Sugababes Keisha & Amelle Talk With MSN Music

As the Sugababes’ sixth album ‘Catfights and Spotlights’ hits the streets, Keisha Buchanan and Amelle Berrabah talked exclusively to MSN. The title takes a poke at how they’re portrayed in the tabloids with constant rumors of infighting, catching the soul pop wave started by Amy Winehouse and Duffy on the release, Keisha being “very happy but not engaged”, and how the sound of the group has evolved as members have come and gone. “As far as it being a different band, of course it’s gonna be completely different,” Keisha said. “But in a good way. I think Amelle’s brought a unified vision for the band, and that’s the reason why now we come across as being a lot more tighter, a lot more polished than we ever did before.” The interview video has since been removed.

Sugababes Perform On ‘Al Murray’, Interviewed By Lil’ Chris

October 15, 2008 – Sugababes performed their new single ‘Girls’ on ‘Al Murray’s Happy Hour’ on ITV on Friday (October 10) at The London Studios. Watch the performance here.

Additionally, Keisha Buchanan and Amelle Berrabah were interviewed by Lil Chris on ‘Everybody Loves Lil’ Chris’, where they talked about pole dancing scenes in the ‘Girls’ video, Chris’ “friend” who is fascinated by the group, and another friend Simon who couldn’t get out of the bus “because something came up”. “What goes on in your pants is your business,” Keisha responded. Watch the interview here.

Sugababes Are Not Splitting Up Or Fighting

October 5, 2008 – Rav Singh of News of the World spent some time with Sugababes, asking the pop trio – who have established themselves as Britain’s biggest girl band – whether those rumors about a split should concern fans. “It’s simply not true,” Amelle Berrabah responded. “We all get on. There was one story that I was arguing with the girls at a fashion show recently and it was completely made up. So on the record, we are NOT splitting up and we are NOT fighting. End of.”

As for what fans can expect with from the girls on their sixth album ‘Catfights And Spotlights’, released October 20th, Amelle said, “We’ve tried not to repeat material we’ve done before. We wanted to strip things back and make an album that sounded live.”

The entire story, pictures and video at newsoftheworld.co.uk has since been removed.

Sugababes Support White Ribbon Alliance

September 10, 2008 – Sugababes updated fans on their blog at MySpace (@sugababesofficial) on Wednesday (September 10) with the following message:

The Sugababes are very proud to announce that they’ll be partnering with The White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) charity. The charity helps prevent the deaths of women from childbirth/pregnancy in developing countries and to show they mean business the Babes have pledged a a contribution to the charity. Boots who featured the original Ernie K Doe track ‘Here Come The Girls’ in their TV adverts brought the Babes and WRA together and they’ll be helping things along by selling the ‘Girls’ single in their shops when it’s released Oct 6.

Expect more work in the future between The Girls and WRA. To find out more about WRA visit whiteribbonalliance.org.

Sugababes ‘Girls’ Video

Sugababes 'Girls' single cover

Sugababes are out with the music video to their new single ‘Girls’, the lead release off the British pop trio’s forthcoming sixth studio album, out October 20th on Island Records. Watch it below.

Sugababes Preview New Album

September 4, 2008 – The following message was posted at the Sugababes’ blog at MySpace (@sugababesofficial) on Thursday (September 4):

The Sugababes brand new album is out Oct 20. We aren’t giving away the title yet but we can tell you a sparkling slab of the album has been produced by Klass Ahlund who won acclaim after producing Robyn’s genre breaking album whilst Duffy and long time Babes collaborator Steve Booker also makes a dramatic contribution. The album shows that The Sugababes have taken yet another giant leap forward cramming an armful of classic moment into one brand spanking new album. It’s going to be big that’s for sure… but commercial success isn’t enough, if you are a music lover The Babes want to blow you away all over again!!!

Sugababes Discuss New Single ‘Girls’ And New Album Sound

August 14, 2008 – Sugababes Heidi Grange, Keisha Buchanan and Amelle Berrabah talked with ITN about the new single ‘Girls’ and the upcoming album due out towards the end of the year.

Talking about the new track, Heidi said, “The single is called ‘Girls’. The chorus is a sample from a ’60s song… and then we wrote the song around it. The sample is the original part.”

As for the sound of the new album, Keisa said, “It’s not electro pop anymore.” Heidi added, “I think some of the songs are a bit more mellower.” While Amelle offered, “They show our vocal ability a bit more, and you see us doing things we don’t normally do.”

On their V Festival gig, Heidi said, “I can’t wait. It’s gonna be really good. I’m actually going to stay up there on the Saturday night and get into the vibe. I’m not sure of the whole line-up. I need to check out who is on. I just want to go and enjoy the whole atmosphere.”

