Published May 12, 2009Realizing what the Brits have known for a decade now, hip-hop mogul and the official Hova/Jiggaman, Jay-Z has taken a shine to UK girl pop superstars Sugababes. According to BBC's Newsbeat, the rap superstar recently flew to London to meet with the group and sign them to a deal with his Roc-A-Fella label.
The girl group, which includes Keisha Buchanan, Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah, have been mainstays on the UK charts since their debut single "Overload" went top ten in 2000. Since then, the line-up has undergone a series of changes, with Buchanan as the only remaining original member and rumours that she would leave for a solo career.
Though they have yet to find the same success in North America that they have in the UK, Europe and Asia, the deal with Roc-A-Fella, which is notable for the 'Babes being the first British act signed to the label, is sure to boost their popularity in Canada and the U.S., which have seen some of their records squeak through the borders via the Island label.
The BBC mentioned that the trio are currently working with the producers of Rihanna and Beyoncé on their seventh album, which they're describing as "a biggie."
And according to the official Sugababes Twitter account, the girls are already hard at work in the U.S., tweeting that they're "In the studio with stargate!!!!!!!!! Recording a song written by Neyo!!!!!!" and boasting with their tongues in cheeks, "We roc-a-fella, We fly higher than weather in G5's or better."
Sugababes' latest album is last fall's Catfights and Spotlights.