Sugababe Heidi Range says the band have no intention of dropping the groups name, despite none of the original members of the band are now in the group.
"I don't want to sound like I'm being bigheaded but the [original] Sugababes had one album which didn't sell and they were dropped", she said. "I joined eight years ago and we were signed together by Island records. I've been there since our first number one, 'Freak Like Me', and [have] been part of the history of the band ever since. Amelle has been in the group for over four years and she's been part of our biggest album as a group. I think it's unfair (to suggest we don't have a right to use the name). That's not disrespecting what previous members have brought to the group, but we were signed as Sugababes to Island Records and I'm still signed to Island records as Sugababes".
Range also spoke about the pressure she and her bandmates have been under of late, since Buchanan's departure, presumably, and explained why she has stopped using Twitter.
"I stopped putting messages on it because I wasn't in a happy, light-hearted mood to be saying, 'I'm off to a spin class' or whatever", she said. "There were negative things on there and there are some pretty horrendous people out there. Things like, 'Burn in hell', 'Why don't you get an eating disorder? You look fat next to Jade and Amelle'. Pretty nasty things". She adds, however, that she expects to go back to the networking site at some point.
In other Suganews, bandmate Amelle Berrabah will be back at work this week, after receiving treatment for her previously reported exhaustion at a clinic in Austria.
"She feels much better now and is positive and looking forward to getting back into things", and added, in reference to the recent departure from the group of Keisha Buchanan and arrival of new member Jade Ewen: "It's a new challenge, a new start for us and we know we've got to prove ourselves to people but I think it's something that we're excited about now".
Attitional reporting by CMU Network