Girls Aloud Confirm Comeback After Months Of Secrecy

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October 19, 2012 | 11:21am EST

British/Irish pop stars Girls Aloud spent months sneaking around as they put together plans for their 10th anniversary comeback and even recorded their new single separately on different sides of the Atlantic.
The girl group, made up of Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts, have been on hiatus for the last three years but they reunited at a press conference in London on Friday to announce their return a decade after they shot to fame in 2002.
The five-piece has released a comeback single, is set to head off on a U.K. tour next year, and will put out a second greatest hits album, Ten, following its 2006 compilation The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits.
The singers have now revealed they spent several months sneaking around as they attempted to record their new music in secret, with Cole describing the project as a “cloak and daggers” (sic) affair.
Coyle, who is now based in Los Angeles, also revealed the stars went into the studio separately to lay down vocals for their parts and she contributed on the other side of the Atlantic.
She told reporters, “(It was in) April or May… we went into the studio separately to record our different parts and it was all put together into something we were all happy with.”
Roberts adds, “Nadine was in America… and because of the time difference I was writing melodies in the morning so she could sing them in the afternoon.”
The 10 greatest hits album features a number of new songs, and fans are invited to choose the tracklisting for a second disc in a deluxe box set, but the group currently has no plans to record a new album.
Cole says, “We haven’t made any plans further than the tour… it’s so much preparation just to get to this point. So no one knows.”
However, Coyle is convinced a new album will depend on how well Ten does in the charts, adding, “We’ll wait and see how the fans react and take it from there.”