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Former member wins rights to Sugababes name

Mutya Buena, one of the original members of the band, won the rights to the name. But that doesn’t meant the band have to find a new one.

The current Sugababes line-up -
The current Sugababes line-up -

WHEN MUTYA BUENA, former member of the Sugababes, announced she had won the rights to the band name, it looked as though yet another difficulty had struck the band.

But as the NME reports, it transpires that Buena, who left the band in 2005, has only won the rights to the way the name is used in certain situations.

At first, fans thought this meant their beloved group would have to come up with the name they have used since 1998.

Back then, the members were Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan.

The line-up has undergone some changes since then, first when Siobhán Donaghy left the band and was replaced by former Atomic Kitten member Heidi Range.

In 2005, after giving birth to her daughter, Buena left and was replaced by Amelle Berabah.

In 2009, Buchanan left and was replaced by Jade Ewen, a former Eurovision Song Contest entrant.

The NME reports that Buena only owns the rights to the Sugababes name on paper, cardboard or goods.

This would enable her to market certain products with the bandname on it, but does not mean the band have to change their name.

The band’s representatives told the NME that on 21 April of this year the band won the rights to the name Sugababes “in all categories pertaining to the band’s areas of activity to the music, sound recording and entertainment industry”.

For more information, read NME.com>

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