Mel Brown: Michael Crabtree/Getty Images/Newscom
Gary Susman
September 30, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Spice Girls helped launch the teen-pop boom, and soon they may return to survey the landscape they helped create, according to a report by the British tabloid The Sun. Despite having long been eclipsed by successors like Britney and Destiny’s Child, there’s talk of a reunion.

While the band’s label, Virgin, tells Launch.com that it has no plans to release any new album by the Spice Girls, the Sun reports that Melanie ”Scary Spice” Brown is trying to reunite the quintet for a worldwide stadium tour.

That’s the whole quintet, including Geri ”Ginger Spice” Halliwell, who stunned the group and its fans when she abruptly left the band in 1998 at the height of its career. While the paper attributes Mel B. as wanting Halliwell to join in the planned worldwide reunion tour, Launch.com says no overtures to the erstwhile Ginger have been made.

Brown traveled to the U.S. last Monday for a meeting with Melanie ”Sporty Spice” Chisholm, the Sun reports. Insiders speculate that Mel B. needs the money, having recently sold her house and split with husband Jimmy Gulzar.

She and bandmates Emma ”Baby Spice” Bunton and Victoria ”Posh Spice” Beckham, are currently without record contracts. Mel C., who along with Halliwell, has enjoyed the greatest solo success of the five, is currently at work on a second solo album, while Halliwell is the host of a new TV series, ”Popstars: The Rivals.” Speaking to the Sun, an unnamed insider said, ”Mel C is about to start promoting her second album and Mel [B.] is scared Sporty won’t want to come back to the band once her solo work gets in gear.”

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