Inside Victoria Beckham’s solo album – from Kylie rivalry to commercial flop

Victoria Beckham shot to global fame as a member of the Spice Girls, but there was once a time when Posh Spice embarked on a music career of her own.

It's now been 20 years since Victoria revealed her only ever solo album to date – her self-titled debut record which was released on 1 October by Virgin Records.

The famous fashion designer made music history as a Spice Girls star – and the iconic girl group have sold over 100 million records worldwide.

The girl-power-loving band became cultural icons as they ruled the teen pop scene in the 1990s, before becoming the best-selling female group of all time.

However, the band faced heartbreak in 1998 when their singer Geri Horner quit the group as a result of exhaustion and creative differences.

Soon enough in 2000, the Spice Girls disbanded as the stars went on a hiatus to pursue solo careers – and Posh Spice was no different.

Beckham was the final member of the Spice Girls to release a solo album – following in the footsteps of her ex-bandmates Horner, Mel B, Emma Bunton, and Melanie C.

Beckham's self-titled debut pop record came out on 1 October 2001 off the back of her lead single, Not Such an Innocent Girl.

Originally, the album itself was going to be titled Innocent Girl and was set to drop back in August 2001, but the date was pushed back.

Victoria confessed that she felt she had a lot to prove when she released the album as a solo artist.

She said: "When I started recording this album, I had a lot to prove.

"I want to prove I can sing and dance and have a vision. I'm really baring my soul on this.

"I hope people like it. When I was with the other girls I never did a lot of the singing, so this is the first time that people are going to see me and what I am capable of."

She also revealed that she hoped that the album would do well and that she could make a success of her solo career.

However, the album would go on to face a rocky road of chart battles with rival pop stars and poor sales.

In fact, Posh's lead single, Not Such an Innocent Girl, was hit with immediate competition from Kylie Minogue's famed single, Can't Get You Out of My Head, as they charted at the same time.

Whilst Victoria's single debuted at number six on the UK Singles Chart with sales of 35,000 in its first week, Kylie's smash-hit debuted at number one with a whopping 306,000 units.

Beckham's track has sold over 80,000 copies since, and it became the 163rd best seller of 2001.

The album itself, Victoria Beckham, was smashed in the charts again by Kylie when Beckham's debuted at number ten and the Aussie's album topped the charts completely.

The solo record has become known by many as a commercial failure.

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Although it was generally believed that the studio album cost £5 million to produce, the album only went on to sell over 50,000 copies.

As of last year, Victoria Beckham has sold 54,000 copies in total in the UK.

The mum's second single, A Mind of Its Own, was released in February 2002 – and it reached number six on the UK charts.

Although Victoria's third single, I Wish, was in the pipeline, the single was put aside after she became pregnant.

It was later reported that Posh was dropped by Virgin Records alongside her fellow Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Mel B.

However, Victoria's publicist denied the reports and insisted: "No-one has been dropped. The Virgin deal has come to a natural end and both parties have decided not to continue."

Posh almost broke the internet when she reunited with her Spice Girls pals for one night only at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.

The band played a medley of Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life, and at one point the performance racked up over 116k tweets on Twitter per minute.

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