” Stop ” is by the Spice Girls, the British girl group. Formed in 1994, the group consisted of Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Adams.
The Spice Girls have worldwide sales of 85 million records. They are the best-selling female group of all time and one of the best-selling pop groups in chart history.
” Stop ” was released on the 9th of March 1998 under the Virgin record label, part of the Universal Music Group.
The song, a mixture of dance-pop with influences taken from Motown and blue-eyed soul, was written by the Spice Girls, Andy Watkins and Paul Wilson, who also produced it under the name of Absolute.
The producers started out as the Bristol Bassline Productions before changing their name. During their career, the duo has produced and written seven UK number Ones, twenty UK Top Ten singles, one Billboard Hot 100 chart topper and have notched up worldwide sales of over fifty million records. They have worked with recording artists like Bryan Adams, Will Young, Atomic Kitten, Girls Aloud, Gareth Gates, Gary Barlow and S Club 7.
” Stop ” was taken as the third single from the Spice Girls second studio album, Spiceworld. The album, released on the 1st of November 1997, became a massive worldwide hit.
It topped the albums charts in many countries including the United Kingdom, where it spent three weeks at the top. To date, the album has sold over thirteen million copies worldwide.
The song’s Lyrics are about slowing down the pace of courtship. The first few lines were written by band member Geri Halliwell who recorded them using a dictaphone. Later she played the tape to Andy Watkins and Paul Wilson who worked on the melody.
” Stop ” became another successful release for the group. In the United Kingdom, the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) certified it gold for sales of over 420,000 copies. It has also been certified Gold in France and Australia with sales of 250,000 and 35,000 respectively.
The accompanying music video was directed by James Brown, who has also worked with Joan Osborne, Bernard Butler and Tori Amos.
The video was filmed on location in Carnew Street, Dublin, Ireland on the 27th of January 1998. The opening scene features the band members in a street of terraced houses, evoking 1950s British nostalgia.
” Stop ” became a commercial success for the Spice Girls. In the United States, the single peaked at number sixteen on the 4th of July 1998 and spent nineteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Other Billboard Chart positions were fourteen on the Dance Club Songs, three on the Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales and thirty-nine on the Mainstream Top 40 Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 21st of March 1998 and reached number two. It spent three weeks in the Top Ten and twenty weeks in the Top 100.
” Stop ” peaked inside the Top Ten in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium ( Wallonia ), Finland, Ireland, Netherlands and Sweden. In Hungary, the single topped the MAHASZ Chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 16
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
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