Girls Aloud have announced plans for a 10th anniversary reunion with a greatest hits album and a 12-date arena tour.
The album, titled Ten, will be released on November 26 with the tour scheduled for 2013.
The news came at a special press conference earlier this afternoon.
Cheryl Cole said: "We're really excited. It feels like nothing has changed."
Cole teased plans for the band’s reformation on Radio 1 in April. The singer told then Breakfast presenter Chris Moyles, "It's coming up to our 10th birthday in November this year... and we all want to do something to celebrate that."
Music Week asked the group where and when they found the time to secretly record the new single and four new tracks that appear on the forthcoming album.
Nadine Coyle said: “The recording started in April or May time I think, we worked with Xenomania who we worked with for ten years. Brian [Higgins] and the way he puts songs together, only he knows how.
“It was a matter of getting us all to record at different times as many different parts of songs that we possiblycould that could actually sit together make something that we’re all happy with.”
Nicola Roberts added: “With the time difference, Nadine was in America so I was [writing lyrics] a lot, I was writing melodies in the morning so she could sing them in the afternoon, it was a worldwide situation.”
Cheryl admitted that it was “amazing that we kept it under wraps” with Kimberley Walsh branding the process as “a military operation.”