29 September 2008

Carmit's Blog [9.29.2008]

Guess What?!!!

I'm super excited to let y'all know that I will be performing on Dancing With The Stars this Tuesday Sept 30st @9pm! Watch it on CBS.....I'll be doing a piece that my good friend Brian Friedman choreographed. It's going to be sick! He is amazing and you're gonna love it! It's the futuristic fashion forward Rhythm Nation! haha wait till u see it!
I love doing unique and creatively different projects! That's what keeps us inspired and moving forward. It's crucial to express yourself in your own special way! Don't follow a trend, make one......and on that note my friends make sure you register to VOTE!
11-04-08 is coming around the corner and don't you wanna be responsible for bettering OUR future??!!!

signing off my loved ones:)
Carmiti

4:19 AM

On The Set of IHTP

From Nicole-BR




25 September 2008

Whatcha Think About That (Hybrid Remix)


The version earlier is the entire song with the new beat added...this is the 'hybrid' so to speak, of the album version and Darkchild remix (or the Urban Club Remix). This is the version I believe will be featured in the video for the song. I hope it comes out soon. I love the new PCD material.

I Hate This Part - Official Artwork


This is now going around. I like it a lot...whatcha think about it?

Rap Up: Melody's Interview

24 September 2008

Doll Domination: Fanmade Cover


I like this so much. It's so nice. Made by Karloangelo at SIN.

Whatcha Think About That (Darkchild Remix)


Whatcha Think About That f/Missy Elliott (Darkchild Remix) - The Pussycat Dolls
Radio and Video Mix. I am listening right now. I think it's good for radio but I much prefer my album version.


Darkchild on Remixing the PCD

SPEND A DAY IN THE STUDIO WITH CARMIT BACHAR

SPEND A DAY IN THE STUDIO WITH CARMIT BACHAR







This auction is for a one-of-a kind experience for you and a friend to join Carmit Bachar in the recording studio. Go behind the scenes and see how your favorite music is made while hanging out with Carmit. This is your chance to spend one-on-one time with her while she records her new album! This experience will take place in the Los Angeles, CA area. The date of the experience will be mutually decided upon after the end of the auction. Winner must be 14 years of age or older.

Carmit Bachar is a dancer, singer and actress. She was a member of the successful pop/R&B group, the Pussycat Dolls and was one of the main vocalists. Bachar departed the group in March 2008 to pursue a solo project.


More info HERE


Nicole's Blog [9.23.2008]


Hi beautiful people!!!
Wow, it just turned midnight here in California and I can't believe today is the big day!!! We have been going non-stop around the world gearing up for the launch of this album and now it's finally here!!! Doll Domination!!! And I've got to be up in less than 4 hrs to be on Ryan Seacrest radio with the girls, Ahhhh!!! And if ya wanna know how I feel...honestly as excited as I am, I'm just as nervous!!! It's like having a baby and releasing it out in the wild! But I'm also so thrilled to finally share the music, a new album and start another PCD chapter

I know I'm probably the worst about keeping in touch with you all via internet, but no lie, it's primarily because I'm usually always in the studio making sure we are making the best pcd music possible for you. xoxoxo
I also wanted to make sure and write a proper introduction to this album since the music comes from such a personal place and well ur hearing it for the first time with fresh ears!

When you listen to this album, I hope u feel the fun, swagger, laughter and tears, heart and soul and simply, the love that went into making it We wanted to take you to another level on this next chapter and are so excited for the opportunity for another chance at connecting with all of you again.

Music is so powerful and transforming and at times can even transport you. With songs like "I Hate This Part", "I'm Done" and "Hush Hush" I hope you can relate to the real emotion behind them. These songs have a special place in my heart..as I recall having to record them thru some very personal tuff times but they have made me all the stronger and will hopefully do the same for u! As for our fun booty shaking PCD fans out there, songs like "In Person" , "Taking Over The World", and "Bottle Pop" are gonna have u out on the floor shining brighter than ever! Also, I'm proud to have a few songs from my solo project make Doll Domination as well! "Happily Never After" and "Whos Gonna Love U" to bring in some added funk! Either way, there's something for everyone on this album!

Well...good fun and good times! Today is a blessed day and I'm just so grateful to be a part of this journey with all of u and the dolls...I hope you enjoy this album as much as I know I did making it

Again thank you to all of you, our fans, friends, dreamers and believers for inspiring this...because of u, we can take over the world together

Lots of Love,

Never give up, never loose faith

Nicole!!!!
posted: 09.23.2008 06:15 PM

23 September 2008

Just Say Yes (Rumored Release)


The Import Deluxe Edition of the album comes with slightly different cover art and two additional tracks on the bonus disc, 'Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps' - 2:14 and 'Just Say Yes'- 4:40. This album is the follow-up to their smash debut 'PCD', 'Doll Domination'shows why the Dolls are the leaders of the pack; and features seriously fierce set of tracks and collaborations from Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett, Polow Da Don, Timbaland and Cee-Lo Green; including the single 'When I Grow Up'. Universal. 2008.

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We'll see. I am buying if it's true.

