On June 15, 2009, at the UK premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Megan Fox revealed having a crush on Cheryl Cole and a love for Cole's tattoos. -- wiki
Cheryl Ann Cole (née Tweedy; born 30 June 1983) is an English singer, songwriter, dancer, fashion designer, author, and celebrity. Cole rose to fame in 2002 after becoming a member of pop group Girls Aloud through ITV's reality television programme Popstars: The Rivals. They have become one of the few UK reality television acts to achieve continued success, amassing a fortune of £25 million by May 2009. With Girls Aloud, Cole has been successful in achieving a string of 20 consecutive UK top ten singles (including four number ones), two UK number one albums, and received nominations for four BRIT Awards, winning Best Single in 2009 for "The Promise."
In 2008, Cole became a judge on the British reality television show The X Factor. Cole's first solo single, "Fight for This Love," was the fastest-selling single of 2009 up to that point when it entered the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart at number one. Her debut solo album 3 Words achieved similar success.
Cole has become recognized as a style icon, appearing on the cover of British Vogue and Elle. She is married to the Chelsea and England football player Ashley Cole.
Cole was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and lived on an estate which lies between the inner city districts of Heaton and Byker. Cole was raised on a "heroin-ridden" council estate. She is one of five children – one younger brother, Garry, and two half-brothers – Andrew and Joseph, and one half-sister Gillian.
Interested in dancing from an early age, Cole joined the Royal Ballet's summer school at the age of nine. In addition to dancing, Cole won many modelling competitions, including Boots Group's bonniest baby, Mothercare Happy Faces Portrait competition, Best Looking Girl of Newcastle, The Evening Chronicle "Little Miss and Mister," and "Most Attractive Girl" at the MetroCentre. She also appeared in two British Gas adverts, an SCS advert, and an Eldon Square Christmas advert with younger brother Garry. Cole also appeared in dance recitals on some television shows.
Cole auditioned for Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, singing S Club 7's "Have You Ever." Cole joined Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, and Kimberley Walsh to comprise the new girl group Girls Aloud, formed through the show by a public vote on 30 November 2002.
The group's debut single "Sound of the Underground" peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the 2002 Christmas number one. Girls Aloud hold the record for the shortest time between formation and reaching number one. Since 2003, Girls Aloud have released twenty additional singles, with all but one charting within the top ten. Their singles "I'll Stand by You," "Walk This Way," and "The Promise" have charted at number one. "The Promise" won Best British Single at the 2009 BRIT Awards. Their greatest hits album The Sound of Girls Aloud and 2008's Out of Control entered the UK Albums Chart at number one, with over one million copies of the former being sold.
In 2009, it was announced that Girls Aloud would partake in a year-long hiatus to pursue solo projects, but would reunite for a new studio album in 2010.
Solo music artist
Cole's first foray into a solo music career occurred when she featured on will.i.am's "Heartbreaker." After taking streetdancing classes during the filming of Passions of Girls Aloud series, Cole was picked to appear in the song's music video. She was later asked to sing additional vocals on the track.
In April 2009, it was confirmed that Cole was working on solo material. Her debut album, 3 Words, was released in the UK on 26 October 2009. Cole reunited with will.i.am for a majority of the album, in addition to collaborating with Fraser T. Smith, Syience, Danish production team Soulshock & Karlin, singer-songwriter Taio Cruz, and Wayne Wilkins. The album spent two weeks at number one. On 6 November 2009, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified the album Platinum denoting shipments of 300,000+ units. The first single from the album, "Fight for This Love," was written by Andre Merritt and produced by Steve Kipner and Wilkins. According to Cole it was released as the lead single because she "connected with the song so well." Following a performance on The X Factor live results show, "Fight for This Love" became the fastest-selling single of 2009 in the UK up to that point. It charted at number one on both the Irish and UK Singles Chart. Cole's second single "3 Words," which features will.i.am, was a top five hit.
The X Factor and television
On 10 June 2008, it was announced Cole would replace Sharon Osbourne as a judge for the fifth series of The X Factor. Cole was given the girls category, subsequently ending up as the victorious judge when Alexandra Burke was crowned the fifth X Factor winner on 13 December 2008. Cole returned for the sixth series in 2009 and was given the boys category. Cole ended up as the victorious judge for a second consecutive year after Joe McElderry was crowned the sixth X Factor winner.
Cole was given a one-off television programme for ITV1, Cheryl Cole's Night In, which aired on 19 December 2009. Alexandra Burke, Rihanna, Will Young, Snow Patrol and will.i.am made appearances. Cole told the press, "I couldn't be happier that ITV have asked me to round off the year with my own show, working with some of my favourite artists." The programme attracted 5 million viewers on its first airing, substantially less than the 8.1 million viewers which Strictly Come Dancing received during the same time slot.
As a member of Girls Aloud, Cole has also appeared in the fly on the wall documentary Girls Aloud: Home Truths, the E4 documentary series Girls Aloud: Off the Record, an episode of Ghosthunting with..., and a one-off variety show entitled The Girls Aloud Party.
Cole contributed to the book Dreams that Glitter - Our Story, an autobiography with her Girls Aloud bandmates, in October 2008. The book was written with a ghostwriter and published by the Transworld imprint Bantam Press. The book featured unseen photographs and included insights into the members' personal lives, their success together, style tips, and "everything we've learned about life, love and music." The book was previewed and serialised by OK! prior to its release. Girls Aloud held a book signing at Waterstones in Piccadilly, London to promote the release. The title Dreams that Glitter comes from a line in the group's 2007 single "Call the Shots."
