Published On: Mar 26 2012 01:09:46 PM CDTUpdated On: Jul 08 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT
It may seem hard to believe, but Friday marks 20 years since the world first got its taste of the Spice Girls in the form of their hit debut single "Wannabe." To mark the 20th anniversary of the song's release, take a look at what the Spice Girls and some of your other '90s favorites are up to today.
The Spice Girls took the British music scene by storm in the mid-1990s and then found American success with "Wannabe." Their debut album, 1996's "Spice," sold more than 31 million copies, and they sold another 50 million with their two follow-up albums through 2000, making them the best-selling female group of all time. They even starred in their own movie, 1997's "Spice World," as they took the world by storm.
After announcing an indefinite hiatus at the end of 2000, the group's members each pursued their own careers before staging a reunion tour and greatest hits album in 2007. They also performed during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (pictured).
Victoria Beckham (aka Posh Spice) has stayed in the spotlight the longest with her marriage to soccer superstar David Beckham. She's seen here at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016.
The rest of the group (from left to right: Melanie Brown, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm) is seen here in 2012. The are reports that the group is planning a reunion gig for London's Hyde Park for July 2017.
Back in 1990, Nelson, the rock band founded by the identical twin sons of the late teen idol Ricky Nelson, and their biggest hit, "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection," were everywhere, as evidenced by the song hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on Sept. 29, 1990. What you may not recall is the long blond maned Matthew and Gunnar Nelson had several more hit singles from their debut album "After the Rain," including the title track, which hit No. 6, and "More Than Ever" and "Only Time Will Tell," which peaked at No. 14 and No. 28, respectively.
While Matthew and Gunnar Nelson have continued releasing new music since hitting it big with their 1990 debut, they've never been able to repeat their initial success. They have since released nine more albums, the most recent being May 2015's "Peace Out." However, the duo has since decided to stop using the "Nelson" band name, instead opting to tour and record music using their first names. They relocated to Nashville in the mid-1990s and even started working on a country album back then, but never completed it. But Music City has definitely rubbed off on them, as they told Rolling Stone in July 2015 that they are working on a "country-flavored Christmas album." They also perform as a separate tribute act to their father, called "Ricky Nelson Remembered Starring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson," and with a celebrity all-star rock band called Scrap Metal.
Mariah Carey's self-titled debut album, released on June 12, 1990, was the best-selling album in the United States in 1991. Carey followed that success with multi platinum-selling albums such as "Emotions" and "Music Box."
After a struggling career in the early 2000s, Carey came back strong with the 2005 album "The Emancipation of Mimi." After the poor reception and performance of her first movie, 2001's "Glitter," she has also returned to acting, receiving positive reviews and awards for her supporting role in 2009's "Precious." She also appeared in 2013's "The Butler." She also spent 2013 as a judge on the 12th season of "American Idol" and released her 14th studio album, "Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse," in May 2014. On May 15, 2015, she he released the greatest hits album "#1 to Infinity" to coincide with a two-month Las Vegas summer residency at Caesars Palace.
After releasing a couple albums in her native Canada in the early 1990s, Alanis Morissette broke through with the international hit album "Jagged Little Pill," released on June 13, 1995. The album would sell more than 15 million copies and peak at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart. Morissette also won five Grammys for the album, including Album of the Year, making her the youngest artist in history to win the title at age 21, a record she held for 14 years. In November 1998, she released her follow-up album, "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie." The album's first single, "Thank U," reached No. 17 in the U.S. and climbed to No. 1 in Canada, but the album failed to replicate the runaway success of "Jagged Little Pill."
Morissette has since released four more albums, with the most recent being 2012's "Havoc and Bright Lights." The one-time "You Can't Do That on Television" child actor has also returned to acting, most notably with roles in Kevin Smith's 1999 movie "Dogma" and on the TV series "Sex and the City," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Nip/Tuck" and "Weeds." She's seen here in March 2015 at the Juno Awards.
