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The Pussycat Dolls

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The Pussycat Dolls
The Pussycat Dolls (L–R: Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts, Nicole Scherzinger, and Carmit Bachar) performing "Stickwitu" in 2005.
The Pussycat Dolls (L–R: Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts, Nicole Scherzinger, and Carmit Bachar) performing "Stickwitu" in 2005.
Background information
Also known asPCD
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active
  • 2003–2010
  • 2019–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitepcdmusic.com
Members
Past members

The Pussycat Dolls are an American girl group and dance ensemble, founded in Los Angeles, California, by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995 as a burlesque troupe. At the suggestion of Jimmy Iovine, Antin decided to take the burlesque troupe mainstream as a pop group.[2] Antin negotiated a record deal with Interscope Geffen A&M Records in 2003 turning the group into a music franchise comprising Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, and Kimberly Wyatt. Their debut single, "Sway", was featured on the soundtrack of the 2004 film Shall We Dance?

The Pussycat Dolls achieved worldwide success with number-one singles "Don't Cha", "Stickwitu", "Buttons", and their multi-platinum debut album PCD (2005). However, despite their commercial success, the group was plagued by internal conflict due to the emphasis on Scherzinger, the group's lead vocalist, and the subordinate treatment of the other members. Bachar's departure from the group preceded the release of their second and final studio album Doll Domination (2008), which contains hit singles "When I Grow Up", "I Hate This Part", and "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)". Following the completion of their 2009 world tour, the group went on hiatus and fully disbanded in 2010. The original recording line-up, minus Thornton, announced their reunion in 2019 with an upcoming tour and a new album.

The Pussycat Dolls brand diversified into merchandise, reality television programs, a Las Vegas act, product endorsements, spin-off recording groups (Girlicious, Paradiso Girls, G.R.L.), and other ventures. Billboard ranked the Pussycat Dolls as the 80th most successful musical act of the 2000s.[3] The group has sold 55 million records worldwide,[4][5] making them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.[6][7] In 2012, the Pussycat Dolls ranked 100th on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music, and as the tenth all-girl group.[8]

History

1995–2002: Beginnings as burlesque dance troupe

Antin began exploring the idea of a modern burlesque troupe during 1990 with Carla Kama and Christina Applegate as performers.[9][10][11] The troupe began to perform in 1995, with a repertoire of 1950s and 1960s popular music standards while dressed in lingerie or old-fashioned pin-up costumes. They secured a Thursday night residency at a Los Angeles nightclub, the Viper Room, where they stayed from 1995 to 2001. They appeared briefly in the 1998 films Matters of Consequence (dancing to Mancini's "Hub Caps and Tail Lights", and Keely Smith's "When Your Lover has Gone"),[12] and The Treat (directed by Jonathan Gems).[13] From 1995 to 2003 there were numerous guest vocalists, and many changes to the dance personnel.

The troupe received wider press coverage during June 1999, when Playboy featured a Pussycat Dolls pictorial, featuring at least seven contemporary members posing semi-nude (Kasey Campbell, Kiva Dawson, Antonietta Macri, Erica Breckels, Katie Bergold, Erica Gudis and Lindsley Allen).[14] Three years later, the Pussycat Dolls moved to the Roxy. They were featured in magazines, television specials for MTV and VH1, ad campaigns, and films. Some of the Pussycat Dolls appeared in the 2003 film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle,[9] dancing to Mancini's "The Pink Panther Theme". They were also featured in Pink's "Trouble" music video. Along with Applegate, Christina Aguilera and Carmen Electra (who was the group's lead performer for many of their shows) the troupe was featured in a Maxim magazine shoot in 2002,[15] which increased public interest in them (Aguilera later appeared in the similarly themed 2010 film Burlesque directed by Robin Antin's brother Steve).

