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Sugababes

The band's second line up: (L-R) Mutya Buena, Heidi Range, Keisha Buchanan
Background information
Origin London, UK
Genres pop, R&B, urban, electronic
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels London (1998-2001)
Island (2001-present)
Roc Nation (2009-present)[1]
Associated acts All Saints, Girls Aloud, Taio Cruz, Tinchy Stryder, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Atomic Kitten, Sean Kingston, Jay-Z
Website Sugababes.com
Members
Heidi Range
Amelle Berrabah
Jade Ewen
Former members
Keisha Buchanan
Mutya Buena
Siobhán Donaghy

The Sugababes are an English pop girl group based in London, consisting of members Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen.

The group was formed in 1998 by original members Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan. After some initial success, Donaghy departed due to arguments, and the introduction of Range in 2001 was met with the commercial breakthrough of the group's first number-one single "Freak Like Me" and parent album Angels with Dirty Faces in 2002. They had major charting success with their singles; "Round Round" and "Hole in the Head". The group survived a second line-up change in December 2005, when Buena left to be with her child who had been born earlier in the year. She was replaced by Amelle Berrabah. In September 2009, it was announced that after eleven years in the Sugababes, Buchanan was no longer a part of the group and had been replaced by Eurovision contestant Jade Ewen. Ewen immediately began recording over Buchanan's vocals for upcoming album, Sweet 7, and since the line-up change the group have scored 3 UK Top 10 singles from Sweet 7.

As of March 2010, all former members Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan are persuing legal action for the ownership of the name of the group claiming that they all contributed to its formation and the legacy behind it. According the media this is because the name was never registered by the group's record label.

Contents

History

2000-2001: Original line-up and One Touch

The Sugababes were put together by manager Ron Tom, who previously worked with All Saints. Siobhán Donaghy and Mutya Buena had been signed on as solo artists but decided to work together after performing at the same showcase. While working in the studio, Buena invited her long-time friend Keisha Buchanan to watch and manager Tom decided the three girls were to be a trio, likening their different appearances to the United Colors of Benetton campaign.[2] Their name originates from Buchanan and Buena's school nickname, Sugar baby, dubbed by Tom as The Sugababies during the recording of the album. When the group members were aged fourteen, London Records offered them a record contract, and their name was tweaked to the more mature Sugababes.[3]

Their debut single, "Overload", made the top ten on the UK Singles Chart and was nominated for a BRIT Award for Best Single, climbing to number three and number two in Germany and New Zealand, respectively. The group co-wrote most of the tracks on One Touch with the help of All Saints producer Cameron McVey.[4] One Touch produced three more top 40 hits in the UK—"New Year", "Run for Cover" and "Soul Sound". During a Japanese promotional tour in 2001, Siobhán Donaghy left the group. She stated initially that she wanted to pursue a fashion career,[3] eventually being diagnosed with clinical depression amid reports of in-fighting between the Sugababes members.[5]

Heidi Range was later announced as Donaghy's replacement.[6] The album peaked at number twenty six on the UK Album Chart and at number seven in Germany. It was certified gold by the BPI and had sold 220,000 copies in the UK by 2008 according to Music Week.[7][8] The sales of One Touch did not meet London Records' expectations,[9] and they dropped the group in 2001.

2002-2003: Angels with Dirty Faces and second line-up

Having already started work on a second album with new member Range, the trio looked for a new record label, eventually signing to Island Records. Their first single on the new label, "Freak like Me" — a mash-up of "Are Friends Electric?" by Tubeway Army and Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me" — was produced by Richard X[10] and scored the group their first UK number-one. Follow-up single "Round Round", produced by Kent-based production group Xenomania, also debuted on top of the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number two in Ireland, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. Both singles were certified silver by the BPI.[7]

On the back of these singles, the Sugababes' second album, Angels with Dirty Faces, debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and was certified triple platinum. It has sold 917,000 copies in the UK[7][8], and was certified platinum in Europe (which includes the UK sales).[11] In the UK, the third single from the album, a ballad entitled "Stronger", gained the girls their third consecutive top ten hit in their native country. The track was released as a double-A side with "Angels with Dirty Faces" in the UK, the latter song chosen as the theme tune to The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002). A fourth single, the Sting-sampling "Shape", made the top ten in the Netherlands and Ireland in early 2003. The single featured a mix of "Freak like Me" based on the performance at the 2003 BRIT Awards,[12] having won the award for Best British Dance Act. Their success led to the recording of a new track, entitled "Party in the Club", for the theme tune to ITV's teenage drama show Girls in Love, based on the book of the same name by Jacqueline Wilson.

