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Fresh from departing the Sugababes, Mutya Buena released her debut album, Real Girl in June 2007. It reached the Top Ten on the strength of the title track, which samples the background music from Lenny Kravitz's "It Ain't Over Til It's Over" in the same way that her previous hit with the Sugababes, "Freak Like Me," used the music from "Are Friends Electric." There is a mixture of danceable R&B songs, like the album opener "Just a Little Bit," "It's Not Easy," and the collaboration with Groove Armada, "Song for Mutya (Out of Control)," which was also included on their Soundboy Rock album. There are also soulful ballads "Suffer for Love" and "This Is Not (Real Love)," a duet with George Michael on which they sing alternate verses; the track first appeared on his album Twenty Five. "Breakdown Motel" and "My Song" chug slowly along and Buena raps the verses on "B Boy Baby" before launching into a chorus consisting of a slowed down version of the Ronettes/Phil Spector '60s masterpiece which even Amy Winehouse couldn't save from dreary boredom. The latter singer, however, would have been proud to record "Strung Out," which opens with a solo piano and appears to be building into a minor key melodramatic ballad before breaking into a beat led R&B number.


Born: 21 May 1985 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Mutya Buena has been an international star since the age of 15, when she enjoyed her first hit with the British pop group Sugababes, but it wasn't until 2007 that she stepped out on her own as a solo artist. Born in London's Kingsbury district on May 21, 1985, Rosa Isabel Mutya Buena was raised in a multicultural family (her mother is of Irish descent while her father is from the Philippines), and she developed an interest in music at an early age. When she was eight years old, Buena met Keisha Buchanan...
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