Sugababes (formed 1998)

Sugababes are the most successful female act of the 21st century in the UK.

Sugababes: A History

Keisha Buchanan and Mutya Buena, who had been friends since the age of eight, met Siobhan Donaghy aged 13, at a party. When all the band members were just 14, they were offered a record contract with London Records. They had previously been called Sugababies, but as there was already a band with this name, they changed their moniker to Sugababes.

`Overload' was the band's debut single and made the Top 10. The song was nominated for a BRIT award (for Best Single) and three more hits were released from their debut album, One Touch.

Whilst touring Japan, Siobhan left the group. She was later diagnosed with clinical depression and reports surfaced of in-fights between the three band members. Siobhan was replaced by Heidi Range, a founding member of Atomic Kitten.

Sales of One Touch were not as high as London Records had expected and the band was dropped in 2001.

As the band had already begun writing their second album, with Heidi on board, they searched for a new label, eventually signing with Island Records.

The second album, Angels With Dirty Faces, spawned a number one UK single, `Freak Like Me.' The song was recorded by Richard X and used the backing of a Gary Numan song and the lyrics from an Adina Howard track.

The album debuted at number two in the UK album chart, eventually being certified triple platinum and sold over a million copies in Europe. The band performed live at the 2003 BRIT Awards, where they won `Best British Dance Act.'

Sugababes' third album Three was released late 2003 and was nominated for three more BRIT Awards (`Best Album,' `Best Group' and `Best Dance Act') and reached number three in the UK Album chart. From the album, the group had a number one single with `Hole In The Head.'

In 2004, the band were involved in a re-recording of Band Aid's `Do they Know It's Christmas?' in aid of famine relief in Sudan. Chris Martin, Dido and Robbie Williams were also included in the release.

The band's fourth album was entitled Taller In More Ways and was produced by Dallas Austin. The lead single, `Push the Button' went in to the charts at number one in the UK and sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone. It was also the most popular song that they had released in the US.

In December 2005, it was announced that Mutya Buena had left the band, for personal reasons but an announcement on their website stated that she would remain best of friends with Heidi and Keisha. Mutya's replacement was Amelle Berrabah.

Sugababes were contractually obliged to release the greatest hits collection, Overloaded: The Singles Collection. An accompanying DVD was also released, with 14 of the band's music videos and karaoke versions of the songs.

The band's first number one in the UK, with Berrabeh in the band, was a collaboration with Girls Aloud. They covered Aerosmith and Run DMC's `Walk This Way' as a charity single for Comic Relief.

Sugababes chose to work with William Orbit on their next studio album, as well as Dallas Austin and Dr. Luke. With the release of `About You Now,' Sugababes became the first girl band to top the UK chart on downloads alone. `About You Now' was nominated for a 2008 BRIT Award for Best British Single.

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bravesoul_sound's picture


Yeah right! Keisha and Mutya are supposed to be childhood friends and for Keisha to call Mutya a liar just puts in question Keisha's character. For heaven's sakes, they formed the band. It's not as if Keisha formed Sugababes herself! And as i remember it, Mutya left the band for "purely personal reasons." The mere fact that Mutya is mum about the matter and hasn't dished out any negative comments makes one believe her more than the bitchy comments of Keisha. So, way to go Keisha! I'm not supporting your "new" Sugababes anymore! And more than that, the original Sugababes came out of "underground" music. And that was the whole point i liked them. They brought the edginess of "underground" overground and mainstream. Now, there's no reason for me to like the classy, slick direction that Keisha's talking about! They are just becoming any girl band. Remember Atomic Kitten and All Saints? And that's way too shallow for my taste! I'm sticking with Mutya and Siobhan even. So way to go Mutya and i'm sure you'll do very well on your own. Keep playing the underground beat without compromises! Keisha simply has sold out! Heidi for me is an airhead and vacuous. The same goes to their new member, whoever her name is - in all, they're another forgettable girl band!

8 years 9 months ago
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Support4Amelle's picture


ALRIGHT! Everyone is completely ignoring that There IS a new 'babe! Her name is Amelle! And like NO ONE is supporting her! I luv Mutya too but everyone has to respect BOTH of them! I am supporting Mutya in her decision to leave the Sugababes. I feel like I'm the only person in the world who acctually likes both Amelle and Mutya, Come on people! Be nice to both of them PLEASE!

7 years 6 months ago
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sugalife's picture


well done girlies u did it again luv ya loads ur new album is fab, Amelle its ur first proper album u should be proud of yourself and Keisha, Heidi go on to

7 years 4 weeks ago
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marius's picture


hello, i just saw the new video on TV, i just couldn't believe Mutya was not there!!! Shock, disbelief!!Well it's supposed to be for Mutya's baby, but man, i saw these girls two years ago at their concert in Pepsi Island, Hungary, and they were just perfect!!! i don't believe anyone else can do better than the format they had then, Keisha, Mutya and Heidi!! You girls rock! I am really gonna pray that it goes back to that. Sugababes was the only girl band i liked, each song you had was a hit, what more can i say? i love youuu!!! Don'r mind me, i just can't get over the fact that i didn't see MUtya there, where she belongs. sob

8 years 8 months ago
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t5m's picture


Amazing site..really interesting stuff.t5m was lucky enough to be at the Mobo’s and caught up with some of the top talent backstage and on the red carpet. Take a look at t5m mobo-awards, with some great exclusive videos on Sugababes.

6 years 1 month ago
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