Emma Steps Into The Solo Spice Ring

As Spice Girl Melanie C.'s new single tops the British charts, "Baby Spice" Emma Bunton has finally revealed some news about her own planned solo album.

Emma's past solo efforts have been limited to a one-off collaboration with Brit band Tin Tin Out and the Mel C.-penned song "(Hey You) Free Up Your Mind" from last year's "Pokemon: The Movie" soundtrack. That's about to change, it seems. Bunton has told BBC's Radio One that she's been working on some 18 solo songs, some with superproducer Rodney Jerkins.

Bunton told the network that the tracks include guitar-driven songs similar to her song with Tin Tin Out, as well as some "dance-y" tunes, ballads, and "R&B, but poppy" material, courtesy of Jerkins. The performer also hinted that she has been writing her own songs and that she was especially fond of writing ballads. The themes, she said, are about her own life experiences. She described one song as a "real girls' anthem about going out."

Meanwhile,

"Sporty" Melanie C.'s new single, "I Turn To You," the fourth from her solo album "Northern Star," shot to number one on the U.K. charts this week. "Scary" Mel B. has reportedly just shot a video for her single "Tell Me," which is due out on September 18 in the U.K. The song should appear next year in the U.S., along with her debut solo album, "Hot."

"Posh Spice" Victoria Beckham's first non-Spice Girls track, "Out Of Your Mind," featuring Another Level singer Dane Bowers, is currently being shipped to record stores in Britain. She is also reportedly working on tracks for a full album with producer Jerkins.

Meanwhile, the third album by all four Spice Girls is set to hit stores on November 7 (see "Spice Girls Slot November Date For Third LP").