“Wear My Kiss” is a song by English girl group Sugababes, released as the third and final single from their seventh studio album, Sweet 7 (2010). It also serves as the final official single from the band before they disbanded in 2011. It was written by Fernando Garibay, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, and The Jackie Boyz, and produced by Garibay. The song’s development began while the Sugababes travelled to the United States during April 2009, in which they collaborated with various high-profile producers. The song was re-recorded to feature the vocals of Jade Ewen following the departure of Keisha Buchanan in September 2009. “Wear My Kiss” is an uptempo pop song that references the items which compose a man’s outfit.
Many critics praised the song as radio-friendly and catchy, although some regarded it as uninspiring and average. The single reached the top ten on the charts in the UK, Ireland and Scotland, and also charted in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Its music video was directed by Martin Weisz in December 2009. The green screen effect was used to produce the video’s scenes, which include clones of the group’s members. Critics commended the video for its futuristic concept. The Sugababes performed “Wear My Kiss” at the Fight Cervical Cancer in Style fundraising event, on Eurovision – Your Country Needs You, and at Chester Rocks in 2011.
“Ugly” is a song by British girl group Sugababes from their fourth studio album, Taller in More Ways (2005). Written and produced by Dallas Austin, inspiration for the song was conceptualised in the midst of reading negative comments about members of the band. The song released on 5 December 2005 in the United Kingdom as the second single from the album. “Ugly” is a midtempo pop song that contains lyrics about personality and body-image issues. It received comparisons to “Unpretty” by girl group TLC and “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. Ugly is the band’s final single released under the second line up of Sugababes, after original member Mutya Buena departed the group in December 2005.
“Ugly” garnered positive reviews from music critics, many of whom praised the emotional and empowering concept behind it. The song peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart. It achieved international commercial success, where it reached the top five in Denmark and New Zealand, and the top-ten the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway. The song’s accompanying music video is set in a warehouse in New York City, and features people of different ages and races showcasing their talents. The Sugababes have performed the song at the V Festival in both 2006 and 2008, and at the Indig02 in London, all of which received positive reviews from critics. “Ugly” has been used in schools within Wales to promote diversity and eliminate prejudice.
“Too Lost in You” is a song by English girl group Sugababes, from their third studio album Three (2003). It was written by American songwriter Diane Warren as an English rendition of the song “Quand j’ai peur de tout” by French singer Patricia Kaas (which had lyrics in French by Jean-Jacques Goldman). The song was produced by the Australian musician Rob Dougan in collaboration with Andy Bradfield, and recorded at the Realsongs studio in Hollywood. “Too Lost in You” is prominently featured in the soundtrack to the 2003 film Love Actually, and was chosen for the film specifically by its director Richard Curtis. It is a pop and R&B ballad composed of an orchestral music arrangement and dark harmonies.
“Too Lost in You” was released in the United Kingdom on 15 December 2003 as the album’s second single. It received favourable reviews from most critics, who commended the Sugababes’ performance and considered it one of the best pop singles of the 2000s. The song was commercially successful worldwide, and reached the top ten on the singles charts of the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. A music video for the single was directed by Andy Morahan and filmed at London Stansted Airport over a two-day period. It features each member of the Sugababes with a man from the airport. Since its release, “Too Lost in You” has become a staple of the group’s live performances, and was included in the set lists for their tours in support of Taller in More Ways (2005), Overloaded: The Singles Collection (2006) and Change (2007).
“Soul Sound” is a song by British girl group Sugababes from their debut studio album One Touch (2000). It was written by Charlotte Gordon Cumming during a trip to Kenya, Africa, where she was inspired to compose it based on her experiences there. Produced by Ron Tom, “Soul Sound” is a pop song featuring guitar and bass instrumentation. It was released in the United Kingdom on 16 July 2001 as the album’s fourth and final single. Critics praised the song for the group’s demeanour although some regarded it as inferior in comparison to the album’s other tracks.
To promote the song, a music video was directed by Max & Dania; it features the Sugababes in an apartment where their souls are released by the music. The trio performed “Soul Sound” at Manchester Ampersand and at the London Notre Dame Hall. The song became the group’s lowest-charting single at the time, peaking at number thirty on the UK Singles Chart, and remains one of their lowest-selling singles to date. It was the final single that they released through London Records, and their last single to feature original member Siobhán Donaghy, who left the group in 2001.
“Stronger” is a song by English girl group Sugababes from their second studio album Angels with Dirty Faces (2002). The Sugababes wrote the song in collaboration with Jony Rockstar, Marius de Vries and Felix Howard; it was inspired by group member Heidi Range’s experience of being separated from her family and friends. “Stronger” is a downtempo pop and R&B ballad with a self-empowerment theme. It is the third single from Angels with Dirty Faces, and was released as a double A-side with the album’s title track. The song received mixed reviews from critics, who were ambivalent towards its composition.
