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.
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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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