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Well the rumors were ‘almost’ true. There was a laot of buzz this week that Amelle Was about to quit Sugababes, but the truth is that its the final original member who is walking – Keisha.

Keisha Buchanan, 24, has confirmed her departure in a statement. She will be replaced by the UK’s Eurovision Song Contest singer Jade Ewen.

A statement on the band’s website read: “The current line-up of the Sugababes has disbanded. Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah will continue as the Sugababes and will be joined by new member Jade Ewen.

keishaThey release their album Sweet 7 on November 23 through Island Records. Keisha Buchanan will continue to record for Island Records as a solo artist.”

The group have recently been the subject of media speculation after Amelle Berrabah reportedly went missing two weeks ago. Buchanan defended herself against reports she was the troublemaker of the band.

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Amelle Berrabah has reportedly left the Sugababes. The all-girl trio have topped the charts six times but have been dogged by rumours of in-fighting.

If these reports turn out to be true, Amelle will become the third person to have left the band over the years, following in the footsteps of Siobhan Donaghy in 2001 and Mutya Buena in 2005.

Keisha Buchanan is the only member of the original line-up still left in the band and the girls have been quick to silence talk of disagreements between her and Amelle following the latter’s solo chart success with Tinchy Stryder.

According to a celebrity website, Amelle will be replaced by former UK Eurovision entrant Jade Ewen.

The Sugababes’ spokeswoman would not comment on reports about the personnel changes in the band.

amelle02Sugababes have released 2 studio albums since Amelle Joined. ‘Change‘ – which featured the hit singles ‘About you now‘, ‘Change‘ and Denial.

The second album was  ‘Catfights & Spotlights‘ which contained the singles ‘Girls‘ and ‘No can do’.

The thrid album ‘Sweet 7‘ is due for release in november 2009 which features the single ‘Get sexy‘.

Amelle was embroiled in controversy earlier in the year when her boyfriend was attacked with a machette and almost had his arm severed.

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The out of control DVD is here. Filmed at the legendary O2 Arena in London and featuring all the footage from one of the BIGGEST tours of 2009.
There is also a Limited Edition Fan Version, which comes not only with the DVD of the show but a completely exclusive audio CD too – so you can listen to it wherever you are!
As for extras, there are all the music videos for the Out Of Control singles, and the incredible girl cam – allowing you to follow your favourite girl on tour! Plus it all comes in a unique presentation box with a 24-page booklet featuring all YOUR photos!

The tracklisting for all 3 versions is as follows;

01 The Promise
02 Love Is The Key
03 Biology
04 Miss You Bow Wow
05 The Loving Kind
06 Waiting
07 Love Machine
08 Rolling Back The Rivers In Time
09 Untouchable
10 Sexy! No No No…
11 Broken Strings
12 Love Is Pain
13 Call The Shots
14 Revolution In The Head
15 Sound Of The Underground
16 Fix Me Up
17 Womanizer
18 Something Kinda Ooooh
19 Out Of Control Tour Megamix (The Show/Wake Me Up/Jump/No Good Advice/Can’t Speak French/The Promise Reprise)

Bonus material includes:

  • Full length Music Videos for the singles ‘The Promise’, ‘The Loving Kind’ and ‘Untouchable’
  • Girl Cam! Follow your favourite girl as she performs a song on tour! Featuring:
  • Revolution In The Head (Cheryl), Love Machine (Nicola), Miss You Bow Wow (Sarah), Sound Of The Underground (Nadine) & Love Is The Key (Kimberley)
  • A revealing behind-the-scenes tour interview
  • Tour screen visuals: Five sets of videos used on the tour screens! Featuring: Womanizer, Love Machine, Love Is The Key, Revolution In The Head & Biology

As well as this the Fan Edition also comes with a 24-page booklet (featuring lyrics and fan-submitted photos) and a live audio CD with the following tracklisting;

01 The Promise
02 Love Is The Key
03 Biology
04 Miss You Bow Wow
05 The Loving Kind
06 Waiting
07 Love Machine
08 Rolling Back The Rivers In Time
09 Untouchable
10 Sexy! No No No…
11 Broken Strings
12 Love Is Pain
13 Call The Shots
14 Revolution In The Head
15 Sound Of The Underground
16 Fix Me Up
17 Womanizer
18 Something Kinda Ooooh

The Fan Edition is presented in a unique hardback book.

