Mutya Keisha Siobhan
So, the original Sugababes have reformed, but of course they can’t call themselves Sugababes because that’s still Heidi, Jade and Amelle (except when it comes to stationery and gift wrapping, but we’ll ignore that because frankly this is making our heads hurt already). What matters is that Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan – the ice cool trio who scored early Suga-hits ‘Overload’ ‘New Year’ and ‘Run For Cover’ – are back, back BACK!
Now trading under the imaginative band name Mutya Keisha Siobhan, they’ve been secretively working on new material for the best part of a year now and we’re finally close to hearing the first fruits of their labours. Here are five things we learned from their first ever post-reformation interview with the ever-wonderful Popjustice.
The album isn’t out until 2013
Boo! But there is a new single pencilled in for November. Does this mean an X Factor performance could be on the cards? That intro-video would certainly be interesting…
They’ve been working with some interesting people
Teen production whizz MNEK, who co-wrote ‘All Fired Up’ for The Saturdays and ‘Home Run’ for Misha B, is one such interesting person. Others include ex-Blazin’ Squad members Mojam, Spice Girls wizard Biff Stannard and Girls Aloud architects Xenomania! OMG!
Some song titles ‘n’ stuff
‘Drum’ – a repetitive dance track inspired by Rihanna
‘Back in the Day’ – a TLC-esque early 90s jam
‘Too In Love’ – the first song they sang together on since the One Touch days
‘Love Me Hard’ – written with Biff and former Triple 8-er Iain James. Remember Triple 8?
Siobhan’s favourite post-One Touch Sugababes song is ‘Stronger’
She also likes ‘Freak Like Me’. The girls are open to performing songs from post-Siobhan incarnations at their gigs. We wonder what Heidi, Jade and Amelle will make of that?
They wouldn’t say no to a Girls Aloud duet
But they’re not – unsurprisingly – so keen on the idea of getting together with the current Sugababes lineup.
Overall it sounds like the MKS “project” is going pretty swimmingly so far, and the girls are determined not to repeat the mistakes that saw them fall apart the first time around. With some seriously cool producers on-board and fan excitement at fever pitch, this is bound to be one of the most interesting comebacks of the next 12 months. We do sort of hope the “other” Sugababes come back with some goodies too though, there’s plenty of room on pop’s playground after all, and a good old fashioned chart battle could be just the thing to boost record sales for both groups.
Are you on team MKS, or will Heidi and co always have your heart? Have your say in our comments section!
Pop fans let out a collective scream last month after Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan announced they were making their long awaited comeback.
The trio, who first formed as Sugababes in 1998, have been hard at work on their new material with a host of exciting names and it seems we don’t have long to wait to hear what’s in store.
Tweeting earlier, the girls revealed that we’ll be hearing their new tunes before the year is out!
Hey guys, Let’s catch up!!! We’ve been super busy writing & recording our album, it’s hard work but we’ve been having a blast being creative & hanging out with each other. We’re almost there and cannot wait to show you all what we’ve been cooking up together!!! Sooo excited :-D… There WILL be music for your music loving ears this year!!! Thanks for the love!!! Whoooop!!!
Excited? We certainly are! Whilst we anxiously wait for the goodies, let’s reminisce on one of their finest moments to date:
Old Sugababes name band ‘Mutya Keisha Siobhan’; MP! now called ‘Chris Grace John Jo Olly Jon Jon Luke Shaun’
You know what, hats off to the Oldbabes. Why sit around trying to think of a completely new band name when you can just call a spade a spade and release music under your actual names? Apparently the group have decided on Mutya Keisha Siobhan as their trade-marked title, and we can’t help but wonder how different the world would be if everyone did that.
Girls Aloud would be Nadine Cheryl Sarah Nicola Kimberley (later renamed Cheryl etc), Black Eyed Peas would be Will.i.am Fergie Miscellaneous Miscellaneous, Marina and the Diamonds would be Marina and the Diamonds… You get the point.
The most interesting thing about the original Sugaba – sorry, Mutya Keisha Siobhan – is that nobody can quit this time. If they do, it’ll just be awkward. Imagine if, in six years from now, the line-up of Mutya Keisha Siobhan was actually Amelle Heidi Jade? Exactly.
But of course the big ‘thing’ is whether or not the public will actually want to buy the music this time around. With Little Mix and Stooshe in full swing, Girls Aloud and Parade working on new stuff and The Saturdays inevitably plotting some sort of forget-that-last-album-ever-happened ‘comeback’, the girlband market has become very packed very quickly.
But hey, we can’t wait. After all, ‘Round Round’ was one of our favourite pop songs of the 00s. Oh wait, wrong line-up… OK, ‘Freak Like Me’ was… Oh. ‘Too Lost In You’? ‘Push The Button’? ‘About You Now’? ‘STRONGER’????? Sheesh…
Still, it’ll probably be better than this, right?