Radio 1 spoke with Sugababes star Mutya Buena who denied reports that the girl trio are splitting up and that she’s pregnant. “The funny thing is my mum rang me up and said we were in the newspaper, and I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ and she was like, ‘You didn’t tell me you were splitting up?’,” she explained. “I said, ‘Well, I’m in the group, I should know whether we’re splitting up or not. That’s like a load of rubbish, to tell you the truth.’ We don’t pick on Heidi. Heidi’s a lovely girl. Other than that, nothing else is to be said.”
Keisha Buchanan has finally owned up to fighting with depressed Sugababes bandmate Heidi Range. Keisha tells The Sunday Mirror, “The arguments have not been very pretty. It was hard when she came into the group because Mutya and I had known each other for ages and suddenly had someone else in the group whom we didn’t know.” Rubbing more salt into the wound, Keisha also poked fun at how Heidi is trying to act more like them, as the trio is rumored to be on the verge of a breakup. “She is copying Mutya and I with all the hand movements,” Keisha sneered. “She tries to speak like us as well.”
Sugababes Cancel November Tour
August 8, 2003 – The Sun reports that the Sugababes have cancelled their November tour, claiming they need more time to record their new album. The tour dates will not be pushed out until next March. A spokesman said, “The girls need more time to record their album so the tour had to be put back. We apologize to fans who have bought tickets but they will be valid for the dates in March.”
Sugababes Snub Leads To Radio Aire Backlash
July 26, 2003 – The Mirror reports that the Sugababes last minute cancellation from Radio Aire’s Party In The Park has reportedly gotten the trio banned from the station’s playlist, who were furious of the pullout. “They cancelled their performance at the last minute letting down all their fans,” sniffed one insider. “Heidi called one of our DJs, Rossi, and muttered something about one of the girls being ill.”
Sugababes Make Their Glastonbury Debut
June 30, 2003 – Sugababes star Mutya Buena caught up with Radio 1 after their debut performance at the Glastonbury festival. “It was really nerve-wracking at first, because when you watch it on TV you hear about all the people throwing crap on stage and stuff like that,” she remarked. “But it went down really well, and I’m really glad. I feel like going back up.”
Siobhan Donaghy has revealed to the Sunday People that she was suicidal when she fled to her grandad’s Co Tyrone home after quitting the hit girlband the Sugababes. “I was so depressed when I left. The rest of the band was so ambitious,” she said. “They wanted to be Destiny’s Child and I was doing it for a bit of a laugh. But that doesn’t mean I did not work hard.” Now she is bouncing back with ‘Overrated’, her first solo single since leaving The Sugababes.
Sugababes Get Rockin’ With Perry
June 16, 2003 – Count the Sugababes as the latest act to jump from pop to pop rock and team up with Linda Perry, reports the Sunday People. The group is currently recording with Perry in Los Angeles.
No Love Lost For Sugababes
June 13, 2003 – Siobhan Donaghy, who used to sing with the Sugababes, was on hand at the Face Magazine party on Wednesday night. She tells Radio 1 that since leaving the group, she hasn’t been in contact with her former bandmates. “We didn’t get on. It’s sort of no revelation, is it,” she asked. “We were very young and why stay if it makes you unhappy? It’s sort of best for all involved, I think. I didn’t get on with them, I don’t think they’re horrible and I don’t think they’re cows. I’ve seen them a couple of times and we’ve had some nice, little, polite chats, but other than that I don’t really know them any more.”
Terrorist Fears Ground Sugababes
February 16, 2003 – The Sunday People reports the Sugababes were too frightened to fly because of the terrorist threat at Heathrow. The girls cancelled TV appearances in Denmark last week rather than risk catching a plane.
Childline Concert And After Party Pictures
January 27, 2003 – Sugababes, Samantha Mumba, Girls Aloud, Westlife, and Busted performed on stage at the Childline Concert at The Point Theatre and later attended an after party on Sunday (January 26) in Dublin, Ireland.
Brit Award Announcement
January 14, 2003 – The Sugababes, Mis-Teeq, Liberty X, Craig David, Beverly Knight, Sarah Whatmore, and Ms Dynamite were on hand for the nominations announcements for the Brit Awards 2003, highlighting the achievements of the UK record industry at Abbey Road Studios in London on Monday (January 13).
