Buena performing with Sugababes at Bristol Ashton Court on 13 August 2004.
|Birth name||Rosa Isabel Mutya Buena|
21 May 1985|
Kingsbury, London, England
Rosa Isabel Mutya Buena (born 21 May 1985) is an English singer and songwriter, of Irish, Spanish and Pilipino ethnicity, who rose to fame as a member of girl group the Sugababes. With the Sugababes, Buena had four UK number one singles, an additional six top-ten hits and three multi-platinum albums. After leaving the group in December 2005, she released her debut solo album, Real Girl in June 2007. In October 2010, Buena released a compilation album dedicated to British singers, titled Sound of Camden: Mutya Buena.
On 20 July 2012, Buena and her former Sugababes bandmates Donaghy and Buchanan confirmed their reunion.<ref>Original Sugababes Confirm Reunion! MTV. 20 July 2012</ref> The original trio are not able to release music under the name Sugababes so instead released music under the name MKS (Mutya Keisha Siobhan).<ref>Original Sugababes come up with catchy new relaunch name... Mutya Keisha Siobhan Daily Mail. 19 July 2012</ref>
Buena was born in Kingsbury, London and attended Kingsbury High School.<ref>David, Sinclair. "Please, Sir, we've got TOTP to do.", "The Times", London. 1 December 2000.</ref> Her father is Filipino and her mother is of Irish descent.<ref>"A Sugababe is reborn". DailyMail. 23 June 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-05.</ref> On 23 March 2005, Buena gave birth to her daughter Tahlia. Buena dedicated a song to her late sister Maya on the Sugababes album, Three.<ref>"Mutya's a Real Girl now: don't call me a babe | Showbiz". Evening Standard. London. 11 May 2007. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-17.</ref>
1998–05: Early career and Sugababes
The Sugababes were formed in 1998 by Siobhán Donaghy, Keisha Buchanan and Buena. Their debut album, One Touch, was released in November 2000 and peaked at number twenty-six on the UK Albums Chart, eventually earning a gold certification.<ref name=uk>"UK Charts > Sugababes". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2010.</ref><ref name=bpi>"BPI Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2009.</ref> One Touch spawned four singles, three of which reached the top twenty,<ref name=uk/> while the album's lead single "Overload" was nominated for a BRIT Award for "Best British Single".<ref name="sweetness">Raphael, Amy (22 June 2003). "Sweetness follows". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 June 2003.</ref> The album's sales did not meet the expectations of London Records and the group was subsequently dropped.<ref name="allmusicbio">MacKenzie, Wilson; Kellman, Andy. "allmusic ((( Sugababes > Biography )))". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 July 2008.</ref> The group's second album Angels with Dirty Faces was released in August 2002 through Island Records. Influenced by the new wave, dance, and pop music of the 1980s, the record enjoyed success in the UK, where it reached number two and went triple platinum.<ref name=uk/><ref name=bpi/> It produced two number one singles and was nominated for "Best British Album" at the 2003 BRIT Awards.<ref name=uk/><ref>"The Brit Awards 2003 nominations in full". BBC. 13 January 2003. Retrieved 25 November 2008.</ref>
Three, Sugababes' third album, was released in October 2003. It reached number three in the UK and produced four singles, three of which reached the top ten.<ref name=uk/> The group's fourth album, Taller in More Ways, was released in October 2005. The album reached number one and went double platinum in the UK.<ref name=uk/><ref name=bpi/> On 21 December 2005, it was announced Buena left the Sugababes. According to an announcement on their official website, "[Buena]'s decision was based purely on personal reasons and she will continue to remain the best of friends with both [Buchanan] and [Range]". The last remaining original member, Buchanan, said upon Buena's departure, "...we will all miss Mutya, but we also knew there was still a place for bringing in somebody new who could help us carry on taking the Sugababes brand of music forward"<ref name="Sugababes history">"Sugababes unveil new band member". BBC. 21 December 2005. Retrieved 2008-11-14.</ref> Amelle Berrabah joined the group 48 hours after Buena's departure.<ref name="Sugababes unveil new band member ">"Sugababes unveil new band member". BBC. 22 December 2005. Retrieved 2008-11-14.</ref>
2006–09: Real Girl, other ventures and musical hiatus
