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30th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mega Mel C Inside Info

Spice Universe has somehow acquired some major inside information on Melanie C's upcoming appearances and promotions. It is basically a PR schedule/report! This is like 20 news stories in one. Here it is:

November 8th - Late Night with Letterman performance!

Breaks for now until September:

  • MTV News exclusive with Kurt Loder done at V99 festival.
  • Jane Magazine travel journal feature. (September issue)
  • Interview release mention in September/October issue.
  • Mademoiselle doing a small advance piece.

September/October/Fall breaks:

  • Elle fitness feature
  • People feature
  • USA Today feature.

October TV:

  • CNN, ET, Access etc to be done surrounding October 1st gig.

Working on covers/features:

  • Cosmo Girl
  • Details
  • Flaunt
  • Gear
  • Harpers Bazaar
  • Spin
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Teen People


  • The Melrose wall in Los Angeles will feature Melanie C. starting at about Thanksgiving.


  • In NYC Melanie C will be doing interviews with MTV and VH-1 at soundcheck. They will also be taping one or two songs for use on the channels.
  • While Melanie C is in Los Angeles we are scheduling her to do a segment for VH-1's Women First. All of the footage received will allow Melanie to be visible on multiple programs.

Northern Star

  • Northern Star is the first radio single. This will be serviced in mid-
  • October to pop radio outlets.
  • October 18th is the impact dates at radio.
  • Top 40 radio promotion is happening around the North American tour dates.
  • Programmers from around the US are being flown into the Melanie C shows in Toronto, NYC and LA.

Go (To Be Confirmed)

  • This will be the second single for radio and has a wide format appeal.
  • More information as the plan develops.

Northern Star Video

  • Northern Star was shot on September 8th and 9th in England.
  • This will be serviced to MTV, VH-1 and all video outlets.
  • Northern Star will also be serviced to all television outlets.

Additional Notes

  • The 30 minute electronic press kit will be shown on cable in the New York and Los Angeles DMAs just prior and for two weeks following the tour dates.
  • An e-mail has been sent out to the Spice Girls e-mail list (approximately 70,000 people) noting the album release, web-site information and tour dates. There will be updates sent on events as the project develops. Next e-mail will include information on the Letterman appearance and other television exposure.
  • A generic 12" of Goin' Down b/w Ga Ga is being serviced in Los Angeles and New York prior to her showcase dates. These are being sent to clubs, college radio and lifestyle outlets. A color sleeve version of this 12" will be serviced wide on October 1st. It will go out to clubs, college radio and lifestyle outlets.
  • Goin' Down is being featured on in order to set up the tour dates. will be airing the video beginning the week of the 20th of September.

30th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Goin' Down Tracklisting

Melanie C's "Goin' Down" single is available in two separate CD's (a common UK practice). Here is a track listing of each CD:


  1. Goin' Down (Radio Version)
  2. Ga Ga
  3. Angel On My Shoulder


  1. Goin' Down (Single Version)
  2. Ga Ga
  3. I Want You Back
  4. Goin' Down (Video)

Thanks to Stephen Orr.

30th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C: Track Her

Melanie C has arrived in New York City. She was on radio station Z100 for a small period of time this morning.

Thanks ScHizOpHoNicS.

29th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> I & I This Sunday

The Melanie C Much Music Intimate & Interactive (Story) will take place this Sunday from 3 to 4pm in Toronto.

Thanks Jess.

28th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> ZM Mel C Tickets

If you live in New Zealand, radio station ZM is reportedly giving out free tickets to Melanie C's Sydney Concert to lucky callers until this Friday. So keep your radio tuned in!

Thanks to Baby Snowyite.

27th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C NOT a Lesbian

For anyone that still has any doubts or didn't hear any of her previous comments on the topic, Melanie C spoke to the press today and when asked about her sexuality yet again she said the following:

"I do not like women in that way. It is true there is no man in my life at the moment. But there is no woman in my life either. I only like women as friends. I am straight."