In April 2009, it was reported that Cole signed a £5million deal with HarperCollins to author five romantic novels for the company.
On 11 January 2003, Cole was involved in an altercation with a nightclub toilet attendant, Sophie Amogbokpa, in "The Drink" nightclub in Guildford (later "Harper's" and now called "The Casino"). Cole was subsequently charged with racially aggravated assault (she had allegedly called Amogbokpa a "jigaboo") and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. During her trial, Cole claimed she acted in self-defence (claiming she had been punched first) and denied using racially abusive language. The jury found her guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but cleared her of racially aggravated assault. The judge sentenced her to 120 hours of community service and ordered her to pay her victim £500 in compensation, as well as £3,000 prosecution costs.
Cole began dating England and Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole in 2004, announcing their engagement after he proposed in Dubai in June 2005. The couple were married at a ceremony at Barnet, North West London on 15 July 2006. They signed an exclusive deal with OK!, reportedly worth £1 million, regarding the rights of the photographs. In January 2008, a hairdresser named Aimee Walton alleged that she had engaged in drunken extramarital sex with Ashley Cole in a kiss-and-tell interview with The Sun. Glamour model Brooke Healy claimed that she had spent the night and had sexual relations with Ashley Cole in December 2006. Promotion for Girls Aloud's "Can't Speak French" was put on hold, and Cole also stopped wearing her wedding ring. The couple, however, have since reconciled and stayed together. Following tabloid reports of marital issues in November 2009, Cole posted a picture with her wedding ring in plain sight on Twitter, with the accompanying message: '3 words. Diamonds Are Forever.'
In 2006, Lily Allen included a song entitled "Cheryl Tweedy" as a b-side to her debut single, "Smile." Tweedy took the song as a compliment to her, but Allen later pointed out that it had been tongue in cheek.
Following her appearance on The X Factor, the media have referred to Cole as "the nation's new sweetheart". A pop art portrait depicting Cole as the Angel of the North was created by Lee Jones. He commented, "I see her as a new icon of popular culture for the 21st century, a beacon of light in these bleak times – a fine example of a northern lass making good."
Cole is widely regarded as a sex symbol. After reaching Number 7 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women 2008 poll, Cole was voted "Sexiest Woman In the World" in the 2009 poll.
Cole has become recognized as a style icon, and revered as a fashionista. In February 2009, Cole appeared on the cover of British Vogue. Media coverage of her appearance boosted Vogue's circulation to 240,000 – its best ever February figure. Cole also graced the cover of Elle UK's November 2009 issue.
In Autumn 2009, Cole became the new face of L'Oréal.
Girls Aloud discography
↙Studio albums 5
↙Live albums 2
↙Compilation albums 1
↙Video albums 3
↙Music videos 22
↙Remix albums 2
↙Other album appearances 11
↙Live DVDs 3
↙Other DVDs 3
References and footnotes
The discography of Girls Aloud, a British pop music girl group, consists of five studio albums, one greatest hits album, and two remix albums. Girls Aloud have also released twenty-one singles and music videos and six music DVDs; three being concert recordings. They have also provided eleven original recordings for other albums, and appear on three non-music DVDs.
Girls Aloud was formed in 2002 on the ITV1 talent show Popstars: The Rivals. Viewers voted for Cheryl Cole (née Tweedy), Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding to be members of the group. The following month they won Popstars: The Rivals by defeating the male group One True Voice. They released their debut single "Sound of the Underground," which became the Christmas number-one on both the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart. Their second single, "No Good Advice," was released in both CD and DVD single formats in May 2003. A week later, the group released their debut album Sound of the Underground, which was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The third single to be taken from the album was "Life Got Cold." Their fourth single, "Jump," a cover version of "Jump (for My Love)" by The Pointer Sisters, was taken from the soundtrack for the film Love Actually, and appeared on the re-issue of Sound of the Underground.
What Will the Neighbours Say?, the group's second album, was released in November 2004 and produced four singles, "The Show," "Love Machine," "I'll Stand by You." and "Wake Me Up." Preceded by the singles "Long Hot Summer" and "Biology," their third album, Chemistry, was released in December 2005. It is their lowest charting album to date, although it was still certified platinum in the UK. The following year, Girls Aloud released their greatest hits anthology, The Sound of Girls Aloud, which included their twelve singles and three new songs, two of which, "Something Kinda Ooooh" and "I Think We're Alone Now," were released as singles. March 2007 saw the release of "Walk This Way," a charity single for Comic Relief, performed in collaboration with Sugababes.
In November 2007, the album Tangled Up was released and entered the UK album chart at number four. It was preceded by the lead single "Sexy! No No No..." The group's nineteenth single, "The Promise," was released in October 2008, and entered the UK and Irish Singles Charts at Number one and two respectively. It is taken from Out of Control, their fifth studio album, which was released on 31 October 2008 in Ireland and 2 November in the UK. "The Loving Kind" was released on 12 January 2009 in the UK. It peaked at number ten in the UK, thus becoming their 20th consecutive Top 10 single, but also their lowest charting single to date. Their 21st single, "Untouchable," reached number 11 in the UK charts, making it their first single to miss the UK top 10.
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