The Spice Girls hit number one for the seventh time

Viva Forever

The Spice Girls are proving that they still have the winning touch: “Viva Forever,” the group’s first single to be released since Ginger’s departure, skyrocketed to the top of the British pop charts. Ginger (Geri Halliwell) fans can rest easy, though. The buxom redhead’s voice is heard on “Viva,” the seventh No. 1 hit for the girl-power group since its first chart-topping release, “Wannabe,” in 1996.

Tomorrow the Girls perform in Milwaukee (midway through their sold-out tour of 40 North American cities), and according to Scary, the post-Ginger tour changes are barely noticeable. “Geri didn’t actually sing that much, so it was quite easy to delegate her areas,” Scary (a.k.a. Melanie Brown) says in a recent EW cover story. “And none of the choreography changed — just the spacing.” Of course, millions of preteen fans still want to know: What kind of music will fill the next, Ginger-less album? “We’re still going to sound like the Spice Girls,” says Scary, “but there’s going to be solos and duets, to make it more interesting.”–Sandra P. Angulo

Viva Forever
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