2003-2004: Three

The group's third album, Three, was released in late 2003 and reached number three on the UK Album Chart, earning the group a BRIT Award nomination for Best Album. Certified double platinum, it has sold 855,000 copies.[7][8] The album was preceded by Xenomania-produced lead single "Hole in the Head", which became the groups's third UK number-one single and their first chart-topper in Denmark. It also reached number two in Ireland, Netherlands and Norway, and became the Sugababes' first single to chart in the US, reaching number ninety-six on the Billboard Hot 100 and the top of the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

The second single, the Diane Warren-penned "Too Lost in You", appeared on the soundtrack to the film Love Actually (2003) and went top ten in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK. The album's third single, "In the Middle", was released in 2004 and garnered the group another BRIT Award nomination for Best Single; like its successor, the ballad "Caught in a Moment", it went to number eight on the UK Singles Chart.

In 2004, the trio joined acts such as Coldplay's Chris Martin, Dido and Robbie Williams on a 2004 version of the 1984 Band Aid's original "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which went to number one in the UK in December and sold over 200,000 copies in its first week.[13] The money raised by this charity single went towards famine relief in the Darfur region of Sudan. After a break from the music industry, during the recording of their fourth album, band member Mutya Buena announced she and her boyfriend, Jay, were expecting a child.[14] Their daughter, named Tahlia Maya, was born in March 2005.[15] The group later gave their first performance for over a year at the Edinburgh Live 8 concert.[16]

2005-2006: Taller in More Ways and third line-up

After a hiatus, the Sugababes released the Dallas Austin produced "Push the Button" in October 2005. It debuted at number one in the UK, giving the group their fourth number one single and first Irish number one single. Certified silver in the UK,[7] it was later nominated at the BRIT Awards for Best Single. It also went to number one in New Zealand, and is their biggest Australian hit to date, peaking at number three and going platinum. "Push the Button" became their most popular song in the United States, becoming another hit on the Hot Dance Airplay and Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. In October 2005, Taller in More Ways became the group's first UK number-one album. The same week, the group celebrated being number one on the singles, album, airplay, and download charts simultaneously.[17] In addition to Austin, Taller in More Ways saw the trio continue work with Guy Sigsworth and Xenomania, as well as Cameron McVey, with whom they had not worked since One Touch.[18]

Following an apparent illness[19] that prevented Buena from promoting the follow-up single "Ugly", it was announced on 21 December 2005 that Buena had left Sugababes. According to an announcement on their site, "Mutya's decision was based purely on personal reasons and she will continue to remain the best of friends with both Keisha and Heidi." The last remaining original member, Buchanan, said upon Buena's departure, "...we will all miss Mutya, but we also knew there was still a place for bringing in somebody new who could help us carry on taking the Sugababes brand of music forward".[5]

Amelle Berrabah joined the Sugababes in late December 2005. Berrabah was chosen by the group's management and "[Buchanan and Range] instantly knew she was the only person to share the rest of the journey with us."[20] Before joining the Sugababes, Berrabah had featured in the band 'Boo2' with her sister, Samiya.[21] The third single from Taller in More Ways was a re-recorded version of "Red Dress", which was released in early 2006, and gave the Sugababes a third consecutive top five hit from the album, entering the UK singles chart at number four. Berrabah re-recorded three tracks and co-wrote a brand new track with Buchanan and Range, and these tracks appeared on a re-release of Taller in More Ways that reached number 18 in the UK chart.

Taller in More Ways was certified double platinum in the UK, selling 886,000 copies.[7][8] In early 2006, the album earned a Platinum Award from the IFPI in recognition of over one million copies sold in Europe (including UK sales).[22] The final single from Taller in More Ways was "Follow Me Home", released only in the UK in June, where it charted at number 32.

