To this day there are still speculations and questions as to why the Spice Girls broke up. Their albums sold over 60 million copies, making them one of the most successful bands in music history. Yet it was at the peak of success when the group disbanded.
Differences with Halliwell
For some observers the real cause was when Geri Halliwell left the group in 1998. Even though the remaining members continued for a while, a lot of their plans were thrown off track. Halliwell’s exit was sudden and it became the subject of much speculation. Halliwell herself would only state that there were some differences between
her and the other girls.
Exactly what those differences were have never been made clear. However, it’s been claimed that the major reason why the Spice Girls broke up was rooted in Halliwell’s decision to leave. When she left, the appeal of the girl group dissipated a bit leading to the break up.
To Pursue Solo Careers
Some industry observers say that the breakup was inevitable. Being singers, it was only natural for the members to want to experience personal growth. When the remaining members witnessed the success of Geri Halliwell as a solo artist, they probably wanted to duplicate that success.
This phenomenon isn’t really new. Other famous bands like the Beatles, Supremes and the Eagles disbanded because some members wanted to go solo. This doesn’t mean that the reason why the Spice Girls broke up was due to rivalry. It could simply be that the remaining members (Mel C, Mel B, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham) wanted to expand their artistic horizons.
Being with the group, they could only perform certain types of songs, those that appeal to their fans. By going solo, they can try other musical styles. By leaving the group, each member would have the chance to express themselves musically in different ways.
There are speculations though, that there were growing rifts among members. Some magazines and news reports claim that Halliwell left the group because she wanted to prove to the others she could make it on her own. There were also rumors that the reason why the Spice Girls broke up was due to infighting.
It is alleged that as they became more popular, the girls started to compete with each other. As with other bands, it’s said that the differences were also due to financial disputes.
During their peak, merchandise associated with the group was worth millions of pounds. Arguing over profits may have been a factor in the disbandment. Others claim that it wasn’t just about money. It’s been alleged that the girls competed with each other over who was the most popular.
In 2007 the girls got together for a reunion tour. It was a success although it ended prematurely, for reasons never made clear.
Until the girls speak out, the real reason why the Spice Girls broke up may never be known. But regardless of what people think of their music, their place in recording history is assured.