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Irish album charts Sugababes' new album Sweet 7 is the highest new entry of the week,debuts at 35th spot.

Boyzone album beats 'Glee' in Irish chart
Friday, March 19 2010, 14:46 GMT

By Daniel Kilkelly, Entertainment Reporter

Rex Features
Boyzone have maintained their grip over the Irish albums chart, notching up a second week at the top spot with their fourth studio LP Brother.

The group have achieved a chart double in their homeland as their latest song 'Gave It All Away' is back on top of the Irish singles chart.

The Glee cast must settle for second place in the album chart with their second soundtrack release, while the first drops two spots to fourth.

Michael Bublé's Crazy Love and Paolo Nutini's Sunny Side Up also make the top five this week in third and fifth respectively.

Meanwhile, Sugababes' new album Sweet 7 is the highest new entry of the week but debuts at a lowly 35th spot.

The top ten albums in full (click where possible for our reviews):

1. (1) Boyzone: 'Brother'
2. (42) Glee Cast: 'Glee: The Music, Volume II'
3. (5) Michael Bublé: 'Crazy Love'
4. (2) Glee Cast: 'Glee: The Music, Volume I'
5. (3) Paolo Nutini: 'Sunny Side Up'
6. (6) Florence and the Machine: 'Lungs'
7. (7) Lady GaGa: 'The Fame Monster'
8. (9) Andre Rieu: 'Forever Vienna'
9. (8) Mumford & Sons: 'Sigh No More'
10. (4) Gorillaz: 'Plastic Beach'

Sugababes join Rochelle of The Saturdays and JLS for Celebrations

Ain't no party like a JLS party: Marvin Humes and girlfriend Rochelle Wiseman celebrate his 25th birthday in style
By Marcus Barnes
Last updated at 12:47 PM on 20th March 2010
Just a few years ago he was struggling to hit the big time, and would've most likely had a typical birthday celebration with his family and friends.
Leap forward to 2010 and Marvin Humes is a member of the the UK's biggest boyband and celebrating his 25th birthday with bandmates and fellow celebrities at one of London's new clubbing hotspots.

The birthday boy hit Alto in Soho with fellow JLS stars Aston Merrygold, Jonathan 'JB' Gill and Oritse Williams and he was sported a now almost formulaic outfit consisting of baggy parachute style trousers, a black cardigan, a leather jacket and military boots.

Birthday boy: Marvin Humes, middle, partied with his bandmates Aston Merrygold, left, and JB, right, at the Mayfair Hotel and Alto nightclub

New couple: Rochelle Wiseman of The Saturdays is dating the birthday boy Marvin - who turned 25 yesterday

Night out: Oritse Williams was also celebrating bandmate Marvin's 25th
Meanwhile his bandmates were similarly well dressed - the festivities kicked off at the Mayfair Hotel, before the boys headed down to Alto in Soho.
And the party was attended by Marvin's new girlfriend, Saturdays singer Rochelle Wiseman.
The girlband star, who turns 21 tomorrow, wore a sheer grey asymmetric top over a white mini dress with grey heels.
Other guests at the bash included Pixie Lott and Sugababes members Amelle Berrabbah and Jade Ewen.
Amelle, 25, sported a flesh coloured dress and beige heels, while Jade went for a short dress with a swirling blue design on it and cream mesh heels.
Marvin recently spoke about his blossoming relationship with Rochelle, revealing he took to see adult West End comedy Avenue Q on one of their dates.

He said: 'She is such a lovely girl. I’m very fond of her. We’ve been on a couple of dates, and we’re going to see how it goes. She is really very lovely. That’s all I can say right now.

Celeb friends: Pixie Lott and Sugababes Amelle Berrabbah and Jade Ewen were special guests at the do
'The last one (date), we went to see the show Avenue Q and then for a nice meal at The Ivy. We get on really well together, but it’s early days.'
Entertainment at the party was provided by a troupe of Burlesque dancers.

Meanwhile Rihanna has revealed that she will work with the group on a new single, masterminded by rap supremo Jay-Z.

Rihanna told the newspaper: 'Working with JLS is something that will happen this year. Jay will make stars out of them. He has been a great mentor to me.

Homeward bound: Rochelle Wiseman makes her way home - the Saturdays star will celebrate her 21st birthday tonight
'He has been around long enough to spot real talent and he knows who will become worldwide stars.'

She added: 'I will be working with them on one of their singles and am sure Kanye and Bey will collaborate with them on tracks as well.

'America has only had a little taste of them so far, but give it probably as little as 18 months and they could be the most famous band in the world.'

