In 1994, Geri Halliwell turned a member of the Spice Women alongside Melanie C, Mel B, Victoria Beckham and Emma Bunton. They had been the 5 candidates chosen amongst some 400 girls after responding to an commercial in The Stage journal. After signing with Virgin Data in 1995, her debut single ‘Wannabe’ was launched the next 12 months. Regardless of receiving blended opinions from critics, it turned a world success topping the charts in a number of international locations, together with the UK, Australia, Belgium, and Germany. In 1996 their first album ‘Spice’ was launched promoting 23 million copies worldwide. ‘Spice’ turned the best-selling album by a woman group and stays one of many best-selling albums of all time.