Rumours that pop group S Club 7 are set to launch a reunion have been reignited after one of its former members, Hannah Spearitt posted a tweet that confirmed the group were all set for a meeting today.
It was previously announced that the Simon Fuller-created group hoped to reunite after seeing the success experienced by reunited pop outfit Steps in 2012, who scored a number one album and a sold-out tour. The group released a string of hit singles such as Don’t Stop Movin’, Reach and Bring It All Back, before splitting following a greatest hits release in 2005.
The line-up lost one of its members, Paul Cattermole, in 2002, when he departed citing “musical differences”, with the group rebranding as S Club. During their run, the pop act who appeared in their own television show, which ran for four seasons and also produced a feature film, Seeing Double, were said to have made only €150,000 per year despite bringing in an estimated fortune of €75 million for their management company.
In 2003, Spearitt’s parents hired laywers to chase down payments owed to them. Fuller was criticised for similar reasons when he was fired by the Spice Girls in 1997 for being “too controlling”.
Cattermole took to Twitter earlier this year begging his former bandmates for a reunion, though the plea appeared not to amount to anything until now. The entire group have not performed together since their split, though Cattermole, along with Bradley McIntosh and lead singer Jo O’Meara gave a rather pitchy performance of their hit Reach on Australian TV.
The trio began performing gay club gigs across the UK in 2008, and more recently performed a set together with Tina Barrett at this year’s Birmingham Pride.
None of its members have equalled the success of the group, though Rachel Stevens, who was voted FHM’s Sexiest Woman of all Time this year, enjoyed solo success for a short time producing two albums for Polydor, the second of which featured critically acclaimed collaborations with Richard X and Xenomania, being placed in the ‘1000 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’ list by The Guardian.
Watch S Club 7’s hit Don’t Stop Movin’ below.
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