British trio Mutya Keisha Siobhan have dismissed reports suggesting they have been dropped from their record label after their comeback release failed to set the U.K. singles chart alight. The original members of the Sugababes, Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy, officially reunited last year (12) and relaunched themselves under the new band name Mutya Keisha Siobhan.
They dropped their first single, Flatline, in September (13), but the song only peaked at 50 in the U.K chart, leading to recent rumours suggesting they had split from label bosses at Polydor.
However, Buchanan is adamant there is no truth to the claims and insists the low charting of Flatline was to be expected as they decided against a huge promotional push for the project.
She tells NME.com, "We're still with Polydor. 100 per cent. For us we weren't expecting the single to chart...
"If we'd done more TV and there had been more promotion around us then we definitely would have had a bigger single. But it did what we wanted it to do... For us, I mean I'm not gonna say chart position isn't important, but we are about the album."
Mutya Keisha Siobhan are currently preparing to unveil their debut album early next year (14).
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Reunited Sugababes stars Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy have British TV host Lorraine Kelly to thank for their comeback as she sparked the inspiration for them to reunite. The trio found fame in 2000 with their hit debut single Overload, but the band began to crumble the following year when Donaghy left. She was followed by Buena in 2005 and Buchanan in 2009, and the group's name was taken over by a new line-up.
The girls finally reunited last year (12) and are pursuing a fresh pop career under the name Mutya Keisha Siobhan, and now Buchanan has revealed she was inspired to contact her former bandmates and discuss a comeback after seeing an interview with Buena on Kelly's self-titled morning show.
She tells British chat show This Morning, "The moment I left the Sugababes in 2009, so many fans and passers-by, even when we were not together, were like, 'You've got to get back with the girls'. And we actually, honestly, never thought we would. From there, I remember being at home and I saw Mutya on Lorraine Kelly and Lorraine was like, 'You might as well get back with the originals', and I was like, 'Hmm, oh my god, Lorraine's saying it too!'."
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Renowned for changing their line-ups quicker than most groups change their underwear, UK girlband Sugababes have almost made Fleetwood Mac look like the picture of stability since bursting onto the pop scene with the brilliant "Overload" back in 2000. In the week that the original trio finally released their comeback single and the last all but admitting that the game is over, here's a look at each of their five incarnations from worst to best.
Jade, Amelle & Heidi (2009-2013)
After drafting in former Eurovision entrant Jade Ewen to replace the only founding member, Keisha Buchanan, the final Sugababes line-up became the complete antithesis to everything that the first stood for. Jumping aboard the 'fun in the club' Europop bandwagon, their one and only dismal studio effort, the anything but Sweet 7, saw them transform into shameless hit-chasers. While they spent their last three years focusing more on appearing in tacky reality shows (Dancing On Ice, Splash) than getting their act together. The recent news of their split comes as a relief.
Mutya, Keisha & Siobhan (2012-??)
Having left the band through a toilet window in 2001, Siobhan Donaghy and the rest of the original line-up decided to put their differences aside and join forces again last year. Only a handful of tracks from their unexpected reunion have emerged so far. But if they can keep their squabbling to a minimum, the triumphant Dev Hynes-produced hipster pop of "Flatline" and their classy take on Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" suggests that MKS are more than capable of surpassing their former glories.
Heidi, Amelle & Keisha (2006-2009)
An era of two halves, the third Sugababes line-up picked up where the second left off with a string of brilliant pop singles ("Red Dress," "Easy," "About You Now"), a Greatest Hits collection which confirmed their girlband superiority and a second UK number one album with Change. But they hopelessly lost their way towards the end with a lazy cover of "Here Come The Girls," its dull retro-soul parent album, Catfights & Spotlights, and arguably the death knell for the group, "Get Sexy," a jaw-droppingly bad slice of trash pop which for reasons unknown sampled Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy."
Mutya, Keisha & Siobhan (1998-2001)
Arriving at a time when the charts were flooded with girlbands hoping to fill the Spice Girls-shaped hole in the market, Sugababes managed to emerge as one of the most distinctive thanks to an intriguingly aloof image and an effortlessly cool urban pop sound produced by former Massive Attack and Neneh Cherry cohort Cameron McVey. But despite a wave of critical acclaim, 2000 debut One Touch didn’t exactly set the world alight and following Donaghy’s departure, the group were dropped from their London Records label.
Heidi, Mutya & Keisha (2001-2006)
One of the most remarkable career turnarounds in girlband history, Sugababes Version 2.0 went from the verge of extinction to the top of the UK charts in the space of six months. Comeback single "Freak Like Me," an inspired mash-up of Gary Numan’s "Are 'Friends' Electric" and Adina Howard’s '90s R&B classic, signalled their pop world-conquering ambitions immediately. But despite their new-found commercial success, the trio remained one of the most exciting and inventive acts around, forging a successful partnership with Xenomania before Girls Aloud had even formed and toying with everything from crunk to trip-hop to ambient electronica on their subsequent three albums.
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Pop band Sugababes split two years ago after their musical success "fizzled out", according to bandmember Jade Ewen. The singer recently cast doubt on the future of the group following the reunion of the band's original members, Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy, who have returned under the name Mutya Keisha Siobhan.
However, she has now come clean about the real status of the current line-up, which also includes Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah, insisting they have not worked together in two years and have no plans to reunite.
She tells Digitalspy.co.uk, "This is a tricky one because I don't feel comfortable lying, saying we're in the studio recording and we're going to bring music out next year, which seems to be the favoured line. I think it's unfair to fans and we should be honest.
