Stooshe was formed in May 2010 and signed to Warner Music Group in August 2011 via the Future Cut Records / Qworks / Warner Brothers labels. The group, which consists of members Alexandra Buggs, Karis Anderson and Courtney Rumbold, were put together by writer/manager Jo Perry following a series of auditions and scouting in UK fashion shop Topshop. Together with Writer / Production duo Future Cut, the team spent the next twelve months developing the band and its sound. Anderson revealed that the band's name originates from the word 'Stoosh', urban slang for something expensive, "a girl who thinks she's nicer than she is," or being stoned or stashed away. The contrasting meanings confirmed their choice.
2011–present: Commercial breakthrough and Stooshe
The group released their first song, "Love Me", on YouTube on 14 March 2011, which was accompanied by the release of a music video; originally featuring rapper Suave Debonair. The release was met with mixed reviews, with The Guardian's Paul Lester reporting, "You can tell there's a proper grown-up, soul-infused girl-pop group waiting to come out", despite the music video proving an internet hit - surpassing 100,000 views. The group also recorded a music video for "Hot Stepper", a cover of the 1994 hit "Here Comes the Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze at Hyde Park's Wireless Festival in July 2011, following their appearance on the Barclaycard Unwind Stage. Second single, "Betty Woz Gone", was released onto iTunes on 28 October 2011, earning placement on BBC Radio 1's In New Music We Trust playlist. An official lyric video accompanied the release, following the story of Betty as told by cartoon versions of the group. It was revealed in November 2011 that the group would re-record and release "Fuck Me" as "Love Me" on March 4, 2012 as their first official single, with US rapper Travie McCoy as the featured artist. Having been produced by Future Cut, the re-recorded track was posted online on January 4, 2012 and served as the lead single from their forthcoming album, Stooshe. The track marked the group's first chart appearance, debuting at number five on the UK Singles Chart - having sold 37,789 copies, also peaking at number seven on the Scottish Singles Chart for the week ending March 17, 2012. Stooshe released their second single, "Black Heart", on June 17—becoming the group's second top five single when it peaked at number three on the UK chart and becoming one of the largest selling and airplay records of 2012. It was awarded gold certification status in September 2012 selling over 400,000 copies. It was announced in June 2012 that the group would be supporting American rapper Nicki Minaj on the UK leg of the Pink Friday Tour. Stooshe performed a brief set on the Bingley Music Live main stage on 31 August 2012. It was announced in October 2012 that the group would be supporting Jennifer Lopez on a part of the European leg of the Dance Again World Tour. Stooshe peformed at the MOBO awards in November 2012 and presented TLC with an award and later peformed their hit single Waterfalls.
On 15 November, Robert Copsey from Digital Spy reported that the album's release would be delayed until March 2013. A statement from the group explained "Following a late rush of creativity which has seen them write some of the best songs of their career, Stooshe have decided to delay the release of their debut album until March 2013 so they have time to record these songs for inclusion on the album." Stooshe added that they would be going back to the studio soon to record the new songs.
On 28 November, Stooshe uploaded a video of Hoochi Mumma on their youtube, that was recorded around the time the Love Me video was filmed.
On 23rd Decemeber, Stooshe uploaded a video of Ain't No Other Me on their youtube, as a lyric video as part of giving back to their fans as a festive single.