Former SPICE GIRL Emma Bunton is moving to New York, in a bid to make it as a solo artist in America.

The singer has failed to score more than a couple of hit singles since the all-conquering girl group split - but hopes a Stateside audience will be more responsive to her brand of pop.

Bunton is already working on a revamped version of her UK number two hit FREE ME, and wants a base in America in case she makes it big there.

She told a pal, "I am looking at buying a property in New York because if it takes off I don't want to be living in hotels again.

"I'm looking at places in Manhattan and have a friend scouring the area."

23/12/2004 09:42