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Sugababes 'not into celebrity'

Amelle Berrabah, Keisha Buchanan and Heidi Range say they definitely don't feel like they're living in Girls Aloud's shadow. The group are promoting their new single No Can Do off their sixth album Catfights and Spotlights. It debuted at number eight in the album chart while Girls Aloud's latest album Out Of Control went straight in at number one.

Amelle Berrabah, Keisha Buchanan and Heidi Range from Sugababes

Do you feel that Girls Aloud have overshadowed you recently?

Keisha: I think one thing that's changed so much in this music industry now is that, I remember when I first released Overload and even when Heidi joined, things were all about the music. That was great for us because we're quite private people. Now it's all about being a celebrity and having the music at the same time. We're not that kind of band.

It would have been nice to be recognised... But it is what it is and we're not going to whinge about it too much
Keisha from Sugababes on not being nominated for a Brit award last year
With Girls Aloud, they've come from a reality TV show and it's a lot more about being a celebrity. The public persona of theirs is definitely a lot bigger than Sugababes.

The one thing that we've always stood by is longevity. Sugababes have been going for 12 years now and that's what we'll continue doing. Writing with each other and making music, because that's what's important. That we're here in the next couple of years and not necessarily being the flavour of the month.

You're not eligible for the Christmas number one. Are you gutted about that?

Keisha: We didn't really think about it. We just released the single and most of the time it's the record companies that decide when it's going to come out. But it's crazy when you release around this time of year, it is seen as this whole big competition.

Heidi: I think the Christmas number one's definitely already guaranteed to be whoever wins X Factor.

Are you fans of X Factor?

Heidi: Yeah, we do watch it. I think Keisha's a huge fan. We do watch it.

Who are you backing to win it?

Keisha: Diana. I really like Diana.

Heidi: I like Diana but I think Alexandra's got a better voice. But I like both.

Keisha: You do? I don't think so.

Moving back to the single. What's it about?

Heidi: The new single is called No Can Do. It's basically about your partner treating you really bad and you saying, 'Not any more. Or No Can Do'. It's got a bit of a Jackson 5 vibe to it. It's just quite a funky song.

Amelle, you put quite a lot of your personal experiences into songs on this album. Is this your particular experience? Or is just a general relationship tale?

Amelle Berrabah, Heidi Range and Keisha Buchanan from Sugababes
Sugababes' last number one was 2007's About You Now
Amelle: It's just one of the more general things we've just done. A lot of the lyrics are quite tongue in cheek on this album. We've made it quite light-hearted. Even though some of the songs are quite dark, but if you really listen to the lyrics it's quite funny how we've written some of the stuff on there.

Keisha: A lot of the stuff we do write about I'm sure we can relate to it in some way. We've had relationships that didn't quite work out. I think for this album it's even more so.

Keisha, I was reading that James Morrison wanted to take you out on tour.

Keisha: He already did. I did the last night that he did in Shepherd's Bush. I think we all really like his voice. We think he's so talented. It's so different seeing someone on their own tour to hearing their material. He's such a cool guy.

Sugababes were talking to Newsbeat entertainment reporter Sarah Jane Griffiths.

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