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4 Incarnations of Sugababes

Sugababes were a British girl group who were active from about 1998 to 2013. They changed their line-up 4 times due to problems within the band. There have been 6 members altogether but only ever 3 at a time. I liked their music from the beginning but my favourite line-up was Keisha, Mutya and Heidi because I thought that their voices blended together well and I liked the music they released during that era, especially when it was more garage/R'n'B sounding. As of 2013 the group have been on hiatus with no plans for future music. Here are my fave songs from each incarnation. :)


1998-2001

Sugababes started out with Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy in 1998. Mutya and Keisha had been friends since school but Siobhan reportedly didn't get on so well with them. She left in 2001 and later said that she was bullied by Keisha during her time in the group.

This is New Year which was the second single from Sugababes' debut album One Touch (2000). It was released in December 2000.








2001-2005

Siobhan was replaced by Heidi Range. She was part of the group when they were at their most successful; their second album Angels With Dirty Faces was No 2 in the UK charts and the first single Freak Like Me got to No 1. Second single Round Round was also No 1. Third and fourth albums Three (2003) and Taller in More Ways (2005) were also bestsellers.

Freak Like Me is one of my favourite Sugababes songs. It was released in April 2002 and is a cover of American singer Adina Howard's Freak Like Me. It's also is mixed with Gary Numan's group Tubeway Army's song Are Friends Electric? In the video the girls play vampires in a club.





2005-2009

In December 2005 Mutya left the group. She had given birth to her daughter earlier that year and decided not to carry on in the group due to personal reasons. Her replacement was Amelle Berrabah. Sugababes re-recorded their album Taller In More Ways with Amelle and released two more albums in that format, Change (2007) and Catfights and Spotlights (2008).

One of my favourite songa from Taller In More Ways is Follow Me Home. I have the Taller in More Ways album with Mutya on, not Amelle, so I have Mutya's version but it's a good song altogether and I like both versions. :) It was released as a single in June 2006. I can't find the music video on YouTube but here's a video that features the vocals. (I can't get it to post in Blogger so I've linked to it).


And here's Mutya's version: Follow Me Home (Mutya version)



2009-2013

In September 2013 Keisha (the last founding group member) left Sugababes. She said it wasn't her choice to leave. Keisha was replaced by Jade Ewen. The latest line-up released one album Sweet 7 in 2010 (it had already been recorded with Keisha and was re-recorded with Jade) and 2 singles, About a Girl and Wear My Kiss. The first single from Sweet 7 was Get Sexy which featured Keisha..

About a Girl was my fave song with Heidi, Amelle and Jade. It was the first single featuring Jade's vocals and came out in November 2009.




If you're interested to hear Keisha's version visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJWR2ml-aME


In 2013 the three original members reformed as Mutya Keisha Siobhan aka MKS (they were unable to release music under the Sugababes name since it was already in use). They released their debut single (in this format) Flatine in September 2013 and are currently planning an album. You can watch the video here: http://starsparklex.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/new-mutya-keisha-siobhan-video.html



Which was your favourite Sugababes line-up? Did you have a fave Sugababe?


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