The Sugababes tell The Sun they are shocked about receiving three Brit award nominations on Monday. Heidi Range said, “It’s been an incredible year with two No1s and a platinum album. Now we’ve got three Brit nominations. It doesn’t get better than this.” Meanwhile, Westlife received no nominations for the first time in their career, and a judging panel insider remarked, “Maybe this is the beginning of the end. They’ve been around for a while now.”
Sugababes Happy To Cross Over
December 9, 2002 – Keisha Buchanan of Sugababes spoke with the Herald Sun about the group moving beyond simply being labeled pop. “It’s refreshing for us that we’re not put into a category,” Buchanan says. “Some people call us R&B, we won the MOBO award, which is for Music of Black Origin and is for R&B. People were arguing `Why are Sugababes there?’ But why shouldn’t we? We do R&B as well. It was refreshing when ‘Overload’ came out that no one knew what to call it. Was it indie? Was it R&B? Was it pop? That crossed us over from the beginning. That’s a good position to be in.”
Heidi Range Is Afraid To Fly
November 23, 2002 – The Mirror reports Sugababe Heidi Range will have to suck up the courage to fly to Australia with the band for a series of shows. The singer says, “I’m so scared of flying – it’s become the bane of my life. I had hypnosis but it didn’t work. I burst into tears as soon as I board and don’t stop until we land.”
Sugababe Heidi Range Collapses At Club
November 21, 2002 – Sugababes star Heidi Range sparked health fears when she collapsed foaming at the mouth in a nightclub on Wednesday where Ms Dynamite was performing. “She didn’t look at all well when she came into the venue, she was unsteady on her feet and didn’t look happy. It was very hot in the club and she didn’t look like she was coping,” a witness revealed to The Sun. “She made for the exit but collapsed in a heap on the floor before she got outside. Then she was surrounded by the people with her.”
Sugababe Has The Hots For Coldplay Frontman
November 17, 2002 – The Sunday People reports Sugababes hottie Heidi Range made a beeline for Coldplay frontman Chris Martin without joy at the MTV European Music Awards in Barcelona on Thursday. The singer wasn’t put off by the snub though, as she told her girlfriends in the bathroom, “He’s gorgeous, just the best. I don’t blame Gwyneth for being with him. I wish he was mine.”
Married U.S. Rapper Tries To Get Sugar With Sugababes Pal
September 19, 2002 – WENN reports British pop trio Sugababes were left stunned and disgusted when a married American rapper tried to romance their friend after at London’s Party In The Park this summer. Singer Keisha Buchanan says, “This one American rapper, we were in his hotel room after Party In The Park, and he was all over my friend chatting her up, and I remember watching MTV Base and seeing him and his wife!” They won’t name his name, but the only married American rapper performing at the event was Ja Rule.
Sugababes New Album More Britney Than Mary J. Blige
August 24, 2002 – Akin Ojumu of the Guardian reviewed the Sugababes new album ‘Angels With Dirty Faces’, giving it pretty low marks. “Unfortunately, the overall effect is more Britney Spears than Mary J. Blige,” Ojumu said. “The Sugababes don’t cut it as R&B divas; they were more fun when they were stroppy girls-next-door. When they get it right on tracks such as ‘Stronger’ and ‘Supernatural’ the Sugababes are cool, but the album suffers from the fact that it is obviously designed to break them in the States.” Read more.
The Sun reports former Five star Abs Breen is now dating Heidi Range of the Sugababes. “She’s really nice. I get on great with her.” Abs told the Sun. “I met her in a club when she had just joined Sugababes. A few months later we bumped into each other again and just hit it off.”
Sugababes Top UK Charts With ‘Freak Like Me’
April 28, 2002 – The Sun reports the Sugababes have topped this weeks UK singles chart with the help of Gary Numan’s 1979 ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric?’ backing their single ‘Freak Like Me’ – and the girls didn’t even know who Numan was. Sugababe Keisha Buchanan revealed, “I didn’t have a clue who Gary Numan was, I wasn’t born until 1984. But my parents told me about him.” Numan was understanding of the girls not knowing who he was though saying, “The Sugababes are very young. It’s odd to think that when ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric?’ was a hit the girls weren’t even a twinkle in their fathers- eyes.” He also doesn’t mind because he’s getting 50% of the royalties off the single.