Spice Girls were an English girl group, formed in 1994 and primarily successful between the summer of 1996 and the fall of 2000. As a five-piece, the Spice Girls became the best selling and most successful girl group of all time, releasing two multi-platinum albums, "Spice" and "Spiceworld", scoring six consecutive UK #1 hits (9 #1 hits - including 2 double A-side singles -, one #2 hit and a Top 20 Comeback Single, in a total of 11 singles), and appearing in their own motion picture, video game, Pepsi, Polaroid and Impulse commercials as well as grossing millions of dollars in band merchandising alone. Estimated combined album sales are 65 million copies worldwide.
In May 1998, during the the "Spice World Tour," Geri 'Ginger Spice' Halliwell announced she was leaving the group."Viva Forever", released in July 1998, was the final UK #1 hit for Geri Halliwell with the Spice Girls (as of date). Subsequently, the Spice Girls went on as a quartet, releasing three UK #1 singles ('Goodbye,' 'Holler,' 'Let Love Lead the Way') without Halliwell from the platinum album, "Forever."