27th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C World Tour Underway

Melanie C has kicked off her world tour tonight in Liverpool! No details yet on how the show went, but she did speak to the press a bit before the show. Melanie is nursing a cold and is upset that she is missing an important football(soccer) game of her beloved Liverpool team. Mel said:

"I'm gutted I'm missing the match. I can't believe it's the same night as the derby. I mean, whose bad planning was that, eh?"

However, one positive aspect of tonight's performance is that it is for a warm Liverpool home crowd. Melanie said that none of the songs on her upcoming album Northern Star were inspired by either Geri Halliwell or Robbie Williams. She also denied reports that she is living as a tax-exile saying:

"I'm quite happy to pay my taxes. I have got enough money, I want to give it to people who haven't."

Melanie also said that the other Spice Girls have given her their blessing for her whirlwind tour and that all the Spice Girls are very supportive of each other's solo projects.

27th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Goin' Down Out

A reminder that today is the day that Melanie C's solo debut single "Goin' Down" comes out. Go get/order your copy today!

26th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C I&I Contest

Toronto radio station Kiss92 is holding a contest for Mel C Toronto fans to win tickets for an upcoming episode of Much Music's Intimate & Interactive which will focus on Mel C. Fill out an entry form on Kiss92's website to enter the drawing. You can also win tickets through the radio so make sure you are listening! The lucky winner will be drawn this Friday.

Thanks Jess.

25th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Sky News Showbiz

Melanie C will be on Sky News Showbiz Weekly (UK) tomorrow. The show airs at 2:30pm and again at 9:30pm.

Thanks to Sara.

25th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Meet Mel C

The new issue of TV Hits magazine (AUS) has a contest in which one winner will get to meet Melanie C! This is probably only for Australians & New Zealanders. Here is what it says in the magazine:

The Prize:
Mel C is the ultimate rock chick, that's why one insanely lucky winner is gonna score this ultimate rock chick prize pack! One night of Sydney's posh Sebel Town House for you and your buddy. Exclusive entry to Mel C's Sydney press conference on October 10 as a VIP guest of Virgin Music. Meet Mel C and score an autograph! Attend Mel C's public appearance as a VIP guest of Virgin Music. Score an exclusive, pre-release, limited edition CD sampler of Mel's wicked new album, Northern Star.

How to Win!:
This is the hottest prize in town, so give it your best shot! Simply tell us, in 25 words or less, why Mel C rocks your world. Send your entries of TV HITS Meet Mel C Comp, Locked Bag 31, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2013. Send as many entries as you like, but be quick, the comp closes October 1, 1999.

Thanks to Antoinette.

24th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> ARIA Awards

Melanie C will be presenting an award at the 13th annual ARIA Awards. This award show is Australia's biggest music award show. It will be hosted by Paul McDermott & Bob Downe, and will be telecast nationally by the Ten Network. The show airs at 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 12.

24th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> More Williams

More info about the earlier story about Melanie C admitting that she had a romantic liason with Robbie Williams. In another interview, Melanie has revealed that the fling began in late 1997 when both of them were in America. Williams later began stepping out with All Saint Nicole Appleton. The two girls are now friends and always give him a hard time whenever they see him!

24th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Official Mel C Site Up!

Melanie C's official homepage is now up! It is located at Go knock yourself out. It features an interview (featuring video clips) with Melanie, along with a photo gallery, lyrics, and more video clips.

20th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C Times Article

The Times, a British newspaper, recently had an article on Melanie C [9/17/99], with some of her comments on different things in it. An interesting read. Here is a local copy:

Black Text = The Times
Blue Text = Melanie C

Can Melanie Chisholm be cool and still be a Spice Girl? Of course, she tells David Sinclair. As with most pop stars, she is shorter and slighter than you expect. Dressed in plain black trousers and a nondescript T-shirt, she is standing in a spacious rehearsal room in North London, talking with the drummer in her band. Her hair is chopped into a tufty punk crop. There is the nose stud and the gold incisor, but she wears no make-up whatsoever. She could pass for just another of the urchin-like musicians or guitar techs who drift unnoticed through the rehearsal room every day of the year. But she is Melanie C, Sporty Spice, a member of the gaudiest and most photographed group of the decade.

"I am a very shy person," she says. "As far as talking is concerned, I can't compete with the others, especially when Melanie (G, née B) and Geri were both in the equation. So I decided in the early days not to try. I prefer to listen and observe."

