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The all-time best girl groups through the ages.
Girl power

Girl power

Sugababes and Spice Girls and all that's nice, that's what girl groups are made of. We take a look at girl groups through the ages.

Girl power: the all-time best girl groups

Girl groups are all about hitting women with a dose of female empowerment, but without any danger of alienating the boyfriend — potential or otherwise, writes Bob Dobson.

When watching the average girl band video she will see strong, assertive women comfortable in their sexuality, kicking a no-good boyfriend's ass to the curb. He sees hot chicks dancing. Meet our favourite nine girl groups from the last forty years.

The Supremes The Supremes
The Supremes weren't the first girl group when they started in 1961, but with a liberal dash of Motown glam they became one of the biggest acts of the '60s and supposedly the inspiration for the film Dreamgirls. Read more

Spice Girls Spice Girls
The Spice Girls gimmick can be summed up in two words: Girl Power! (TM). So what is Girl Power (TM)? Girl Power (TM) is a vague philosophy with obvious feminist overtones that doesn't stand up to much actual analysis. Read more

Bardot Bardot
The appeal of Bardot was watching everyday people turn into stars and then, as the band dissolved, crash back into reality. Hey, it's not rock and roll if there's nowhere to fall. Read more

Pointer Sisters Pointer Sisters
The Pointer Sisters' time as pop sensations was marked by great big hits and great big shoulder pads. And until recently, all members of the group were actual sisters. Read more

Pussycat Dolls Pussycat Dolls
Pussycat Dolls is six really hot women dancing and singing. Their gimmick is a clever marketing ploy by Hollywood executives to transform a Vegas dance act into an international money making sensation. Read more

All Saints All Saints
All Saints were more low key than their obviously manufactured competitors, The Spice Girls. While filling this niche was no doubt important, what also helped was their continued success as the Spice Girl train derailed. Read more

Destiny's Child Destiny's Child
The gimmick Destiny's Child has today is being ultra-famous. How they became ultra-famous is anyone's guess though number one hits like 'Bills, Bills, Bills' would have helped this progression to pop-stardom. Read more

TLC TLC
TLC were the female version of Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bell Air. Playful, fun, smart and, though they didn't play it up, oh so sexy. Read more

Bananarama Bananarama
While best remembered for fun and indulgent video clips full of tasty man-candy, Bananarama were also big on the girl-power, sisters-doing-it-for-themselves message. Read more

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Spot the difference: Nicki Minaj's untouched 'Anaconda' cover MusicFIX Blog by Claire Knight Jul 29 2014 3:41PM She shocked the internet when she shared the raunchy cover photo for new single 'Anaconda' last week, now we're getting a glimpse of the real Nicki Minaj… and it's just as hot!

The above left photo is what Nicki posted to her 6.7 million followers on Friday, but the photo on the right shows a more natural Nicki in what website MediaTakeout claims is the original, unedited 'Anaconda' image.

Her signature curves are still very much intact, but appear to be smoothed out in the published version. Her skin has also been lightened, her hair slicked down and her bum… well, don't kill us Nicki fans, but it looks a little rounder.

Take a good, hard look for yourself and let us know if there's anything we missed.

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READ COMMENTS 0 COMMENTS Why will.i.am and The Voice winner Anja ditched Delta's song MusicFIX Blog by Claire Knight Jul 29 2014 11:38AM Last week the rumour mill was buzzing when Anja Nissen and coach will.i.am decided not to release new single 'My Girls'.

Now we know why the track that Delta Goodrem penned for The Voice winner was canned.

"'My Girls' is an awesome song, a great song," Anja told The Daily Telegraph.

"It just came down to whether or not it’s my style or not. Will just wasn’t sure."

Anja, 18, was due to release the track as her winner's single last Friday before it was dropped by the Black Eyed Peas producer in favour of a new song written by him.

"We didn’t have enough time. Will wanted to be part of the decision making process when it came to choosing the single. Will wasn’t sure if 'My Girls' was the right style for me. He wanted to have a few more days to think about that and start working on ideas, looking at where to go next," Anja continued.

Her self-titled covers album was recorded over one day last week and is due to be released on Friday to coincide The Voice Top 8 national tour.

Anja and Will left The Voice finale after party early to get to work on the elusive new single, which remains unfinished.

"We've been playing around with some ideas, but there's nothing ready to go as such," she confirmed.

Catch up on The Voice at The Voice's official website. For details on The Voice top eight tour, click here.

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