(formerly known as S Club 7
) are an English pop group created by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller, consisting of members Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Rachel Stevens, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt, Bradley McIntosh, and Jon Lee. The group was formed in 1998 and quickly rose to fame by starring in their own BBC television series, Miami 7
, in 1999. In their 5 years together, S Club 7 had four UK No.1 singles, one UK No.1 album, a string of hits throughout Europe, including a top-ten single in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. They recorded a total of 4 studio albums, released 11 singles and went on to sell over 10 million albums worldwide. The show, which was a children's sitcom, often mirrored real-life events which had occurred in S Club, including the relationship of Hannah Spearritt and Paul Cattermole, as well as Cattermole's departure from the group. As well as the popularity of their television series, S Club 7 won two BRIT Awards - in 2000 for British breakthrough act and in 2002, for best British single. In 2001, the group earned the Record of the Year award. Their song "Reach" was used in the arcade dance game EZ2Dancer in "EZ 2 Dancer UK Move". Group member Paul Cattermole departed the group in 2002 citing "creative differences", and the group changed its name from S Club 7 to simply S Club. Their second to last single reached number-five in the UK charts, and their final studio album failed to make the top ten.
Following Cattermole's departure in 2002, the group fought many rumours presuming that they were about to split. However, on 21 April 2003, during a live onstage performance, S Club announced that they were to disband. After a five-year split, it was announced in October 2008 that O'Meara, Cattermole, and McIntosh were to perform a mini-reunion tour. The tour consists of a series of university and nightclub gigs, where they perform a set list consisting of a selection of songs from their Greatest Hits
album. Since O'Meara, Cattermole and McIntosh reunited, there have been persistent rumours that S Club will fully reunite (with all seven members), but , nothing has come to fruition. Barrett re-joined the group for one performance in 2014.