Following her departure from the Sugababes, Buena began working on her debut album in early 2006 after signing with her previous label, Universal Island Records. She also contributed vocals to the album Soundboy Rock by Groove Armada.<ref>"Mutya Buena - Biography & History - AllMusic".</ref> The first single to be released in the UK featuring Buena was a ballad duet with George Michael, titled "This Is Not Real Love". It was released in November 2006 and reached number 15 in the UK. Preceding the album, the title track, "Real Girl", was released in early 2007. It reached number 2 in the UK and received a BRIT Award nomination for "Best Single". The song samples Lenny Kravitz's hit "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over", and was produced by London-based production company Full Phat. "Real Girl" was also featured on the Sex and the City, Vol 2: More Music Soundtrack. Buena's debut album, Real Girl, peaked at number 10 on the UK Albums Chart. "Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)", her collaboration with dance duo Groove Armada, was released in the UK in July 2007 peaked at number 8. The fourth release from the album was "Just a Little Bit", which reached number 65. Buena also collaborated with Amy Winehouse, on a re-working of the track "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes titled "B Boy Baby", which reached number 73 in the UK top 75. On 1 October 2007, Buena was nominated for the 2007 British "Music of Black Origin" (MOBO) awards at the O2 Arena in London.<ref>"Filipino rising pop star picked in UK music award".</ref>
On 12 February 2008, Buena was dropped by her record label due to poor sales and charting positions from Real Girl and her last two singles, "Just a Little Bit" and "B Boy Baby".<ref>Timbo. "Musical Confession: Mutya Buena Has Been Dropped From Her Label". Musicalconfession.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-10-17.</ref>
In October 2008, Buena appeared on Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong. In January 2009, Buena featured on Asher D's second single "With You", from his album Ashley Walters, as well as the Don-E track "The Time Is Now". She also promoted the collaborations "Fallin'" with Agent X and "Give Back" with Tah Mac. Buena also joined an array of UK, US and Jamaican artists to feature on the debut single of the London-based Urban / Funky House production duo, NightShift. The song is titled "Can You Persuade Me" and it also features MegaMan (So Solid Crew), DJ Ironik, Sisqó, Tanto Metro & Devonte, TQ, Steelo, Juxci D, J2K, Wretch 32, Sam Obernik and Mr. Vegas. After rejection from Buena, the song was then recorded by Pitbull "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)".
In September 2010, she contributed to six tracks on the album The Sound of Camden, which was recorded in Israel with music producer Roy Sela. The album deals with Camden Town market in London, and has been available for purchase solely at the market itself, as well as on iTunes. She recorded a series of covers of rock songs from rock bands such as U2, The Pixies and Iron Maiden, in a chilled-out-lounge style.<ref>"Mutya to Record Covers Album". MutyaBuena.info. Retrieved 16 October 2009.[dead link]</ref> In October 2010, Buena confirmed she was no longer interested in a career in the music industry and that she is currently training to become a psychologist for children.<ref name="inthenews.co.uk">"Mutya Buena 'planning career change'". Inthenews.co.uk. Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-17.</ref> Despite the announcement, Buena teamed up with City Boy Soul, a band consisting of ex-Damage singer Coree Richards and British rapper Gak Jonze, and digitally released "Be Ok" in January 2011. Buena also recorded lead vocals for "Give Me Love", penned by UK DJ/Producer Paul Morrell. Mutya is set to release "My Love" featuring Thor Alaye in early 2012. And "Bedroom" featuring Shide Boss some time in 2012. Buena performed at Birmingham Gay Pride on 28 May 2011.<ref>twentyfirstcentury. "ZONE Magazine: The Midlands premier on-line Gay Guide :: Home". Midlandszone.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-17.</ref> In 2011, A demo by Mutya was released on soundcloud, called All B4.
On 2 January 2009, Buena entered Celebrity Big Brother 6 as a housemate. On Day 15 of the series (16 January 2009) she walked out of the Big Brother house after surviving eviction the same night. She was the last celebrity housemate to walk from the show until Claire King left the Summer 2014 series of Celebrity Big Brother on 31 August 2014.