"When I Grow Up" (Ellen Show 9.23.2008)

Doll Domination: Did you buy?

Send in a picture or a video, anything, or tell me your favorite track, or solo!!! Show your PCD love!!!

(I got it on Amazon too)!!!

"When I Grow Up" - Finalized Version


I finished my version of WIGU! Enjoy :)

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Doll Domination on Amazon.com [MP3 Download]

22 September 2008

Doll Domination on US iTunes



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Melody Thornton Talks Gays and Total "Doll Domination"

Rod 2.0 Exclusive: Melody Thornton of the Pussycat Dolls Talks Gays and Total "Doll Domination"

Okay, gays, admit it. Don't cha want a girlfriend whose hot like Melody Thornton?

The stunningly attractive biracial singer is the the second most prominent vocalist of the Pussycat Dolls. Tuesday you can hear the latest sound from Melody and the girls as they release Doll Domination, the follow-up to 2005's enormously successful PCD. The sophomore album features some of the hottest producers in music such as Timbaland and Sean Garrett. The album's first single, the Rodney Jerkins-produced "When I Grow Up", is charting globally and reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 only four weeks after its debut.

The 24-year-old singer chatted with Rod 2.0 on total media and Doll Domination, producing the new album, her rumored solo effort and the gay fascination with the Pussycat Dolls.

ROD 2.0: Doll Domination is truly an appropriate title for your new CD. In the past 24 hours I've seen the Dolls in the Bally's commercial, on the covers of Maxim and Blender, and, received text messages about a video game.

MELODY THORNTON: Just wait because there's more coming. We are taking over the world! That's exactly what we hope to accomplish and that's why why the new CD is called Doll Domination. Wait—you said the Blender cover is already out? I haven't seen it.

Really? The cover photo of the Dolls in the white panties will give the boys a heart attack. It's amazing that you're sex symbols for the straight boys and icons for the gays.

I'm glad you brought that up because we love, love, love our gay fans. Totally. You have no idea how much we value the support from the gay community. Gays are probably our biggest supporters outside of young girls. The Pussycat Dolls want to make music for everyone to enjoy and we appreciate all of our fans. But there is a special pace in our heart, in my heart especially, for gay men.

Did you have many gay friends growing up?

Yes, actually I did. I'm biracial, Mexican-American and African American, and grew up in Arizona. In high school sometimes I didn't feel like I fit in. It was amazing because all the gay guys welcomed me with open arms and identified with me. We clicked because we're all outsiders or are doing what people don't expect us to do or what people don't want us to do. I have met some incredible gay men in drama classes, music classes .. there is so much talent, passion and creativity in the community. I love it.

What about the bond between the Pussycat Dolls and gay men?

Well, thankfully gay men love the music. "Don't Cha" has a serious hook to it and the club remixes were hot. Then there is the whole girl group glamor. But on another level you just get us. You just understand the Pussycat Dolls. Sometimes critics and people forget that we are in the entertainment industry and take the outfits, lyrics and our persona too seriously. Not the gay fans. They love us just the way we are and we love them the same way.

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Let's talk music. On Doll Domination you work with one of my favorite producers, Timbaland. How fun was that?

Working with Timbaland was incredible. Timbaland executive produced over half the album and did a great job. We were very lucky to benefit from his talent. My favorite Timbaland track is called "Magic" and you have to check it out. But there is so much talent on Doll Domination. Of course there is Rodney Jerkins who produced "When I Grow Up." Missy Elliot is featured on "Whatcha Think About Tha" which is produced by Polow Da Don. Oh and Sean Garrett is just jamming on this album.

How would you describe Doll Domination?

Overall the new album is mature and more established. In the first album we were a baby band. Now, we know what we are doing and have graduated into a more mature sound. At the same time we want our original PCD fans to appreciate the music and know where we are coming from. There are a lot of uptempo tracks and midtempo arrangements. There is something for everyone.

What about your solo album? Are you still working on that?

I am constantly working on music and new projects, but, any plans of a solo album are on hold. My biggest priority right now is the Pussycat Dolls and Doll Domination. My talent, my voice, has improved so much since joining the group. I came in as a singer but am now much more of an accomplished vocalist. I'm doing more in the group and have been given a larger role. You can hear me sing lead in one track in concert ["Fever"] and on the deluxe CD. But right now I want to take this opportunity to build my skills and talent and tour with the Pussycat Dolls. When there is a solo album, trust me, I want it to be all that.

Last thoughts from the Baby Doll?

I just want to thank you again for talking to me. I love all of our fans and our gay fans have been so supportive. Let me thank our gay fans and especially the men reading your blog. Gay men who are Latino or African-American ... I'm so glad there is a place they can go, a blog they can read, and, are listening to em. I love you. Muah!

Doll Domination (A&M) is out Sep. 23

"I Hate This Part" - 2nd EU single



This looks to be the next EU single, for release on December 1st. I hope this well chart well, although it is purely Nicole. It is a beautiful midtempo/ballad-like composition with emotion dripping from every note. It's a definite winner here and needs to be a hit.