Watch the segment below.

Amelle Berrabah Discusses Heartbreak Of Sister’s Rape Claim

Sugababes star Amelle Berrabah opened up to The Sun about the rough 14 months she’s endured with boyfriend Freddie Fuller due to the accusation by her younger sister Samiya made, claiming that Freddie and three pals of raped her after a night out. “People need to know the truth about what really happened and that Freddie is completely innocent,” Berrabah said. “We’re emotionally drained, we are physically drained, we can’t do any more. We can’t mentally take it anymore. We just want to move on, leave it all behind us. I still love her to bits you know – she is still my sister. I know Freddie doesn’t like to hear it. I just can’t let the entire world think my boyfriend has done something he hasn’t.” Read more.

Sugababes On Heartbreak And Betrayal

Sugababes group

News of the World’s Fabulous magazine caught up with Amelle Berrabah, Keisha Buchanan, and Heidi Range of the Sugababes in their cover story, where they talked about facing highs and lows and heartbreak. Berrabah opened up about her boyfriend Freddie Fuller’s fight to live after a shocking machete attack in December. “When Freddie was attacked, I had 30 seconds with him before he went into surgery,” she said. “I told him that he was going to be OK, but really I thought it was the last time I’d see him. He was soaked in blood the only part of him that wasn’t red were the whites of his eyes.” After four operations, Fuller is on the mend, with doctors saving his arm and leg. Read more, including interviews with Keisha and Heidi, as well as a photoshoot and video from the shoot, at fabulousmag.co.uk.

Amelle Berrabah Gets On The Right Path With Sugababes

February 10, 2008 – Sugababe star Amelle Berrabah spoke with the Daily Star, where she opened up about having her life turned around for the better after Mutya Buena’s departure from the girl group opened the door for her. “I used to be a right nightmare before I was in the band. I’d drive my mum round the bend with worry,” the 23-year-old said. “I’d stay out late, or all night, and not let her know where I was. I really could have gone down the wrong path. Then the Sugababes audition came up.”

The story at dailystar.co.uk has since been removed.

Amelle Berrabah Arrested Over Alleged Attack On Neighbor’s Car

January 11, 2008 – Sugababes star Amelle Berrabah was arrested on Thursday after an incident on Wednesday where her a neighbor’s car was attacked after an alleged feud turned ugly in Aldershot, Hants. “There’s been needle between the two families and on Thursday it hit boiling point,” a source told The Mirror. “There was shouting and a girl called police, who got there about 10:45am. Amelle was shaking as officers carted her off.”

A police spokesperson confirmed, “A 23-year-old woman from London was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage and public order offenses. She has been bailed to appear at Aldershot police station on February 21.” This incident comes fresh off her boyfriend Freddie Fuller’s horrific Christmas Eve machete attack.

Freddie Fuller Describes Near Fatal Machete Attack

Sugababes star Amelle Berrabah’s boyfriend Freddie Fuller is telling his story to News of the World after the 25-year-old was victim of a savage machete attack on Christmas Eve. “Something told me to look over my shoulder,” Fuller told the tab from his hospital bed as Amelle looked on. “I don’t know if it was a sixth sense but as I did I saw a silver blade flash past my eyes and on to my elbow. I looked down and saw the blade heading back up. I thought ‘What the hell’ and tried to lift my left hand to stop another blow. But I couldn’t move it. I looked down and saw my arm had almost been cut in half—I could see where the bones and tendons had been severed. The only thing keeping it on was the muscle on the side. Then out raced the blood. I just shouted out: ‘You fu**ing idiot – you chopped off my arm.’ But before I could take another breath, I felt a cut come across the left arm and I could see blood gushing out. It was flowing so fast, there was a puddle on the ground. I kept shouting ‘Get me an ambulance!'”

Fuller had lost four pints of blood by the time he had been rushed by ambulance to the hospital. “The doctors have told me I am lucky to be alive, based on the amount of blood I lost,” he said. “I really thought as the machete kept coming at me, ‘This blow will cut me in half – I am going to die here.’ But I was not actually in that much pain My adrenaline was pumping, and something inside was telling me to stay alive. It’s difficult to explain but none of what was happening felt real. I was fighting to survive.”

The full story and several pictures of Fuller in his hospital bed at newsoftheworld.co.uk have since been removed.

Freddie Fuller Afraid To Give Police Statement After Machete Attack

Sugababes star Amelle Berrabah’s gipsy lover Freddie Fuller is reportedly now living in fear of a revenge attack and refusing to give a statement to police as he recovers from a vicious machete attack on Christmas Eve which nearly severed his arm off. A Hampshire Police source told The Daily Star: “Freddie is obviously very shaken up and frightened. He is scared if he gives a formal statement then his attacker will come after him or his family and girlfriend.”