Following their growing popularity, Interscope Geffen A&M Records music producers Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair became involved with the group helping them to transform into a franchise after Gwen Stefani was asked to perform with the group.[16] The former dance troupe evolved into a popular music recording group and became employees of Iovine's label Interscope Records. The only troupe members who remained after the re-casting process were Robin Antin, Carmit Bachar, Cyia Batten, Kasey Campbell, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta and Kimberly Wyatt. Electra, when asked about her lack of involvement with the group's evolution into a popular music group, said, "I was part of [the Pussycat Dolls] for over two years and did every show with them [...] but financially, I couldn't become part of their new music project [...] It was a sacrifice I couldn't make."[17]

2003–2007: Recording group formation and PCD

The Pussycat Dolls performing at the Tacoma Dome, Washington on December 10, 2006.
The Pussycat Dolls performing at the Tacoma Dome, Washington on December 10, 2006.

During 2003, Antin struck a joint venture with Interscope Records to develop the Pussycat Dolls into a brand, with Jimmy Iovine assigning the project to Ron Fair.[18] Auditions followed suit, for a separate group which would not include celebrity members.[18] Singers Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton and Kaya Jones[19][20] were recruited, joining Bachar, Roberts, Sutta, Wyatt, Batten, Campbell and Antin to form a new recording group.[21] In February 2004, they performed "Big Spender" live at the MTV Asia Awards.[22][23] In 2004, they recorded "We Went as Far as We Felt Like Going" for the Shark Tale soundtrack and recorded the single, "Sway" which is featured on the soundtrack of Shall We Dance?[21] The group briefly reunited with Electra for a guest performance at VH1 Divas 2004 where they performed "Tainted Love", "You Can Leave Your Hat On" (with Tom Jones) and "Girls on Film" before joining the headliners in a finaled of "New Attitude" alongside Patti LaBelle. Kaya Jones left the group in September 2004, while Batten and Campbell left in January 2005. Antin would eventually shift into a strictly managerial and creative role.

The group's debut album, PCD, was released in September 2005 and sold three million copies in the United States.[24] The album's lead single, "Don't Cha", was a number-one hit in various countries worldwide,[25] and reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100.[26] It was followed by "Stickwitu", which became their second number-one single in the UK and New Zealand, and reached number five on the Hot 100.[27] It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.[28] "Beep" also became a hit, reaching number one in Belgium and New Zealand, number two in the UK, and number thirteen in the US.[29] The group became one of the top-selling artists in 2006, while the album appeared at number twelve on the Billboard 200-year-end chart that year.[30]

The group was selected to perform for the introduction for ABC's coverage of the NBA.[31] The Pussycat Dolls first opened for the Black Eyed Peas Honda Civic Tour in North America.[32] To further promote the album, Snoop Dogg was added to a remix of "Buttons",[33] which became a worldwide hit reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100,[34] and top five elsewhere.[35] The Pussycat Dolls embarked on their PCD World Tour with Rihanna as the opening act in the UK leg.[36] One of the dates of the PCD World Tour was recorded and streamed via MSN Music. The group ran into trouble in Kuala Lumpur with the authorities for sexually explicit dancing. The performance, a part of the PCD World Tour, was not well received in the Muslim state, which frowned upon the group's "eye-popping attire" and "sexually suggestive stage routines". Absolute Entertainment, the company behind the group's appearance in Malaysia, was fined $3000 for the incident.[37] Two final singles would be released from the album, "I Don't Need a Man" and "Wait a Minute", with the former becoming a moderate success and the latter becoming the group's fifth top 40 single on the Hot 100.[38]

To further promote the album the Pussycat Dolls toured along with Danity Kane on Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics Tour (2007) in North America from February to May.[39] The success of the group's debut album brought them a wide array of spin-offs including a CW reality series, Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll.[40] The goal of the show was to add a seventh member to join them in future endeavors. Asia Nitollano was announced as the winner on April 24, however several months later, it was revealed that Nitollano had actually quit the group shortly after the finale aired.[41] Following their performance at Live Earth, the group would only have occasional one-off performances for a while and went on a hiatus in mid-2007, during which Scherzinger attempted to launch a solo career. Plans for her debut solo album, 'Her Name is Nicole', would eventually be shelved after the release of four singles failed to make an impact on the charts. In August 2007, Sutta would be featured on the Paul van Dyke track White Lies (Paul van Dyk song), which topped the US Billboard Hot Dance Singles chart.

