|Born||30 September 1984|
|Years active||1998 – Present
2009 – present, (solo)
Roc Nation (2009)
|Associated acts||Sugababes, Mutya Buena, Jay Sean|
Keisha Kerreece Fayeanne Buchanan (born 30 September 1984 in Westminster, London, England) is an English singer-songwriter. She was the longest-standing founding member of the BRIT Award-winning girl group the Sugababes. With the Sugababes, Buchanan had seven number one singles, and two number one studio albums, making the Sugababes the most successful female act of the 21st century.
Buchanan met Mutya Buena while at primary school in Kingsbury. At the age of thirteen the pair met Siobhán Donaghy at a music studio. The three formed a girl group called the Sugababies but then changed to the Sugababes. In 1998, the Sugababes were offered a record deal with Island Records and had their first break-through hit in 2000 with "Overload" from their debut album One Touch. Donaghy left the group in September 2001 to be replaced by Heidi Range, and Buena departed in December 2005, replaced by Amelle Berrabah, leaving Buchanan as the only founding member still in the Sugababes between 2005 to 2009. The Sugababes had seven number-one singles, "Freak Like Me", "Round Round", "Hole in the Head", "Do They Know it's Christmas?" (with Band Aid 20), "Push the Button", "Walk This Way" and "About You Now". They have also had several top-three hits including "Ugly", "Girls" and Buchanan's final release with the group, "Get Sexy". The group has also had six top-ten albums, two of which, Taller in More Ways and Change, went to number one in the UK and were certified triple platinum. In terms of record sales, the Sugababes are the most successful female act of the century, and have had #1 singles in fifteen other countries in Europe and Asia — "Hole in the Head" also went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard dance chart.
On 21 September 2009, it was officially announced that Buchanan had exited the group, resulting in Sugababes retaining none of its original members. Buchanan, who will pursue a solo career with Island Records, was replaced by former-Eurovision entrant Jade Ewen. Buchanan revealed on Twitter that it was not her decision to leave, resulting in some journalists described her as having been "sacked".
I'm sad to say that I am no longer a part of the Sugababes ... Although it was not my choice to leave, it's time to enter a new chapter in my life ... I would like to state that there were no arguments, bullying or anything of the sort that lead to this. Sometimes a breakdown in communication and lack of trust can result in many different things.—Keisha Buchanan, September 2009
Rumours following the announcement suggested that Heidi Range, who was herself a replacement for Siobhán Donaghy in 2001, was responsible for the change and that she "pushed Keisha out" due to conflicts between Buchanan and Amelle Berrabah. Former member Mutya Buena, who left in 2005 and was replaced by Berrabah, declared that the group, without any of its original members, no longer has the right to be known as Sugababes. She eulogised the group by stating "it all started so innocently ... a love for music and a dream ... look what it's become", and criticized Range for not leaving together with Buchanan. Buena also expressed interest in reforming the original line-up with Buchanan and Donaghy.
Critics reacted negatively to the news. British broadsheet The Guardian ran an article named "Why the Sugababes' show can't go on without Keisha". It argued that the group had suffered "one lineup change too many, and moves the group from a clever shape-shifting pop force into a total laughing stock". Whilst praising the Sugababes music history as being soulful and highly original, the article argued that its need to be a "brand" resulted in a "rather miserable, undignified end to a band who fell together at school... and achieved what they did with a rare class".
Today the Sugababes don't exist as a band, and after "Get Sexy" they don't really exist as a sound either. If this new girl group before us today is to have any future at all, and Ewen, Berrabah and Range do actually make a great three-piece, it must find a new name. Sugababes died when Buchanan left.—Peter Robinson, The Guardian, September 22, 2009
Johnny Dee, also of The Guardian, agreed that "entirely consisting of substitutes, one would imagine that the Sugababes could no longer seriously exist". He also suggested the "ever-changing lineups... reveals them for what they are... a business, a brand". Pop Justice stated bluntly: "Sugababes as a band is now dead. Pick a new name or spend the rest of your time in this band as a total laughing stock". In a separate article, the website alluded to the group's current form as "Amelle Heidi & Jade" before discussing "the Sugababes (Mutya, Siobhan and Keisha)" separately. Similarly, entertainment news service Digital Spy began referring to the band as "Sugababes" with quotation marks. Pop Justice created a eulogy webpage entitled "Sugababes Forever 1998-2009", whilst Digital Spy ran an article called "Keisha Buchanan, we salute you" in which they thanked her for her contribution to "incredible pop songs".
Pop Justice, in reviewing photographs of the new line-up wearing sexy outfits, commented on the possible reaction of Sugababes' management team: "It's hard to look at those photographs and not wonder what the people who were instrumental in Sugababes' early days think of the pictures... All those people who did such a brilliant job of making sure the Sugababes had a little bit more class than the others. Is this what they had in mind?". Some critics have suggested that the latest line-up change "may be more difficult for fans to take".
However since then it has been claimed by Amelle and Heidi that they played no role in the ousting of Keisha. Both Amelle and Heidi claimed to have quit the Sugababes only to find that their management had decided they would follow them rather than find two new members for Keisha. Both Heidi and Amelle had said their reasons for leaving were due to not being able to face work every day.
Despite being dropped from the Sugababes, as part of the agreement, Island Records signed Keisha to a contract that would make her a solo artist for the label. She's reportedly working on her new album.
She appeared on All Star Mr. and Mrs in June 2009 with her boyfriend, musical performer, Dean Thomas for ITV.
In March 2010 it was reported that Keisha Buchanan was trying to claim the rights to the Sugababes name. Keisha along with original members Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy have applied to register the name with the European Union's trademark office OHIM.
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