Wilson Phillips' "Hold On" was pretty much the soundtrack for 1990, as the group's self-titled debut album (released May 8, 1990) sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, making the trio, at the time, the best-selling female group of all time.
Although the group, sisters Wendy and Carnie Wilson along with Chynna Phillips, went their separate ways in the mid-1990s, they reunited in 2010 to record a Christmas album. They also had a cameo in the movie "Bridesmaids" and released a new album, "Dedicated," in April 2012. The reality TV show "Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On" followed the making of the "Dedicated" album.
Weezer crashed onto the music scene in 1994 with their self-titled debut album, which became known as "The Blue Album" due to its cover. The simple cover featured (from left to right) Patrick Wilson, Rivers Cuomo, Matt Sharp, and Brian Bell. The album, including the singles "Undone – The Sweater Song," "Buddy Holly" and "Say It Ain't So," made the group the kings of nerd rock.
More than two decades after their debut, Weezer is now on their 10th studio album, which also happens to be the fourth self-titled of their career so far. Known by fans as "The White Album" due to its cover featuring a washed out photo of the band on a California beach, the album was released on April 1, 2016. The band (from left to right: Scott Shriner, Brian Bell, Rivers Cuomo and Patrick Wilson) is seen here in July 2015. Founding member and bassist Matt Sharp, seen on the previous cover of the band's 1994 debut, quit the band in 1998 and was replaced briefly by Mikey Welsh. After Welsh suffered a mental breakdown and left the band in 2001 (he would later die in 2011 from a suspected drug overdose leading to a heart attack), Shriner joined the band and is now Weezer's longest serving bass guitarist.
For a while in 1994-95, it was nearly impossible to turn on a radio without hearing one of Hootie & the Blowfish's hits, including "Hold My Hand," "Let Her Cry" and "Only Wanna Be with You." The roots rock band was fronted by lead singer Darius Rucker.
While the band released four follow-up records, it never recaptured the success it saw with its 1994 debut "Cracked Rear View." With the band currently on indefinite hiatus, Rucker has found a second act as a country singer. He first released a solo R&B album in 2002, but later signed to Capitol Records Nashville and released his first country album in 2008. His first single off that album, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," made him the first black artist to chart a No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts since Charley Pride in 1983. He has since recorded the No. 1 country hits "It Won't Be Like This for Long," "Alright," "Come Back Song," "This" and "Wagon Wheel," the last a Grammy-winner off his third country album, 2013's "True Believers." His most recent album, "Southern Style," was released on March 31, 2015.
MC Hammer was a flamboyant on-stage performer with flashy dance moves and hit songs such as "U Can't Touch This" and "Too Legit to Quit."
After filing for bankruptcy in 1996, Hammer has maintained a family life with a wife and five children. While he hasn't released an album since 2009's "DanceJamthemusic," he has occasionally released singles over the past few years. He also started Alchemist Management, a mixed martial arts management company, and a related clothing line called Alchemist Clothing in July 2010. He's seen here performing at the International Entertainment Buyers Association 2014 Conference on Sept. 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1993, the 4 Non Blondes broke through with the hit "What's Up?," often mistakenly called "What's Going On?" due to that line being repeated in the chorus. The song would be their one and only hit, with lead singer and guitarist Linda Perry (second from right) leaving the band in 1994 for a solo career. The rest of the band disbanded shortly after.
Perry released solo albums in 1995 and 1999 and formed a new band, Deep Dark Robot, which released an album in March 2011. She has also founded two record labels and produced and wrote hit songs for artists like Christina Aguilera ("Beautiful'), Pink ("Get the Party Started") and Gwen Stefani ("What You Waiting For?"). She began a relationship with former "Roseanne" actress Sara Gilbert in 2011 and the two married on March 30, 2014.