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Stratton teenager to sing with Sugababes

Stratton teenager to sing with Sugababes
12:00pm Saturday 20th March 2010

By Andrea Glennon »

A STRATTON teenager has beaten off competition from around the country to record with chart-topping girl group the Sugababes.

Cirencester Deer Park student Abbie Lea Drew says she screamed with delight when she found out she had won a radio competition, which will see her and mum Sue whisked off to the Mayfair Hotel, in London, on Monday (March 22) and given a £1,000 spending spree in designer shop Selfridges.

After a personal shopper has picked out a glamorous outfit for the 15-year-old she will meet the Sugababes at the famous Abbey Road recording studio.

Abbie won the ‘Live Like A Sugababe’ competition when the video she made of herself singing their hit About A Girl was voted number one by Heart FM listeners.

"I didn’t think I was going to win because I watched some of other entries and they were good," said Abbie.

Proud mum Sue added:"She’s got big dreams and knows she’s got to work hard but it’s brilliant to see her achieving so much.

"She always says 'Mum, by the time I'm 20 I'll have a successful singing career and be traveling the world!'.

"We want to thank the friends and family that supported her and Deer Park who got behind her for the competition."

Abbie says she is a huge fan of the Sugababes and is "terrified" of meeting them.

But she is no stranger to the spotlight, winning several talent shows and performing at Cirencester Advent Festival last December.

Abbie will also have the chance to learn from West End stars and industry professionals after winning a place at London's West End Stage school.

"It’s a new experience for me and I’m really excited," she said, "I love being on stage."

Abbie is looking for venues to perform at to fund her placement and can be contacted on 01285 655289.

Sugababe singer Jade Ewen on her blindness torment and death threats

Sugababe singer Jade Ewen on her blindness torment and death threats
Mar 20 2010 Exclusive by John Dingwall

SUGABABES star Jade Ewen has spoken of her fears any children she has could be born blind.

The 22-year-old singer has also told of her hurt at vile abuse and death threats from fans who were against her joining the band.

Jade, one third of Britain's biggest selling female pop group, grew up as carer to her blind parents - Scots Italian dad Trevor and Jamaican mum Carol.

She has also lived with the knowledge she could go blind and that she could pass the condition on to her children.

Jade, who replaced Keisha Buchanan in the Sugababes, said while her father was born blind, her mother was blind in one eye but very capable.

That was until seven years ago when Carol got myasthenia gravis - a rare condition affecting the nerves that supply the muscles around the body.

Overnight Carol went from being able to care for her family to being unable to get out of bed or even open her eyes.

As the oldest child, Jade took on the role of caring for her siblings.

She said: "My dad was born completely blind. Then my mum came down with myasthenia - for me it became like having two blind parents.

"I remember trying to do my GSCEs and having to do exams early so that I could go and bring my little brother home from school while my mum was in hospital."

"There is a one in three chance that one of us might have sight problems.

"It's possible that I may be a carrier and my kids could be affected."

Jade joined Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah in the Sugababes six months ago and the group are set to enjoy chart success tomorrow when Sweet 7, her first album as part of the trio, hits the charts.

But Jade's joy has been tempered by death threats and abuse from fans who were against her joining the group.

Jade, dating Ricky Norwood, who plays Fatboy in EastEnders, said: "It's fair enough for fans to have an opinion on the new line-up but, when they say they want to kill me, that's a bit much.

"I've had people say things like, 'It's a good thing your dad can't see your ugly mug'. People say racist things or that they want to hurt my family members.

"My mum struggles with anything negative. I tell her even the biggest artists like Beyonce get criticism."

Jade said she'd never have been a success if her parents hadn't helped her. She added: "My family have been so supportive. It's only as I have got older that it sinks in how much they gave up and how much time they invested.

"My mum and dad lived off benefits, so any money we had was tight. For them to spend it on dance lessons for me showed how much they supported me.

"It couldn't have been the easiest thing to tell their child she can pursue acting or singing when it is not a given that she is going to be successful. It was a big risk.

"I'm really happy they stood by me because there were times when I thought I should get a normal job."

Recalling the moment she found out she would join the Sugababes, Jade said: "I was told, 'Something has come up. You have got to get on a plane now. We've got an opportunity for you but it would mean going to LA now, shooting a video tomorrow and being in the Sugababes.

"I remember being really scared but I agreed to go. I wasn't sure and I remember doing the video and thinking, 'It's too late now, I guess I'm in the Sugababes'."

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The Sugababes - Radio Interview with Total Kiss

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The Sugababes were on 'Total Kiss' with Will Cozens. The interview includes Jade on joining the group and their thoughts on departing member Kesha, do they still speak? Get all the Sugababes gossip here!