Friday, 30 July 2010

Prof Green , Nan and Amelle

Professor Green took his nan and Amelle from Sugababes out to Mahiki

Professor Green (Pic:PA)

Forget taking your mama out tonight - rapper Professor Green took his NANA - along with Amelle from the Sugababes.

The unlikely group had a right old shindig at Mahiki in London.

One reveller said: "Amelle did a spot of dancing with Prof's gran. They nattered away all night."

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Forbes Asia Magazine -Sugababes article

East Meets West

Dance Floor Diplomats

Megha Bahree, 07.30.10, 07:20 AM EDT
Forbes Asia Magazine dated August 09, 2010

Desi Hits keeps the beats bouncing between Bollywood and Hollywood.


Learning curves: The Sugababes get their first taste of desi dress-up.

Jade Ewen, one of a trio that makes up the British pop band Sugababes, tries on a gold-colored sari blouse, cut like a halter top and covered in sequins. She tucks in one corner of a traditional Indian scarf in the waistband of her skinny jeans and with a piece of Indian jewelry draped across her other hip poses for the camera.

The photo shoot is available on the website of Desi Hits, a New York entertainment company that straddles Hollywood and its Eastern cousin Bollywood. Desi Hits was founded by three British Indians: Anjula Acharia-Bath, 39, and Ranj Bath, 40 (they are married), and Arun Sandhu, 32. It records and distributes content from both worlds, with a focus on creating a fusion of the two as it introduces Western artists to a new, larger audience called desi (Hindi for everything from the Indian subcontinent) and provides South Asian artists a platform from which to cross over to the Western world. Its website offers content that runs the gamut of Bollywood and Indian pop music, Western chart toppers that have been remixed with Indian beats, celebrity gossip, and interviews and promotions like the Sugababes photo shoot.

In June it entered into a joint venture with Universal Music Group to create a new label, Desi Hits Universal, fully funded by the record label giant. "The aim," says Acharia-Bath, "is to be a home for South Asian talent, globally." The deal with Universal comes equipped with the full suite of services that are available to any other artist on Universal's roster--songwriters, album production and an entire marketing machine. It could mean an investment of up to a million for a big name like Jay Sean, M.I.A. or even a Bollywood star.

"There is huge potential for crossover music [between South Asia and the West]," says Acharia-Bath. "Hip-hop had Def Jam as a founding label. ... There are desi fusion one-hit wonders because no one is cultivating this music, there's no platform for it. [But it's needed], just as black music needed that platform [of Def Jam]." Desi Hits Universal plans to be that.

One thing it's doing is creating a roster of artists that includes homegrown stars like British singer/songwriter Jay Sean (whom it actively promoted via "webisodes" to the South Asian population in the U.S. years before he became a brand), any Bollywood icons it signs up (at press time Acharia-Bath and David Joseph, chairman of Universal Music U.K., were talent shopping in Mumbai), and it continues to look for South Asian talent in the West.

Part of the Desi Hits strategy is to educate artists and heads of labels on desi music and culture and the potential market that community offers. "They see these South Asians around them who have lots of money to spend, but there's no vehicle to target them properly and retain the artists' cool factor," says Sandhu. "We expose artists to the sound; we're proud of our sound; we love it and show it to everyone."

Monday, 26 July 2010

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Listen to original Sugababe demos. 26 July

The Sugababes have come a long way and whilst we are loving the current line up and sound we couldn't help but take a look back to where it all began.
Take a listen to this demo of 'Real Thing' that has been released and tell us what you think.
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Sunday, 25 July 2010

Trend Alert Cuff Sandals

Trend Alert! Cuff sandals - the new gladiators?

posted July 23rd 2010 at 2:55pm by Laura Bradley

Here at Shudoo News we are fully embracing the summer sun while it’s still here (you know we will all be moaning about the wind and rain come September!).

One summer trend we’re slipping our tootsies into right now is the cuff sandal. Tipped as the new gladiator, the cuff sandal has the body of a normal sandal but then loosely wraps up and around the ankle.

This versatile style will look great whether worn on the beach or treading the city pavements. Make sure the cuff fits loosely around the ankle though so as not to make your legs look chunky.

The cuff sandal is perfect for tucking trousers into be it leggings, harems or jeans like Sugababes’ Amelle and Rihanna. Alternatively flash your cuff sandals underneath a maxi dress like Emily Blunt.

We love Bullboxer’s Bribe cuff sandal, so much so that we’ve been wearing them around the office. This fab style complete with braiding and buckle detail is available in black and taupe at a bargainous £45!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Demand for the 'undercut' soars: The hairstyle that's a cut under the rest

Demand for the 'undercut' soars: The hairstyle that's a cut under the rest

By Paul Bentley
Last updated at 2:23 AM on 20th July 2010

Alice Dellal

Cutting edge of style: Alice Dellal shows off her undercut haircut

When it comes to fashion statements, this one is razor sharp.