Bell Biv DeVoe, which was made up of New Edition members (from left to right) Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe and Michael Bivins, released its debut album "Poison" in 1990. The album, which spawned the hits "Poison," "Do Me!" and "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?," was credited with pioneering the "New Jack Swing" sound of the early '90s, combining hip-hop, funk, soul and pop music. Bell Biv Devoe also released two more albums, "Hootie Mack" in 1993 and "BBD" in 2001.
Although the group hasn't released an album since 2001, they continue to perform together. In May 2013, they performed their hit song "Poison" for a benefit concert to raise money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. In October 2014, they joined with the likes of Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson to perform at the 3rd Annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show in Hollywood to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb launched her career in 1994 with the song "Stay (I Missed You)" from the "Reality Bites" soundtrack. The song hit No. 1 before she even had a record deal. She went on to release her Gold-certified debut album, "Tails," in 1995.
Loeb has released a total of 11 studio albums, including four children's albums. Her most recent was "Nursery Rhyme Parade!," released in October 2015. Loeb has also worked in film (including "House on Haunted Hill" and "Fright Night"), made cameos on TV shows, done voice-over work and appeared in the reality TV series "Dweezil & Lisa" and "Number 1 Single." In 2010, she founded the Lisa Loeb Eyewear Collection, which is based on her own designs.
In 1990, Vanilla Ice's song "Ice Ice Baby" became the first hip hop single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His debut album, "To the Extreme," became the fastest selling hip hop album of all time, spent 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 11 million copies.
The rapper, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, struggled to find another hit and began using ecstasy, cocaine and heroin in the mid-1990s. After a suicide attempt, he took a break from music, focusing on motocross and jet skiing and then started working on the side renovating and selling houses. When he returned to music in 1998, he came with a new sound that combined heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop. In 2009, he began hosting "The Vanilla Ice Project" on DIY Network. His latest album, "W.T.F. (Wisdom, Tenacity And Focus)," was released in August 2011. He's touring this summer as part of the "I Love the '90s Tour" along with the likes of Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, Kid 'n Play and All 4 One.
The Backstreet Boys formed in 1993 with (from left to right) A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter. Seen here is their 1996 self-titled debut album.
The Backstreet Boys are seen here in January 2015 at the premiere of their first documentary, titled "Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of." The band reunited in 2005 after a three-year break. In 2011, they joined forces with fellow boy band New Kids on the Block for a tour. In 2013, they celebrated their 20th anniversary and released their first independent album, "In a World Like This." They also made a cameo as themselves in the movie "This Is The End," winning a MTV Movie Award for "Best Musical Moment."
Trent Reznor was a rock god in the 1990s, with his group Nine Inch Nails releasing "Pretty Hate Machine" in 1989 and "The Downward Spiral" in 1994, which Rolling Stone ranked No. 200 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
With Nine Inch Nails taking a few years off starting in 2009, Reznor focused on scoring films, including his work on David Fincher's "The Social Network," which won Reznor and musician Atticus Ross an Oscar in 2011. The duo also reunited with Fincher to score "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Gone Girl." He ended Nine Inch Nails' hiatus in 2013, releasing the band's eighth studio album, "Hesitation Marks," and launching a worldwide tour.
Will Smith was one half of the rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince with hits such as 1991's "Summertime." Smith moved on to a solo music career and earned two Grammy awards for his 1997 album "Big Willie Style."
Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith have two children, Willow and Jaden, both of whom have followed their parents into Hollywood careers. He's had a successful film career headlining films such as "Men in Black," "I, Robot" and "I Am Legend," earning Academy Award nominations for his performances in "Ali" and "The Pursuit of Happyness."
Billy Ray Cyrus had breakout success with his 1992 album "Some Gave All," which has sold more than 9 million copies in the United States. His most famous song on the album was the music craze "Achy Breaky Heart."
Cyrus' music career has slowed down since then. While he still is releasing country albums, he has also become an actor, starring in the TV series "Doc" from 2001 to 2004 and then alongside his daughter Miley Cyrus on the huge Disney Channel hit "Hannah Montana" from 2005 to 2011.
