Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Why the Bombing of the Sugababes 4.0's Sweet 7 is Perhaps the Greatest News Ever

From the Blog of Rants of a Diva

Monday, March 22, 2010
Why the Bombing of the Sugababes 4.0's Sweet 7 is Perhaps the Greatest News Ever
Listen, I love the Sugababes. They weren't as easy to get into as Girls Aloud, but I'm glad I finally "got" them. 'Push the Button' and 'Freak Like Me' are two of the past decade's greatest singles. 'Ace Reject,' the best song they have ever recorded, exemplifies everything I love about pop music. Hell, I even love Catfights & Spotlights, an album that most Suga fans are rather meh about. But, ever since listening to Sweet 7 a month or so ago, I have been secretly hoping for it to bomb big time and hasten the demise of this Frankenstein version of the 'Babes. Why, you ask? One reason and one reason only:

I love Jade Ewen. A lot.

Let's ignore for a second Sweet 7's general shitness, especially in comparison with the leaked Keisha versions that appeared online back in October or November. Instead, I want to talk about how being in Sugababes 4.0 is holding Jade back from a potentially amazing solo career. The Sugababes always worked because the women all had good voices but no voice overshadowed anyone else. Jade's voice, on the other hand, is much stronger than Heidi and Amelle's so, to compensate, she has to hold back. Besides, her voice isn't suited to the group's recent adoption of middling American-sounding pop; she does her best work letting her voice explode all over a song, not constraining it to a throaty, talky growl.

Right before Sweet 7 leaked online, a couple of Jade's unreleased tracks from prior to her jail sentence with joining the 'Babes found their way online. Originally, I didn't think anything would come of them, but, lo and behold, they are magnificent pop gems, way better than anything on Sweet 7. My favorites from this batch were 'My Man' and 'I Had Him First,' two surprisingly fierce uptempo tracks that recall Toni Braxton's 'He Wasn't Man Enough' and Whitney tracks like 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody.' Needless to say, I was really digging Jade's sound, but then came another unreleased track, 'Punching Out,' and my love for her grew exponentially. It became clear that the biggest crime regarding this latest incarnation of the Sugababes wasn't the fact that they were still using that name despite not having any original 'Babes left; rather, it was the fact that Jade was forced to slum it in this dying group instead of promoting her solo career.

Now that Sweet 7 has bombed this past week, I hope that everyone realizes that it's time to end the 'Babes with their dignity and good name intact instead of trying to resuscitate them in hopes of milking a Top 10 single from the brand name. The Sugababes were amazing in their day--very few girl groups can touch them--but the further they dilute their original sound so they can become as manufactured as so many American pop acts, the more people will start to turn on them. Leave the Sugababes alone and let Jade have the solo career she so rightfully deserves. She already has half an album ready of great songs. Don't believe me? Give 'I Had Him First' and 'Punching Out' a listen below:

Posted by Dame James at 4:45 PM
Labels: god save the british, jade ewen, pop music, sugababes

ThatGrapeJuice Sugababe article and my comment

Have The Sugababes Been Dropped By Jay-Z’s Roc Nation?

Things appear to be going from bad to worse for the Sugababes. Following the dismal debut of their ‘Sweet 7′ LP, midweek figures today revealed that the album is set to crash out of #40 in its second week on the Official UK Album Chart. That doesn’t appear to be the worse of their woes though, as there is now increasing talk that the ladies were quietly dropped by production label Roc Nation last month.

Some may remember that the group signed the lucrative deal in early 2009 with the company shortly before the recording process of ‘Sweet 7′ commenced. Indeed, it was that very production deal which enabled the group, then-fronted by Keisha Buchanan, to work with US-based hitmakers such as Ne-Yo and RedOne for the proeject.

It now seems the drama and awful performance of the project on a whole left a sour taste in the mouth of Roc Nation, who are now reportedly referring to the group as ‘former clients’. The group are also no longer featured on the company’s site. Miaw!

March 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm
This is crazy news if true , The Sugababes need a chance to break the US. After all the money spent on promotion , its mad to drop them straight away. If the album hasn’t done well its due to mismanagement of the leaked album and constantly putting the release date back. Remember all the tracks were already written and recorded by Keisha , and had to be rerecorded by Jade. So the albums style and content hadn’t changed , just one artist. In the US this would be of no concern as they are not widely known there. I think the Album is Fantastic and think its the best ever !

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Dave Berry: I got cramp waiting to propose to Heidi Range

Heidi Range and Dave Berry got engaged on New Year's Eve

Dave Berry: I got cramp waiting to propose to Heidi Range
XFM presenter had to switch knees

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Dave Berry admits his proposal to Heidi Range didn't go entirely to plan.

The XFM DJ popped the question to the Sugababes singer at their London home on New Year's Eve.

He hurriedly got prepared while she was out of the room.

'I ran into the kitchen, quickly got the ring out of my pocket, opened the box and got down on one knee,' explains Dave, 31.

'I wasn't prepared for Heidi being so long, though, so I had to keep changing knees because of the cramp!

'She eventually came round the corner clutching a bottle of champagne in her cleavage.'

Heidi, 26, and Dave jetted to India the next day and he was tempted to tie the knot there.

'I genuinely would have married Heidi in India and come back for a massive party,' he tells OK!

'But she wants to walk down the f***ing aisle - joke.'

Suga’s sweetie Jade & Ricky 1st photo

EASTENDER Ricky Norwood looks like he's having a sweet time with Sugababe girlfriend Jade Ewen.
This is the first picture of the loved-up couple, snapped enjoying a glass of bubbly at a pal's birthday bash.

The pair became an item late last year - just as Jade joined Sugababes and Richard, 26, landed the role of Fatboy in the soap.

Jade, 22, recently gushed: "The same day I found out I was the new Sugababe he found out he was in EastEnders.

"We grew up in East London and I've known him for years, so it felt natural when we got together."

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/2903003/EastEnder-Ricky-Norwood-spotted-with-Sugababe-girlfriend-Jade-Ewen.html#ixzz0iyZFEc68