Music: Pussycat Dolls

One of the rare instances where the group actually wore clothes.

Pedicure, manicure, kitty cat claws
The way she climbs up and down them poles
Lookin' like one of them puddy cat dolls
Eminem, "Smack That"

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The Pussycat Dolls were a pop / R&B Girl Group who originally began as a burlesque dance troupe back in The Nineties. At the Turn of the Millennium, the troupe began foraying into glamour magazines and making a name for themselves in the eyes of the public. After shuffling their members and recruiting Nicole Scherzinger (formerly of the Popstars-created group "Eden's Crush"), pop music was next on the agenda, and after launching themselves with the mega-successful single "Don't Cha" their debut album PCD was released in 2005. Another album, Doll Domination, followed in 2008 in spite of the group losing Fiery Redhead Carmit Bachar.

With the release of their music came much controversy, as terrified parents and Media Watchdogs caused a scene over their explicit outfits, dance moves and song lyrics. What really set them off, though, was the fact that in some instances the Dolls were marketed to girls as young as six. The group were even about to release a line of dolls targeting that age group when various parental organisations caused an outcry, causing them to be shelved. Though other popstars such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera had donned Hotter and Sexier images which pushed the boundaries of taste before, Pussycat Dolls were pretty much the Trope Codifier in making overtly sexual pop with an image to match.

The group also became involved with some internal politics which spawned numerous, ahem, catfights. After Carmit left the group, there was a television series devoted to finding the next "doll", however the winner opted to embark on a solo career just weeks after her victory. There was also much squabbling over Nicole Scherzinger being the Face of the Band, and in response to this, each Doll got her own solo track on the deluxe edition of Doll Domination.

It was all too much though, and by early 2010, the group imploded. Nicole had been wanting to embark on her own solo career (according to her interview on Behind the Music, she wanted this before joining the Dolls. She originally had no desire to be in another group, but realized these auditions were being held by some very powerful people, realized it was a rare opportunity to be in front of them, and just kind of fell into it,) and her album became stuck in Development Hell. She finally released one in 2010, but it was to mild success. She did, however, become a (temporary) judge and mentor on both the US and UK version of X-Factor and is credited with bringing together One Direction.

It was originally reported that the Pussycat Dolls would return in 2013, but with an all-new lineup (which included former members of Paradiso Girls and Girlicious), but Robin Anton announced that the new group would not be using the Pussycat Dolls name, but instead be named "G.R.L", and consist of Lauren Bennett (former Paradiso Girls member), Paula van Oppen (former Top 20 contestant from So You Think You Can Dance), Natasha Slayton (daughter of comedian Bobby Slayton), Simone Battle (finalist on the first season of The X Factor) and Emmalyn Estrada. Their first single "Vacation" appeared on The Smurfs 2 soundtrack, and reached #97 on the South Korean music charts. They would later be featured on PitBull's track "Wild Wild Love", which broke into the top 50 on several music charts and was certified platinum.

Their first album was due out some time in 2014, but things were postponed after Simone tragically committed suicide at the age of 25. The group released the song "Lighthouse" in early 2015 and dedicated it to her memory.

Discography:

  • PCD (2005)
  • Doll Domination (2008)
  • G.R.L. (EP) (2014)

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Alternative Title(s):

The Pussycat Dolls