Πέμπτη, 27 Αυγούστου 2009
Keisha Buchanan is the last original Sugababe after Siobhan Donaghy was replaced by Heidi Range and Mutya Buena by Amelle Berrabah. Change, the band's fifth album, is about to be released, while their single, About You Now, is out on Monday. Keisha will be at the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust's Gift of Life ball on Saturday (www.aclt.org).
You’re about to release your sixth album. Are you surprised the group have lasted this long?
No. We’ve achieved a lot but we’re only halfway there and we have something to prove.
When did you realise you were famous?
I’d be on the bus when I was 16 and people would say: ‘That’s the girl from that Gap video’ – people said the Overload video looked like a Gap ad. Everything is so laid back in London that people aren’t going to chase you down the street. If you’re going to hang around at 3pm outside a school you might be surrounded. But I go shopping on my own and do regular things without anyone bothering me.
What’s the most ridiculous promotional thing you’ve done?
We did a lot of teenage magazines where we had to get dressed up as horses or fruit – I was an apple once. The Saturday morning shows were a lot of fun too. Everyone was jumping in gunk together and having a laugh.
You are the senior Sugababe now. Does that mean you have special privileges?
No, everyone thinks that, but I don’t. We all write and we’ve all helped produce tracks. Everyone has input. The only difference is that I’ve experienced the group from the beginning. I haven’t had a normal life like Heidi and Amelle. I’ve been doing this since I was 13 but I don’t call the shots, it’s a team effort.
Do you worry that you’ll be replaced one day?
No, I doubt that will happen. It would be like a totally different band and quite weird. We’ll keep on doing it as long as we’re happy. I’ve never thought about leaving the Sugababes.
Siobhan was offered a solo contract. Me and Mutya were told we’d never amount to anything
Siobhan said she left because you didn’t like each other. Are you difficult to get on with?
We were 13 at the time and the producers had their favourites of who they wanted to sing. Mutya’s parents were heavily involved as well. Their daughter was the lead singer. I was the second singer and Siobhan would get a vocal where they had space for her. It was totally unfair. We were played off against each other.
How do you mean?
Siobhan resented me because I was Mutya’s friend and I always got to sing. Now that I’m older I can see why she’d feel that way but, at 13, you just do what the producer wants. The truth is Siobhan got offered a solo contract and me and Mutya got sent a letter saying we’d never amount to anything.
Then stories started that me and Mutya had been bullying her that she never confirmed or denied, which upset us. I sent Siobhan a MySpace message and she ignored it, which is fine. I was upset to read interviews with her saying I bullied her and that she and Mutya are suddenly the best of friends. I think she has an issue with whoever is left in the Sugababes. After everything Siobhan put us through, I was hoping Mutya might have said: ‘Don’t you think this is a bit unfair on Keisha?’ but obviously that conversation hasn’t happened. I wish her the best of luck though. She’s an amazing songwriter. I bought Mutya’s album too.
That’s very gracious of you.
I don’t hate anyone, you know.
Did it damage your careers to be thought of as a pair of bitchy, stroppy girls?
It’s hard because you have to justify everything you do. We decided during the Push The Button campaign we’d go out and meet the journalists who’d been writing things about us. That changed their opinion. We know we’re good people, that’s important.
Did you really threaten to sack Amelle unless she chucked her boyfriend?
No, it’s such a load of crap. It’s a bit conniving to do something like that behind someone’s back and we’d never do it because it’s not in our nature. We’re cool. Everything’s fine.
Why are you supporting this leukemia campaign?
We were asked to help raise money for a boy called Keiton Knight. It was a one in 100,000 chance he'd find a match from a black or mixed race donor. They didn't find a donor in time and he died. He was only 6 years old. It was heart breaking. So I'll help campaigns like this whenever I can.
Do you own your own Sugababes doll?
I took two home and they were attacked by my little cousins so I don't have one myself.
What's been your most extravagant purchase?
My money goes into investing. We've all bought houses. We have nice cars though. I've got a convertible Beetle. The roof comes off and it had cream leather seats so I got that. Heidi's got a convertible mini and Amelle has an SLK.
Ooh lala: Your current single "Girls" has been extremely successful in the UK charts for a number of weeks and is performing well in other parts of the world. Did you ever imagine that it would receive such a huge response?
Heidi: In the build up towards the release we had a lot of support from all the radio stations and also excellent reviews in the press and we were the most played video on MTV in the UK. People kept saying it was gonna be a Number One but we tried not to listen and just kept focused on our music.
Ooh lala: What do you enjoy the most about touring?
Heidi: Performing in front of a large crowd is the best buzz ever, it's so nice to see people singing your songs back to you and holding up banners with your name on. It's a great way to meet your fans.
Ooh lala: How do you prepare before going on stage? Do you have any special rituals you do together?
Heidi: We often give each other a hug at the side of the stage and say a prayer.
Ooh lala: Unlike a lot of other UK pop acts, you have a prominent English accent when singing. Is it important to you to retain your English sound rather than adopt an American sound?