2006-2007: Overloaded: The Singles Collection

Sugababes returned to the recording studio to start work on their fifth album, in mid-2006, recording two tracks for their contractual greatest hits collection, entitled Overloaded: The Singles Collection. The lead single from the compilation, "Easy", was co-written by George Astario and Jason Pebworth from Californian band Orson, who share management with Sugababes.[23] "Easy" was released before the hits compilation album, and peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart. The singles compilation was released in November 2006, peaking at number three on the albums chart in the UK. The album, certified platinum by the BPI, has sold 598,000 copies.[7][8]

The compilation contains tracks from One Touch to Taller in More Ways, excluding "New Year", "Soul Sound", "Angels with Dirty Faces", and "Follow Me Home", most of which were not released outside the UK. A separate DVD—featuring 14 of their music videos and karaoke versions—was released, as well as a special deluxe digital download version featuring live performances, a special digital download remix collection (entitled Overloaded: The Remix Collection), and a Napster Live Session featuring acoustic versions of four of their hits and their cover of Primal Scream's single "Rocks". On 6 November 2006, Sugababes joined Feeder on stage for the encore of Feeder's WAR Child gig at 'The Roundhouse' in Camden, London. They performed a cover of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" and "Freak Like Me".

Sugababes also stopped off at the Vena Festival in Poland, playing along side artists such as 9Lies and the Fun Lovin' Criminals.

Sugababes recorded the 2007 Comic Relief single, a duet with fellow UK girl group Girls Aloud, a cover of the hit "Walk This Way". Credited as 'Sugababes Vs Girls Aloud', the single was released in March 2007 in the UK and became the band's fifth UK number-one single (and the first with Berrabah). Mattel teamed up with Sugababes to create a new themed Barbie doll collection, which hit stores in May 2007.

2007-2008: Change

Following their Greatest Hits Tour, the Sugababes returned to the recording studio in mid 2007 to work on a new album, Change, the first to feature Berrabah on all tracks. Producers who worked on the album included William Orbit, Dr. Luke, JC Chasez, Dallas Austin, Novel and Xenomania. With the release of the Dr. Luke produced single "About You Now", the Sugababes were the first all female group to top the UK Singles Chart on downloads alone. The song also broke the record for the biggest jump to number one from inside the Top 40 (entering at no.35, though this has since been surpassed by Pink's 2008 hit "So What" which entered at no.38), and remained at number one for four weeks. "About You Now" was nominated for a 2008 BRIT Award for Best British Single.[24]

In October 2007, Change became the group's second UK number one album, debuting in that position and giving the group the top positions on the singles, album and download charts simultaneously. The next single, "Change", was released in December 2007[25] and peaked at number thirteen in the UK. The third and final single from Change was "Denial", which reached number fifteen. The album sold 494,000 copies in the UK, and was certified platinum.[7][8]

During this period, Sugababes appeared on the compilation Radio 1: Established 1967 with a Lucas Secon produced cover of The Stylistics' "Betcha by Golly Wow!", and were part of a choir of 23 female acts on Annie Lennox's song "Sing". In late 2007, the song "3 Spoons of Suga" appeared on the soundtrack to the film St Trinian's. From March to May 2008, the Sugababes travelled the UK on the thirty-date Change Tour.

2008: Catfights and Spotlights

Sugababes went back into the studio after their Change Tour to write and work on their sixth studio album, Catfights and Spotlights,[26][27][28] and Orson's lead singer Jason Pebworth, who worked with the group in the studio, described the album as having a "funkier" sound than their previous efforts.[29] It was reported that producer Timbaland approached Sugababes to work on their sixth album, but because of time schedules a collaboration did not occur.[30] British artist Taio Cruz, who worked with the group on the album,[31] released a remix of his single "She's Like a Star" featuring additional vocals from Sugababes and Busta Rhymes shortly before the first single from the group's sixth album was released.

