It isn't uncommon for a girl group to pull themselves back together again a comeback or two. Just look at the Spice Girls! Or All Saints! Hell, even Dream is trying it right now. It is, however, highly unlikely that the material bests, or even matches, the greatness of the first time around.

In the case of the Sugababes, that unlikely scenario actually happened. But just as quickly, they disappeared again.

When the original line-up of the prolific UK soulful pop girl group — Siobhan Donaghy, Keisha Buchanan and Mutya Buena — teamed up for another go thirteen years after their 2000 debut (then branded as Mutya Keisha Siobhan and/or MKS, due to a legal restriction on the name Sugababes), they supplied us with the Dev Hynes-produced "Flatline," one of 2013's most lush pop offerings. Horrifyingly, the song didn't even grace the Top 40 in the UK.

And then, barring a few leaks, things got real quiet.

A few years later and one successful trademark deal to snatch the good name of the Sugababes back, courtesy of Keisha in 2015, the girls finally have new music coming (again). Next year. Really, really.

"The Sugababes have got a record coming out next year. We are," Ghosts goddess Siobhan matter-of-factly declared during an impromptu interview by Wandsworth Radio, broadcasting live from London Pride over the weekend.

"It's not that much of a secret. We've been back, and then there was a bit of a break, but we're working on it again."

"A bit of a break." It's been three years.

When pressed for more information from the interviewer — who clearly missed the whole MKS situation years ago — Siobhan stayed pretty tight-lipped about anything too specific.

"We don't know, it's between one of two songs," she said when asked about an upcoming single. No title reveals, either. And yes, it's not just going to be one single this time around: "It is an album. I can't tell you the exact date. Next year."

Granted, they've already toyed with our hearts with this whole comeback thing a few years back, so don't go on overload just yet. But, if we are to trust Siobhan (and this is the woman who recorded "Coming Up For Air," so we must), the 'Babes might just release their first album as the original holy trio in seventeen years.

Bring on the New Year.

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