2008–2010: Doll Domination and disbandment

The Pussycat Dolls performing "Buttons" on September 3, 2008.
The Pussycat Dolls performing "Buttons" on September 3, 2008.

On March 3, 2008, it was announced via the group's website that Carmit Bachar had left the group, intending to pursue a solo career.[42] At the time of her departure, she had been the longest member of the group, joining in 1995 when they were a burlesque act.[43] Several days later, they performed for the first time without Bachar for the Operation MySpace concert which honored US troops stationed in Kuwait.[42] In May 2008, they released their second album's lead single "When I Grow Up",[44] which reached the top ten in 16 countries.[9] At the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, its accompanying music video was nominated for six awards, the most of that ceremony,[45] and went on to win Best Dancing in a Video.[46] Doll Domination was released in September 2008 to mixed reviews.[47] It attained their highest peak position on the Billboard 200,[48] but failed to match the sales of its predecessor, selling less than a sixth as many as PCD sold (in the UK),[49] and regarding it as a commercial disappointment.[50] Three subsequent singles were released in 2008, "Whatcha Think About That", "Out of This Club", and "I Hate This Part";[51] the last one peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[52]

In January 2009, the Pussycat Dolls embarked on the Doll Domination Tour, their second headlining worldwide concert tour, which highlighted stops in Europe, Oceania and Asia,[53] and grossed over $14 million.[note 1] Between the first two legs, the group opened for The Circus Starring Britney Spears in North America.[55] Jessica Sutta suffered a back injury during the first Sydney show, leaving the group performing as a foursome throughout the following shows.[56] While on tour in Europe, Nicole Scherzinger was asked to re-write pop version of "Jai Ho" from the movie Slumdog Millionaire (2008).[57] The song was entitled "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" and credited Scherzinger as a featured artist. This caused internal strife within the group, and a public outburst by Melody Thornton during one of the group's appearances on tour.[58] Despite that, it became one of their most successful singles,[59] and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, after charging eighty-five places, making the largest weekly leap from number 100.[60] The album's final two singles, "Bottle Pop" and "Hush Hush; Hush Hush" topped the US Hot Dance/Club Songs chart.[61] Meanwhile, Doll Domination was reissued into scaled down versions in various territories; in Australia, the album was subtitled 2.0. with 10 songs and an EP subtitled The Mini Collection was released in the UK.[62][49]

After the tour's conclusion, the group went on a hiatus,[63] with Robin Antin acknowledging that new members would be joining Scherzinger.[64] By February 2010, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, and Melody Thornton had announced their departures from the group,[65] with Wyatt later acknowledging that "the group has fully disbanded."[66] In May 2010, four new members surrounded Scherzinger in a new line-up,[67] but by the end of the year, Scherzinger had left the group to pursue a solo career.[68] In 2011, there were continued attempts to rebuild the group, and a line-up that included former Paradiso Girls member Lauren Bennett, former Girlicious member Chrystina Sayers, Paula van Oppen, Vanessa Curry and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Erica Kiehl Jenkins was featured in a GoDaddy commercial during Super Bowl XLVI.[69] The group would go on to call themselves G.R.L, citing the need for differentiating from the Pussycat Dolls due to their music being less urban and they would spend the rest of the year recording their debut album.[70][71] In 2015 the group would disband 9 months after member Simone Battle committed suicide following a battle with depression,[72] before returning as a trio in 2016.[73]