The lead single from Catfights and Spotlights was "Girls", and was released in October 2008. Although the single peaked at number three in the UK, it was the first lead single since that from their debut album not to reach number 1. The album reached number eight in the UK Albums Chart, was named the sixth-best pop album of 2008 by the website Popjustice. The album was also voted as the 3rd must have pop album by Amazon UK[32] "No Can Do", the second and final single, was released in December and peaked at number 23 in the UK. In January 2009, the Publishing Right Society named Sugababes the fourth hardest-working band of 2008 due to the number of arena concerts performed during 2008.[33] After the release of "No Can Do", the group announced that there would be no 2009 tour in support of Catfights and Spotlights so that they may focus on writing and recording material for their seventh studio album.

In March 2009, the track "Nothing's as Good as You" from Catfights and Spotlights was featured in an advert on the Disney Channel promoting Disney Channel Original Movies such as High School Musical, The Cheetah Girls and Camp Rock. Around this time, rumors arose that Sugababes had in fact decided to split up after nine years together. However, the group quickly released a statement on their official website to say that the reports about splitting were not true, and that they were currently in the process of working on the next album.[34]

Although there was no tour to promote Catfights and Spotlights, the group did play a number of open-air summer gigs where they performed many of their past hits, plus songs from their most recent album. On 27 June, they performed at the Cannock Chase Forest and at Thetford Forest on 11 July in order to highlight the importance of Global warming. The Forestry commission that promoted the gigs stated, "That with multi-million sales and sold out tours, Sugababes has become synonymous with imaginative, cutting edge and effervescent pop music".[35] On 10 July, the group play at the recently re-built Durham County Cricket Club’s Riverside Stadium.[36] As well as doing other low-key gigs, they performed as one of the headlining acts for Roehampton University's Summer Ball along with The Zutons and special guest Jake Allen.[citation needed] On 18 July, the group were the headline act at Pontypridd's Big Weekend for the Saturday lineup. Due on stage at 8pm, they were a little late on, but whipped the crowd up with a range of songs from right across their repertoire. On 8 August, they are due to perform at the Ashfield show in Sutton in Ashfield nottingham, this is a free show on Saturday and Sunday however due to their performing on Saturday you need a ticket. All tickets sold out in 1 day. Ashfield Show 2009

"Catfights and Spotlights" is the Sugababes lowest selling album in the UK receiving only Silver certification.[37]

2009-present: Sweet 7 and fourth line-up

On 6 April 2009, Digital Spy reported that the Sugababes were preparing to fly out to the US to start work on Sweet 7, their seventh studio album. The trio said that final arrangements were being made for recording the follow-up to Catfights and Spotlights.[38][39] On 27 April, it was revealed that the Sugababes have signed a contract with Jay-Z's label Roc Nation[40] They will also be working with the production team StarGate who have produced music for Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Beyoncé and Mariah Carey.[40]

On 1 June, the Sugababes record label Island Records released the album Island Life - 50 Years of Island Records, the Sugababes covered the track "Teardrops" by Womack & Womack for the album, the track "Push the Button" by the group was also added to the albums final track listing. On 2 June, the band revealed that they had picked the first single to be released off the untitled album.[41] Buchanan stated on Twitter that the new single will be played on Radio 1 in the second week of July 2009 for the first time.[42] The first single from their forthcoming seventh album, "Get Sexy", premiered on BBC Radio 1 on 7 July at 16:51. It was released digitally on 30 August, and physically the following day. The video for "Get Sexy" was screened for the first time on 1 August on 4Music.[43] Popjustice released the video two days early, giving fans the chance to watch the video on 30 July at 5pm.[44]

The album was set to be released in the UK on 23 November, but was postponed until February 2010 after it was confirmed that Berrabah was going to Austria for medical treatment.[45] On 25 July, Buchanan announced that they would release two singles before releasing the album in November. She also said that apparently the second single is going to be titled "About a Girl", and called it a "A die-hard old school Sugababes song". Buchanan also stated that she "hopes that the Ne-Yo track is going to be a new single. It has the vibe of Beyoncé's 'Irreplaceable' and the attitude".[46] Buchanan confirmed in Amsterdam that "About a Girl" would be the second single.

