Hey Spice Girls fans: there's no need to get shaken up. Despite strong rumors to the contrary, the group's spokesman says they are staying together. "Everyone wants to say it's over but it isn't. The

Hey Spice Girls fans: there's no need to get shaken up. Despite strong rumors to the contrary, the group's spokesman says they are staying together. "Everyone wants to say it's over but it isn't. The group has still got strong ties," said Spice Girls spokesman Alan Edwards. "As everyone knows, the Spice Girls are pursuing their own solo projects, but the Spice Girls still exists."

Group member Melanie Chisholm, who also goes by the names Mel C and "Sporty Spice," has sparked rumors of a breakup with comments that she plans to focus on her solo career. Chisholm's solo album "Northern Star" (Virgin) has done well internationally and she has toured widely to support it.

Edwards said that while the Spice Girls have no immediate plans to work together, they haven't disbanded entirely ("Ginger Spice" Geri Halliwell left the group in 1998). "What [Chisholm] said is that we've got no plans at the moment," he said. "It isn't the final split. Melanie C hasn't left the Spice Girls."

The group's most recent Virgin album, "Forever," has been a commercial disappointment, selling just 185,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The single "Holler" didn't event dent The Billboard Hot 100, although it managed a No. 31 showing on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play tally.

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