2017–present: Reunion and Unfinished Business tour

In October 2017, Dan Wootton of The Sun reported that Roberts, Scherzinger, Sutta, Wyatt, and Thornton were considering reuniting and going on tour in 2018, but Bachar was not on board.[74] The following week, social media sites were set up, further fuelling speculation of a reunion.[75] On April 25, 2018, during an appearance on The Chris Ramsey Show, Wyatt claimed that the band could reunite before the end of 2018. "We're all just in a place where we're kind of ready to live it all again, and make it fun and enjoy it and everything," she said. "So yeah, we're looking at the possibilities."[76]

The Pussycat Dolls performing "React" live at G-A-Y for National Student Pride 2020.
The Pussycat Dolls performing "React" live at G-A-Y for National Student Pride 2020.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed the Pussycat Dolls among hundreds of artists whose master tapes was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal Studios fire. The extent of damages and losses were not known due to conflicted reports over the number of primary masters kept in storage.[77] Later in September 2019, ET, reported that Scherzinger has joined former members of their band Pussycat Dolls for new studio sessions and the band will be reuniting for a Greatest Hits tour in 2020.[78] UK The X Factor judge Louis Walsh confirmed that the Pussycat Dolls would be performing on the finale of The X Factor: Celebrity on November 30, 2019.[79] The band then confirmed their reunion on British radio station Heart, confirming that Bachar, Roberts, Scherzinger, Sutta, and Wyatt had been recording new music and have announced nine tour dates around the UK in 2020.[80] During the interview, Scherzinger remarked that it had been around 10 years since the group's last tour and that the time felt right, "it's been a long time coming, but this feels like the perfect time to remind the world what it means to be a Pussycat Doll."[80] According to group founder Robin Antin, Thornton would not be taking part due to her feeling like the time was not right.[81] Thornton has since confirmed this during an interview with The Sun newspaper where she said, "I think it would be great for everyone to enjoy themselves and their lives, and whatever direction they want to go. I worked for years on the development of music and financed it myself. As a creative person I would like to make and release music myself."[82] The group have stated that they are leaving the door open for Thornton and she would be welcome back if she decided to join them later down the line.[81]

During the X Factor: Celebrity finale, the group performed a medley of their previous hits "Buttons", "When I Grow Up", "Don't Cha", and a brand new song, "React".[83] Since the performance, their tour has been dubbed Unfinished Business and The Reunion Tour, and has been expanded to include dates in Australia and New Zealand.[84][85] The group's performance on The X Factor attracted over 400 complaints to British broadcasting regulator Ofcom for their "risque outfits" and being "too raunchy".[86] Sutta confirmed that a new album was in the works.[87] It was also confirmed that the group will perform at the Newmarket Nights event held annually at the British horse racing venue Newmarket Racecourse.[88] On January 31, 2020, American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor released her third album, Treat Myself (2020), which features the Pussycat Dolls on the song "Genetics". Trainor revealed the collaboration came about when she bumped into Scherzinger whilst both artists were filming The Four and The Masked Singer respectively. Scherzinger recorded the group's vocals for "Genetics" in exchange for Trainor working on new music for the group.[89][90]

In February 2020, the group performed on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway,[91] and at Nova FM 96.9's Red Room at Glass Island Sydney Harbour, Australia in early March.[92] It has also been confirmed that the group will headline Brighton Pride with a 75 minutes set on August 2, 2020, in the UK.[93]