"The band being over is definitely not my choice. I kind of was unlucky in that I came in (to Sugababes) towards the end of the cycle when things naturally came to the end.
"There was so much drama surrounding the group, I think the music just got lost. I don't like all the drama and the negativity. We kind of fizzled out about two years ago."
She also blames the constant line-up changes for bringing about the group's demise, and hints that she will tell the real story of the Sugababes in a future book, adding, "One day I'm hoping that I'll be able to put out a book and explain that whole chapter."
The band's original line-up broke down in 2001 when Donaghy left. She was followed by Mutya Buena in 2005 and Buchanan in 2007, while the band continued performing with a new line-up. Ewen joined Sugababes in 2009 to replace Buchanan.
Pop stars Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy blame record company bosses for the breakup of the original Sugababes, insisting they were all too young to handle fame on their own. The trio formed in 1998 when they were just 13 years old and within two years they had rocketed to stardom with their debut hit Overload.
But a year later the British band began to fracture as Donaghy quit, and by 2009 all three members had abandoned the group, to be replaced by Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen.
The original three singers reunited last year (12) under the bandname Mutya Keisha Siobhan and they are adamant there will be no repeat of the in-fighting that previously dogged them because they are older and wiser.
Donaghy tells ES Magazine, "Looking back there was a lot of divide and conquer going on. The adult world around us wanted to manage the environment and make it a business, and maybe forgot we were young and our happiness was important.
"We were teenagers. We weren't even old enough to drink! They saw us as interchangeable - it was all about the band, not the individuals, and that's not good for your self-esteem."
Buena adds, "We were just too young to appreciate it. We didn't realise our music was credible. (The management would say) 'You're number one!' (and I was thinking) OK, can I go home now?"
Original Sugababes star Siobhan Donaghy is thrilled the group has another chance at success as she is convinced they were too young to appreciate their luck the first time around. Donaghy was just 13 when she formed the band with Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan in 1998, but she left the group shortly after the trio found success in 2001 as she felt unable to cope with the pressure of fame.
The singer has reunited with Buena and Buchanan under the name Mutya Keisha Siobhan (MKS), and she feels more able to enjoy their second shot of success now she has grown up.
Donaghy, 29, tells BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, "We started pretty young which obviously applied some pressure. We want to have fun and we felt like we didn't get the chance to enjoy it the first time around. Last time, we never did anything like that, the places we went and saw, it kind of goes over your head when you're a teenager."
Buena adds, "You don't appreciate it very much. You're too busy being insecure and a teenager, so now we are in our twenties and a little bit older and wiser, we can enjoy it."
MKS' new single Flatline debuted online last month (Jul13).
Original Sugababes star Siobhan Donaghy is adamant the band's former members will never share a stage with the current line-up of the girl band, dismissing fans' hopes of a supergroup tour. Donaghy has reunited with her former bandmates Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan to form a new girl group called Mutya Keisha Siobhan.
All three singers were replaced when they left the line-up and the current band features Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen, who recently voiced her hope that the two bands could be combined to form a Sugababes supergroup, telling Digitalspy.co.uk, "That would be awesome, it would sell out... I'm definitely up for it."
However, Donaghy is adamant it will never happen, telling Britain's Metro newspaper, "People have to remember, especially for me, I have only ever worked with Mutya and Keisha, that's my focus and that's what I enjoy. There will be no tour together."
She adds of the later incarnation of the Sugababes, "If I'm completely honest, I wasn't really a fan."
Former Sugababes star Mutya Buena has been criticised by anti-drug campaigners for showing fans a photograph of her apparently inhaling nitrous oxide. The British pop singer, who now performs as MKS with her fellow ex-Sugababes Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy, recently posted the image online, depicting her inhaling from a long balloon typically inflated with the legal substance, known as 'laughing gas'.
Her actions have drawn criticism from officials at British anti-drug charity Re-Solv, who have branded the stunt "irresponsible", and now a spokesman for the singer tells British newspaper The Sun on Sunday, "If Mutya thought her actions would have a negative impact on her fans in any way she wouldn't have put the pictures up."
The original stars of British girl group Sugababes sealed their comeback by reviving their back catalogue for their first full live show together in 12 years on Thursday night (01Aug13). The singers have reunited under the new name Mutya Keisha Siobhan and they premiered their first new single, Flatline, this week (beg29Jul13).
They also returned to the stage with a show at London's Scala venue on Thursday, marking their first full concert together in more than a decade, and the group kicked off the gig by performing the Sugababes' first ever single, 2000's Overload.
They also thrilled fans with hits including Run For Cover, Freak Like Me, Stronger, and Push The Button.
In a message posted on Twitter.com after the show, singer Keisha Buchanan writes, "So much love in the air! Thanks to everyone who came and supported us! We had a ball! So shocked by the turn out!... Whoop Best. Fans. Ever."
A tweet on the MKS page reads, "Thank you all so much for being part of such a special night for us. Blown away by the love and support."
The band's original line-up broke down in 2001 when Siobhan Donaghy left. She was followed out the door by Mutya Buena in 2005 and Buchanan in 2007, while the band continued performing with a new line-up.
Jade Ewen, who joined Sugababes in 2009 to replace Buchanan, recently sparked speculation that the reunion of the pop group's original members spelled the end for the remaining line-up, telling Digitalspy.co.uk, "I don't even know if the band stuff is going to happen again, if I'm completely honest... I think we're pretty much done."