Saturday, June 15, 2013

June 15: Nadine Coyle- AKA Nadine 2.0 – from Girls Aloud – is 28-years-old today.

Nadine Elizabeth Louise Coyle (occasionally known as Nadine 2.0) was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, on June 15, 1985. In 2001, while attending Thornhill College, Coyle auditioned for the Irish version of the reality television talent show Popstars. She won a place in the band Six; however, it was revealed that Coyle was just 16 years old, two years younger than the minimum age requirement of 18.

Nadine returned to Thornhill College. She was encouraged to enter Popstars The Rivals, the second British series of the international Popstars franchise. The series' goal was to create two winning pop groups – a boy band and a girl group, each consisting of five members who would then enter a  "battle of the sexes" for the Christmas number one hit on the UK Singles Chart. Several thousand applicants attended auditions across the UK.

Ten girls and ten boys were chosen as finalists by judges Walsh, Pete Waterman, and Geri Halliwell. These finalists then took to the stage participating in weekly Saturday night live performances. Following her performance of "Fields of Gold,” Walsh told her she gave the "performance of the night. Stole the show for me."

Coyle joined Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, and Kimberley Walsh to comprise the new girl group Girls Aloud, formed through the show by a public vote on 30 November 2002. The group's debut single "Sound of the Underground" peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the 2002 Christmas number one.

The group released their debut album. Sound of the Underground in May 2003, which entered the charts at number two and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry later the same year.

Since 2003, Girls Aloud have released twenty consecutive top ten singles with "I'll Stand by You,” "Walk This Way,” and "The Promise" charted at number one. Two of their albums have reached the top of the UK Album Chart; their greatest hits album The Sound of Girls Aloud and 2008's Out of Control, both of which entered the chart at number one, with over one million copies of the former being sold. They have been nominated for five BRIT Awards, and in 2009 won Best British Single at that year's BRIT Awards for "The Promise."

In 2009, Girls Aloud decided they would go on a hiatus to pursue solo projects. Coyle released her debut solo album Insatiable and its title track in November 2010 through her own label, Black Pen Records with supermarket giant Tesco. The album peaked at number twenty on the Irish Album Charts and number forty-seven on the UK Album Charts.

In November 2012, Coyle reunited with the rest of Girls Aloud for their tenth anniversary. The band released the single "Something New" and the greatest hits compilation Ten. After the tour promoting the album, in March 2013, the group announced that they were disbanding.
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