Celine Dion achieved international acclaim in the 1990s with a string of hit albums and singles. Dion recorded the theme song to the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic."
Dion has continued her worldwide success in the 2000s and is now the second best-selling female artist of all time. She released her 11th English-language studio album, "Loved Me Back to Life," in November 2013 and her latest French-language studio album, "Encore un soir," will be released in August 2016. Her current Las Vegas residency at Caesar's Palace, which originally began in March 2011, will run through November 2016, although she's taken time off at various times due to the failing health of her husband, René Angélil, who died from cancer in January 2016. Dion's brother, Daniel Dion, also died from cancer two days after her husband's death.
Justin Timberlake was part of the boy band phenomenon 'NSYNC in the late 1990s and had a much publicized relationship with pop idol Britney Spears.
Timberlake has had a successful career as a solo music artist and actor, including roles in movies such as "The Social Network," "Friends with Benefits," "In Time," "Trouble with the Curve" and "Inside Llewyn Davis." In 2013, he released his third and fourth studio albums, the two-part "The 20/20 Experience," with both albums topping the Billboard 200 album chart. He also reunited with 'NSYNC for a one-off performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in August 2013.
The three brothers Issac, Taylor, and Zachary (from left to right), formed the pop band Hanson. Their most famous song is the catchy "MMMBop."
The Hanson brothers continue to make music including their most recent album, June 2013's "Anthem."
Megadeth was one of the best-selling heavy metal acts of the 1990s, with 1992's "Countdown to Extinction" reaching No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. The band was fronted by singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine (far left.)
Megadeth initially disbanded in 2002 after Mustaine suffered a severe nerve injury to his left arm. However, following extensive physical therapy, Mustaine reformed the band in 2004. They have since released six new albums, most recently "Dystopia," released in January 2016.
Shania Twain was a crossover country superstar in the 1990s. She has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, including 48 million in the U.S.
Twain remarried in January 2011, to Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud, following her 2008 divorce from record producer Robert "Mutt" Lange. More recently, she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, debuted a reality show for the Oprah Winfrey Network and played two-year Las Vegas residency. She toured for the first time in 11 years in the second half of 2015 and plans to release her fifth studio album sometime in 2016.
Country superstar Garth Brooks enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s.
Brooks retired in 2001, but returned in December 2009, when he began a five-year concert deal with the Encore Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. He was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2012. He kicked off his first world tour in 13 years with 11 shows in the Chicago area in September 2014 and released his first new studio album since 2001's "Scarecrow" in November 2014.
Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor had one of the biggest hits of the 1990s with her cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U," which received three Grammy nominations and won three MTV Video Music Awards.
The often-controversial O'Connor has continued working since the height of her fame. She released her 10th full-length album, "I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss," in August 2014. She's been in the news lately amid reports of mental health issues and alleged threats to commit suicide, but she denied those reports in a June 24, 2016, Facebook post in which she also gloated about Great Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
Paula Abdul went from Lakers cheerleader to sought-after choreographer before scoring with her own hits starting in 1989, including "Straight Up," "Forever Your Girl," "Cold Hearted" and "Opposites Attract." Her recording success would continue through the mid-1990s.
But Abdul is more famous today for being an "American Idol" judge for eight seasons through 2009. She has struggled to find success post-"Idol" though, seeing her reality TV competition show "Live to Dance" canceled in 2011 after seven episodes and being axed as a judge on Simon Cowell's American version of "The X Factor" after one season. She also served as a judge on the revamped "So You Think You Can Dance Australia" in 2014 before joining the American version of the show in 2015 as a permanent judge.
UPDATE: The Morro Bay Police Department has identified the victim and suspect in a murder-suicide investigation. 36-year-old Angelica Ramos was the victim. The apparent suspect was 47-year-old Brian Keith Tuck.
Three suspects have been arrested at gunpoint on State Highway 154 after allegedly committing multiple felony offenses including an armed robbery. The crimes reportedly occurred in the Santa Ynez Valley. Full details have yet to be released.