Finally a Spice Girls reunion (of sorts!): Mel C and Emma Bunton to duet on Sporty's new album
21:52 GMT, 6 July 2012
Their reunion last month was simply a photocall to launch a new West End musical based on their biggest hits.
But it looks like there will be a Spice Girls reunion after all – albeit a small one after Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton announced plans to record a duet.
Baby Spice will duet with Mel C on the latter's upcoming sixth solo album Stages, scheduled for release later this year.
Baby and Sporty: Spice Girls Emma Bunton (left) and Melanie Chisholm (right) will duet on the latter's next solo album Stages
Sporty announced the news on her Twitter page, writing: '*Drum roll* I am very proud to announce my beautiful friend @EmmaBunton has duetted with me for me new album Stages #babyandsporty!!'
Emma tweeted in reply: 'So excited, love you lots!!! #babyandsporty.
'Being back in the recording studio with the amazing @MelanieCmusic was emotional and brought back so many memories!!!! Loved it!!'
Mel's new album is inspired by her recent sojourn in the West End production of Blood Brothers and features covers of popular theatre songs.
Drum roll: Melanie C announced the news on her Twitter page today
It's been emotional: Emma hasn't been in the recording studio since 2007
She and Emma will sing I Know Him So Well from the musical Chess.
Mel added on Twitter: 'Me and @EmmaBunton and have recorded the fantastic,'I know him so well' Singing together again is amazing and emotional. Love you baby! x.'
Also adding to their Tiwtter exchange was Jennifer Saunders, who joked she had sung it better with her comedy partner Dawn French.
The pair's duet comes less than two weeks after they reunited with bandmates Melanie Brown, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham in London to unveil the new Spice Girls musical Viva Forever!
Reunited… for a photocall: Mel C and Emma with their former Spice Girl bandmates Melanie Brown, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham on June 26
However, despite the photocall, there appears to be no sign of the Spice Girls planning to perform or record together.
The five-piece last recorded together in 2007 on the one-off single Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) – the only new release from their greatest hits album – which peaked at No.11 in the UK singles charts.
The track coincided with their sell-out Return Of The Spice Girls world
tour, which ended prematurely after they cancelled the gigs in South
America, South Africa and Asia, citing 'family commitments'.
Over the past few years, Mel B has often hinted of a possible reunion for the girl group, but it is yet to come to fruition.
The way they were: The Spice Girls in their heyday in 1998
However, Victoria was said to be against the idea because she is focused on her career as a fashion designer.
In March, Mel C dismissed speculation they would reunite for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert: 'Not true. It was an honour to be asked (for the Jubilee concert), but not everyone is comfortable about doing it so we have to respect each other’s feelings about that.'
While not directly addressing the Spice Girls reunion speculation, Victoria said this year: 'I was never going to be the best singer and it wasn’t my passion.'
During their four years in the charts, they enjoyed nine No.1 singles and two No.1 albums in the UK, including one No.1 single and album in the U.S.