I actually prefer the live Walmart Soundcheck performance vocals much more. Watch above!!!


Jessica's Blog [9.22.08]


Hey dolls and gents!

Help the Dolls Dominate! Go get our album, Doll Domination, on Tuesday!!

Spread the word!! Lots of love!

Your pinup
Jess

Kimberly's Blog [9.22.2008]


DOLL DOMINATION!!!!

BUY it THIS TUESDAY!!!!!!! Help the Pussycat Dolls take over the world!!!

I love you guys!! Xoxo

Kimberly

Kimberly's Blog [9.20.2008]


It's Kimberly!!!!


We just finished the best trip ever to Germany and then to London! We did SO many television shows and interviews it was CRAZY!!! Thank you to ALL our fans that made it out! You guys really are the greatest and are like an extension of the PCD family. Without your love and support we wouldn't exist. I love you guys!!! :-x

I've learned a lot over the past months. I know now more then ever that it's so important to have compassion and love for others. You never know what the people around you are going through and whatever you have going on in your life that makes you feel like a victim there is always someone out there or even around you that has it worse than you. The key is figuring out how to deal with your inner turmoil on your own and not take it out on the people around you. You must stay grounded and in the moment. Surrender to your surroundings and be thankful for everything you have and for the people in your life.

My mom came out for our video shoot. It was only a couple of days but it's such a huge stepping stone in our mother, daughter relationship. There were many things I held against her in my growing years that I had a grudge against her for so many years. I find that when you are finally ready and able you can find the forgiveness and give in to the guilt for all those pent up feelings. When you are able to release it all, you free yourself up to understanding why things that happened, happened. Finally, as hard and sometimes as unsure as it feels we are able to pick up where we left off and begin again. I never know for sure what our relationship will blossom into. But establishing a relationship with my mom is a huge stepping stone in my life. It's so important to have that foundation in life.

"Work for forgiveness"

Kimberly......xoxo
posted: 09.20.2008 04:33 PM

Ashley's Blog [9.20.2008]


We Rocked Europe!!

Much LOVE and thanks to all the fans who were supporting us this last week. I say we rocked Germany and London. We did lots of promotion for Doll Domination and it seems that everyone was as excited as us for the release. They were calling us "The biggest pop group in the world"!!! How awesome is that!!! Thanks to all of you, Doll Domination could be as big of a success as PCD!! Let's make it happen!! Yaay!! I'm sure you all have heard that each of us has a song on the Deluxe album of Doll Domination. So make sure you grab it! My song is called "played". I hope you all love it!! I can't wait to hear your feedback. Love you all soooo much!! Thanks for allowing me to do best job in the world!


Ashley Pcd
LTMSYF

20 September 2008

Alejandro's "Doll Domination" Review


Artist: The Pussycat Dolls
Album: Doll Domination
Tracks: 16 (Standard) 21 (Deluxe), 3 (Int'l Bonus)
Release: 9/23/2008 (US)

Coming into this review as an avid PCD fan, I had high expectations. Three years (give or take a week for a pushback) since the release of their debut PCD (which sold an estimated 7-8 million worldwide on the back of multiple top 40 hits), the Dolls had a lot to live up to. It is my opinion to say that they have more than exceeded that goal. Since the departure of Carmit Bachar in March of this year (my favorite member), the PCD world was in a certain dilemma about the new album. Promised more vocals from the other members, it seemed the lack of Bachar's unique raspy voice would give the music a new flavor. Fans were right. The direction is even more R&B than before, but a surprise was presented: all the Dolls were featured on the album, in solo bits and actual full songs included on the Deluxe version of the disc. In live performances we can see more than ever before just how close and happy these girls are. To simply write them off as "burlesque strippers who like to sing" is quite unfair. A look at the stage presence and talent demonstrated live is enough to prove the drive and desire these women possess. And the music always lives up to the image before our eyes.

*The album starts off with the lead single, as did PCD. When I Grow Up is an electro-pop R&B stunner with a killer hook. Throw in the intentional confusion over 'groupies' and 'boobies' and the Dolls scored another top 10 Billboard hit (it charted at #9). The only disappointment is the track is the single version/radio edit that features solely Scherzinger's vocals. The version included in the video and performed live includes the other girls' own recorded voices.

*Bottle Pop follows, and it features prior-PCD collaborator Snoop Dogg. Another electro-pop number produced by Sean Garrett (who also produced Buttons) this one is a grower. While not as explosive as the producer claimed earlier in the year, it does catch and will most likely be a single.

*Whatcha Think About That, the 2nd US single features the first female PCD collaborator, none other than the innovative Missy Elliott. Featuring vocals from Thornton and a cheeky rap by Miss E., it's a definite winner. Sampling "Je m'appelle Jane" by Jane Birkin and Mickey 3D, the song is another grower and a good choice to keep interest in the project. The song is on iTunes as a singe release as of September 9th.

*The fourth song (and hopefully 3rd single) is the emotional piano ballad, I Hate This Part. Driven by Scherzinger's classic powerhouse vocals, pure emotion is more evident than ever from the lead singer. While the other girls are absent on this track, it is more than fine. The 2nd EU single, imagine a cold wintery video similar to Jennifer Lopez's "All I Have" (at least I hope). Potential Grammy-nominee and winner right here.

