mean the Spice Girls will leave the building. December brings a veritable Spice Wave: Watch for them with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, on the Billboard Music Awards, on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, and on the UPN special Spice Girls: Too Much Is Never Enough. Variety is the life of Spice.

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