But Melanie Chisholm is not keeping quiet any longer. The Spice Girls, minus Geri Halliwell, are still very much together. They have finished recording 11 tracks for their third album, which is scheduled for release next year. But while other members were getting married and having babies, Chisholm took herself off to Los Angeles and made her own album, Northern Star, released next month. Produced for the most part by Rick Rubin, the Californian heavyweight best known for his work with the Beastie Boys, it has a modern American, grunge-lite feel, a sound pitched somewhere between Garbage and Madonna.

Rather as Robbie Williams did when he left Take That, Chisholm, now 25, is putting herself forward as the pre-teen pop idol who always had a more grown-up, indie-rock side just waiting to come out. The trouble is that whereas Williams had been booted out of Take That and hit rock bottom in his personal life before his solo career took off, Chisholm is still a proud member of the Spice Girls, a group which the more narrow-minded among the indie-rock fraternity regard as something akin to the Antichrist. Initial suspicion turned into downright hostility when, at the second of her two appearances at the V99 festival, in Staffordshire, the stage was pelted with missiles.

Although she wasn't hit, the incident clearly hurt. "Being part of the indie crowd as a fan, I never imagined I would not be accepted. I love Manic Street Preachers. I love Blur. I'm into all the people that play the festivals. I saw myself as one of them. So I was quite shocked. I'd been a little bit naive, probably."

Her choice of Anarchy in the UK as the song with which she ended both her sets at V99 seemed to cause particular offence. The editor of NME was prominent among those who vented their spleen at her lack of respect for such a sacrosanct number, suggesting that her version was the Establishment's revenge for Sid Vicious singing My Way. Whereas he had ravaged Frank Sinatra's showbiz standard, Chisholm had turned a punk classic into . . .

"Cabaret," she says. "Entertainment. Which is what it's all about at the end of the day." She shrugs. "It's all snobbery and a lot of politics and it's really pathetic. When I was a kid I hated Duran Duran because I was a Wham! fan. Now, when I look back, it seems such a childish thing. I don't dislike anything, so long as it's good. So why do we have to have all these little cliques? I think I'm pretty good, especially compared to some of the crap that's out there. And everyone likes Spice Girls records when they are drunk."

But whatever brickbats come her way, she has never had the slightest doubt as to whether it has all been worthwhile. Both her parents are musicians, and her mother, who is now 50, has been singing in bands since she was 14. "I always wanted to be a pop star. I always wanted to be famous. It was my Mum's job and I wanted it to be mine too."

Born in Liverpool and brought up in Runcorn and Widnes, she displayed an early aptitude for sports: netball, hockey, rounders, athletics, gymnastics, you name it. Nowadays she works out religiously, tying in her gym work with sessions of yoga, surfing and kick-boxing. She can do a complete backwards somersault from a standing start. But how strong is she, I wonder? Would I be able to arm-wrestle her?

"For the size of my frame I think I'm quite strong. But you could probably wrestle me. I'm really just a little girl," she says.

She has six tattoos including one of a "Tibetan symbol for grounding" on her lower back, dipping below the line of her Calvin Klein underpants. She turns and pulls them down to give me a better look. Her newest one is on the upper back, a huge turquoise phoenix. She proudly lifts her T-shirt to show me that one too, its wings spread across the rippling musculature of her bra-less shoulders.

She has, so far, avoided the concerted attention of the paparazzi and the scandal sheets. "Other members of the Spice Girls sell a lot more papers than me," she says. Even so, attention has focused in recent months on the matter of her sexuality. "It's no one's business, for a start. I'm not gay. I'm with my friend and they take a picture of us and say I'm gay and it's just nonsense. There's nothing wrong with being gay, but I'm not."

Curiously, her face only really darkens once during our meeting, which is when I ask whether she finds it flattering always to be singled out as the most musically talented of the Spice Girls. "It's just somebody's personal opinion," she says. "Obviously I know the capabilities of everybody in the band, I've worked with them for years, and there's not any real difference technically. I've tended to do the noticeable bits in some of the songs, but I've got weaknesses in places where the other girls have got strengths. I can hit high notes, but I can't sing low. We're not the most talented people in the music industry, but we can all do it equally as well. Whoever you think is the best singer is your personal choice."