*Next is Takin' Over The World, a song that ties in directly with the theme of Doll Domination. Thornton's personal favorite, it's easy to see why. She gets to shine vocally on this track, on both solo spots and background vocals. Not a personal favorite of mine, but a great club banger.

*Out of This Club, featuring R. Kelly and Polow Da Don, is listenable, but one of the album's lesser hits to me. Maybe it's the addition of Polow or Kelly's past legal issues, but this song is not my favorite. I even enjoyed the demo much more.

*Followers of Scherzinger's failed solo stint will recognize her beautiful songs, Who's Gonna Love You and Happily Never After. The two songs are virtually unchanged from the original Her Name Is Nicole sessions. The former is a midtempo cut with Scherzinger's trademark strong vocals and soft accentuation (especially in the breakdown), while the latter is a sweet ballad discussing the strength a woman finds while leaving a destructive relationship. Both stellar tracks.
Only letdown is the lack of the other Dolls' vocals.

*Timbaland produced the next three songs, Magic, Halo, and In Person. Of the three, In Person is a solid demonstration of Timbo's return to form (versatility). Totally unexpected, the song has a 60s vibe and an interesting vocal style from Scherzinger. Thornton is wonderfully present on backing vocals. Halo is reminiscent of other Timbaland works, (Timberlake's "What Goes Around..." and Madonna's "Devil Wouldn't...) if only just a bit. Magic is the second best. With a stunning, fun, beat that drives you to dance, it's an album standout.

*ELEVATOR!!! This is my absolute favorite track on the album (it must be a single at some point). Using the concept of an elevator and its descent and rise to signify the ups and downs of a relationship, the uptempo Darkchild production (with writing from Lady GaGa) the track instantly works. With consistent and versatile vocals from both Thornton and Scherzinger, the wondeful Elevator is an obvious standout.

*Previously titled Psycho (but most likely renamed to avoid any controversy), Hush Hush is another strong vocal showing from Scherzinger. Another track discussing the end of a relationship (similar to IHTP), this song is another emotional cut. Another Grammy-nominee/winner.

*Midtempo jam Love The Way You Love Me features an entire breakdown verse from Thornton and her trademark ad-libs. A beautiful relaxed song, it comes from Chase N. Cashe of Zone 4 Inc. This song is my third most-played, I personally cannot get enough. I think it's honest and sweet and a great side to see from the PCD.

*The intriguing Whatchamacallit is a bit lengthly. Another listenable cut, it's fun, but I believe it drags in the end. A shorter edit would have made more sense. However, Scherzinger uses another vocal style (a talent she uses quite well) that makes it an easy-going club jam.

The standard album closes with the beautiful ballad, I'm Done. Scherzinger leads the tribute one can assume goes to Lewis, her man for quite some time. It's a great way to end the album.

Deluxe Edition


*If I Was A Man (Jessica Sutta). A fun dance number in the tradition of White Lies (Sutta's hit with Paul van dyk). Good vocals, which demonstrate her necessity in the actual album.

*Space (Melody Thornton). WOW! Thornton can sure belt, but this tracks indicates her ability to hold down an entire song. Also proves that Scherzinger does not need to sing everything, or rather, a majority.

*Don't Wanna Fall In Love (Kimberly Wyatt). A cover of the 1990 hit by Jane Child, we finally hear Wyatt on a solo front. Although obviously digitally-aided, it's an 80s-tinged dessert among the tracks on the second disc.

*Played (Ashley Roberts). My favorite solo track, the R&B song is reminiscent of a Cassie joint, but Roberts holds it together more than that mess. Haha! Anyway, enjoy this one. The light production works very well.

*Until U Love U (Nicole Scherzinger) features a positive message along the lines of Beautiful by Christina Aguilera. I like the song alot, but the fact that Scherzinger 'needs' a solo slightly irks me.

Bonus Tracks

*Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps is an English cover of the song Quizás, Quizás, Quizás by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés. It reminds us of 'Sway', the Pussycat Dolls' first single (yes, it wasn't 'Don't Cha'). I like it, and you can other Dolls, just like with 'Sway' (which was also a cover).

*Baby Love (J.R. Rotem Remix), another Nicole solo joint. A simple revamped version of the remix. I like it much more than the album version (Nicole's that is).

*Lights, Camera, Action featuring New Kids on the Block is the only track I ever want to skip. It's just the NKOTB version (from their new album, the Block) with Doll vocals (specifically Nicole). I can listen to it, I just don't ever skip straight to it when playing the album.

Conclusion

Overall, casual listeners will think there is too much, but it makes alot of sense for the Dolls to include more material. PCD was made to last three years on the back on strong songs, although from a very small collection (15 tracks). This time the girls pumped up the quantity and the spread of vocal duties to last us a period that will hopefully be less than another three years. I am more than happy to head to my local record store on Tuesday to pick up both versions physically (and any iTunes bonus tracks, which may include Just Say Yes, a beautiful ballad from Scherzinger's failed solo outing). This album can be played straight through for me, and I know I would that even without being a huge PCD fan. It goes to show how strong the group and how the loss of Carmit has made them that much hardworking to make up for the emptiness her presence has created. This album alone shows that the girls are here to stay and will provide us with good, fun tracks as well as heart-wrenching ballads for a long time. Good effort girls, and I can't wait for the tour.