Other ventures

The PCD Casino located at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
The PCD Casino located at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The Pussycat Dolls had re-recorded "Don't Cha" in Simlish (as "Do Ba") for inclusion in the computer game The Sims 2: Pets.[94] They also appeared in character form in the video game Asphalt: Urban GT 2 released in November 2006.[95] In a merchandising agreement with Interscope in 2006, toy manufacturer Hasbro planned a line of dolls modeled after the group, reportedly to be marketed to six to nine-year-olds.[96] Two organizations (Dads and Daughters and Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood) successfully lobbied Hasbro to scrap the plan,[97] saying they felt the group would have been inappropriate for children due to the overtly sexual nature of the Pussycat Dolls' songs, videos and performances.[98] Also in 2006, Interscope negotiated a deal with Estée Lauder for a Pussycat Dolls line of cosmetics under the Stila brand.[99] In 2008, Robin Antin and the La Senza Corporation produced a line of Burlesque Pussycat Dolls-styled lingerie called "Shhh...by Robin Antin",[100] and on December 15, Antin released Robin Antin's Pussycat Dolls Workout, which is composed of dancers from the Pussycat Doll Lounge Review including Chrystina Sayers from Girlicious, and features Nicole Scherzinger.[101]

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas operated a resident live show at its "Pussycat Dolls Lounge", until closing the venue in February 2015.[102] The burlesque-style show had female dancers inside a rhinestone-encrusted bathtub and on raised platforms, with female dealers, also wearing Pussycat Dolls-inspired T&A clothing, operating the blackjack and roulette tables in the venue.[102]

Artistry

Since the Pussycat Dolls were originally a burlesque dance troupe, Scherzinger and Thornton were the only members specifically hired for singing role when the group turned into a pop act in 2003. Ron Fair stated that even though "there were some adequate voices in the original group," Scherzinger and Thornton were needed "to bring the ability."[103] Despite Thornton taking the sole lead vocals for their debut performance as a music group at the 2004 MTV Asia Awards, Scherzinger eventually assumed the majority of the vocals on the group's recordings. As part of a Behind the Music special on Scherzinger's career,[104] she claimed that she was responsible for singing both lead and background vocals on both of the group's studio albums, with hardly anything sung by her fellow members. Scherzinger, who said that she did not want to get in trouble for her revelations, explained that the other members did not even hear the tracks until they were finished.[105]

Public image and media coverage

Nicole Scherzinger as lead singer

Critics have taken a major swipe at the group for their overemphasis of Scherzinger. Margeaux Watson of Entertainment Weekly said, "there are two kinds of girl groups: those anchored by a superstar (The Supremes, Destiny's Child), and those made up of charismatic personalities endowed with limited individual gifts (Spice Girls, TLC). The Pussycat Dolls are neither—they're a brand, not a band. This follow-up to 2005's multi-platinum PCD finds lead Doll Nicole Scherzinger in the spotlight, and she's no Beyoncé. As for the others, well... can you name them? Do you even know how many there are?"[106] The Telegraph's Adam White described the Pussycat Dolls as "pop's most embittered group" where the other members played the role of "glorified back-up dancers", and said that their 2006 performance at the American Music Awards "appeared to prove all was not well within the group’s dynamic."[2]

Kaya Jones, who initially auditioned as a vocalist for the group, said: "Nicole was always someone who wanted to be in the spotlight and would do pretty much anything to get it. [...] To call the other girls in the Pussycat Dolls 'window dressings' is a bit farfetched... every girl in the group was talented."[107] In a 2014 interview with The Independent, Ashley Roberts claimed that she and her bandmates "were always told it was very much Nicole's project [...] we were the football team, and [Scherzinger] was the quarterback. You know, we weren't allowed to talk in interviews. We weren't even allowed in the studio sometimes."[108] Kimberly Wyatt said in 2009: "Every video and stage performance that we've done, Nicole has been our leader. I wasn't in videos like I wanted and wasn't seen in the way I was hoping, which has been the same for all the other girls too."[2] In an interview with Vibe, Thornton said: "For me, it's important for people to know that I do write... I got into the group to sing. That was made very clear to me. But it became more and more apparent what was going on. Roles were being minimised and minimised, and then by the time it got on the [road], it was very much like 'Y'all play your part and this is what it is.' It was tough because you don't want to s--- on your own opportunity."[2]

The Pussycat Dolls being interviewed by David Koch on Sunrise after a performance on the show in 2020.
The Pussycat Dolls being interviewed by David Koch on Sunrise after a performance on the show in 2020.

