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Spice Girls: "The time feels right for a reunion"

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The Spice Girls have confirmed the group's get together on Friday (02Feb18) was all business, insisting the "time now feels right" for a reunion.

The Wannabe hitmakers stunned fans by posting a group photo of them all back together, almost six years after their final show at the closing ceremony for the London Olympics in 2012.

The shot came hours after press reports suggested the group's manager Simon Fuller had organised a summit for the bandmates, so they could discuss opportunities.

And now publicist Jo Milloy has shed a little more light on the top secret meeting in a statement from the girls that reads: "We have enjoyed a wonderful afternoon catching-up and reminiscing about the amazing times we have spent together. We are always overwhelmed at how much interest there is across the whole world for The Spice Girls. The time now feels right to explore some incredible new opportunities together.

"We all agree that there are many exciting possibilities that will once again embrace the original essence of The Spice Girls, while reinforcing our message of female empowerment for future generations."

Sources tell The Sun newspaper there are plans for appearances and performances on television projects in China, a TV talent show, and a compilation album of their greatest hits.

"This is the pop reunion no one thought would ever happen again," an insider told the newspaper.

The Spice Girls first found fame when they released their debut single Wannabe in 1996. They split in 2000 but reunited for a tour in 2007/2008, which was cut short because of personal commitments.

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Steps are coming back in 2017

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Nineties pop group Steps are preparing to release a new album in 2017.

The band - comprised of Claire Richards, Ian 'H' Watkins, Lee Latchford Evans, Lisa Scott Lee and Faye Tozer - are reuniting for a New Year's Eve gig at London's famous G-A-Y club and will follow it up with their first new music since 2012's Light Up the World LP.

A source told The UK's Sun newspaper: 'This reunion has been in planning for a long time with various ideas thrown about.

'But the one thing everyone could agree on was it's time for Steps to release new music and inject some fun back into the scene.

'Obviously the band have all matured in the two decades since they found fame, and so has their music.'

Steps split in 2001 after achieving two number one albums and 14 top five hits. They had a brief reunion in 2011, embarking on a sell-out 12 date arena tour and the releasing their fourth album, before going on hiatus.

Announcing their initial split in a statement, they said: 'After five incredible years, we have decided it's time to move on to new challenges.

'We have always said that when the time came, we would leave as good friends and go out while we were on top, as although we are very sad, that's what we have done.

'We are looking forward to making our next plans but for now we just want to send our heartfelt thanks and love to all the people who have supported us - you truly are the best fans in the world.'

However, it was soon revealed that Ian and Claire had quit the band to start a career as a duo and admitted that it had led to problems with the other three.

Claire said previously told M Celebs, the Sunday Mirror magazine: 'We had our reasons for leaving and most of the stuff said about us is wrong.

'At some point you've got to say to yourself, "It doesn't matter how much money I earn this year, I'm miserable".'

Ian added: 'We could have sold millions more albums, but it wasn't worth it... there was no point in flogging a dead horse.'

The Steps folks have kept busy during their years off, with the popular Lisa Scott Lee touring Australia a couple of years ago, and H&Claire releasing duet singles and other projects like TV shows and reality contestant show appearances.

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