The Lost Tapes is the eighth studio album by British girl group Sugababes and their first independent release. While work for the album dates back to 2011 when the original lineup reunited, the album remained unreleased until a 24 December 2022 digital release. The Lost Tapes is the second Sugababes album to feature the original lineup after 2000's One Touch. The deluxe version, which included an additional three tracks, was released digitally on 31 December 2022. The Lost Tapes debuted at number two on the UK Digital Albums chart and number 13 on the UK Independent Albums Chart.
The album's original title was reportedly The Sacred Three, after the band's comeback concert tour. A song originally recorded for the album \"Love in Stereo\" went on to be recorded by Bananarama on their album In Stereo (2019). Buchanan said in an interview that the group were working on new material after their previous work was leaked online. Amongst the first songs to leak was a version of the song \"Back in the Day\" which sampled the song of the same name by Ahmad in February 2015. A year later, several other songs leaked to varying degrees of finished production, including: \"Boys\", \"Love in Stereo\", \"Today\", \"No Regrets\", \"Summer of '99\", \"Too in Love\", \"I'm Alright\" and \"Drum\". Another song \"Burn Out\" also leaked, which was later reclaimed by its writer Tom Aspaul. The group had also uploaded a song called \"Lay Down in Swimming Pools\" which sampled the Kendrick Lamar song \"Swimming Pools (Drank)\" to their SoundCloud account at the end of a studio session with Dev Hynes. This song would later be reworked with a new instrumental to become The Lost Tapes' song \"I Lay Down\".
After five days of tracking, The Lost Tapes debuted at number two on the UK Album Downloads Chart and at number 13 on the UK Independent Albums Chart. After the deluxe version of the album was released, the tracks \"Back to Life\", \"Only You\" and \"Breathe Me\" charted at numbers 49, 58 and 62, on the UK Singles Downloads Chart on 6 January 2023. 1e1e36bf2d