In a Digital Spy interview on 14 August, the group revealed that the album has been named and is currently in production, although they didn't reveal the album name.[47] According to Amazon.co.uk the album will be released on 23 November 2009. According to HMV the album is entitled Sweet 7. The album title was also confirmed by Range.[48] On 6 September 2009, Get Sexy debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart, having had heavy competition from Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West's Run This Town.

On 18 September, two updates were posted to the girls' website, confirming details about the new video shoot, and pictures with Look,[49] yet on this date rumours circulated that Berrabah had quit Sugababes, due to rising tensions with Buchanan and due to be replaced by former Eurovision entrant Jade Ewen.[50][51] MTV reported that Buchanan was allegedly jealous of Berrabah's involvement with Tinchy Stryder, as she appeared on his single "Never Leave You" which reached number 1.[52][53][54]

Three days later, the official Sugababes website and Digital Spy revealed that Buchanan had left the group,[55] resulting in Sugababes retaining none of its original members. Buchanan, who will remain as a solo artist with Island Records, was replaced by Jade Ewen. Buchanan used her official Twitter to clarify that it was not her decision to leave the band,[56][57] resulting in some journalists described her as having been "sacked".[58]

Former member Mutya Buena, declared that the group, without any of its original members, no longer has the right to bear its name as "Sugababes have ended". She eulogised the group by stating "it all started so innocently ... a love for music and a dream ... look what it's become", and slammed Range for not supporting Buchanan. Buena also argued that, in the new line-up, Ewen would dominate so that "it will kind of seem like Jade is the frontline, with two backing singers".[59][60][61] She also expressed interest in reforming the original line-up with Buchanan and Siobhán Donaghy.[62] Many fans reacted badly to the split,[63] and the majority of critics have also reacted negatively to the news.[64][65][66][67] 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 band 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".[68]

Following Amelle's return, the new line-up began to make their first major promotional appearances. Their first performance took place on morning show GMTV, where they sang "About a Girl", followed by a performance at BBC1's Live Lounge where they sang "About a Girl" once again, along with "Rabbit Heart", a cover of Florence + the Machine. "About A Girl" went on to reach #8 in the UK. It was announced that a cover of "Santa Baby" would be released digitally in the UK on 21 December. The song was released for promotional purposes only and was not accompanied by a music video, nor did it impact the official UK singles chart.

It was then confirmed that the 3rd single from Sweet 7, would be "Wear My Kiss", it will be released on 22 February 2010. A preview for the music video was released in January on Channel 4.[69]On 11th February, Sugababes performed an acoustic version of "About a Girl" and a new track from the new album Crash N' Burn at Signal One Radio.[69][69] "Wear My Kiss" has peaked in the UK Singles Chart at #7 so far and is the third top ten hit off the album Sweet 7 and the second for the new line-up. The Sugababes have said in recent interviews that "Crash N' Burn" is likely to be the fourth and last single from Sweet 7.

Non-musical aspects

Sugababes: Uncovered

Sugababes recorded a one-off documentary for ITV2 entitled Sugababes: Uncovered, which ran on 19 December 2006. The documentary was filmed during the Overloaded: The Singles Collection era, and focused on the group's promotional activities, including behind the scenes footage of the girls preparing for a show and interviews with the girls themselves.

Autobiography

The Sugababes hit the headlines when they stated that they would not write an autobiography unlike other girl bands such as Girls Aloud. The girls claimed that it would be impossible to write as the group has experienced so many line up changes in the past and therefore it would be too hard to incorporate former members Siobhan Donaghy and Mutya Buena. Keisha Buchanan told the press "With the history of us, a book wouldn't necessarily be the best thing." However the Babes have since told reporters that they hope to branch out into other areas such as a make up range.[70] In 2007, journalist Emily Sheridan wrote a 294 page book about the babes.[71]

Deichmann shoes

Sugababes have launched their own shoe collection in association with the German shoe retailer "Deichmann" available from February 2008 in 16 countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, and the UK.[72] The singers chose the range of items in the Star collection themselves, with Amelle stating “We do not copy anyone" and “We hope that the styles, which we also like to wear in private, will also meet with the taste of our fans”.[73] The style is said to be "chic and trendy but also affordable", with prices ranging from £9.99 to £19.99. An advert was filmed in London and takes place on the Thames where the Sugababes attend a boat party and have a great time. The advert was first shown in Germany on 3 March 2008, and is also available.[74]

