British-Irish pop band Girls Aloud were nearly dropped by their record label bosses after just one single.

The group, created in 2002 on Tv show Popstars: The Rivals, is the U.K.'s most successful girl band of the 21st Century, scoring 20 songs in the Top Ten of the British singles chart, including three Number Ones.

But singer Kimberley Walsh has revealed the band was almost axed after its chart-topping debut single Sound of the Underground because label bosses were not convinced Girls Aloud could achieve longterm success.

She tells British magazine Radar, "After Sound of the Underground went to No. 1 we actually had a bit of a shaky spell. It was a difficult time for pop music and our record company nearly dropped us. (Hit 2004 single) Love MAChine was a turning point though. That was when I thought, 'Ok, we're gonna get a few more years out of this.'"

The band has been on hiatus since 2009 while Walsh and fellow members Cheryl Cole and Nicola Roberts concentrated on solo albums, but they are now back together for a tour to celebrate their decade in pop.