Pussycat Dolls' solo work on hold for "Domination"

Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:24pm EDT
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By Mariel Concepcion

NEW YORK (Billboard) - With their 2005 debut album, the Pussycat Dolls showed they can deliver a successful album.

"PCD" (Interscope ) has sold 2.9 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and spawned such chart-topping hits as "Don't Cha" and "Buttons" featuring Snoop Dogg.

But when lead singer Nicole Scherzinger tried to go solo last fall, the response couldn't have been more different. Four singles fizzled on the charts and on radio, and her album, "Her Name Is Nicole," was shelved indefinitely.

So for now, the focus is back on the Pussycat Dolls, who return September 23 with "Doll Domination." Lead single "When I Grow Up" reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 just four weeks after entering the chart.

"I think we had an advantage with our first album being so successful. We knew songs like 'Don't Cha,' 'Buttons' and 'Stickwitu' helped to set the bar for us and steered us in the direction, because before that we didn't even know what the sound for the PCD was going to be," Scherzinger says.

In addition to the Missy Elliott-assisted "Whatcha Think About That," tracks include the Snoop-featuring "Bottle Pop," the R. Kelly duet "Out This Club," the Tina Turner-inspired "In Person" and "Happily Never After," on which Scherzinger narrates the story of a woman who walks out on a dead-end relationship.

With "Doll Domination" already off to a strong start, the question remains: Why did Scherzinger's solo bid meet with such resistance, even with contributions from stars like will.i.am and Timbaland?

According to Scherzinger, the problem was the similarities in PCD's sound and the one she was trying to make her own. "I put my solo album on hold because, one, I'm a ridiculous perfectionist; two, the timing wasn't right; and three, we have so much success with the Dolls, I've got to come with something completely different and unique for me as a solo artist," she says.   Continued...

<p>The Pussycat Dolls arrive at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles September 7, 2008. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>