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Pussycat Dolls
If you're a fan of pop music ~ or at least a male blessed with eyesight ~ then you've probably noticed the industry's latest find. We’re talking about the latest bunch of vixens on everyone’s music radar ~ the Pussycat Dolls. These days, being a good singer isn't the only requirement for pop stardom; you have to be good looking too. Thankfully for these girls, they're not lacking anywhere in either department. A combination of sex appeal, stunning features and a strong desire to be naughty was reason enough for us to put these girls on our cover and fall in love with them instantly.

Their Claim to Fame
The Dolls have enjoyed over a decade of success as a group. Long before the big-screen success of such Oscar hits like Moulin Rouge! and Chicago, these girls had been popularizing the nearly lost art of striptease burlesque. We'll give them credit for what they've achieved. They’ve been able to conquer the entire pop music market and have certainly struck a chord with teenage boys (and us twenty-somethings too) and became one of the best-marketed acts in recent pop culture. They’ve conquered the world, for their songs have reached #1 in over 30 countries.
Apart from the fact that dolls of the girl group can be found in toy stores, the Dolls already have their own makeup line from Stila and are now stamping their brand name on lingerie, perfume and video games as well. And this just in ~ they’re soon going to have their very own TV show. No stranger to the medium, Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton and Kimberly Wyatt have already appeared and performed on several hit US TV shows, and who could forget their turn in rock star Pink’s Trouble video as well as their stint in the movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

Why Everybody Loves Them A bunch of girls in skimpy outfits and garters, singing in a provocative and seductive way ~ who couldn’t love them? On the strength of their image and music they are positioning themselves to reinvent the girl group as we know it. Since their debut album was released last year, the Dolls have been favourites everywhere. Even four year olds across the world are singing their catchy tune ~ Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?

Having gotten their start as a celebrity-laden burlesque troupe, the Dolls are now getting all the attention as pop music’s sexiest all-girl act. With their attitude, these strong, independent women add a whole new facet to girl power better than the Spice Girls ever could. We love their upbeat attitude and with songs like Don’t Cha and Stickwitu, we have to admit that their material is worth listening to, even if we’re not telling any of our guy friends who swear by rock and roll. We’re still shocked that we found a copy of the PCD album in our editor's office; he’s a die hard self-professed Pink Floyd fan. But we won’t tell, if you won't.

PCD ~ The Album
PCD is the big-budget full-length debut album and it should blaze up the nightclubs for a while. 2005 could be summed up in 4 minutes and 31 seconds with their first single Don't Cha. Featuring rapper Busta Rhymes, the track charmed its way to the top of the charts worldwide with the catchy “Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?” bit it has going for it. With their music riding high on the charts, we caught up with the Dolls to let us know what the fuss is all about.

PCD the album is blowing up all over the world. It must be nice to be at #1.
Nicole: When you're in the Top Ten, you never dream of being #1. Eventually… but not with your first debut. When our song hit #1, it was like, 'Is this real? Are you guys kidding me?' Busta Rhymes came and did his thing on it and it just worked out. It gelled together… we did a video, we had a lot of fun and we had a lot of chemistry together. It’s catapulted all of this, our album and everything. It's great. (Laughs)
Melody: We were taken aback by the crowds in Europe. We had fans waiting outside of our hotels and all that stuff. It was like we were Beyoncé or something. (Laughs) It was amazing. I can't wait for it to be like this all over the world. (Laughs again) The fans in the UK especially showed us a lot of love.

Nicole takes center stage as the lead singer of the group. How does that work out with the other five Dolls?
Melody: In our performances we all sing and have background vocals. We all fit like pieces of a puzzle. Everybody's input and their journeys and where they've been help put that puzzle together. Nicole was granted vocals on the album and she has most experience being a lead singer. But I hope when we do our second album that people can hear all of our voices.
Jessica: Well, the thing about all of us…we all fit together as a puzzle. All of our personalities are different, so it balances everyone out. You know? So I just think it just works really well, everything about us. (Laughs) Nicole is one of the most talented people I’ve ever met. We’re very lucky to have her as our lead singer.
Nicole: I kind of direct or lead or guide us vocally.

From performing on stage to recording in a studio, that’s uncharted territory for the Dolls. Was it easy to go down in the studio and lay down the album?
Nicole: I think one of the struggles was finding a sound for the group. Taking the Dolls, the history of the Dolls, where it came from, from a cabaret inspired dance group and making it hip and cool and fresh enough to be on the radio…You know what I mean? A lot of times we didn't know where we were going or how it was going to transition from fishnets into hip-hop. But it's worked out. (Laughs) We believe in what we do and I think people get that.

So what’s the record all about?
Nicole: First of all, we worked on the album for the past year and a half, and we worked with a lot of producers and recorded about a hundred songs. Then we finally came up with the twelve songs we felt was right, just now, to put on our album. The whole album is very eclectic, because we are all very eclectic and we have different things to say in different ways. There’s something on the album for everyone.


You can read the rest of our cover story on Pussycat Dolls in the April 2006 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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