Alejandro's Score:
4.5/5

When I Grow Up (BBC Sound 9.20.2008) [Audio]


Mics all on again! Jess is getting redder and redder. I enjoyed this. I wish they were all dressed in the laid-back style Melody opted for.

Enjoy!!!

Download When I Grow Up (BBC Sound 9.20.2008) [Audio]

19 September 2008

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Thanks to XR2 at DD!!!

2008 VODAFONE LIVE MUSIC AWARDS

Big Gay Deal: Pussycat Dolls Melody Thornton


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“Let’s go!” Melody Thornton says at the top of our interview with a girlish giggle.

It’s no surprise that the youngest Pussycat Dolls member is revved up and rarin’ to go when we spoke recently. Not only is the mega-girl group of which she is a founding member about to make a claim on worldwide pop music domination with their appropriately titled sophomore release, Doll Domination, they have just collected an MTV VMA for Best Dancing in a Video for their fancy footwork in the dizzyingly fast-paced video accompanying their new album’s first single “When I Grow Up,” which has already become a global smash hit after having earned the top spot on the Billboard Dance charts.

With chapter two in the Pussycat Dolls story about to be written with the release of Doll Domination on Sept. 23, Melody Thornton took a few minutes from PCD’s hectic promotional schedule to sit down for a chat with GayWired.com. From how she first became a ‘Doll’ and the pressure to be a role model that comes along with that designation, to the moment on stage that always makes her laugh and what the Pussycat Dolls have in store for fans with their new album, Melody Thornton charts the path to Doll Domination.

GayWired: So Melody… “When I grow up, I wanna be famous, I wanna be a star…” those are lyrics from PCD’s newest hit, but they’re actually more than a little biographical where you’re concerned because you’re actually living them aren’t you?

Melody Thornton: Kind of yeah. [Laughs] Just a little bit.

GW: Well you’re only part of the biggest girl group going right now…

MT: Exactly…

GW: Tell me a little bit about your introduction to the Pussycat Dolls. How did you go from being a mere mortal to being a real life Doll?

MT: My introduction to Pussycat Dolls happened after I graduated from High School. I was fresh in college and I saw an advertisement on MTV for the Pussycat Dolls and I said ‘I’m gonna’ do that, that’s what I’m gonna’ do.’ [Laughs]

So I drove out to Burbank, California with my sister and my mother and I auditioned and I made it and for the most part it’s been a pretty incredible ride.

GW: Let’s talk about the ride and the new album. You ladies are following up a release that was a massive hit. What’s different this time?

MT: We worked with a lot of the people we worked with on the first album like Timbaland, but this time Timbaland took more of a leadership role as far as producers go. He did six songs in six days with us, all of which did not make the album, but we created a lot of magic with him.

[There’s] Polow Da Don who we worked with on the first album… and also Sean Garrett and R Kelly, who we never worked with before… so that was interesting… really interesting. Our record with him is really incredible. I like to say this is more of graduated album… [rather than] mature because it’s still young and caters to our younger demographic and our original PCD fans. [Laughs]

GW: And what about the change in sound? These new songs seem to have a different sort of energy?

MT: Yeah …kind of like a super hero, Power Rangers-type pop group of women situation?

GW: Yeah kind of like that.

MT: [Laughs] Definitely. I don’t wanna’ say that this album is more mature, but there’s definitely lots of growth within the music. We did a lot different styles of music… even some more alternative records. We explored more styles vocally and even included more vocalists, like myself and all the rest of the Pussycat Dolls who got to do our own songs which will be included on the extended album.

Personally, I had an opportunity to do just a tad bit more on this album than the last album… so there’s a couple of different sounds in there.

GW: Since you bring up vocals, for the most part when people think of the Pussycat Dolls they think of Nicole Scherzinger on vocals and the other group members as her supporting players. But a little birdy told me that you’re disproving that notion and showing your stuff a little bit more on this new project, aren’t you?

MT: A little more. The thing is that when people buy the album they don’t know that because a lot of times the singles that are released are kind of luck of the draw. If a song is picked that is a single and I’m on it… then yeah it’ll be proven. But if people never buy the album, then they just don’t know what’s going on. And then for the most part, they think it’s just Nicole, but it’s not.

GW: So that vocalizing that all of the dolls are getting to do on this new album is part and parcel of that ‘graduation’ you referenced earlier as well then?

MT: Exactly! Good point.

GW: I try to keep up. Well now that the question of who’s singing what is settled, what’s your favorite track on Doll Domination?

MT: My absolute favorite song on this album is called “Taking Over The World”. I think it’s a good theme alongside “Doll Domination.” It’s our one record on this album that represents exactly …what we hope to do with this next album which is to dominate the pop circuit and solidify ourselves as the girl group of the moment.

