Stooshe

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Stooshe
Background information
OriginSouth East London, England
GenresR&B, soul, hip hop, pop
Years active2010—present
LabelsWarner (2011—present)
Websitestooshe.com
Members
Alexandra Buggs
Karis Anderson
Courtney Rumbold
 
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Stooshe
Background information
OriginSouth East London, England
GenresR&B, soul, hip hop, pop
Years active2010—present
LabelsWarner (2011—present)
Websitestooshe.com
Members
Alexandra Buggs
Karis Anderson
Courtney Rumbold

Stooshe are a three-piece English R&B girl group that originate from London, England. The group, consisting of Alexandra Buggs, Karis Anderson and Courtney Rumbold, were signed to Warner Music Group in August 2011—releasing their first single, "Betty Woz Gone", in October 2011. It was announced on December 5 that Stooshe had been nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll.[1] Their next single, "Love Me" featuring American rapper Travie McCoy, saw the group attain chart success—with the single peaking at number five on the UK Singles Chart.[2] They released "Black Heart" in June 2012, which peaked at number 3 after a month.

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History

2010-11: Formation

Stooshe at Guilfest 2012

Stooshe was formed in May 2010 and signed to Warner Music Group in August 2011 via the Future Cut Records / Qworks / Warner Brothers labels. The group, which consists of members Alexandra Buggs, Karis Anderson and Courtney Rumbold, were put together by writer/manager Jo Perry following a series of auditions, succeeding scouting in UK fashion shop Topshop. Together with Writer / Production duo Future Cut, the team spent the next twelve months developing the band and its sound.[3] Anderson revealed that the band's name originates from the word 'Stoosh', an urban term used to describe something that is 'expensive', but also describes 'a girl who thinks she's nicer than she is'; it can also mean being stoned or stashed away. The contrasting meanings confirmed their choice.[4]

2011-present: Commercial breakthrough and Stooshe

The group released their first song, "Love Me", on YouTube on 14 March 2011, which was accompanied by the release of a music video; originally featuring rapper Suave Debonair.[5] The release was met with mixed reviews, with The Guardian's Paul Lester reporting, "You can tell there's a proper grown-up, soul-infused girl-pop group waiting to come out",[6] despite the music video proving an internet hit - surpassing 100,000 views. The group also recorded a music video for "Hot Stepper", a cover of the 1994 hit "Here Comes the Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze at Hyde Park's Wireless Festival in July 2011, following their appearance on the Barclaycard Unwind Stage.[7] Second single, "Betty Woz Gone", was released onto iTunes on 28 October 2011, earning placement on BBC Radio 1's In New Music We Trust playlist. An official lyric video accompanied the release, following the story of Betty as told by cartoon versions of the group.[8] It was revealed in November 2011 that the group would re-record and release "Love Me" on March 4, 2012 as their first official single, with US rapper Travie McCoy as the featured artist.[9] Having been produced by Future Cut, the re-recorded track was posted online on January 4, 2012[10] and served as the lead single from their forthcoming album, Stooshe. The track marked the group's first chart appearance, debuting at number five on the UK Singles Chart - having sold 37,789 copies, also peaking at number seven on the Scottish Singles Chart for the week ending March 17, 2012.[2][11] Stooshe released their second single, "Black Heart", on June 17—becoming the group's second top five single when it peaked at number three on the UK chart and becoming one of the largest selling and airplay records of 2012. It was awarded gold certification status in September 2012 selling over 400,000 copies.[12][2] It was announced in June 2012 that the group would be supporting American rapper Nicki Minaj on the UK leg of the Pink Friday Tour.[13]

Stooshe performed a brief set on the Bingley Music Live main stage on 31 August 2012.

Members

Alexandra Buggs

Alexandra Stephanie Buggs, born 1 November 1989 (age 22), was born and raised in Chart Sutton, Maidstone. She lives with her mother, father and her four siblings. She was educated at Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone, Kent. She joined Stooshe in June 2010.[14]

Courtney Rumbold

Courtney Mariah Rumbold, born 11 July 1992 (age 20), was born and raised in Penge in London. She lives with her mother and her grandparents. She was educated at Cator Park School for Girls in Beckenham, London. She is the youngest member of the band and was the first to join.

Karis Anderson

Karis Lya Anderson, born 17 October 1989 (age 22), was born and raised in Brixton in South London. She lives with her father. She was educated at The Brit School in Croydon, London. She is the eldest member of the band and joined the latest on 1st Jan 2011.

Discography

Awards and nominations

YearOrganisationCategoryNomineeResultRef
2011BBCSound of 2012StoosheNominated[1]
2012MOBO AwardsBest NewcomerStooshePending[15]

Tours

References

  1. ^ a b "BBC - Sound of 2012 - Stooshe - Profile". BBC. 2011-12-05. http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/soundof/2012/artists/stooshe. 
  2. ^ a b c "ChartArchive - Stooshe". Chart Archive. chartarchive.org/. http://chartarchive.org/a/stooshe. 
  3. ^ "Stooshe may not be sweet, but they're certainly spicy". Daily Mirror. 2011-08-12. http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/music/2011/08/12/stooshe-may-not-be-sweet-but-they-re-certainly-spicy-115875-23335302/. 
  4. ^ "Ones to Watch - Stooshe". DigitalSpy. 2011-10-31. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/thesound/a347448/ones-to-watch-stooshe.html. 
  5. ^ "Stooshe 'Fuck Me' (Official Music Video)". Youtube. 2011-03-11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAUkuUWHUn8&feature=player_embedded. 
  6. ^ "Band of the Day #1012 - Stooshe". The Guardian. 2011-04-27. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/apr/27/new-band-stooshe. 
  7. ^ "Stooshe debut 'Hot Stepper' music video". DigitalSpy. 2011-07-23. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a332392/stooshe-debut-hot-stepper-music-video.html. 
  8. ^ "Stooshe "Betty Woz Gone" (Official Lyric Video)". Youtube. 2011-09-23. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkezLWTnyTA. 
  9. ^ "Stooshe confirm Travie McCoy duet for debut single". DigitalSpy. 2011-11-28. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a353287/stooshe-confirm-travie-mccoy-duet-for-debut-single-fk-me.html. 
  10. ^ "'Love Me' featuring Travie McCoy by Stooshe - Audio". Stooshe.com. 2012-01-04. http://www.stooshe.com/blog,yakkstooshe-love-me-feat-travie-mccoyafter-gaining_527.htm. 
  11. ^ Peak positions in Scotland:
  12. ^ "Stooshe - 'Black Heart' (Remixes) - Digital EP". iTunes (UK). http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/black-heart-remixes-ep/id526666230. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  13. ^ a b Corner, Lewis (31 May 2012). "Nicki Minaj confirms Stooshe as UK tour support". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a384642/nicki-minaj-confirms-stooshe-as-uk-tour-support.html. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Meet The Girls - Alex". Stooshe.com. http://www.stooshe.com/the-girls/alex.htm. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  15. ^ Daniels, Colin (17 September 2012). "MOBO Awards 2012: Nominations in full - Labrinth, Rita Ora, more". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a406518/mobo-awards-2012-nominations-in-full-labrinth-rita-ora-more.html. Retrieved 18 September 2012.