December 2 [10:00 EDT] -- Yes, it's only Tuesday, but the shimmering, candy-coated roller coaster that is the Spice Girls has already seen more ups than downs this week than most folks see in a lifetime.
As further evidence that every silver lining has a cloud, we present the following:
- On the upside, the Spice Girls had the honor of meeting the Queen after their turn at the annual Royal Variety Performance.
- On the flipside, the British Press Association reports that Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell could barely manage a curtsy when meeting the Queen for fear of popping out of her low-cut gown (which reportedly presented problems during the group's performance).
- On the upside, PA also reports that the Girls were named "Best British Group" by the readers of "Smash Hits" magazine for the second year in a row.
- On the flipside, the Girls also reportedly picked up the honors for "Worst Single" for their song
Your Life" and Geri was voted "Worst Dressed Person" and "Least Fanciable Female" by "Smash Hits" readers as well.
- On the upside, the group saw U.S sales of its latest album, "Spiceworld," jump for the third week in a row from just over 100,000 copies to more than 103,000 copies.
- On the flipside, strong debuts from Metallica, Celine Dion, Erykah Badu, and Hanson meant that despite the sales surge, the Spice Girls actually dropped from number eight to number 11 on the "Billboard" albums chart.