The Sugababes are an English pop girl group based in London, consisting of members Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen. The Guinness Book of World Records have named the Sugababes as the most successful female act of the 21st century with six UK number one singles and eighteen UK top ten hits
The Sugababes were formed in 1998 by founding members Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan. In August 2001, after just one album and some initial success, Donaghy departed and the introduction of Range later in the year was met with the commercial success. The group survived a second line-up change in December 2005, when Buena left the band and was subsequently replaced by Berrabah. In September 2009, it was confirmed that after eleven years in the band, Buchanan was no longer part of the group and had been replaced by Ewen.
* 1 History
o 1.1 Formation and One Touch: 1998–2001
o 1.2 Second line-up and Angels with Dirty Faces: 2002–2003
o 1.3 Three and Taller in More Ways: 2003–2006
o 1.4 Third line-up, Overloaded and Change: 2006–2008
o 1.5 Catfights and Spotlights: 2008
o 1.6 Fourth line-up, Sweet 7: 2009–2010
o 1.7 Pus the Button: The Collection and Eighth studio album: 2010–present
* 2 Non musical projects
* 3 British tabloids
* 4 Members
* 5 Discography
o 5.1 Studio albums
o 5.2 Compilation albums
* 6 Tours
o 6.1 Headlining
o 6.2 As supporting act
* 7 Awards and nominations
* 8 References
* 9 External links
Formation and One Touch: 1998–2001
Sugababes were formed in 1998 by All Saints manager Ron Tom. Siobhán Donaghy and Mutya Buena, both aged just 13, had been signed as solo artists, but decided to work together after performing at the same showcase. While working in the studio, Buena invited her best friend Keisha Buchanan to come and watch them. Manager Tom decided the three girls were to be a trio, likening their different appearances to the United Colors of Benetton campaign Originally dubbed the Sugababies, the group's name was tweaked to Sugababes when they were signed by London Records in order to give the group a more mature image
The group's debut single, "Overload", peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart in 2000 and was nominated for a BRIT Award for Best Single. The group co-wrote most of the tracks on debut album One Touch with the help of All Saints producer Cameron McVey. One Touch peaked at number 26 on the UK Album Chart. The album produced three more top 40 hits—"New Year", "Run for Cover" and "Soul Sound". The sales of One Touch did not meet London Records' expectations and they dropped the group in 2001. It was later certified gold by the BPI and had sold 220,000 copies in the UK by 2008 according to Music We
Second line-up and Angels with Dirty Faces: 2002–2003
During a Japanese promotional tour in August 2001, Donaghy left the group. She stated initially that she wanted to pursue a fashion career but was eventually diagnosed with clinical depression amid reports of in-fighting between the group's members.Former Atomic Kitten member Heidi Range was announced as Donaghy's replacement.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" scored the group their first UK number 1 single. Follow-up single "Round Round" also debuted on top of the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number 2 in Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand. Both singles were certified silver by the BPI.
On the back of the success of the singles, the group's second album, Angels with Dirty Faces, debuted at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart and was later certified triple platinum, selling almost a million copies in the UK aloneIt is to date their highest-selling album 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. A fourth single, the Sting-sampling "Shape", made the top ten in the Netherlands and Ireland in early 2003.
Three and Taller in More Ways: 2003–2006
Second Sugababes line-up in May 2005
The group's third album, Three, was released in late 2003 and reached number 3 on the UK Album Chart, earning the group a BRIT Award nomination for Best Album. Certified double platinum, it has sold 855,000 copies. The album was preceded by lead single "Hole in the Head", which became the groups's third UK number 1 single. It also reached number 2 in Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway, and became the Sugababes' first and to date only single to chart in the US, reaching number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100. Follow-up single "Too Lost in You" appeared on the soundtrack to the film Love Actually 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 8 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2004, the trio sang on a 2004 version of the 1984 Band Aid's original "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which went to number 1 in the UK in December
After a hiatus, the Sugababes released their thirteenth single, "Push the Button" in October 2005. It debuted at number 1 in the UK, giving the group their fourth UK chart topper and first Irish number 1. Certified silver in the UK, it was later nominated at the BRIT Awards for Best Single. Parent album Taller in More Ways became the group's first UK number 1 album. The group was number 1 on the singles, album, airplay and download charts simultaneously, making them the first girl group to achieve such a featTaller in More Ways was certified double platinum in the UK.
Following an apparent illnes prevented Buena from promoting follow-up single "Ugly", it was announced on 21 December 2005 that Buena had left the Sugababes. According to an announcement on their official website, Buena's decision was based purely on personal reasons following the birth of her daughterSugababes