20th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C & Robbie Williams Heat

In the current issue of Heat Magazine (UK), Melanie C admits that she did have that rumoured romantic liaison with Robbie Williams a while back.

20th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C Tour Update: Toronto

More new information about Mel C's World Tour:

Toronto Fans: Tickets for Melanie C's October 4th concert at The Guvernment will finally be going on sale this Friday, September 24th. Tickets go on sale at 10am local time.

20th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Elle Magazine

Melanie C has a full page picture and a small article about fitness and diet in the October issue of Elle Magazine (US), located in the "America's Best Bodies" section.

Thanks Rev.

20th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> McCoist and MacAulay

Melanie C will be one of the guests on Tuesday the 28th of this month, on UK chat show McCoist & MacAulay. The other guests will be Tom Jones and Paul Merton. The show starts at 10.50pm.

19th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> More Mel C TV Appearances

For anyone in the UK, Melanie C will also on TFI Friday this Friday the 24th. The show starts at 6pm.

Thanks Zila.

19th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C @ Planet Pop!

For anyone in the UK, Melanie C will be interviewed today on Planet Pop on Channel 4. The show starts at 10:40am.

Thanks Linda Parham.

18th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Northern Star Cover

Here is a picture, allegedly of Melanie C's solo debut album Northern Star, which will be released on October 18th.

18th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> More Mel C Mags!

Melanie C is on the cover of the September issue of Big Issue magazine (UK). The magazine features a four page interview with her.

Thanks Linda Parham.

16th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C Nude!

Access Hollywood (US) ran a story on Melanie C last night with video footage from her photo shoot for Interview Magazine (US). The segment however had to be censored! In the photo shoot, Melanie wears tiny unzipped shorts, along with only white boots and a very see-through top. When the magazine will hit news stands is unknown.

16th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Tour Update: Toronto

More new information about Mel C's World Tour:

Toronto Fans: Tickets for Melanie C's October 4th performance at The Guvernment were scheduled to go on sale tomorrow, but now the sale date has been changed to TBA. This means there is no on sale date. They were officially to go on sale tomorrow, but they pushed it back due to TLC tickets now going on sale tomorrow instead.

Thanks Julia, rev, and everyone else.

15th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Northern Star Tracklisting

As opposed to the previous incorrect rumoured track listing posted a couple weeks back, here is the actual track listing for Melanie C's debut album Northern Star:

  1. Go! (3.39)
  2. Northern Star (4.41)
  3. Goin' Down (3.35)
  4. I Turn To You (5.49)
  5. If That Were Me (4.31)
  6. Never Be The Same Again (4.52)
  7. Why (5.27)
  8. Suddenly Monday (2.36)
  9. Ga Ga (3.50)
  10. Be The One (3.35)
  11. Closer (5.41)
  12. Feel The Sun (5.02)

Thanks Jesper.

15th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Liverpool Documentary

Melanie C has contributed her voice to a BBC Radio 1 documentary on Liverpool, and it's effect on the ever changing music scene in the UK. The documentary will be broadcast on October 18 and is designed to act as a promotion and scene setter for the week long Sound City music event in Liverpool. Melanie commented about her contribution:

"I don't go back to Liverpool very often but I know there's an incredible vibe there. I'm excited to be involved in a programme that takes a positive look at my home city."

15th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel Wants A Baby?

::Rumour Warning::

Sporty Spice has admitted to not having a proper intimate relationship with anyone since the start of Spice Girls. She additionally admits that she is already interested in having a baby. She fears that she is running out of time for meeting someone since she is already 25. Mel said:

"I've not had a proper boyfriend since the Spice Girls began," Mel, 25, tells The Big Issue. Any bloke I ever meet, it always goes wrong, I just get bored. Maybe it's me being a bitch, but I've got such an exciting life it's hard to find someone. There's nobody I even fancy. I'd have a baby without being married. I'm not a strong believer in marriage. I come from a broken home and it does put a dampener on things. I'm 25 and my clock's ticking."