GW: How interesting it is that the Pussycat Dolls are stepping up and positioning themselves as the new girl group superpower just after the Spice Girls have taken their final bow…

MT: It’s incredible. The Spice Girls made it possible for the Pussycat Dolls to be … so we definitely pay homage to them and everything they’ve done throughout their careers to create more opportunities for the Pussycat Dolls and groups like the Pussycat Dolls.

GW: PCD has lots of teenage fans, but you’ve also got plenty of gay fans of all ages. Any interesting interactions with your gay fans?

MT: I have to tell you that the gay boys are the ones that are willing to go the distance! They sleep outside the hotels… they’re definitely the most devoted and supportive.

GW: Why do you think that is?

MT: I think it has a lot to do with the similarities between the Pussycat Dolls and our gay audience. We get criticized for a lot of the things we do and all we’re doing is being ourselves. There’s something beautiful about being different …doing your own thing… and just being yourself.

It’s difficult to play a character in this world so that everyone likes you. It’s so much easier to just be yourself. And I think that’s the similarity between the Pussycat Dolls and our gay audience. We go through that together.

GW: What’s your biggest indulgence?

MT: It would have to be shoes. I definitely pick the fiercest pair of shoes I feel like wearing and base my outfit around the shoes.

GW: Is it true that the rest of the group calls you ‘Baby Doll’ because you’re the youngest?

MT: Yes they do because I am the baby doll. [Laughs]

GW: How is it for you being not only the youngest Pussycat Doll, but the only Latino and African-American member of the group? That’s a whole lot of representing to do for one person.

MT: It’s not difficult, but I definitely feel a responsibility because I am the only African-American… the only Hispanic girl in the group but it’s more of a responsibility for me. I’d like to live up to everyone’s expectations but I also understand that is virtually impossible [because] people will have their opinion.

I always like to make this point. We get criticized a lot for having younger girls look up to us. They say maybe we’re not the best role models but the truth of the matter is that we are. As far as African-American and Latin culture goes… teen pregnancy is just through the roof. I can speak for myself and say that I’m abstinent. So we are good role models. For me it’s most important to get that out there to the world and especially to African-American and Latin American young women…that you can dress sexy and be whoever you are and not necessarily have sex.

We are walking example that you can’t judge a book by its cover because you never know what’s inside.

GW: Does the criticism ever bother you?

MT: Of course. People say things that are so hurtful and sometimes it just goes along with being in the group. It can become a lot to bear. You can turn a blind eye… but I’m not like that. I read the blogs because I want to know what people are saying just in case it is good criticism and there are things I shouldn’t be doing, but some of it is just ruthless.

GW: On a lighter note, what’s been the funniest thing that’s happened either on stage or off since you joined PCD?

MT: [Laughs] There was one time when one of the girls was basically wearing a wig and we… [Laughs] …leaned forward going through the choreography where we dipped our heads down and then brought them back up. Well she kept her head down and basically she came up with the wig on her face! It was hilarious. [Laughs]

I have to say I laugh every time because it was a live taping of TV show and she just couldn’t fix the wig… she couldn’t get it back. [Laughs]

GW: Final question. Since this you’re an Arizona native and this is an election year, I have to ask you who you’re voting for this year. Have you made up your mind yet?

MT: I usually wouldn’t say who I’m voting for because there are married couples who don’t tell each other how they’re voting, but I have to say I’m just so proud of Barack Obama. I absolutely am. As a matter of fact, I’m proud of John McCain as well. But in my heart of hearts I’m voting for Obama.

Rally of the Dolls

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Nicole Scherzinger steers the Pussycat Dolls to total gaydom domination

By Brandon Voss

Don’t cha wish your fag hag was hot like Nicole Scherzinger? Careful what you wish for, ’cause you just might get it! As Pussycat Dolls prepare to release Doll Domination, their long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s PCD, the 30-year-old lead vocalist loosened up her buttons to discuss her longtime gay bestie, plus fond Pier Dance memories and the real truth about her delayed solo release.

HX: There’s a lyric missing from the Dolls’ latest hit, “When I Grow Up.” When you grew up, didn’t you also want to be a gay icon?
Nicole Scherzinger:
I wanted to be whatever icon to anybody. Whoever I could inspire, I wanted to inspire them. But I grew up in the performing arts, so most of my best friends were gay.

But you grew up Catholic in Kentucky of all places…
My family’s extremely loving. The religion I grew up with is love.

What are Kentucky gay guys like?
They’re extremely talented and gorgeous, and they make me sick! I wished all the Kentucky gay guys were straight. All the good ones were gay.

Who’s your best gay friend?
The same one I’ve always had since I was young. He lives here in New York, but we grew up together and went to performing arts high school together. He’s like my brother. My mother took him in as her son. He’s the most talented, beautiful person I know. I’m so proud of him.

Are gay men responsible for your look?
Oh, yeah. All my stylists and everything. Without a doubt. I trust them way more than me.

