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It’s 20 years ago that the Spice Girls starred in their own movie Spice World. They definitely weren’t the first pop group with their own movie and they won’t be the last. Here are 8 movies (the good, the bad and the ugly) where pop singers became movie stars and they are all definitely memorable in their own way. And yes, of course they sing the soundtrack too! Photo credits: Ezekiel

#8. Prince – Purple Rain (1984)

Prince – When Doves Cry

Prince plays The Kid, a troubled frontman of a band called The Revolution, in this semi-autobiographic movie, which received a fair amount of negative reviews for the plot, but outstanding reviews for the soundtrack. Purple Rain even won the Oscar for The Best Soundtrack in 1985.

#7. Whitney Houston – The Bodyguard (1992)

Whitney Houston – The Bodyguard

Although Whitney Houston shined in The Bodyguard, she was the third choice for the role of Rachel Marron. Diana Ross had to pass on the role after chemistry issues with Ryan O’Neal. Madonna saw the deal go up in smokes after an incident with the male lead Kevin Costner. But in the end Whitney Houston nailed it and the soundtrack of The Bodyguard is still one of the best selling movie soundtracks of all time.

#6. Spice Girls – Spice World

Spice Girls – Too Much

Every girl probably begged her parents to take them to this movie when it hit the big screen in december, 1997 (and they probably covered their eyes and ears when the Spice Girls encountered the scary aliens). Spice World received very negative reviews and has the questionable honor to be listed as one of “The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made“, according to Golden Raspberry Awards founder John Wilson. But hey, everything the ‘Fabulous Five’ touched in the 90s, turned into gold: the movie became an instant box office hit around the world.

#5. Eminem – 8 Mile (2002)

Eminem – Lose Yourself

8 Mile is heavily based on Eminem’s own upbringing and his attempt to launch a career in the hip hop scene. The movie was a commercial and critical success around the world and Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ even won the Oscar for the Best Orginial Song.

#4. Michael Jackson – Moonwalker (1988)

Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal

Moonwalker is a collection of short movies around Michael Jackson’s seventh studio album Bad. Because the movie itself has no storyline whatsoever, it received mixed reviews. The movie was also turned into several video games and a comic.

#3. Britney Spears – Crossroads (2002)

Britney Spears – I Love Rock ‘n Roll

Everybody with a Britney fan in their innercircle has probably seen this movie. Crossroads was a real chickflick (complete with friends who promise to stay forever and yes, cue the handsome bad boy and the cute boy) and just looking at the cover from the VHS could cause some serious tooth decay. Favorite reviewquote: “Avoid this train wreck at all costs.” (Baltimore Sun)

#2. The Ramones – Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)

The Ramones – Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

The movie is about the Vince Lombardi High School that keeps losing principals because the students are big fans of rock ‘n’ roll music and have an aversion to education. The students begin to riot when a new principal takes the concert tickets for a The Ramones concert from a girl and a war on rock between the students and the new principal begins.

#1. The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night (1967)

A Hard Day’s Night is a legendary mockumentary from The Beatles about the insane lives of the fabulous four. The film was a critical and commercial success for the filmstudio, but not for The Beatles. Their manager Brian Epstein was so bad at business negotitiations and making deals, that the filmstudio United Artist made a deal for three movies, knowing it would make them very rich. The Beatles only made $25.000 per movie for A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and the Magical Mystery Tour.

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