And Finally

Website apologises to the other one from Girls Aloud

By | Published on Tuesday 4 May 2010

MSN Music, a section of Microsoft’s UK web portal, has been forced to issue an apology after it received complaints for referring to Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle as “the other one” when listing the group’s line-up. Some even went so far as to suggest that it was intentional discrimination on the grounds that she is the only member from Northern Ireland.

The controversy arose from an article on good pop songs that never made it to number one, in which a picture of Girls Aloud was captioned: “Despite being Britain’s best-loved girl band, Cheryl, Nicola, Sarah, Kimberley and the other one have cruelly been denied their fair share of number one singles”.

A spokesperson for MSN said: “The article is independent editorial, which is intended to be a light-hearted, retrospective take on songs that duly deserved the number one spot but lost out. MSN Music is a huge fan of Girls Aloud and their music, and the omission of Nadine Coyle’s name was not meant to cause any offence. We are sorry for any distress this may have caused”.

Coyle and the other ones have not made any comment.