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.

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Ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena Declared Bankrupt

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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. 

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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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LFW - Diesel Black Gold Flagship Store Cocktail Party

sugarbabes - London Fashion Week Men's Ready-To-Wear Summer 2015 - Diesel Black Gold flagship store cocktail party - London, United Kingdom - Monday 16th June 2014


Eastenders Actor Ricky Norwood Suspended Over Cannabis Skype Video

Eastenders Sugababes

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.

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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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MKS former Sugababes

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

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Sugababes and Michelle Doherty

Glamour Women Of The Year Awards

Sugababes - Glamour Women Of The Year Awards held at Berkeley Square Gardens - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 5th June 2013


Glamour Magazine Women Of The Year Awards

Sugababes - Glamour Magazine Women Of The Year Awards 2013 - Outside Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 5th June 2013

Video - Halle Berry - Making of commercial for German shoe giant Deichmann, pt.1

Actress Halle Berry (Catwoman; Die Another Day; X-Men) talks with Deichmann's marketing head Andreas Conze about her upcoming shoe collection in Berlin. She is secretly shooting a commercial for German shoe retail chain Deichmann in Tempelhof.

Halle is going to be Deichmann's new spokesperson in Europe and even has her own (and first) shoe collection called '5th Avenue by Halle Berry'. She helped design 40 different pairs of shoes for the German company which will arrive in stores in 21 European countries on March 5th 2012

Girl Bands Walk This Way For Comic Relief

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Girls Aloud and the Sugababes are to record a charity single for Comic Relief.

The girl bands will join up to record the 1980s classic Walk This Way, a smash hit for hip hop group Run-DMC and The Rock band Aerosmith.

Speaking at the launch of the 11th Red Nose Day, band members said they were excited by the prospect of recording the track and making a difference.

In a star-studded affair at the London Eye, Girls Aloud singer Kimberly Walsh said: "It's a fantastic song and hopefully will raise tons of money for people living in really difficult situations here and in Africa."

Meanwhile, the Sugababes' Keisha said she was "really pleased to be working with Girls Aloud" on a song which is an "all-time classic collaboration".

One person missing from the event was Nadine Coyle, who is believed to be with her boyfriend Jesse Metcalf, star of Desperate Housewives, in the US, amid rumours she may move there permanently.

Comic Relief has raised over £425 million to date, with the latest Red Nose Day set for March 16th.

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Take That, Support from Sugababes & Beverley Knight, Live Review

Take That
Support from Sugababes & Beverley Knight
Live Review

With over 50,000 women in one area it was the biggest gathering of women watching football ever recorded in history, after the superb 1-0 victory for England it set a lively atmosphere perfect for women wanting to relive their teenage years.

The night started off well with the superb support bands Beverly Knight and Sugababes. Beverly Knights outstanding voice grabbed everyone attention instantly with great songs like "Piece of my Heart" and "Shoulda Woulda Coulda!. The Sugababes made their presence by singing upbeat songs like "Push the Button" and one of their new remixes "I bet you look good on the dance floor". The latest member of the seductive girl band Amelle Berrabah is hot, sexy and extremely Sassy. Her powerful voice, confidence and vitality gives the band a fresh attitude and style.

Despite the support bands being amazing there was only one reason everyone was there … Take That! Things had slightly changed since the last time the bands were touring: alcohol for sale, no mum holding our hands and less Take That apparel! The audience was a great mixture of all age groups which added to the excellent atmosphere.

The whole evening was filled with great Take That classics such as "Babe", "Pray" and "How deep is your love", combined with the usual cheesy dance moves by Mark and Howard which added good humor. The evening was spiced up with great extras such as Lulus appearance, "It only takes a minute" latin style, with Salsa dance routine, along with "making the boy band" which was a good sketch by the boys, fireworks and very humbling speaks by made the band who truly seem grateful at the big "welcome back" from everyone .

For the true Take That fans there was various rumors that the band were "Back for Good" and a chance of a new album for the lovely chaps. The band finished on one of their true classic "Never forget" which seems highly appropriate for their comeback… so ladies remember who they are!

Alex Lai