Keep in mind that this is all rumour and from a tabloid.

::Rumour Warning::

14th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> A Sporty New Car

Melanie C has just purchased a brand new BMW Z3 sports car. She splashed out £36,000 on the car. It features a powerful 2.8-litre motor and lots of optional extras.

13th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C Tour Update: Madrid

Spanish Fans: Melanie C's concert at Sala Universal Island in Madrid, Spain will be on October 24th. However, I am not sure if tickets are on sale for it yet. Keep it here for more info.

Thanks Cymoril

13th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C Radio 1 Follow Up

Melanie C performed at the Radio 1 party last night. She performed the following songs:

  • Soul Believer"
  • "Independance Day"
  • "Be The One"
  • "Go"
  • "Suddenly Monday"
  • "Goin' Down"

Melanie wore a Madonna Shirt for good luck.

Thanks Stephen & Kathryn.

12th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C: Track Her

Melanie C will be at the BBC Radio 1 party performing live today. There will be a television broadcast on BBC1 at 11.05pm UK time.

11th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C Tour Update

Sydney Fans: Tickets for Melanie C's concert at The Metro in Sydney, Australia are now available at Ticketek! You can get them from the website or by calling (02) 9266 4800

NY & LA Fans: A reminder that tickets are on sale as of today! Los Angeles Fans: Tickets will go on sale at 8am for Melanie C's Mayan Theatre October 7 performance!

Munich Fans: Tickets for Melanie C's concert in at Incognito are now available at WOM Ticket! Phone 089-26019900

Liverpool & London Fans: Tickets are now on sale for both shows! Liverpool Royal Court tickets cost £12.50 and London Astoria tickets cost £15. Doors open at 7pm for both events. You can get your tickets through Ticketmaster UK by phone or on their website.

9th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C On Hit Awards

Melanie C will be appearing on the Norwegian show Hit Awards this Saturday. She will reportedly be performing "Goin' Down" and "Northern Star" on the show. The show airs live at 8pm on Norwegian channel 2.

Thanks Kari Reisvang.

9th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> NME Says Sorry

NME, the magazine that ran an issue with Melanie C on the cover last month, is now apologizing to "indie" readers that they did so. Apparently NME received a lot of mail from angry "indie" music fans due to their lack of support for Melanie C.

9th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C: Track Her

Melanie C is in New York City today attending the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.

8th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> OZone

Melanie C will be on The Ozone, a UK television program on BBC2. The show airs next Tuesday at 7.10pm.

Thanks David.

6th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C: Track Her

Melanie C met up with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers once again, this time during the Pepper's stay in Leeds, England where they put on a concert.

6th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C: 8th Hottest in Showbiz!

The latest issue of Heat Magazine( UK) has the 100 hottest (as in popularity) celebrities according to a poll done by "industry experts" and the such. The list is topped by Mike Myers and Melanie C comes in at #8! The only other Spice Girl who makes the list is Melanie G, who comes in at #45.

4th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Ginger Bitching

Melanie C was heckled and sworn at by the live audience on the ITV(UK) show CD:UK. On the show Melanie was interviewed and she commented on former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell's voice saying:

"I don't like her voice. I'm not being horrible, I'm just honest."

However the show's audience which consisted of mainly teenage girls shouted and swore at her. One girl shouted: "She has a **** better voice than you!" (The exact swear word used is not clear). Geri Halliwell has gained popularity in the UK with her recent #1 single "Mi Chico Latino". The show was broadcast live and after the battery from the audience Mel reacted simply by saying:

"It's just a personal opinion, you're allowed to have your own opinion."

4th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Official Site

The official Spice Girls Homepage has word that there will soon be an official Melanie C homepage up as well. They give a teaser of an interview C3 has done with Mel that they will post when the Mel C site is up.

4th September 1999 | Posted by: SpiceNews

>> Mel C Autograph's For Charity

Many of the performers at this year's V99 Music festival signed plagues from their dressing room doors to be auctioned off on eBay this week. The proceeds will be donated to a Down's Syndrome charity. The autographs of James Brown, Spice Girl Mel C, and the Manic Street Preachers will all go under auction this week at eBay.

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