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Gay Times November 09 - Issue 374

Sugababes Version 3.0

There’s a little bit of tension in the air as Darren Scott hooks up with the third incarnation of Sugababes for a final hurrah

I might be drinking Champagne with the Sugababes but it doesn’t seem like much of a celebration – this being just before the much publicised, departure of Keisha.
We’re ending a day of promotion for their new album, Sweet 7, with a cheeky drink, but there’s an odd feeling in the room.
Heidi Range is hungover, which is fair do’s but it soon becomes apparent that despite being polite and lovely, Amelle Berrabah isn’t really saying very much. This is surprising, as from past experience she’s always been good fun to chat with.
Keisha Buchanan, on the other hand, is quite vocal.
“Bickering with other girl bands, bickering with each other, and past members,” she very quickly answers when asked what topics they’re sick of talking about.
The bands (then) only original member definitely holds court, happy to chat away as Heidi hides her face from the light and Amelle sits somewhat quietly. At one point in our conversation I incorrectly suggest that Amelle might have revealed some release information via Twitter, and she seems slightly uncomfortable as she turns to Keisha insisting she hadn’t and that she could “check my Twitter”.
So Sweet 7 then. Perhaps not as sweet for some now, given that by the time you read this it will have been re-recorded with vocals by former Eurovision singer Jade Ewen, the sixth person to step through the ever-revolving door at Sugababes HQ. Jade’s arrival – within 48 hours of meeting the girls she was filming the video for About A Girl – means that there’s no longer an original member in the trio.
They had already gone for a new direction in their sound, with this album feeling very much like an amalgamation of what’s worked for other artists recently – with Britney Spears and Lady GaGa definitely springing to mind. In fact, the new single has a direct homage to Ver GaGa, with the opening line “Red One – Sugababes.”
And while Sweet 7 is actually quite good, it doesn’t really feel like a Sugababes album; whereas they used to lead, here they very much seem to be following.
They flatly refute that this is an attempt to “break” America.
“It was just an amazing opportunity,” Heidi shrugs.
Keisha elaborates: “It was a conscious decision to come back fresh. I mean a lot of people do sleep on you sometimes… Sorry that’s another American expression I’ve picked up. ‘Sleep on you’ is just like an expression for when you get so complacent people give up on you. I think a lot of people might think ‘this is what the Sugababes are capable of’. We just wanted to go out there, make a shit hot album, stay positive, come back, kick arse, and come back and wear the crown.”
Amelle adds an aside: “And put it back on.”

Read the full interview in the November issue of GT

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