By Lucy Buckland
Sporty Spice Mel Chisholm was reduced to selling her latest musical offering on home shopping channel QVC, after radio bosses refused to play her latest single, it has been claimed.
Performing Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now the 38-year-old looked slimmer than ever with her pitch perfect voice singing the much-loved 1969 classic.
Stages is the latest offering from the mother-of-one who has released six solo albums since the Spice Girls finished in a bid to become a more serious musician.
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And Mel, who has her own record label, seemed determined to give the performance of her life in a serious outfit of a white blouse and black trousers.
This new album even features a duet with fellow Spice Girl Emma Bunton and it is billed as: 'The perfect gift for music lovers'.
It is made up mostly covers of classic tunes but has relatively little radio play since it's release on September 7.
Groups who have been unsuccessful getting radio play have often turned to QVC, including Steps.
As well as releasing an album Mel announced last week she is taking part in The Justice Collective for the Hillsborough tribute single, 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' which will be released December 17.
The single features a stellar line-up of artists including Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith, Eliza Doolittle and Beverley Knight.
'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' is produced by the Award-winning Guy Chambers, with all proceeds from single sales going towards the Hillsborough Families legal costs in their fight for justice.
Meanwhile hot on the heels of their much-hyped reunion at the Olympics closing ceremony, the Spice Girls have joined forces again.
The musical extravaganza based around their songs starts previews this week and opens next month.
Written by Jennifer Saunders, it’s part pointed comment on celebrity culture; part emotional journey where the heroines ‘discover who they are’; part just an excuse to sing Zig-a-zig-ah. There’s a bit of confusion as all three leap in to sum up the essence of the show.
‘We didn’t invent Girl Power, you know,’ Geri Halliwell has said earnestly. ‘People say we did, but it was around for a long time before us. I’ve been thinking recently that it probably goes back to Cleopatra. She was the head of Egypt but the Roman Empire tried to bring her down. She wasn’t having it.’