Pricing is as follows;
Standard DVD: £14.99 Blu Ray DVD: £19.99 Fan Edition: £21.99

This product currently is only availible here from Universal

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Over at myspace a message was recently posted from the sugababes official page that says the following;

Heidi and Amelle are suffering with a severe bout of flu. They’ve been instructed to take at least a week off before a reassessment and so will unfortunately be out of action for at least the next 7 days.

If you’d like to leave a message for the girls below, we’ll make sure it’s passed on to them.

Lets hope its not Swine flu, considering the country is currently in a pandemic!

Amelle-Berrabah01Sugababes have been playing various festivals this summer including headlining Ponty’s Big Weekend festival in Wales and have recently returned from The States where they have been recording their 7th album after signing with Jay-Z’s Roc-a-Fella label and say they loved the chance to work with singers and producers including Ne-Yo, Stargate and RedOne.

Singer Keisha Buchanan said: “I think it’s given us a fresh energy again. I think the one thing we wanted to do was come back with something different. With each album we’ve always worked with a new producer and come out with a single which is so standout from the rest of the album.

“I think with their energy coming in, it’s definitely given us some life. It’s definitely got the British feel throughout the album – we’ve not gone away and gone ‘All American’ on our fans.”

Her bandmate Heidi Range added: “We had a fantastic time and worked with some of the biggest producers in the world at the moment. It was a really exciting process for us.”

The group have experienced several line-up changes before arriving at current formation of Keisha, Heidi and Amelle Berrabah but despite the upheaval, Keisha – the only remaining founder member – insists they have no plans to call it a day.

She added to BBC Newsbeat: “We’ll keep going just as long as we’re happy. I think the moment when we’re not really enjoying it anymore we’ll probably call it a day. ”
The current line up have released, Change, Catfights & Spotlights as well as the ‘Overloaded‘ Greatest Hits CD and DVD

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Tonight it was revealed that Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding has landed a role in the upcoming movie St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold, and she will appear alongside David Tennent, Rupert Everett and Colin Firth.

The cast will also includes Gemma Arterton, Talulah Riley, Jodie Whittaker, Juno Temple, Tamsin Egerton, Celia Imrie and Fenella Wollgar, alongside newcomers Ella Smith, Zawe Aston and Montserrat Lombard.

Sarah Harding, appeared fleetingly in the first St Trinian’s film in 2007.

Sarah_Harding02The film see the girls embark on a rollercoaster-style treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold, which sees them face the villainous Pomfrey, played by Tennant, and his sidekicks from the women-hating secret society known as AD1.
It is being produced by Everett, Nigel Green, James Spring, Paul Brett, Tim Smith and Chris Smith. It has been written by Nick Moorcroft and Piers Ashworth. Entertainment Film Distributors will handle the UK distribution rights. It is being made in association with the Aegis Film Fund and Prescience.
The first instalment of St Trinian’s grossed $25m at the UK box office.

Harding has said she is determined not to be another pop star who fails at acting. The 27-year-old is making her TV debut in hard-hitting drama Freefall next month.

“I don’t want to try too much too soon, I’m taking baby steps,” she told the Sun.
“I’m working my way into acting gradually – I don’t want people to think I’m just swanning in there.
“There is a stigma attached to people who go from singing to acting.”
“People like to see you as just one thing and find it hard to take if you try something different.”

Freefall is a drama concentrating on how the credit crunch is affecting Britain. It airs on BBC2 on July 14 at 9pm.

