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

Published: Tuesday 23rd Mar 2010 by Sam

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.

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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!

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  1. Kyus93 March 23, 2010

    I hope this isn’t true. the album would do well in America

  2. donna March 23, 2010

    They should’ve just tried to get the real group back…. this was doomed. NEVER try to remake an entire group. I hope Miss Antin is somewhere paying attention to this mess.

  3. John March 23, 2010

    Finally Keisha is getting the justice she so rightly deserves, Keisha was probably the one who got the american deal in the first place since she is mates with Ne-Yo

  4. Sugafan March 23, 2010

    The Sugababes are amazing! I’m LOVING this new album! People need to get over what happened because the personal stuff is non of our business. As long as they keep making GREAT MUSIC that’s all I care about! SUGABABES FOREVER!!!!

  5. ‘Ello March 23, 2010

    The Sugababes are OVER!!! NEXT!!!

  6. jfk March 23, 2010

    gooood they didnt do so well and their new music dont suite them lol bring back the old sugababes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. JadeEwenFan(Ruff) March 23, 2010

    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 !

  8. SelenaSugababe March 23, 2010

    I loved the sugababes but this useless trio of a group have brought the sugababes name DOWN.I hope that the group , if dropped, can sort themselves out and perhaps come back in a years time with a KILLER of a single with a new label.Or…they see sense and disband pronto.

  9. Antertain March 23, 2010

    Wow look how Karma works.
    They(Except Jade) underhandly try Tarnish Keisha’s name making her sound un-barrable.

    Heidi lasted 9years and then alll of a sudden see’s an opportunity to grab limelight and jump ship with Amelle.

    U choose wrong Heidi. Shoulda stuck with Keisha like you did on those live performances and let Amelle go, then Jade could’ve replaced her…

    Ohh welll some potential hits will go to waste

  10. GLYNNIEE March 23, 2010

    YESSSS AM HAPPY finally,… karma is a b****!!!!!

  11. me March 23, 2010

    They deserved to be dropped.
    Roc nation should sign the original sugababes now.

  12. Irf March 23, 2010

    Who cares?

  13. AalexisR (The Bahamas) March 23, 2010

    I mean they are nowhere to be found on that website.

  14. robster March 23, 2010

    Cant believe the negativity on here….the album is one of the best theyve done…..the first 5 tracks are blistering….and why “about a girl” wasnt a number one , i dont know….its pure pop…..but its what they do best….

  15. Jaz* March 23, 2010

    too bad their album is actually really good !!
    if it wasn’t for the drama they would get some solid hits from it

  16. Mr Suga March 23, 2010

    Hehe, too right!! They should have been dropped as soon as Keisha left (sacked), the album is nothing but PCD and lady gaga filler tracks and the girls are just the karaoke versions of the originals!
    I knew this album was doomed as soon as I heard they were hooking up with Redone and had Rhianna help them pick tracks!! CRINGE!!!
    You gotta love Karma!

    Siobhan, Keisha Mutya get your name back, hook up with Jay-Z and make pop interesting again!!

  17. Ben March 23, 2010

    I think that the sugababes are amazing, I think that this album has not been given enough of a chance by the buying public as it is of a very high standard. About a girl should have been pushed back along with the album in november to both be released in march. About a girl is such a great song and should have performed so much better in the charts. I’d like to hope that another single would be realsed from this album that will do really well and turn the album around. Also they could have such big chances in America. Fingers crossed as it’s amazing album and know that the sugababes have a great future.

  18. Ben March 23, 2010

    I love it the new album sooooo much, get s*** and about a girl are amazing, the buying public needs to buy buy buy!!

  19. Tha Phoenix March 23, 2010

    With the exception of Jade, Sugababes 4.0 deserve nothing less after chatting BS about Keisha every given opportunity.

    Maybe this will finally take that infernal smirk off Amelle’s face…

  20. Dev March 23, 2010

    Its not a good album, its just too commercial with no distintive voices as before. One of the worst.

  21. James Miller March 23, 2010

    Well deserved if it’s true. The group suck a** now anyway.