How do you explain the connection that the Dolls have always had with gay men?
Gay guys can relate to us because they love the glitz, glamour and beauty of what we do, because they are beautiful as well. They love their divas, and we’re all little divas and fashionistas in our own right. It’s also about our music; when I wrote “I Don’t Need a Man,” I definitely wrote it for the gay boys as well, keeping them in mind. And it’s about our messages of empowerment and loving yourself for who you are.

In 2005, you performed at the Pier Dance during New York’s Gay Pride. What do you recall about that experience?
Oh, that was amazing. I feel like you’ve truly made it as a diva if the boys want you to perform. It’s an honor. They love J.Lo, Cher—all the women that I grew up wanting to be like—so it was so amazing to think that they’d want us to perform there. It was huge, and it was so much fun. I totally remember it like it was yesterday.

On the cover of the new album, you’re all pictured sitting on motorcycles. Can you really ride?
I’ve never ridden a motorcycle, but if I really wanted to, I could probably hold it down like the best of ‘em. I’m a pretty tough chick.

Tell me about the new Dolls single, “Whatcha Think About That.”
It was produced by our good friend, Polow Da Don, who did “Buttons.” I love the song. It’s kind of about switching roles with your partner for a day to say, like, “If you’re going to treat me like that, you’ll see what it’s like to get a taste of your own medicine.” It’s a great hooky pop song, easy to sing along with, but it’s got a lot of soul. It definitely comes from a strong, sassy point of view with a lot of attitude and confidence.

What does guest Missy Elliott bring to the track?
She brings so much fire to it. She takes the Pussycat Dolls to a whole new level just being on the album. She’s the ultimate Pussycat Doll.

I was looking forward to playing with your Hasbro Pussycat Dolls dolls. Is it unfair that they were scrapped due to pressure from parents’ groups?
Well, it’s understandable, but it’s crazy, because look at all these other dolls—like the Brats and stuff. Those dolls are crazier than our dolls! But it’s about timing, and when the time’s right, we’ll get it right and our dolls will come out.

Do the Dolls have any rivalry with Danity Kane?
I don’t really think so, because we’re two completely different groups. It’s about the love, keeping it positive, and there’s room for everybody. I don’t really look at any other group as competition.

But could y’all kick their asses?
Probably, because we work out a lot and lift a lot of weights. And, as you can see, we ride motorcycles on our album cover.

The release of your solo album, Her Name Is Nicole, has been getting pushed back since 2007. What’s the deal?
Despite what other people might write, it was my decision, ultimately. I actually put some of my solo songs on this Pussycat Dolls album. Everything is all about timing. I believe it will come out next year, and it will be able to coexist wonderfully with the Dolls album. It’s completely separate from what you’ve heard with “Baby Love” and “Whatever U Like,” and I’m still working on it—that’s what happens when you’re a perfectionist. But I’m excited because you do only get one chance to put out your first solo album, and it will only come out when I feel like it’s ready.

Speaking of solos, I loved your remake of Duran Duran’s “Rio” for that Caress commercial. Did you get a lifetime supply of body wash?
[Laughs] You know, you would think I did, but I didn’t. But it’s really great body wash, so I’m going to ask for some more.

Have you ever met a drag queen version of yourself?
No, but I saw one on YouTube and he was genius! I fell in love with him. I was like, You’re better than I am!

What advice would you give an aspiring drag queen who wanted to do you?
Just work it out. Just live! And I’d tell him, “Don’t forget those high notes, honey!” But I’d probably be getting advice from him.

Doll Domination (A&M) is out Sep. 23.

PCD TV Episode 8

18 September 2008

When I Grow Up (Dubbed)



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Tour Dates?


From Wiki, but they look pretty good. I most likely will be headed for the Chicago show.

Confirmed Dates - European Leg

Date City Country Venue
January 27, 2009 Paris France Stade de France
January 29, 2009 Antwerp Belgium Lotto Arena
January 30, 2009 Helsinki Finland Hartwell Arena
January 31, 2009 Berlin Germany Velodrom
February 1, 2009 Hamburg Germany HSH Nordbank Stadium
February 3, 2009 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
February 4, 2009 Madrid Spain Vistalegre
February 6, 2009 Rome Italy PalaLottomatica Arena
February 8, 2009 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
February 10, 2009 Manchester United Kingdom Manchester Evening News Arena
February 11, 2009 Manchester United Kingdom Manchester Evening News Arena
February 12, 2009 Glasgow United Kingdom SECC Arena
February 14, 2009 Sheffield United Kingdom Hallam FM Arena
February 16, 2009 Newcastle United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena
February 17, 2009 Birmingham United Kingdom NECC
February 19, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena
February 20, 2009 London United Kingdom O2 Arena

Confirmed Dates - Asian Leg

Date City Country Venue
March 5, 2009 Tokyo Japan Budokan
March 8, 2009 Osaka Japan Osaka Jo Hall
March 11, 2009 Seoul South Korea Olympic Gymnastics Arena
March 13, 2009 Bangkok Thailand Impact Arena
March 14, 2009 Singapore Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
March 16, 2009 Shanghai China Shanghai Grand Stage
March 19, 2009 Hong Kong China AsiaWorld Arena