“Stronger” charted at number seven on the UK Singles Chart and reached the top ten on the singles charts in the Netherlands and Norway. It peaked in the top forty in Australia and New Zealand, and many European countries. Alison Murray directed the song’s music video, which was filmed at a swimming pool in London and portrays each group member as a different persona. The single was performed by the Sugababes at the Edinburgh 50,000 – The Final Push concert in July 2005, and was included in the set lists for their tours in support of Three, Overloaded: The Singles Collection and Change. Lee Mead covered the ballad for his self-titled studio album.
“Shape” is a song by English girl group Sugababes, released as the fourth and final single from their second studio album, Angels with Dirty Faces (2002). It was composed by Sting, Dominic Miller, and Craig Dodds, who produced the song. The midtempo pop and R&B ballad incorporates a sample of Sting’s 1993 recording “Shape of My Heart”, whose vocals are featured in the chorus. It received mixed reviews from critics, who were ambivalent towards the sample of “Shape of My Heart”.
The single attained moderate success and reached the top twenty on the charts in Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. The song’s music video was directed by Michael Gracey and Pete Commins, and filmed in Sydney, Australia. The video was censored and later re-shot due to its depiction of nudity. It features the Sugababes at a masquerade ball in a mansion. The Sugababes performed “Shape” on GMTV, at the V Festival, and on tour in support of their albums.
“Run for Cover” is a song performed by English girl group Sugababes. The ‘Babes, Jony Lipsey, Cameron McVey and Paul Simm all co-wrote the song for the band’s debut album One Touch (2000). It was released as the album’s third single during the second quarter of 2001 (see 2001 in music) and reached the top 20 in Germany and on the UK Singles Chart.
The song was produced by Lipsey, McVey and Simm. It received strong reviews from music critics. The track is one of the group’s darkest and most haunting singles to date. The lyrics describe escaping from the reality and harshness of the world, possibly an abusive relationship (you never seem to wonder/how much you make me suffer). It was released as the third single from the group’s debut album One Touch in the spring of 2001 and sold 64,242 copies. Siobhán Donaghy did not have any solo vocals in this track, although producers have cited her as writing the majority of the lyrics to the song. In 2007, Czech singer Tereza Kerndlová covered the song as “Zhasis” for her album Orchidej.
“Round Round” is a song performed by British girl group Sugababes, released on 12 August 2002 through Island Records. It was written by group members Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Heidi Range, as well as Miranda Cooper, Niara Scarlett, Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Nick Coler, Shawn Lee, and Lisa Cowling for the group’s second studio album Angels with Dirty Faces (2002). Produced by Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Quarmby, the song is based around an uncredited sample of “Tango Forte” by Dublex Inc. Following its release, “Round Round” peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the group’s second number-one single domestically. It was eventually certified Silver by the BPI. “Round Round” also managed to reach the top ten in Ireland, Austria, New Zealand and Italy among other countries. It is also an original soundtrack of the movie The Guru and was featured in the movie American Wedding. Alongside “Sound of the Underground” by Girls Aloud, this song has been credited in reshaping British pop music for the 2000s.
“Push the Button” is a song by English girl group the Sugababes, released as the lead single from their fourth studio album Taller in More Ways (2005). Composed by Dallas Austin and the Sugababes, it was inspired by an infatuation that group member Keisha Buchanan developed with another artist. Musically, “Push the Button” is an electropop and R&B song with various computer effects.
The song received positive reviews from critics, who praised its conception and production. Some critics named it one of the best pop singles of the 2000s. “Push the Button” became one of the group’s most commercially successful releases. The single peaked at number one in Austria, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and reached the top five across Europe and in Australia. It was nominated for Best British Single at the 2006 Brit Awards.
Matthew Rolston directed the song’s music video, which was filmed in Shepherd’s Bush, London. It features the Sugababes flirting with three men in a lift. The Sugababes performed the single at festivals and events such as Oxegen 2008 and the V Festival 2008. “Push the Button” appears on the soundtrack to It’s a Boy Girl Thing (2006).
“Overload” is the debut single by English girl group Sugababes. It was released on 11 September 2000 through London Records as the lead single from the group’s debut studio album, One Touch (2000). At the time, the group consisted of Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan. It was co-produced and co-written by British songwriters and producers Paul Simm, Felix Howard, Jony Rockstar and Cameron McVey. The general theme of the song involves a teenage girl’s crush towards a boy and her finding the situation difficult to manage.
It received an overwhelmingly positive reception from music critics. The song features on the soundtrack to the 2001 film High Heels and Low Lifes, directed by Mel Smith, and the 2002 film 40 Days and 40 Nights, directed by Michael Lehmann. The song was nominated for “Best British Single” at the 2001 BRIT Awards and later inspired the title of the group’s greatest hits compilation Overloaded: The Singles Collection. Controversy also surrounded American recording artist Christina Aguilera’s song “Make Over” for “borrowing” the sound and concept of “Overload”. Later pressings of Stripped included credits for Buchanan, Buena, Donaghy, Jonathan Lipsey, Felix Howard, Cameron McVey and Paul Simm.