#ThrowbackTunesday: Episode 16

It’s Tuesday people! Hope you had a good bank holiday weekend viewers. It’s time once again for #ThrowbackTunesday. Before we get to today’s featured song, let’s see what five UK chart hits from this exact week in the last 25 years are on the playlist…

  • 1993: Spin Doctors – Two Princes
  • 1998: The Corrs – Dreams
  • 2003: Good Charlotte – Girls & Boys
  • 2008: will.I.am feat. Cheryl Cole – Heartbreaker
  • 2013: Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What It Feels Like

And our favourite song from this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday playlist is…

  • ARTIST: will.I.am feat. Cheryl Cole
  • SONG: Heartbreaker
  • ALBUM: Songs About Girls / 3 Words

To hear recent reports on Little Mix, Britain’s biggest girl group of the moment bar none, it would appear that a hiatus of some description is on the cards after their upcoming new album and tour this summer. It sounds a familiar situation, because we’ve been here before.

10 years ago, Girls Aloud were still riding high as Britain’s best girl group, clocking up the top 10 hits, packed out arena tours, platinum sales and critical plaudits left, right and centre. But now in their sixth year, they were, it’s not unfair to say, at a crossroads.

Mindful of the fact they probably had another studio album in them before they took a ‘break’ to pursue solo projects (which did indeed happen in 2009), the girls (minus Nadine Coyle, who wasn’t interested in doing another reality show after their 2006 series Off the Record for Channel 4) signed up to appear on a new ITV2 documentary series that aired in March that year.

The resulting four part series, titled The Passions of Girls Aloud, followed them as they each pursued a personal passion or interest, hence the title. Kimberley Walsh tried out for a part in West End favourite Les Miserables, Sarah Harding took up playing polo, and Nicola Roberts set about creating a makeup range for pale skinned women like herself.

Cheryl Cole, as she was back then, decided to pursue her love of street dancing – the end result of which, was to be her auditioning for a part in the video for the upcoming single by Black Eyed Peas frontman will.I.am, themselves on a hiatus at that time to pursue solo ventures. The full episode is in the above two videos.

So impressed was Will with Cheryl’s dancing, that he invited her to record guest vocals on ‘Heartbreaker’, the track she was street dancing in the video of. Throw in that Cheryl’s star was on the ascendancy at that time anyway, with her high profile marital problems (Ashley-gate) a constant tabloid gossip fixture, and her appointment as Sharon Osbourne’s replacement on the judging panel of ITV talent show The X Factor coming a few weeks after this release, and it was clear who the breakout star from Girls Aloud was going to be when their hiatus eventually came.

The ‘Heartbreaker’ single rocketed to #3 on this very week in 2008 – the first solo venture of any of the members of Girls Aloud. But if you thought that was huge…well. Let’s just say that in 18 months from now, we’ll have another #ThrowbackTunesday from our Chez that would single handedly catapult her to mega solo stardom.

Check out the full playlist here, and let us know what your favourite hit from the past is this week on our Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackTunesday!

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