    Heidi sure is going to regret siding with lazy Amelle. Though the group has sucked since Amelle arrived anyway. Karma’s a b**** and these girls deserve nothing.

    Jade will be behind the counter of Mc D’s by the end of the year. Oh well NEXT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. JK March 23, 2010

    Does anyone really care? it’s not as if this album could be a hit in America anyway.

    The U.K see them as a total joke now, their career has been on life support for years.

    Hopefully now they will actually give it a rest and go away. Nobody wants them and nobody cares.

    RIP Sugababes.

  23. Kyri March 23, 2010

    FLOP!

    Bye bye Sugafakes, hopefully this is the end of them now and it wipes that snug grin off of Heidi Range’s face, lord knows something needs to.

  24. Han2k March 23, 2010

    The people that are commenting on how good the album is should realize that the album has been written by successful producers & songwriters.
    So it would be a good album they pay for a good album.
    If you’re a true fan of the sugababes & have all their albums know most the old songs & new songs you would spot the different in the quality of the music. The sugababes are known as an edgy pop group because they made music that was pop, electro, soulful, dance it was a mix of the bands musical influences & their vocals.
    The music on sweet 7 doesn’t show any of that, this could have been an album by any new group not an established group who had a sound & a loyal fan base.

    It’s like getting rid of destiny child (Beyonce, Kelly, Michelle) replacing them with three girls singing rihanna songs.

  25. Han2k March 23, 2010

    As for them being dropped its karma,
    they though it would be a easy thing to kick keisha out & make her seem like the bad guy.

    they had other option if they were not happy being in the group, they could have left gone solo or started a new group but because they knew it would be harder they tryed to be sneaky & underhand. now the fans have spoken

  26. OPTICAL March 23, 2010

    Amelle is probably planning which rehabilitation facility should she try checking in now. I can see the likes of Lindsey Lohan in her future – the fact that Sugababes became tabloid celebrities when she joined.

    As for Jade? She’s Jade Ewen. Her parents are deaf and blind. She’ll be in her third girlband by 2015. They will be dropped on that same year.

    The best thing Island can do now is try to settle things with Mutya and Keisha – to reform with Heidi. That seems unlikely to happen but I can dream. Or maybe drop these girls and give the name and the rights of the Sugababes back catalogue to Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan – that’s the closest thing to Sugababes 2.0, so I might be very well pleased with that.

    Cause now, no matter what the management will do, no amount of skimpy clothes and body parts can revive the band. And with this line-up of Sugababes, the term “These are not the Sugababes” have been trademarked already by the majority.

  27. MK March 23, 2010

    ‘Her parents are deaf and blind’ what’s your point?

  28. OPTICAL March 23, 2010

    Ask Jade Ewan. She mentioned that story during Eurovision, and again the week Sweet 7 was released.

  29. carl 1383 March 24, 2010

    IT IS AWFUL THAT THE SUGABABES HAVE EVEN BOTHERD WITH THIS ALBUM.I WAS A HUGE FAN BUT IM SORRY NONE OF THJE 3 CAN SING AND HAVE A REAL CONECTON LIKE KEISHA AND MUTYA.I PREY THAT THEY GET BACK TOGETHER COZ SUGABABES ENDED WHEN QUEEN MUTYA LEFT.AND THE VOCAL QUALITY OF THE GROUP WAS A TOTAL DISAPOINTMENT.ONE TOUCH WAS THE BEST ALBUM .I WISH THE REAL BABES WILL REFORM AND THIS LEAD TO THE NEW B****** TO DISBAND.THE UK HAS LOST 2 AMAZING SINGERS WHO WERE SO GOOD TOGETHER LONG MAY THEY COME BACK .
    9MUTYA ,KEISHA XXXXXXXXXXXX

  30. carl 1383 March 24, 2010

    OK THE THING IS THAT SINCE THE CAMEL JOINED THE BAND (AMELLE) KEISHA HAD TO HOLD THE VOCAL ON HER OWN COZ ONLY MUT COULD RIFT HER AND DO THE ADLIBS AND HARMONYS.ABOUT A GIRL WAS A GOOD SONG BUT WHERE IS THE TRADEMARK VOCAL BLEND THAT THE SUGABABES USED TO HAVE??? ITS GONE OF COURSE WITH THE OLD SKOOL AMAZING MUSIC .CMON OLD BABES REFORM .ITS ALL SUCH A MESS AND SUCH A SHAME HOW IT ENDED

  31. Anthony March 24, 2010

    Sales issues cause the damn album leaked months before it came out. the album is hot but whos gonna buy if they burned it 2 months before, the album is solid so thats not the problem.