2019 reunion

Following the group's reformation in 2019, Bachar addressed their prior split, "It wasn't a bitter ending. It was just a time in our lives where we all wanted to go and do our own thing and flourish. I went and had a family. We all stayed in touch."[109] Roberts added, "Nicole is our lead singer and that is the way the band is constructed. We all have our place in the band and we each give something special individually, which fits like a puzzle—that's what makes the Pussycat Dolls."[109] Scherzinger confirmed that she would take centre stage but that this was by mutual agreement, "It feels better than ever now I have evolved as a woman. It is actually the time for me to carry it. It's not even me—we all carry each other. We make each other stronger".[109] Wyatt also confirmed that the other girls do get chance to record vocal, "Ultimately, The Pussycat Dolls has a lead singer and that is Nicole. Whenever I get an opportunity to sing and get in the studio and throw down on some vocals, I'm so grateful." Speaking about the scrutiny that the group come under and the media attention Wyatt said "we want people to love it and focus on the amazing feat we have done together instead of trying to rip us apart."[110]

Sexual image

Following their performance on The X Factor: Celebrity (2019), the group were accused of over-sexualisation and being raunchy for wearing sheer PVC outfits. Over 400 viewers complained to British broadcast regulator Ofcom.[111] Despite a more muted performance on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway in February 2020 that poked fun out of their X Factor performance and featured some censorship, the group garnered further complaints to Ofcom albeit a smaller amount.[112] Scherzinger spoke out against the media and negative coverage, comparing the group's message to American singer-songwriter Lizzo who is an advocate for body awareness, saying "If you have people like Lizzo leading the movement of accepting yourself and they don't get any criticism, then why are we getting this criticism? When we perform, we perform from a place of passion and power. We're not floundering out there just trying to be cute. We come like warriors out there and people feel empowered by that."[111] Barchar addressed criticism on their second performance by saying "being on Ant & Dec's show was hysterical; they are so good at what they do and the way they made light of the whole censorship thing was amazing. It's great that we got to be silly with it and we had a blast." She supported early comments by Scherzinger that the intention and aims of the group's performances was always about empowerment, saying "everyone has an opinion on what we do, and while I think the power of a woman can be intimidating, it's all about the intention of our performances".[112] Roberts also responded by likening the groups' outfits to costumes and responded by noting that the group were entertainers.

We are wearing costumes... and they are sassy and fierce. We are owning our femininity and celebrating ourselves as women.

— Roberts during an interview with The Sun.[113]

Wyatt has also defended the group's image saying that it is an important message around female empowerment, during an appearance on The Morning Show, Wyatt talked about bring her kids to rehearsals, "[I love] teaching them what it means to be a Pussycat Doll and own your space as a female. I think it's a really positive and important message for my girls to see and understand what that means."[114] Wyatt also stated during an interview with News.com.au that the reunion feels like unfinished business due to the Pussycat Dolls being misunderstood. "Luckily we have a presence online now and we can help people understand us, understand dance, understand what intention means as a performer ... there is still a conversation to be had, and the Pussycat Dolls are a little bit misunderstood by those who don’t seek to know who we are."[115] This has also been echoed by Scherzinger who has since said, "we just want to say everything we do we do it from a place of confidence ... only with the intention of inspiring and empowering each and every one of you ... And we just want to help some of you who are maybe struggling with stepping into your own power."[116]

