Sugababes (formed 1998) Sugababes are the most successful female act of the 21st century in the UK.
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.
The original members of British girl group Sugababes are to release a comeback album in 2017.
The trio - Mutya Buena, Siobhan Donaghy, and Keisha Buchanan - reconnected as Mutya Keisha Siobhan in 2012, but the girls have only released one single, Flatline, and appeared on Blood Orange's remix of Entertainment by Phoenix.
But now Donaghy reveals there will be a full album ready for fans next year.
"Sugababes have got a record coming out next year," she told Wandsworth Radio in the U.K. "I can't tell you the exact date. I know, but I can't tell you. It's next year... We've been back and then there was a bit of a break. But we're working on it again, so it's exciting."
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British songwriter Carla Marie Williams song Freedom was picked for Beyonce's stunning new visual album Lemonade.
The London born songwriter's nerves were on edge waiting to see if her track, featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar, had made it, and the celebrations began once it was official and the track hit music streaming service Tidal on Saturday (23Apr16).
Carla previously co-wrote Naughty Boy track Runnin' - which features Beyonce - along with fellow Brit, Arrow Benjamin.
In an interview with DJ Target on BBC Radio 1Xtra, the songwriter revealed she had no idea if the song was going to be on the record until it was released.
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Sugababes Singer Jade Ewen Has Been Declared Bankrupt Over A Huge Tax Bill.
The British pop star filed a creditor's bankruptcy petition at the County Court in London in December (14) and the order was posted by the court last month (Jul15), according to The Gazette public records.
Ewen reportedly owes a fortune in back taxes due to falling on hard times as her pop career with the band tailed off. She joined the group as a replacement for Keisha Buchanan in 2009, but the controversy over Buchanan's departure resulted in a downturn in the band's fortunes and they went on hiatus in 2012 after releasing only three singles and one album with Ewen.
A source tells The Sun newspaper, "Jade put her all into her music but sadly things simply haven't gone well. She joined the Sugababes full of optimism and had high hopes given the band were very much established in the charts. But it seems she fell victim to their shelf life expiring."
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Amelle Berrabah has revealed her new husband Marcio Sousa Rosa broke down in tears while she read out her personalised wedding vows at their nuptials in Mauritius last month.
Amelle Berrabah told her new husband he was the ''egg in [her] yolk'' and the ''jam on [her] toast'' in her self-written wedding vows.
The 30-year-old singer tied the knot with Marcio Sousa Rosa in Mauritius last month, just days after they got engaged, and she admitted the couple's personalised words to each other left the ''alpha-male'' record label executive in tears because they were so touching.
She said: ''They were very romantic and emotional. Marcio never cries and nothing fazes him, he's so laid-back, but he had to grab a tissue and cover his face because he was crying at one point.
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Ex Sugababe Mutya Buena has been declared bankrupt.
One of the original Sugababes appears to be having money troubles. Mutya Buena has been declared bankrupt by a high court judge. BBC reports that the star has been declared bankrupt following an unpaid tax bill.
Mutya (far right) with Chloe Simms and Mario Falcone in March 2014
Sugababes first formed in 1998 when Mutya and Siobhan were just thirteen years old. Keisha, Mutya's best friend, joined the group after initially showing up to watch a rehearsal. However, Siobhan left the group in 2001 amid reports of fighting between the members, and publically denounced Keisha Buchanan as a bully. She was replaced by former Atomic Kitten Heidi Range, and the group went on to achieve success with songs such as 'Round Round' and 'Freak Like Me' from their album 'Angels With Dirty Faces' which charted at number two.
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Ricky Norwood has been suspended from Eastenders for two months.
Eastenders actor Ricky Norwood - who plays Arthur 'Fat Boy' Chubb on the long-running BBC soap -has been suspended after reportedly being videoed smoking cannabis. Show bosses made the decision on Monday (April 1) after meeting with the actor.
Ricky Norwood Has Been Suspended by Eastenders
An EastEnders spokesperson told Digital Spy: "Ricky Norwood has been suspended from the show for a period of two months with immediate effect.
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Heidi Range is enjoying being 30 as she feels more comfortable with herself.
Heidi Range is enjoying her thirties.
The Sugababes star - who celebrated turning 30 last year with a birthday trip to Rome, Italy - insists she isn't worried about getting older as she now feels more confident in her own skin.
Asked how she feels about being 30, she said: ''I'm loving it. You get a bit more comfortable with yourself don't you?''
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Michelle Doherty - Former original members of Sugababes (Mutya Buena, Siobhan Donaghy, Keisha Buchanan) now called MKS, are interviewed by new Xpose presenter Michelle Doherty at The Liquor Rooms about playing the Three NYE Dublin Countdown Concert with Madness Ryan Sheridan & The Strypes... - Dublin, Ireland - Friday 29th November 2013
Keisha Buchanan has admitted she didn't like the music Sugababes were making in her final days with the group.
The 29-year-old singer was the final founder member to leave the group in 2009 - when she was performing with Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah - and says she ''gave up'' as the band were nothing like the one she first joined with Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy, who left in 2006 and 2001 respectively.
Keisha - who was replaced in Sugababes by Jade Ewen - said: ''We had a lot of success when Mutya was in the group, but I sensed she wasn't always happy so I couldn't really enjoy that period.
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MKS have not fallen out since the trio - Siobhan Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan, the trio who made up the original line-up of Sugababes - got back together two years ago.
MKS have not fallen out since they got together.
The girl band is formed from the original three members of Sugababes - Siobhan Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan, who left the group in 2001, 2005 and 2009 respectively - and since getting back together under new name Mutya Keisha Siobhan, they insist they haven't fallen out like they did in their teenage years.
Keisha, 28, told UK TV show 'This Morning': ''We've been back together for two years now and we haven't had that (arguments) for us this is about us taking control and really driving it ourselves, we felt like we couldn't first time around.''
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The trio formed in 1998 when they were just 13 years old and within two years they had rocketed to stardom with their debut hit Overload.
But a year later the British band began to fracture as Donaghy quit, and by 2009 all three members had abandoned the group, to be replaced by Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen.
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