  32. benj March 24, 2010

    Yes. Let us all blame the leaking of the songs to why the album only sold 11k copies on its first week. WTF? All artists face that problems now. It’s not like it’s only the Sugababes album that was leaked.

    They will be releasing Crash & Burn as stated last months I believe. They should. They’re crashed and burned, and deservedly so.

  33. dan March 24, 2010

    yes artists have that problem, but maybe not the whole album…just three songs

    but this album has been leaked for two or three months…and i mean..both versions leaked! keisha’s and jade’s

    so they just werent able to do good

    but who cares

    sugababes 2.0 were the s***, after that they went downhill

    and dont know what everyone has with siobhan…the time she was in the group no one bought their cd…

  34. k March 24, 2010

    RIP Sugababes.

    I like Jade I hope she has the common sense to drop those two b****** asap.

  35. James March 24, 2010

    HA HA HA! The Sugababes careers are over. They deserve it for kicking out Keisha 😀

  36. Ni_lewispcdmelodyt March 24, 2010

    Carl…You need to look at the videos on youtube of the new line-up’s acoustic versions of About a Girl, Rabbit Heart, Freak Like Me, Crash and Burn etc…this line-up is the BEST VOCALLY they have EVER been! Saying they cannot sing is just unbelievably foolish.

    Jade is a far better singer live than Keisha ever was and the same goes for Amelle in terms of Mutya. At the end of the day Mutya left of her own accord, and Keisha got a solo contract as a result of her being too much to bare. This new line up should go far because the songs are really catchy. However, I think they should have just scrapped the release of this album and went back to the drawing board but obviously the label had already put alot of time, effort and money into it and so they could not afford to do so.

    The fact that all the songs were written and recorded by Keisha means that Jade couldn’t really make her own mark on the songs. The fans heard the tracks when they were leaked with Keisha on them and then the same happened with the final album being leaked 2 weeks before physical and digital release. These factors had a tremendous effect on the sales of this album and not to mention the bad press received due to Keisha’ departure.

  37. paul March 24, 2010

    jade has higher range than keisha – true. but jade is jade. keisha is keisha. you cant compare the two. and it’s not always about having the highest range or being the best vocally when becoming a huge artist. jade should know that. she has flopped already.

    and all these new fans saying the line-up wouldnt matter if the songs are good are stupid. sorry to burst your egos but when mutya left, they have sold only more than 500k copies only compared to the 3 albums with mutya with more than 1m. that only proves that they have lost fans when such a unique member left. the management should have learned.

    and if amelle and heidi have problems with keisha, they should have settled it in an adult way. instead of telling the management they’d quit if keisha will be still in the band and ask the public’s sympathy after. the fans are not 12 year olds.

  38. keron March 26, 2010

    keisha is a bad mouth witch. why do you think there has been so many other people in the band! because of her. if she knows ne-yo she probably has been bad mouthing or something as she has always done. she deserved to go out of the group. she sounded like a crying cat

    girls do your stuff and forget all these no gooders. the best british girl group weave had this last decade.

    amelle girl got your corner.

  39. keron March 26, 2010

    oh and just for the record keisha has no comparison to jade !!!!

  40. sweetie March 17, 2011

    The Sugababes are the Queens of girlbands in my opinion .
    Eleven years as a band and still making albums . That’s a good effort don’t you think?
    I don’t think they are ready to slow down yet .
    Heidi Range is the backbone behind the band . Without her the band wouldn’t be the same. I hope Heidi Range stays with the band for a long time yet .
    It has been interesting to see the Sugababes music mature over the years , i look forward to seeing whatever suprise the Sugababes have up their sleeves next .
    Sugababes are the sweet of all girlbands .

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