Increasing numbers of women are ditching their flowing locks in favour of a much more cutting-edge look.

Salons are reporting soaring demand for the 'undercut', which involves shearing away a section of hair while leaving the rest longer.

Once the preserve of punk rockers and schoolboys, it seems that women are adopting the edgy style after a series of celebrity endorsements.

Model and socialite Alice Dellal has stepped out with an undercut, and Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud, Amelle Berrabah from the Sugababes and pop singer Rihanna have also had close encounters with the clippers.

Former Spice Girl Mel B has been sporting the severe look since the beginning of the year - and her two-year-old daughter, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, has a slightly less extreme version of the style.

High Street salons are now reporting a sharp increase in the number of women asking to have their heads partially shaved.

According to HOB salons, home to British Hairdresser of the Year Akin Konizi, as many as a quarter of its clients are requesting some form of undercut.

And at the Lisa Shepherd salon in London, staff say they are shearing the sides of around ten girls' heads every week - creating styles ranging 'from the subtle to the extreme'.

But celebrity stylist Shepherd insisted the 'beautiful' modern undercut was a long way from the punk style of the past.

Amelle Berrabah

Undercut: Popstars Amelle Berrabah, left, of the Sugababes and solo singer Rhianna sport the trendy cut

'It's not the undercut we saw in the 80s on David Bowie when it was an aggressive, punky look,' she said. 'Now it's looser and longer with graduated layers.

'By razoring the edges you can create a more frayed, softer finish and tailor it to suit you.

'It can be a very beautiful cut, if done well.'

The style was made famous by David Bowie in the 1980s. It was copied by schoolboys a decade later and became David Beckham's trademark when he was signed up to endorse Brylcreem early in his football career.

But its feminine reinvention began just last year when it was worn by Miss Dellal.

Her look inspired fashion designer Issa to use a version of the cut on her catwalk models during autumn/winter shows.

David Bowie undercut

Star man: David Bowie in the 1977 film The Man Who Fell to Earth sporting the original undercut

Pop stars followed suit, and hairdressers are now enjoying the knock-on effect.

Jason Cocking, director of Shepherd's salon, said: 'The reason it has become so popular is because an undercut feels individual and makes you believe you've got something different.

'The current fashion trends - much influenced by the late 80s and early 90s - have made what was originally a more indie, underground look commercially popular.'

Keisha Buchanan Breaks Silence

Keisha Buchanan Breaks Silence

kesiha roc nation Keisha Buchanan Breaks Silence
It has been almost a year since Keisha Buchanan was unceremoniously ousted from the Sugababes – the very group she helped to create. While the talented singer-songwriter has maintained a dignified silence on the issue, she did chat to our good friends over at Punch Bowl recently about her debut solo album, recent ‘leaked’ material, as well as her current relationship with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.
Check out the interview after the jump….

It’s great to see Ms. Buchanan is in good spirits. Needless to say, the UK music scene are eagerly anticipating to see what she’ll be serving up on a solo tip.
Tidbit: Did anyone else find her comments regarding the Roc Nation situation quite telling? During the hot steaming mess that was the current line-up’s ‘Sweet 7′ campaign, Amelle and co claimed they were never signed to Roc Nation; many called BS, something Keisha’s comments validate. All signs point to them being signed, only for Roc Nation to drop the imposters like a rock (when Keisha was axed), due to their good relationship with her. Karma is a…

Friday, 16 July 2010

Amelle Berrabah shows off her yoga body

Amelle Berrabah shows off her yoga body as she bares her toned tummy in a summery crop top

By Sarah Bull
Last updated at 6:35 PM on 15th July 2010

She recently revealed she has been staying fit by doing regular yoga classes

And it seems Sugababes star Amelle Berrabah is keen to show off the results of her exercise regime in a series of crop tops.

The 26-year-old singer opted for a summery grey top and low cut skinny jeans to flaunt her washboard stomach as she enjoyed a day out in London today.

Washboard abs: Amelle Berrabah showed off her enviably flat  stomach outside the May Fair Hotel in London today

Washboard abs: Amelle Berrabah showed off her enviably flat stomach outside the May Fair Hotel in London today

Revitalised: Amelle has been taking bikram yoga classes, and the  results are clear to see
Revitalised: Amelle has been taking bikram yoga classes, and the  results are clear to see

Revitalised: Amelle has been taking bikram yoga classes, and the results are clear to see

Amelle has been relying on bikram yoga classes - which sees the gymgoer exercise in a specially heated room to raise body temperature and allow deeper stretching of the muscles.

She told Closer magazine recently: 'Bikram yoga is yoga but in a heated room like a sauna. You sweat like mad and toxins pour out of you.