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Cheryl Cole celebrated an X-tra special birthday – as it was revealed she is set to front a US version of The X Factor.
The Girls Aloud singer turned 26 with a £60,000 surprise party thrown by Chelsea and England soccer star husband Ashley, 28.

And the icing on the cake came when she learned she had been specially chosen by Simon Cowell to take his top-rated TV show across the Atlantic.
Senior US executives from NBC are due to fly to Manchester this weekend to see her in action at the live auditions.

A source said: “Simon is on the brink of signing a deal to take The X Factor to America and, if he gets his way, Cheryl will be its star.
“He thinks she has amazing presence and her down-to-earth Northern charm will appeal to the American public. She is also an incredibly beautiful girl.
“She won’t get paid anything like the million pound salary she’s on here, because obviously she is not as well known in the States.
“But if it is a success, like most of Simon’s shows are, it could catapult her into the big league.”

cheryl coleIt is understood Simon, 49, will not be able to appear on the show as he is tied into a deal with rival network Fox for American Idol.
The music mogul, who has an estimated fortune of £120million, has already announced he plans to quit after the next series of X Factor.
And he has made it clear he wants Cheryl to step into his shoes and become the main face of the show, which regularly pulls in around 15 million viewers.

ITV1 bosses are desperately trying to persuade him to stay, but while  he wants to continue with Britain’s Got Talent, he feels it is time to move on.

Simon was at Cheryl’s bash on Wednesday at London’s Vanilla nightclub. Other guests included Cheryl’s bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts and X Factor judges Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue.

Hubby Ashley had secretly invited Cheryl’s showbiz pals, plus friends and family from Newcastle – treating them to flights and putting them up in hotels.

He even arranged for Cheryl – looking stunning in a frilly white mini-dress – to be presented with a giant pink birthday cake in the shape of a star. A friend said: “Cheryl just thought they were going out for a quiet meal.
“But when they pulled up outside the nightclub, she knew he had planned something special and she welled up with emotion.”

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In conjunction with the release of the new Japanese film Amalfi Sarah Brightman will be releasing a new album titled ‘Amalfi – Sarah Brightman Love Songs’.

With tracks selected by Sarah, this album will contain brand new photos/artwork and will be released on July 8 in Japan.

Track list:

1. Time to Say Goodbye (solo version) – Classics
2. La Wally – Classics
3. Il Mio Cuore Va – Eden, Diva
4. O Mio Babbino Caro – Classics
5. Anytime, Anywhere – Eden
6. Attesa – Symphony
7. Lascia Ch’io Pianga – Eden, Classics
8. Nella Fantasia – Eden, Diva
9. La Luna – La Luna
10. Solo Con Te – La Luna
11. Ave Maria (Schubert) – Classics
12. Until The End Of Time – Harem
13. Storia D.Amore – Symphony
14. Jesu, Joy Of Man.s Desiring – A Winter Symphony
15. La Califfa – La Luna
16. Serenade – La Luna
17. How Fair This Place – La Luna
18. Amazing Grace – A Winter Symphony
19. Nessun Dorma – Eden

The movie, Amalfi, features an appearance and performance by Sarah, and is a special production marking Fuji Television’s 50th anniversary. The first Japanese movie to be shot entirely on location in Italy, Amalfi is scheduled for release in Japan in July.



This month Girls Aloud release a collectors limited edition box set of all their singles to date. The set comes housed in a mini metal flight case and has a price tag of £45 – it is limited to 5000 copies only.

The boxset is touted as containing 150 Tracks, 13 Hours of music, 16 Videos, 8 Games, an exclusive rarities bonus disc, Original single artwork, Original track listings and a 64 page booklet featuring the story behind the music.

The boxset is only availible through the official Girls Aloud website.

boxsetAlong with this release there is an even more exclusive item – a one off version of the set above but covered in Swarovski crystals as part of a promotion by Swarovski. This item will go to one lucky winner who sends their info on this page.

If you are entering, good luck!

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