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Little Mix beat the Spice Girls with top-5 US debut

X Factor winners Little Mix have become the first British girl group to debut in the US top five beating even the Spice Girls.

The foursome shot into the Billboard chart at number four after selling 50,000 copies of their first release DNA.

Little Mix on top as they beat the Spice Girls by reaching the US top-5 with their debut album. Credit: Niall Carson/PA & Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

They even earned praise from the notoriously hard to please X Factor boss Simon Cowell, who sent an online message saying: "Congratulations Little Mix. Very proud of you."

Little Mix, whose hits include chart-topper Wings, responded to Cowell with a message on Twitter which read: "Thank you so much Simon. Thank you for all your support from day one."

The Spice Girls entered the US chart at number six when they released first album Spice in 1997.

Spice Girls musical closes due to poor ticket sales

The Spice Girls-inspired musical Viva Forever! is to close after just seven months in the West End.

The show at the Piccadilly Theatre will officially shut at the end of June due to poor ticket sales.

The show's producer Judy Craymer, who previously worked on the smash hit Mamma Mia!, expressed her sadness at the difficult decision citing "very tough economic times" as a key reason behind the closure, but insisted the "legacy of Spice Girls will never fade".

Written by comedian Jennifer Saunders, the show charted the trials and tribulations of wannabe girlband Eternity and featured songs from the Spice Girls.

However, the musical failed to go down well with the critics; the Daily Mail's Quentin Letts labelling the show a "a prize Christmas turkey".

The Spice Girls have thanked fans and the cast for supporting the show, stating that they were "thrilled that the thousands of people who came to the show had as much fun as we did".

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Spice Girls musical slammed by critics as 'a prize Christmas turkey'

The long-awaited Spice Girls musical has failed to go down well with the critics after its premiere last night.

The Daily Mirror called the plot "cliched" and the dialogue "leaden", and said that "laughs, from writer [Jennifer] Saunders, are surprisingly few and far between".

"You would think it would be easy to strap the songs of one of the biggest girl groups in recent history to an exuberant story of girl power to create a worldwide money-making machine. But you would be wrong," Alun Palmer wrote.

Spice Girls: Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm at the premiere Credit: PA

The Independent's Paul Taylor said the show was "lacking in any true original or challenging spark of its own".

The Daily Mail's Quentin Letts was also unimpressed, calling the musical "a prize Christmas turkey".

The Sun's Poppy Cosyns, who said that seeing the Spice Girls at Wembley at the age of eight had been one of her childhood highlights, had some good words.

Writing that the show had "lived up to all the hype", she said, adding that "Saunders has done a great job with the script and the show flows really well."

Victoria Beckham arrives separately to Viva Forever!

Victoria Beckham and husband David with their sons Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Spice Girls were reunited again tonight for the opening of the musical Viva Forever! in London.

Victoria Beckham arrived 40 minutes after the other four band members with her three sons and husband David.

Emma Bunton who has already seen the musical and said she was very excited Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Geri Halliwell said it has been an amazing experience to be part of the musical and 'have a say in it' Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The singers were joined by the writer of the musical Jennifer Saunders who wrote the show to the songs of the Spice Girls. Tonight she said the show "is not the story of the Spice Girls, it's a story that is inspired by their music".

Mel C who said they felt very proud and humbled by the amount of fans who have turned out tonight Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Mel B all sat together in the Piccadilly Theatre, reportedly posing for pictures on their mobile phones, giggling and hugging whereas Victoria sat with her husband and their three sons.

Mel B said the Spice Girls have been getting ready together all day in preparation for the premiere Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Spice Girls at premiere of Viva Forever! the musical

The four Spice Girls outside the Piccadilly Theatre London Credit: ITV

Viva Forever! the new musical written by Jennifer Saunders and inspired by the story about the Spice Girls opens in London tonight.

The Spice Girls arrived a short while ago with actress Jennifer Saunders, all are expected to take to the stage at the end of tonight's show.

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