Confirmed Dates - American Leg

Date City Country Venue
April 1, 2009 New York USA Madison Square Garden
April 4, 2009 Boston USA TD Banknorth Garden
April 5, 2009 East Rutherford USA Izod Center
April 7, 2009 Chicago USA United Center
April 9, 2009 Oakland USA Oracle Arena
April 11, 2009 San Diego USA Petco Park
April 12, 2009 Las Vegas USA MGM Grand Garden Arena
April 15, 2009 Los Angeles USA Dodger Stadium
April 17, 2009 Houston USA Minute Maid Park
April 20, 2009 Philadelphia USA Wachovia Center
April 21, 2009 Atlanta USA Philips Arena
April 22, 2009 Miami USA American Airlines Arena
April 26, 2009 Vancouver Canada Wachovia Center
April 29, 2009 Montreal Canada Philips Arena
April 30, 2009 Toronto Canada American Airlines Arena

"Whatcha Think About That"


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Doll Domination: Reviews


Credit to Sk8er at PCDWorld forums

Here are the reviews ratings:

The Times
The Los Angeles Times
Entertainment Weekly C+
Rolling Stone

The reviews:

The Times:
Pussycat Dolls: Doll Domination

Image-wise, the former burlesque dancers channel the Bratz dolls. But that doesn't stop the most innovative producers working with them, including Sean Garrett and Timbaland. The “space pop” sound of this record is similar to Britney Spears's Blackout, but unlike that tabloid-splattered masterwork, Doll Domination lacks any distinct personality. The exceptions include I Hate this Part, a break-up number on which Nicole Scherzinger is allowed to emote fully, and Whatcha Think About That?, which contains a cheeky rap from Missy Elliot.

The Los Angeles Times:
Pussycat Dolls "Doll Domination" (Geffen)

* 1/2

It's shaping up to be quite an autumn for American feminism. First, we have Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, about whom you might have read something in the last few weeks. Now the Pussycat Dolls, a burlesque troupe turned top-40 act, have made a collection of electro-pop songs that are the opposite of sex: belligerent come-ons and odes to singledom stripped of pleasure, adventure or anything resembling fun.

Both instances capture a particular moment in the woman-as-cultural-cipher debate, but at least Palin's nouveaux-"Fargo" accent doesn't come with a leather corset.

"When I Grow Up" is the album's first single and ideological centerpiece. Built off a filling-loosening house beat and the Dolls' smug cackling, it's so shameless in its celebration of the monoculture of moneyed youth that it transcends taste. It's more of a "95 Theses" as penned by Kim Kardashian and nailed to Viacom's front door with the shards of a broken BlackBerry -- we demand to be on TV; to drive nice cars; to have groupies.

There's nothing that comes within sniffing distance of "Don't Cha," the Cee-Lo penned bit of winking R&B that announced their presence to the world. Instead, "Doll Domination" is a series of signifiers to other, more interesting, moments in recent pop culture.

Especially after a summer when something as weird as "A Millie" or frothy as "American Boy" could rule the radio, the record seems less an album than a list of itemized expenses: a few grand for a twinkly piano ballad, a few more for the galloping Timbaland swipe and a few hundred to wash away the film of cynicism that coats everyone involved with "Doll Domination."

--August Brown


Entertainment Weekly:
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 multiplatinum 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? Still, the Dolls' formula occasionally works. Scherzinger's supple vocals are paired on Doll Domination with beats by A-list producers (Polow Da Don, Timbaland), resulting in a radio-friendly mix of vampy anthems, sultry midtempo grooves, and
 sappy ballads. But 16 tracks is overkill (there's also a 22-song deluxe edition available), especially for a group that brazenly emphasizes style over substance. After a while, listening to this CD feels like a one-way conversation with a vapid hot chick who's in love with the sound of her own voice. C+


Rolling Stone:
Even with five members, the Pussycat Dolls apparently need a lot of help making records. The L.A. ladies' dance-pop-heavy second album boasts cameos from stars like Snoop Dogg and Missy Elliott, as well as beats and melodies by big-name producers and co-writers like Rodney Jerkins and Polow Da Don. Some guests were worth the money: R. Kelly mixes sweet and sassy on the catchy slow jam "Out of the Club," which sets a plush beat against a romantic chorus and a hook from Fergie's "Glamorous": "If you ain't got no money, take your broke ass home." And Timbaland offers the album's best beats, including a jazzy, mildly strange two-step on "In Person."

But too often, the Dolls offer nothing that gives their own group a definitive personality. Standard-issue diva lyrics – mostly about their excellent hairstyles and less-than-excellent exes — don't help. And tracks like "When I Grow Up" — a middle-of-the-road disco jaunt about wanting to be famous — sound like someone took several recent female-sung hits, added water and stirred into a fine, gray paste. With 15 cuts in all, the album sounds like the Dolls just threw everything they had against the charts to see if anything would stick.

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New layout! I love it! I was tired of the darkness (both here and there) so it's a welcome change! I will have my DD review up on Saturday. Hold tight!