Published On: Thu, Apr 29th, 2021

Bardot unexpectedly returns to the charts two decades after breaking up

They were one of the most iconic Australian girl bands from the early 2000s.

And it seems Bardot is making a comeback of sorts after returning to the music charts – two decades after their last hit single.

The pop group, whose members included Sophie Monk, Belinda Chapple, Sally Polihronas, Chantelle Barry, Katie Underwood and Tiffani Wood – just released an album of remixes and a new track called Something Worth Fighting For.

They’re back! Early noughties Australian girl band Bardot (pictured in August 2000) is making a comeback of sorts after returning to the music charts – two decades after their last hit single

Both releases – the album of remixes and the new single – have made it to the top 10 on iTunes, reports The Daily Telegraph.

The newest LP includes 20 tracks and is available on both iTunes and Spotify.

Bardot’s debut single, Poison, went straight to the top of the charts in the year 2000, making them the hottest girl group in Australia.

But just two years later, the band members found themselves pushed aside so that breakout star Sophie could pursue a solo career.

New release: The pop group, whose members included Sophie Monk, Belinda Chapple, Sally Polihronas, Chantelle Barry, Katie Underwood and Tiffani Wood - just released an album of remixes (pictured) and a new track called Something Worth Fighting For

New release: The pop group, whose members included Sophie Monk, Belinda Chapple, Sally Polihronas, Chantelle Barry, Katie Underwood and Tiffani Wood – just released an album of remixes (pictured) and a new track called Something Worth Fighting For 

In August 2020, Belinda, now 45, revealed on the Back From Reality podcast that finding out her career was over was a brutal experience. 

‘It happened overnight… we were so blindsided,’ she said of the decision to dissolve Bardot so that Sophie, 41, could go solo.

‘We were ready for years ahead, with so many bookings to look forward to and our album was doing really well,’ she added. 

'We were so blindsided': Belinda (pictured) recently revealed the brutal way the band found out they were 'finished' so that breakout star Sophie Monk could launch a solo career

‘We were so blindsided’: Belinda (pictured) recently revealed the brutal way the band found out they were ‘finished’ so that breakout star Sophie Monk could launch a solo career

Belinda apparently discovered her managers had other plans when she accidentally stumbled across a stack of CDs for Sophie’s first solo album.

‘I wasn’t meant to see it,’ she said.

Belinda confronted the management team to find out what was going on.

‘They couldn’t look me in the eye. I said, “You’re going to tell me now what all this stuff is? What are you guys doing? Is she doing a side project?”‘ 

Star: While Belinda and the other band members, Sally Polihronas, Katie Underwood and Tiffani Wood, have mostly stayed out of the spotlight following the group's split in 2002, Sophie's (pictured) career has gone from strength to strength

Star: While Belinda and the other band members, Sally Polihronas, Katie Underwood and Tiffani Wood, have mostly stayed out of the spotlight following the group’s split in 2002, Sophie’s (pictured) career has gone from strength to strength

She was sent home and the band was called in for a meeting the next day.

‘He just sat us down and said, “It’s over… Bardot’s over. That’s it,”‘ she said.

While Belinda and the other band members, Sally, Katie and Tiffani, have mostly stayed out of the spotlight following the group’s split in 2002, Sophie’s career has gone from strength to strength. 

'I wasn't meant to see it': Belinda apparently discovered her managers had plans for Sophie's (pictured) solo career when she accidentally stumbled across a stack of CDs for her first album

‘I wasn’t meant to see it’: Belinda apparently discovered her managers had plans for Sophie’s (pictured) solo career when she accidentally stumbled across a stack of CDs for her first album

She has appeared in Hollywood movies, including Date Night and Click, hosted two seasons of Love Island Australia and was the Bachelorette in 2017. 

Bardot’s former manager David Caplice claimed in April the band split following an ‘explosive’ backstage bust-up before their Mardi Gras performance in 2002.

‘I remember the girls became very adversarial to each other towards the end, when envy and infighting was out of control,’ he told News.com.au

Allegations: Bardot's former manager David Caplice claimed in April that the band split after an 'explosive' backstage bust-up before their Mardi Gras performance in 2002 (pictured)

Allegations: Bardot’s former manager David Caplice claimed in April that the band split after an ‘explosive’ backstage bust-up before their Mardi Gras performance in 2002 (pictured)

‘It wasn’t that particular performance that heralded the end for me – it was the blow-up backstage at the Mardi Gras prior to their 2am headline performance that really shocked everybody. 

‘That explosive encounter was the death blow for the band… Bardot could have been the biggest girl band in the world.’

The band members later denied any altercation had taken place at the 2002 Mardi Gras, saying David’s claim was simply ‘not true’.  

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