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Girls Aloud To Reunite For Comeback Tour
Pop group Girls Aloud are to reunite for a tour next year.
The 12-date tour will open in Cheryl Cole's hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne with two gigs on February 21 and 22.
Girls Aloud also confirmed the release of their new single, Something New, on November 18 and the release of a greatest hits album, called Ten.
This year marks a decade since the five-piece were put together by the ITV show Popstars: The Rivals and claimed their first number one with Sound Of The Underground.
Cole along with Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts have been called "the defining UK girl group of the modern era" by Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.
At a news conference in London, Roberts said the reunion was "meant to be" in their 10th anniversary year.
The band scored 20 consecutive top 10 hits between 2002 and 2009 and sold 4.3 million singles.
They had four number one songs including Sound Of The Underground.
In 2009 the group decided to part for a while, and during this time Cole, Roberts and Coyle all released solo albums, while Harding and Walsh took up acting roles.
Cole said it was "incredible" to be back together, adding: "If you asked us 10 years ago we wouldn't have dreamt we'd be here".