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|Birth name||Rosa Isabel Mutya Buena|
|Born||May 21, 1985 (age 31)|
|Origin||Template:Country data England London, England|
|Label(s)||London Island Records|
Buena and close friend Keisha Buchanan met Siobhán Donaghy at a party in 1998, when they were thirteen. Soon after, they decided to form a band. Buena recorded four albums with the Sugababes: One Touch, Angels with Dirty Faces, Three and Taller in More Ways.
Following an apparent illness that prevented her from promoting the single "Ugly", it was announced on December 21 2005 that Buena had left Sugababes. According to an announcement on their website, "Mutya's decision is based purely on personal reasons and she will continue to remain the best of friends with both Keisha and Heidi." She has been replaced by Amelle Berrabah.
The Buena family currently lives in Kingsbury, North West London. Mutya was raised by her Irish mother and Filipino father. Her name "Mutya" was derived from same Tagalog word which means "a Pearl". She has five brothers (Bayani, Charlie, Chris, Danny and Roberto) and two younger sisters, Ligaya and Dalisay. Another sister, Maya, died in 2002, and the song "Maya" on the album Three is dedicated to her.
On March 23, 2005, she gave birth to 5lb 10oz Tahlia Maya, her first child with boyfriend Jay.
After leaving the Sugababes in December 2005, Buena began working on material for a solo career. Her Myspace page appeared on 25 April and has been used to chat with fans, friends and colleagues, and also features demo tracks, which are rumoured to be on her upcoming album, entitled: "Love Story", "2 The Limit", "Wonderful", "Darkside", "Suffer 4 Love", "Sunshine", "Addiction", "Paperbag", "Strung Out", "Where You'll Find Me" and "Song 4 Mutya (Out Of Control)" featuring Groove Armada.
Whilst solo, Buena has collaborated with numerous artists including Tah Mac, MC Viper, George Michael and Groove Armada for their forthcoming albums and Greatest Hits compilations. "This Is Not Real Love", a sultry ballad with alternating verses between Michael and Buena, was released in December as part of George Michael's Greatest Hits album, Twenty Five. In 2006 she toured with Michael on his the London leg of his 25 Live tour and performed the song live with him. Buena later featured on Tah Mac's album track "Give Back", although it is unknown if it will become a single. Most recently she has featured on a track onr Groove Armada's album, Soundboy Rock. The track, "Song 4 Mutya (Out Of Control)", was highly praised by leading music journalist and Popjustice creator, Peter Robinson.
After leaving the Sugababes, Buena signed with her previous label Universal Records, specifically Island Records. Mutya's upcoming album, Real Girl (current release date 4 June 2007) is rumoured to include collaborations with Johnny Douglas, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell. A cosmopolitan interview later revealed that the first single will be called "Real Girl", released on the 16 April. The single is produced by Full Phatt, a London based production company who have remixed many singles including Jojo's "Too Little Too Late". Confirmed tracks for the album include: Real Girl, Not Your Baby, Strung Out, Paperbag and Hollow, a ballad rejected by Britney Spears.
The album is also set to feature "B-Boy Baby", a duet with Amy Winehouse, a similar sounding pop star on the same label, and tracks produced by British Dance sensation Groove Armada. According to a message from Mutya herself on MySpace, a track titled "Call Back, Or Drop Dead" (a song previously offered to Ciara but then later on to Buena) is going to be on the album. It is supposedly a very "crunk" tune similar to the Sugababes track "Gotta Be You" but with more powerful dance beats.
On April 12, 2007, a 35-second clip of "Call Back, Drop Dead" leaked on the net and surfaced on a few message boards, but later that day the clip was taken down due to "legal" reasons. Those who were lucky enough to hear the track believe that the 35-second clip will be the chorus to the full song. Apparently the chorus goes as follows:
"Staring me up and down, asking my friends for my name / Boy I love what you're doin, but I see through your game / Show me you really care, call me up at night / If you don't, you better drop dead / If you do, I'll see ya in bed"
The album will be released in June, with the lead single as its title.
With the Sugababes
- (2000) One Touch #26 UK #8 POL #6 AUT #7 GER #8 SWI, #63 AUS
- (2002) Angels with Dirty Faces #2 UK #7 POL #12 NETH #19 AUT
- (2003) Three #3 UK #13 POL #4 NETH
- (2005) Taller In More Ways #1 UK #1 POL #5 AUT #10 NETH #16 NZ, #67 AUS
- (2006) Overloaded: The Singles Collection #3 UK #9 POL #38 GER
- Mutya's Official Website
- Mutya Buena at MySpace
- Mutya Buena at the Internet Movie Database
- Mutya's Polish Website