Referring to their provocative image, Sutta told The Daily Telegraph Australia that she felt that ageism is rife within the music industry but that times were changing, "You’ve got J-Lo at 50 who’s looking as fabulous as ever, and Lizzo who is all about self-love and owning it. It’s a new era, and there’s no rules anymore."[117] Scherzinger also noted that the group had matured and felt more confident than ever, "I mean if there is a time to be more provocative, it’s when you’re grown up, when you’re comfortable in your skin and you fully accept yourself, right?"[117] In a piece titled "if you don't like the Pussycat Dolls or Lizzo, you can always look away" for The Guardian, Barbara Ellen discussed the interplay of ageism, sexism and sizeism that female musicians face in the industry, comparing the negative media attention that the Pussycat Dolls received to that Lizzo received for appearing in underwear on TikTok and Jennifer Lopez's performance at the Super Bowl 2020 halftime show.[118] Ellen wrote "What is it about successful female artists doing their thing, on stage or on social media, that drives certain sectors of society crazy? And why is the sexism so often merged with ageism or sizeism, as if that makes the abuse they’re meting out extra special and justified?"[118]

Sexist media coverage

Later in March 2020, during an interview with Network Ten's The Project, Scherzinger acknowledged that the costumes for the performance were provocative but said "but we are women now and like literally as we say, (our bums) were hanging out and it takes courage to be that, you know it is vulnerable wearing as much as that, it takes a lot of courage to do it and we always do everything with confidence with the intent of empowering others and all of our women out there and anyone who feels they relate to us".[119] News AU and Junkee both criticised hosts of The Project for focusing on a perceived sexual nature of their dance moves and for making the interview with Scherzinger awkward.[120][119] One of The Project's hosts Waleed Aly asked sexist questions such as whether the girls "fight over who wore the best tube tops and low rise jeans?".[121] Jared Richards (Junkee) said "it’s a mess, absolutely dismissive of Scherzinger as a person and The Pussycat Dolls as an act... While sex appeal is a big part of The Pussycat Dolls, a group which started as a burlesque performance, there’s a right and a wrong way to ask about it."[120] During the closing segment of the interview, Scherzinger was cut off as she said "if you watch us, we dance with heart, we dance like warriors, we come from a real place of power..." As the music played, Scherzinger could be heard asking if the interview was about to cut to another segment." Viewers of the programme also slammed the hosts for the reductive nature of the interview.[119] Music News reported that hundreds of viewers complained about the segment via Twitter.[121]

Solo careers

After the group's initial disbandment in 2010, all members continued on their solo projects. Carmit Bachar would join musician Sammy Jay to become electronic music duo LadyStation, releasing the EP Voices in 2015. In 2010, Kimberly Wyatt joined a musical duo called Her Majesty & the Wolves and released their debut album on July 11, 2011. That same year, she was featured on the Aggro Santos song "Candy" which became a UK top five hit.[122] On June 26, 2011, Melody Thornton announced plans to have her debut solo album released sometime in 2012.[123] On March 15, 2012, she released her first mixtape, "P.O.Y.B.L",[124] and contains 10 tracks of five remakes and four originals all written by Thornton.[125] On June 3, 2011, Jessica Sutta announced that she had signed to Hollywood Records [126] and her first single, "Show Me", peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs in the United States.[127] However, her debut album "Sutta Pop" was shelved and she later left the label. Using the name J Sutta, she released the mixtape Feline Resurrection, and her debut album I Say Yes on March 3, 2017. On November 7, 2012, it was confirmed that Ashley Roberts would compete in the twelfth series of the British reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! airing on ITV.[128] In January 2013, Roberts became a member of the ice panel for the final two series of British skating show, Dancing on Ice on ITV.[129] In June 2014, Roberts announced her debut album, titled Butterfly Effect, would be released on September 1, 2014.[130]