Heidi: At the end of the day we are a British band and the type of stuff we write about is about our backgrounds and culture. We are big fans of a lot of American artists though and we hope they like the sound of our British music.
Ooh lala: What has been your favourite Sugababe performance to date? And where was it?
Heidi: As a group we are getting stronger in our performances so each performance we try to better ourselves. For instance we did a show yesterday in front of 75 thousand people and it was absolutely amazing!
Ooh lala: What was the first song you ever learnt to sing?
Heidi: "The Glory of Love" from my favourite film "Beaches" or probably "Happy Birthday!"
Ooh lala: What separates the Sugababes from other girl bands?
Heidi: We don't focus on trying to be different from other girl bands, we just experiment with different sounds and write about what we know. I think people pick up on the fact that we are being ourselves and keeping it real.
Ooh lala: The name Sugababes stemmed from your love of sweets. Are you still comfortable with the name?
Heidi: In the beginning everyone called us Sugababes because we always ate baby food in the studio but now we are getting a bit older and turning into young women, they focus on the 'Babes side as being sassy chicks.
Ooh lala: Where do you see yourself in the future?
Heidi: Hopefully Bondi Beach in a couple of month's time!
Ooh lala: What would you like to say to your fans in Australia?
Ooh lala - NINO'S 60 SECOND QUIZ
Full name: Heidi India Range
Nickname: Tinker Bell
Star sign: Gemini
Fave Food: Seafood
Fave Film: Beaches
Fave Artist: Alicia Keys / Lauren Hill
Describe yourself in 3 words: Happy / Smiley / Girlie
Best Feature: Bum
Worst Feature: Don't like to focus on that, thank you very much!
Your Ideal Guy: Justin Timerlake / Brad Pitt
Hobbies/Interests: Swimming / Running / Socialising
A talent you wish you had: I wish I could turn my ear inside out like Keisha
The best advice given to you: Keep your feet on the ground
Which cartoon character best describes you? Mini Mouse
If you had a minute to live, what would you do? Phone my mum
Lindsay Lohan covered and shot a spread for Vogue España’s August 2009 issue.
You may remember all the fuss made about this, when it was shot earlier in the year (May 6, 2009). It was the most ridic. thing. All you actually get are some glossy photos of Hohan in a Monroe wig. Yet her presence in the Hollywood Hills were enough to send the paparazzi into a panty-moistened frenzy.
The actress, who turned 23 earlier this month, listed some of her fashion idols: Karl Lagerfeld, Emanuel Ungaro and Kate Moss. “The shoot went great,” Lindsay said. “The photographer was organized as if it were a movie, and helped get me into character, looking out onto Hill and dressed as Marilyn Monroe.” (via Just Jared)
Τετάρτη, 26 Αυγούστου 2009
DJ David Guetta will not make a better album than this. That is not the view of the critics but rather his own assessment of ‘One Love’, which is out next week. With three of its tracks already reaching number 1, Guetta perhaps rightly believes it won’t get much better than this:
“I think it’s my best album ever. Even in the future I don’t think I can do better than this. It’s been great because I have three number one records already. It’s a truly unbelievable start for an album like this.”
He is sitting in his hotel room in Barcelona in the midst of a one city per night tour that will see him fly back and forth to America twice in one week before he takes centre stage at Creamfields at the end of the month. It’s a hectic time but he’s managing to make music along the way. He always makes music:
“I don’t watch TV, I don’t go to the gym. All I do is work on tracks. It’s funny that even though my album is finished, it doesn’t matter, I’m still making tracks.”
Guetta’s remarkable rise in the past 12 months can be attributed mainly to his collaboration with some of the biggest stars in urban music world. It started with Kelly Rowland and “When Love Takes Over” which rocketed to number one across the world earlier in the year. Guetta shares a special relationship with Rowland which he is thankful for.
“We really get along and it was very unique because it’s the first track I did with somebody from the urban world,” he says. “Together we were like ‘That’s it, we have a new sound!’ and I think I’m very thankful to her and she is to me because we really brought to each other something that we needed.”
After Rowland, Guetta immediately started working with Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas on another number one ‘I Gotta Feeling’. He describes the day of recording as a surreal experience.
He explains: “First day I’m in the studio with Black Eyed Peas and because we were working on something very different Puffy and Busta Rhymes drop in so I was shaking with nerves! And then I go out to the bathroom and I bump in Pharrell Williams! This is my first day in a studio in America so no pressure!”
Next was R&B star Akon to complete the trio of number ones with ‘Sexy Bitch’, released this week. It was a chance meeting as Guetta explains:
“He was on stage after me and he was like ‘Hey, I wanna work with you!’ so we went to the studio and made music all night.”
Such opportunities are beyond his wildest dreams:
“A lot of very big artists are calling me at the moment,” he says. “I really feel blessed having to work with these talented people.”
It’s a busy time for Guetta but he’s looking forward to getting to Creamfields on August 29, a special venue for him:
“I love playing Creamfields. It’s a very, very good festival. I always have the best time and I’m really excited because I’m going to play my new album and with such a huge crowd, I’m really looking forward to it.”