2011–present: Forming Mutya Keisha Siobhan
In October 2011, several news outlets reported that the original line-up of the Sugababes would reform.<ref>Corner, Lewis (19 October 2011). "Sugababes original lineup to reform?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 July 2012.</ref><ref>"Original Sugababes lineup of Keisha, Mutya and Siobhan set to reform". Metro. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2012.</ref><ref>"Original Sugababes line-up rumoured to be reforming". NME. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2012.</ref> In January 2012, further circulations that the group would reunite were sparked, after both Buena and Buchanan tweeted that they were in the studio with "two other females" and British rapper Professor Green.<ref name="digital spy">Corner, Lewis (9 January 2012). "Mutya Buena denies original Sugababes reunion plans". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 20 July 2012.</ref> However, Buena later denied this on Twitter, saying: "No track [with] keisha or professor G he was around tha studio. im jus workin on my stuff @ tha moment. (sic)"<ref name="digital spy"/> Despite this, Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé confirmed to MTV UK that she had written new songs for Buena, Buchanan and Donaghy, saying: "Yes, that is true. I've written for the original line-up of the Sugababes, which I’m very happy about because I just loved them when they first came out. I loved their sound, it was so cool. It was very different, so I’m happy to kind of be involved in what started the whole Sugababes journey. It sounds amazing."<ref>Dorken, Joanne (25 January 2012). "Emeli Sande Confirms Song With Original Sugababes". MTV UK. Retrieved 20 July 2012.</ref> In April 2012, it was reported that the line-up had signed a £1 million record real with Polydor Records.<ref>"Sugababes sign £1m record deal". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012.</ref> In June 2012, Donaghy confirmed on Twitter that new music would be released, saying: "the soonest it'll be is in 2 weeks. The latest is 10 weeks."<ref>Corner, Lewis (25 June 2012). "Sugababes original lineup to unveil new music within 10 weeks". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 July 2012.</ref>
In July 2012, it was officially confirmed that the group had reformed under the name Mutya Keisha Siobhan and were writing songs for a new album under Polydor.<ref>"Original Sugababes regroup as Mutya Keisha Siobhan". BBC. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012.</ref> The name was officially registered through the European Union on 27 June 2012.<ref>Saunders, Louise (20 July 2012). "Original Sugababes come up with catchy new relaunch name... Mutya Keisha Siobhan". Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2012.</ref>
2017–present: Solo projects
In March 2017, Mutya started her own agency along with some friends. The new agency called Colour of Musiq is looking for musicians all over the UK. In June 2017, Mutya started recording new music, which she uploaded to her personal Instagram profile. She later said that it was demos for other singers. However some clips of the demos were uploaded to youtube, under the names "Stay" and "Sweet Baby"
In March 2010, Buena filed a claim for ownership of the Sugababes name with the European Trademark Authority. Though Buchanan and Donaghy's names appear on the trademark submission, it was confirmed that Buena was the sole applicant for submission and Donaghy and Buchanan were not involved.<ref>Michaels, Sean (4 March 2010). "Mutya Buena fights to reclaim Sugababes name". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 19 May 2010.</ref> The fourth line-up launched an opposition to the claim on the basis that goodwill and reputation in the mark and trading name "Sugababes" belongs to the partnership – not an individual.<ref>"Sugababes". Thorntons-law.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-17.</ref>
Buena paid £5,000 for buttock implants as she "just wanted it a bit perkier",<ref>Bull, Sarah (31 August 2010). "'I just wanted it a bit perkier': Mutya Buena reveals why she had bum implants as Carley Stenson talks about her nose job". Daily Mail. London.</ref> and previously had breast enlargements.<ref name="inthenews.co.uk"/> In November 2013, Buena had the implants removed.<ref>"Mutya Buena: 'I keep my implants in a jar!'". Closer Magazine (extract published by The Private Clinic). 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.</ref>
In September 2014 Buena was declared to be bankrupt by a High Court judge.<ref>reporter, Emma Brant Newsbeat. "Former Sugababes Mutya Buena is declared bankrupt".</ref>
- Real Girl (2007)
- 2006: "This Is Not Real Love"
- 2007: "Out of Control"
- 2007: "Just a Little Bit"
- 2007: "B Boy Baby"
- 2007: "Real Girl"
- 2008: "With You"
- 2009: "Fallin'"
- 2009: "Give Back"