Lead member Nicole Scherzinger continued her solo career after a halt to release the group's second and final studio album. In March 2010, it was announced that Scherzinger would be a celebrity contestant on the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars, partnering with Derek Hough,[131] which she won.[132] In March 2011, Scherzinger released her debut studio album, Killer Love, and experienced moderate success in certain territories.[133] The album included second single, "Don't Hold Your Breath" which debuted atop the UK Singles Chart.[134] The album's third single, "Right There", was remixed featuring 50 Cent and released as the lead single for the US version of Killer Love.[135] It peaked at number thirty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100,[136] and reached the top ten in countries such as Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Romania, Scotland and the United Kingdom.[137] In May 2011, Scherzinger was hired as a judge on the first season of the American version of The X Factor,[138] alongside Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid.[139] After her stint in the United States, Scherzinger joined The X Factor UK for its ninth series as the fourth permanent judge.[140] In May 2013, Scherzinger was confirmed as a returning judge for the tenth series of The X Factor UK.[141] In January 2014, it was reported that Scherzinger left Interscope Records and signed a multimillion-dollar recording deal with Sony Records.[142] Scherzinger's album, titled Big Fat Lie, was released in October 2014.

Legacy

With only two studio albums, the band became the best selling girl group of the 2000s' digital era,[143] and fourth of all time.[144] Since the group's formation in 2003, the Pussycat Dolls have sold 55 million records worldwide. VH1 included the Pussycat Dolls one of the 100 Greatest Women in Music in 2012.[145] Billboard also ranked the group as one of the best selling acts of the 2000–09 decade.[146] The Pussycat Dolls are one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. James Montgomery of MTV commented that the success of the group's debut album PCD made the group "the heirs to the Spice Girls' bedazzled throne".[147] PCD has sold over 1,246,769 copies in the United Kingdom, making it the best selling American girl group release there,[148] also becoming one of the best selling albums of the 2000–09 decade.[149] The success of the group's debut album led them to become the most successful girl group in the world since the Spice Girls in the late 1990s.[150]

The Pussycat Dolls have a string of hit singles − "Don't Cha" has sold more than 3 million copies in the United States – becoming the best-selling song of all time by a female group in the United States,[151] and 6 million worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.[152] It was included on VH1's list of Greatest Songs of '00s.[153] The Official Charts Company listed "Don't Cha" and "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" at number five and thirty-nine, as of the most downloaded song since its launch, respectively.[154] The latter created a milestone for Billboard Hot 100 with a biggest single-week upward movement in the lifetime of the chart.[155] "Jai Ho! (You are My Destiny)" and "Don't Cha" are two of the best-selling songs in Australia and in the United Kingdom as of July 2009.[156]‹See TfM›[failed verification] "Don't Cha" was also featured in VH1's I Love the 2000s.[157] The music video for "Don't Cha" is noted for being "iconic" among girl groups.[158] Andrew Unterberger of Billboard said, "It was inevitable that the song and video would become massive, and become massive they did, with the song heating up the Hot 100 chart and the video establishing the group as mainstays on MTV for many subsequent (though not quite as memorable) videos to come."[158] "Buttons" is also regarded as one of the sexiest videos ever by media outlets AOL Music,[159] MuchMusic,[160][161] Fuse,[162] and VH1.[163] With "Buttons" surpassing 2 million digital downloads, the Pussycat Dolls became the first all-female group in digital history to have three singles—along with "Don't Cha" and "When I Grow Up"—pass the two million mark in digital sales.[164]

Spin-offs

A second season of Pussycat Dolls Present commenced as Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious which tried to find women to become part of a new three member all-female group, Girlicious.[165] Interscope Records formed a London-based spin-off group called Paradiso Girls through an open audition. In 2010, they were dropped and further promotion of their planned debut album Crazy Horse was cancelled, disestablishing the group.[166] Throughout 2011 and 2012 Antin spoke of casting new members for the Pussycat Dolls, with various new members named. In February 2013, Antin announced that she had scrapped plans for the new line-up to replace the former members of the Pussycat Dolls and would instead form a new group who will be the "next generation".[167] They eventually became known as G.R.L. and released their debut single, "Vacation", on June 16 as a B-side track to pop singer Britney Spears' single "Ooh La La".[168]

Member timeline

Discography

Tours

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The gross takings from the 23 shows which were reported to Billboard Boxscore totalled $14.3 million.[54]

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