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Spice Girls announce Wannabe 25th anniversary EP featuring previously unreleased song

Spice Girls announce Wannabe 25th anniversary EP featuring previously unreleased song
Victoria Beckham, Mel C, Emma Bunton, geri Halliwell and Mel B from The Spice Girls, 1996 / Fred Duval / Contributor / FilmMagic / Getty Images

Spice Girls are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their first hit single "Wannabe" by giving fans what they really, really want.

To mark a quarter of a century since Emma, Geri, Victoria, Mel C, Mel B released their hit song, the group have announced plans to release a new limited four-track EP that features the original radio edit of the track as well as a Junior Vasquez Remix and a previously unreleased demo version. And if that wasn't enough, it will also include a previously unreleased song titled “Feed Your Love,” that was written with the band's co-writers Richard 'Biff' Stannard and Matt Rowe but never used because it was considered too sexually explicit for the target audience at the time.

The release is part of the #IAmASpiceGirl campaign, in which the group is asking fans to share their Spice memories via social media channels using the hashtag.

Celebrating the anniversary, the band said: "The Spice Girls belong to everyone and that’s why we want to mark 25 years of "Wannabe" by celebrating our incredible fans".

The announcement comes after Emma Bunton shared her excitement to go back on tour. 

She told Chris Moyles on Radio X: “I’m dying to do it again. I’m waiting to see what’s going on in the world. You can’t book anything yet, so we’re waiting for that moment, but I’m sure that will happen when we can!”

The EP will be available to stream beginning July 9 and physical copies – including vinyl and cassette – will be released on July 23.

"Wannabe" was originally released on July 8, 1996, debuting at Number 3 on the Official Singles Chart before climbing to Number 1 the following week. The song helped make the all-girl group global superstars, and in a 2014 study, it was chosen as the most easily recognizable pop song of the last 60 years.

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