British tabloids

In Britain, the members of the group do not get much media coverage as individuals, but the group's perceived "moodiness",[75] alleged backstage catfights,[76] and press junket tantrums[76] have hit the headlines. They are well-known for being surrounded by continuous rumours of in-fighting within the group and constant split reports[77][78] - most notably the alleged bullying of Siobhán Donaghy who quit the group in 2001. Further rumours suggested that the two remaining members Keisha Buchanan and Mutya Buena had bullied replacement Heidi Range, although Range herself has repeatedly denied such allegations;[79][80] Buena later admitted that she "just didn't talk to her" when she first joined.[76] Buchanan claimed that there has been only one serious fallout between herself and Range during a 2004 gig in Dublin, regarding the Britney Spears music video, "Toxic".[81] The girls have also hit headlines, following their tour with Take That, attacking the lead singer Gary Barlow for his rudeness.[82]

In March 2008 rumours once again surfaced about a fall-out between the three girls. The Sun claimed that at the after-show party, following a performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 20 March 2008, the girls "didn't speak a single word (to each other)." The Sun added that Range shunned the VIP lounge at the London nightclub 20, staying at the main bar and being absent from Keisha and Berrabah, after a bust-up with Buchanan.[83]

In September 2009 rumours of bullying within the group once again resurfaced, with Berrabah "mysteriously" going missing for several days causing the remaining members, Range and Buchanan, to perform as a duo in Movida.[84]

In March 2010 reports surfaced that founding members Buena, Buchanan and Donaghy had made legal bid for ownership of the band’s name. Heidi Range stated the following in response “our record company owns the name so there are no conversations about who owns the name. I signed to Universal Records eight-and-a-half years ago with Mutya and Keisha, so we've still got the name.

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".[85] 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".[86] In a separate article, the website alluded to the group's current form as "Heidi, Amelle & Jade" before discussing "the Sugababes (Mutya, Siobhan & Keisha)" separately.[87] Later, Pop Justice issued a clarification, stating: we still believe Heidi, Amelle and Jade should go out under a new band name,[88] Entertainment news service Digital Spy began referring to the band as "Sugababes" with quotation marks.[89] Pop Justice created a eulogy webpage entitled "Sugababes Forever 1998-2009",[90] whilst Digital Spy ran an article called "Keisha Buchanan, we salute you" in which they thanked her for her contribution to "incredible pop songs".[91]

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?"[87] Some critics have suggested that the latest line-up change "may be more difficult for fans to take".[85]

Jade Goody's wedding

On 22 February 2009, the Sugababes received media attention for performing at Jade Goody and Jack Tweed's wedding reception performing their biggest hits, such as "About You Now" and "Freak Like Me". It was shown on Goody's Living show Jade's Wedding. Goody died exactly one month later on 22 March 2009.

In August 2009 they were interviewed about the wedding on 4Music, and the group stated that it was an honour to perform at her wedding. Goody had asked that the band to perform as part of her wish list.

Solo careers

All members, former and current, with the exception of Heidi Range, have completed solo work.

The first member to go solo, Siobhan Donaghy, has so far released five singles and two studio albums: Revolution in Me in 2003 and the critically acclaimed Ghosts in 2007. Neither album was met with significant commercial success. Her best-selling single to date is entitled "Overrated", which charted at number 19 in the UK and is thus Donaghy's only UK Top 40 success. Other singles and both albums have all failed to gain much, if any, chart success.

Mutya Buena was the next member to go solo in 2005 when she had the chance to duet with George Michael on the track "This Is Not Real Love", a UK Top 20 success. She toured with him to perform this song. Her debut album Real Girl was partially successful, reaching the UK Top 10, spawning two UK Top 10 singles -"Real Girl" and "Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)" and being certified Gold by the BPI. She worked with many top producers and artists including Groove Armada and Amy Winehouse. Buena eventually parted with her record company but there is speculation that she plans to release a second album sometime in 2010, although this had not been confirmed.

