Dubstar was formed by Sarah Blackwood, Steve Hillier and Chris Wilkie in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1992 after being discovered by a fellow North East UK-based manager and producer, Graeme Robinson. Robinson renamed the band, which had previously gone by the name ‘The Joans’. After Robinson produced the material for the band’s first album and had brought the tapes to the attention of Food Records’ Andy Ross, the band were signed to the EMI off-shoot in November 1994. They released three albums: Disgraceful, Goodbye, Make It Better before disbanding in 2000. A compilation, Stars (The Best Of Dubstar) was released after the split.