The salacious, soulful, Sugar babes know how to push the button

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Few girl groups have captivated audiences quite like the Sugar Babes. From their humble beginnings to their meteoric rise to fame, and ultimately their turbulent downfall. The trio's journey has been a rollercoaster of success.

Formed in London in the late 1990s, the Sugar Babes burst onto the music scene with their unique blend of pop, R&B, and hip-hop influences. Original members Siobhan Donaghy, Mutya Buena, and Keisha Buchanan quickly caught the attention of music industry insiders.

Their debut album, "One Touch," released in 2000, received critical acclaim and laid the foundation for their subsequent success. With hits like "Overload" and "Run for Cover," the Sugar Babes became darlings of the British music scene.

Behind the glossy façade, the Sugar Babes' journey was marred by internal tensions and lineup changes. In 2001, Siobhan Donaghy departed under mysterious circumstances; citing creative differences. She was replaced by Heidi Range, a former member of the girl group Atomic Kitten.

Despite the line up change, the Sugar Babes continued to dominate the charts, releasing hit after hit throughout the early 2000s. Their albums "Angels with Dirty Faces" and "Three" solidified their status as one of the UK's premier girl groups, earning them numerous awards and accolades.

The Sugar Babes reached new heights of success, tensions within the group reached a boiling point. In 2005, founding member Mutya Buena announced her departure, citing personal reasons and a desire to pursue a solo career. She was replaced by Amelle Berrabah, marking the beginning of a new chapter for the group.

Despite the lineup changes, the Sugar Babes continued to churn out hits, with songs like "Push the Button" and "About You Now" topping the charts and earning them international acclaim. However, behind the scenes, rumours of infighting and discord continued.

In 2009, founding member Keisha Buchanan was unceremoniously ousted from the group, igniting a firestorm of controversy and speculation. Buchanan claimed she was forced out by her bandmates, while Range and Berrabah maintained that it was a mutual decision. The acrimonious split divided fans.

The legacy of the Sugar Babes has endured and the original group members Keisha, Siobhan and Mutya have made a resurgence to the music scene and captured the hearts of their new and old fans.