THE original line up of the Sugababes has signed a £1m (€1.2m) record deal with label Polydor, setting up a chart battle between the old and new line ups of the group.
Original members Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy formed the girl band in 1998, and are said to be working with high profile song writers to prepare for a comeback.
All three members departed the band leading to three line up changes - In 2001 Donaghy left to be replaced by Heidi Range, in 2005 Buena was replaced by Amelle Berrabah and in 2009 Buchanan was replaced by former Eurovision contestant Jade Ewen.
Buchanan’s departure was the most acrimonious, with rumours abounding fellow members Range and Berrabah had insisted record bosses remove the last original member, or they would both leave the band. It was reported the two had claimed Buchanan was a bully, a claim she denied on Twitter.
The current line up of the Sugababes are on hiatus, after 2010 album ‘Sweet 7’ only charted at number 14, the band’s first album not to chart in the top 10 since 2000.
The band has achieved huge chart success since its foundation, and in 2006 was named the most successful British female act of the 21st Century, a crown since taken by Adele.