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IT’S TWO DECADES since the Spice Girls stormed the charts — and five years since Melanie C released an album of original material. The two facts aren’t unconnected.

Melanie explains: “I’d been working on songs for a couple of years and I was ready to start recording, but then the Spice Girls 20-year reunion was looming and I was in limbo because

I didn’t know whether I’d be working with the girls and what kind of time frame it would be.

“When I realised I wasn’t happy with the way that reunion plans were moving forward, I thought: well, I can just get on with my own thing now.’’

The new album, her seventh — counting her covers on Stages — sees Melanie reuniting with Rick Nowels (who co-wrote her singles Northern Star and I Turn to You before going on to work with Adele and Lana Del Rey) as well as recording with new producers including Sons Of Sonix.

Version of Me is more experimental than 2011’s The Sea, and is deeply personal, touching on the breakdown of Melanie’s 10-year relationship with Thomas Starr, and hinting at the darker dynamics at play within the Spice Girls.

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About Attitude

On the cover, pop superstar Robbie Williams talks exclusively to John Grant about drink, drugs, sex, fame… and finding happiness. Elsewhere in this issue, Spice Girl Melanie C on her new album, gay rapper Cakes Da Killa, artist and activist Scottee, and the real lives of TV’s most famous gay ‘housewives’ as we meet the Gogglebox Gays. Plus, Outliving a Death Sentence: meet the men who have been living with HIV since the bleak days of the 80s and 90s.