January 21, 1976. Baby Spice was born, and little did the world know just how much of an impact on the world of music Emma Bunton would have alongside her Spice Girls group members in years to come.
1993 saw her join the Spice Girls - originally named Touch - and she was hailed Baby Spice because of her sweet persona, innocent fashion sense, age and looks.
The group went on to take the number one slot in over 30 countries with their fantastic debut single 'Wannabe' in 1996, and the global phenomenon was born.
Debut album 'Spice' followed and managed to smash all records, selling over 28 million copies and becoming the best-selling album by an all-female group in the history of music.
Paving the way for teen pop in the late 1990s, they managed to attract a wide and extensive audience who were loyal from start to finish and are slated to have sold over 80 million records worldwide to date - the biggest British pop sensation since Beatlemania.
Fans were distraught when a hiatus was announced in 2000, with members of the group going separate ways to cover as much ground as possible, which led to Emma releasing her debut solo album 'A Girl Like Me'.
Two further solo albums followed, and while fans lapped up everything they could get from their idols, they called for a reunion and new music from the fivesome as one.
Spice Girls announced in 2007 that they would indeed be coming back together, recording a brand new song that would become the official Children in Need charity single for the same year, 'Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)'.
Their world tour managed to sell out tickets in London in 38 seconds, leading to the addition of sixteen more shows in the city - all of which sold every ticket available.
A 'Greatest Hits' compilation peaked at number two on the UK album chart, yet things were due t go quiet again following personal and family commitments that led to some of their foreign tour dates being cancelled.
Things went quiet then until 2010 where the girls received an award for 'Best Performance of the 30th Year', but it took until June 2012 for another reunion where 'Viva Forever: The Musical' was announced.
As well as this, a medley of some of their most known hits was performed at the 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony in London, and if Victoria Beckham is to be believed, was the Spice Girls' last ever live performance.
So, happy birthday Emma Bunton, and thank you for the multitude of hits you've given us both with the Spice Girls and as a solo artist. The music industry wouldn't be the same without you!
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