So thats that then! Keisha has officially left the Sugababes! Their website just stated:
"Monday 21st September
The current line-up of the Sugababes has disbanded.
Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah will continue as the Sugababes and will be joined by new member Jade Ewen. They release their album ‘Sweet 7’ on November 23rd through Island Records.
Keisha Buchanan will continue to record for Island Records as a solo artist."
Personally I'm not so fond on Jade. For sure, great vocals but something about Jade utterly grates on me. Over time who knows though. Definitely there's a mountain to climb. Popjustice has dealt with the news arguing for the band to change their name and citing the departure of Keisha as the death knell of the brand of the British pop group. I'm not so sure on that one. I always felt the b(r)and has always been bigger than its members.
Moreover, one only has to refer to Central Europe's biggest girlgroup Nu Virgos who've an ever revolving membership with the original members vanishing, re-appearing and disappearing once again (the total number of girls who've been in Nu Virgos is around 11 since they started releasing records in 2000).
With this in mind, this line-up change in Sugababes is nothing huge. However, what is probably more threatening to the life of the brand is the choice of Keisha's replacement & the quality of the new material.