Police are investigating claims that the assault may be linked to a family row just before Christmas last year when the 25-year-old was arrested at a nightclub in Camberley, Surrey. Read more.

Machete Attacker Phoned Freddie Fuller’s Mother Afterwards

The Sun reports that the knifeman who attacked Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah’s boyfriend Freddie Fuller called the 25-year-old’s mother minutes after the attack in Aldershot, Hants. A source revealed, “A man told her, ‘You’ll want to be calling an ambulance. I’ve just killed your son.’ The phone call only lasted a few seconds but she was in hysterics. It was a chilling call – there’s no doubt that the attacker meant to kill Freddie.”

A 28-year-old man was released on police bail on Thursday after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the savage attack that almost sliced off Fuller’s arm. “Freddie still looks terrible because he has gashes and cuts all over his face, arms and legs,” a friend told The Sun. “But he is conscious and managed to have some Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. Amelle has been by his side all the time.” Read more.

Amelle Berrabah Speaks Out After Freddie Fuller Machete Attack

Sugababes star Amelle Berrabah spoke with The Mirror after her boyfriend Freddie Fuller was brutally attacked with a machete. “It was horrific – like a nightmare but worse because it was real,” the 23-year-old singer said. “How one person can do that to another I don’t know. I couldn’t stop myself screaming.” Berrabah added, “I haven’t slept since it happened – I’ve been so worried. I think I’m still in shock. I just hope the police catch whoever did it, but they say he has completely disappeared.”

As for how Fuller is doing now at Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey, where surgeons operated on him for six hours to save his arm and put metal plates in his right leg, Berrabah said, “I watch every flicker of his eyes to see how he’s doing and he seems to be getting a bit stronger. But the doctors say he’s going to need constant care for at least eight weeks, so I’ve decided to book him into a private hospital.” Read more.

Amelle Berrabah’s Boyfriend Attacked With Machete

December 26, 2007 – The Sun reports Sugababes star Amelle Berrabah is “desperately upset” after her boyfriend Freddie Fuller was attacked with a machete on Monday (December 24) and left in a pool of blood with his left arm “hanging by a thread”. A source told the tab, “Freddie’s arm was almost hacked clean off and he lost a hell of a lot of blood. It was an horrific injury and the arm was hanging by a thread. If it hadn’t been for the speed of the paramedics he probably wouldn’t even be here now. It’s a miracle he survived.” Freddie’s attacker was “someone he knew pretty well”, according to the source. Read more.

G-A-Y 15th Anniversary

Sophie Ellis Bextor, Sugababes, Girls Aloud, and Westlife performed at the G-A-Y 15th Anniversary at the Astoria on Saturday (December 1) in London, England. At one point, Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle was joined on stage by her boyfriend and ‘Desperate Housewives’ star Jesse Metcalfe. Check out pictures from GettyImages.

Sophie Ellis Bextor: ‘I’d Love To Have More Kids’

December 2, 2007 – Sophie tells The Sunday Mirror she’d like to give her 3-year-old son Sonny a sibling at some point. “I’d love to have more kids, but it’s a matter of fitting it in. If I could be pregnant at home and not have to go to work that would be ideal. Last time I was pregnant I felt like hibernating, it was a really private time.” As for how she’s can handle both a pop career and raising Sonny, Sophie said, “Balancing work and motherhood can make things complicated, but I’m not the first working mother and I’ve got lots of support. Also, I’m very lucky that I can bring him along to work with me and I take advantage of that.” Read more.

Sophie Ellis Bextor ‘Today The Sun’s On Us’ Video

Sophie Ellis Bextor 'Today The Sun's On Us' single cover

July 10, 2007 – Sophie is out with the video for her new single ‘Today The Sun’s On Us’, the third release from the British pop singer’s third album ‘Trip The Light Fantastic’. The Sophie Muller directed video was filmed in Iceland and has a ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ theme. Watch it below.

Sugababes ‘Change’ Video

Amelle Berrabah in the Sugababes music video for 'Change'

Sugababes are out with the music video to their new single ‘Change’, the title track to the London pop act’s fifth studio album, out now on Island Records. Watch it via YouTube below.

Sugababes Talk With ‘BBC Switch’ On ‘Change’ Video Set

November 11, 2007 – ‘BBC Switch’ caught up with Amelle Berrabah, Keisha Buchanan, and Heidi Range of Sugababes on the set of the group’s video for their holiday single ‘Change’, the title track to their fifth studio album. They talked about what it takes to be a Sugababe, making sacrifices, and Keisha and Heidi joked about the group’s frequent lineup changes, while Amelle talked about being the new girl. Watch the feature at YouTube.

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