'I swear by it and I think I'm looking pretty good!'

And, clearly proud of her new physique, Amelle has been wearing a series of short tops to show off her enviably flat stomach.

The singer has been busy recently recording the follow-up to the Sugababes most recent EP Sweet 7.

Speaking about the new album, which is due for release later this year, Amelle said: 'We’re keeping to our Sugababes sound but we’re also hoping to try new things too.'

Girlband star: Amelle with Sugababes bandmates Jade Ewen (left)  and Heidi Range at a party in London earlier this month

Girlband star: Amelle with Sugababes bandmates Jade Ewen (left) and Heidi Range at a party in London earlier this month

It was reported earlier this year that the band were dropped from U.S. label Roc Nation following disappointing sales of Sweet 7, but Amelle, Jade Ewen and Heidi Range denied the rumours.

They released a statement following reports of a disagreement with Roc Nation which read: 'We just wanted to let our fans know that we had a great time working with Roc Nation to record the album Sweet 7 and massive thanks to those of you who have already bought it.

'However, contrary to some tabloid mis-reporting, we have never been “signed” to Roc Nation for a scheduled album release in America.

'We continue to be signed to Universal Island and are looking forward to some big performance plans across the Summer and also bringing you some new music very soon.'

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

F1 Grand Prix Ball at Hurlingham 7. 7 .2010

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Jade Ewen of Sugababes attends The Grand Prix Ball at The Hurlingham Club on July 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)

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Monday, 12 July 2010

Amelle ,Vanessa, Rochelle and Marvin photos

Marvin Humes: I wouldn’t be with Rochelle Wiseman if she wasn’t The One

By Jessica Satherley
Last updated at 12:56 PM on 12th July 2010

JLS’s Marvin Humes broke millions of young girls hearts last night by declaring on Alan Carr’s TV show that he’s found ‘The One’.

He’s only been off the market for six months while dating The Saturdays singer Rochelle Wiseman but the whirlwind romance is more than just a fling, he says.

‘I wouldn’t be with her if she wasn’t The One’. I don’t believe in being with someone if you don’t believe they couldn’t be that person’, he gushed on Carr’s Channel 4 show Chatty Man.

Marvin Humes and Rochelle Wiseman

The One: Marvin Humes declared his love for The Saturdays singer Rochelle Wiseman on Alan Carr's Chatty Man

The singer added: ‘We’ve all been single, we’ve all had a bit of fun…but you know..’, implying that now he’s ready to settle down with the raven-haired beauty.

And the couple looked a picture of perfection as they dined at Roka restaurant in London last night, showing off matching cleavage in low cut tops.

They were joined by Aston Merrygold at the restaurant after attending the F1 Grand Prix Lounge Party at Centre Point alongside The Sugababes and the rest of JLS and The Saturdays’ bandmates.

Marvin Humes and Rochelle Wiseman

Celebrations: JLS' Marvin jumped in a taxi with Rochelle and The Sugababes' Amelle Berrabah after the F1 Grand Prix Lounge Party at Centre Point, London

Now that he’s found ‘The One’, the 25-year-old former X Factor contestant is reportedly moving in with his 21-year-old girlfriend.

And his love life is not the only thing putting a smile on his face because JLS have managed to score their third number one single of their career with This Club Is Alive.

The boy band’s new single knocked Katy Perry’s California Gurls from the top spot, which is their latest release from the boys’ new album.

Aston Merrygold

Unlucky in love: JLS's Aston Merrygold has yet to find Miss Right so is getting help from Marvin and Rochelle to find her

But as Marvin celebrates his chart success alongside his lovely girlfriend, his bandmate Aston Merrygold has yet to find Miss Right.

So Humes is taking it upon himself to pass on his relationship wisdom by helping Aston find his own lucky lady.

Marvin and Rochelle are reportedly helping Aston find a girlfriend by choosing ‘good girls’ for the 22-year-old to date.

Amelle Berrabah and Vanessa White

Girl band reunion: The Sugababes' Amelle Berrabah and the Saturdays' Vanessa White attended the F1 Grand Prix Lounge Party together

Amelle Berrabah
Amelle Berrabah

The couple will even chaperone the singer on his first dates to analyse whether they would make a good couple, the Mirror reported.

A source told the newspaper: ‘Aston may be a hottie, but he hasn’t had the best luck with the ladies.

‘He used to have the best pulling machine with Marvin as his wingman but now Marvin is with Rochelle and he wants the same for his best mate.’

Matching cleavage: Marvin and Rochelle both showed off their cleavage in low cut tops as they dined at Roka restaurant in London

Matching cleavage: Marvin and Rochelle both showed off their cleavage in low cut tops as they dined at Roka restaurant in London

Vanessa White

Gal pals: Vanessa White was joined by a blonde friend at the Grand Prix Lounge in London