Keisha Buchanan has gone solo in 2009 after parting ways with the group. She is currently writing new material for her first solo studio album. She collaborated in 2007 Big-Z's "Can't Bring me Down". In 2008, she featured on Don-E's Natural album on the song "Writing's on the Wall". She's also collaborated with London rapper Crazy Titch on the undergound hit "Gully" in 2004, as well as featuring on So Solid Crew member Asher D's album on the track "Give It Up". She collaborated with Jay Sean in 2009 on its UK version of his third studio album All or Nothing on the track "Far Away" which they both co-written.

Amelle Berrabah teamed up with Tinchy Stryder for the track "Never Leave You", the third single from his second album, Catch 22 in August 2009. The single immediately shot to the top UK charts, making Berrabah the only member of the Sugababes, past and present, to achieve a number one single outside of the group.

Jade Ewen was making her debut studio album, when she joined Sugababes. She released three singles: "Got You", UK Eurovision song "It's My Time" and "My Man". Her debut studio album has not been released.

Members

Current members

  • Heidi Range (2001–present) joined the group in 2001, replacing original member Siobhán Donaghy. The line-up then released "Freak Like Me", which peaked at #1 giving the trio their first number-one single. Later that year, the band released its second studio album Angels with Dirty Faces. Range is currently the longest serving member of the Sugababes. She is engaged to presenter Dave Berry.
  • Amelle Berrabah (2005–present) joined in December 2005, after replacing original member Mutya Buena. Berrabah released her first single "Red Dress" in 2006 along with a re-release of the group's album Taller in More Ways (Berrabah re-recorded a portion of Buena's vocals for the re-release). She released her first full studio album with the group, Change, in 2007. Berrabah was also featured alongside Tinchy Stryder in 2009 with the number-one smash hit "Never Leave You".
  • Jade Ewen (2009–present) is the latest member to join the current line up after she replaced the last original member Keisha Buchanan in September 2009. She released her first single with the group a month later, "About a Girl", which peaked at #8 in the charts. She will release her first album with them, Sweet 7, in March 2010. Ewen represented the United Kingdom at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, coming 5th place. She also released two singles in 2009 which both peaked in the UK Top 40. Ewen's debut album Punching Out was scrapped due to her joining the Sugababes.

Former members

  • Keisha Buchanan (1998–2009) was asked to leave the Sugababes in September 2009, due to Range and Berrabah's huge personal issues towards her, which caused a national stir in the media that month. She was with the group for 11 years. Ewen, her replacement, has re-recorded her vocals for new album Sweet 7 in time for its release date in March 2010. Buchanan has recently got back into contact with with her old band members Buena and Donaghy and is on speaking terms with both.
  • Mutya Buena (1998–2005) left in December 2005, after no longer enjoying being with the band and wanting to pursue a solo career, which she achieved by releasing debut album Real Girl in June 2007. Buena has had no contact with Range since leaving but has recently got back in touch with Donaghy and Buchanan. Buena has also expressed interest in reforming the band's original line-up with Buchanan and Donaghy.
  • Siobhán Donaghy (1998–2001) was the first member to leave the group in 2001, due to constant tension with Buchanan, where she revealed she could no longer work with her. Since leaving, she has released solo records Revolution in Me and Ghosts. After her departure from the group, Buena and Donaghy were still cordial with each other, but Donaghy cut all ties with Buchanan.[92][93] Since Buchanan's departure, the two have made contact and are on speaking terms with one another.

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

  • Overloaded: The Singles Collection (2006)

Tours

Headlining

  • 2000: Overload Tour
  • 2003: Angels with Dirty Faces Tour
  • 2004: Three Tour
  • 2006: Taller in More Ways Tour
  • 2007: Overloaded: The Singles Tour
  • 2008: Change Tour

As supporting act

Awards and recognition

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Simple English

Sugababes also known as The Sugababes are an british girlband which was formed in 1998 the band has since had a string of hits both in the United Kingdom and all around the world. The band has however changed its line-up a number of times during the last ten years, this because of reported splits between the members of the band.








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