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From The Vault: Pussycat Dolls – ‘Wait A Minute (ft. Timbaland)’

Say what folk will about The Pussycat Dolls, but quinter managed to acheive a feat every artist dreams of: delivering a faultless single run from a singular album.

From The Vault journeys back a decade to a time where the Dolls were ruling the charts with their brand of fun, fierce Pop. ‘Wait A Minute’ is this week’s selection.

Serviced as the sixth and last single from hit-factory ‘PCD’ in 2006, ‘Minute’ featured producer extraordinaire Timbaland as a guest vocalist. It was helmed by the latter and written by Miss Keri Hilson.

Just like Timbo’s work on Nelly Furtado’s ‘Promiscuous,’ the track centres on a “girl vs boy” back-and-forth; only the ladies are less flirtatious and much more assertive.

The cut was a US Top 30 for the group (#28) and peaked at #16 in Australia. Not bad for the last of six uber-successful singles from an album released more than a year prior.

Directed by Marc Webb, the tune’s visual – which features Timbaland too – saw the girls take on the streets of LA  as well as its underground. Indeed, the Dolls delivery trademark pole-dancing inside a subway train and stop traffic with their killer choreography. As ever with PCD, the video drips sass, glam and camp.


We won’t dwell on the demise of The Pussycat Dolls and how premature it seemed (they only had two albums). Instead we’ll focus on the slay-by-slay era that was their debut.

It’s refreshing when artists skew left with their music and visuals. Yet, we also relish a filler-free body of work where every song – not just the 3 singles lined up for release –  tells its own story in an easily digest-able and mass appealing manner (e.g: ‘PCD,’ Gwen Stefani’s ‘LoveAngelMusicBaby’, and Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream.’)

With today’s artists overly pre-occupied with being “anti” and one-upping one another with edgy “event” releases, it feels as though the era of the simple slay is long behind us. So join us as we salute the Pussycat Dolls for their uncomplicated brand of Pop domination.

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Pussycat Dolls Prepping A Comeback?


Are the Pussycat Dolls readying a reunion?

According to new reports, Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton, and co are in advanced discussions to regroup after going their separate ways five years ago.

Details below…


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Former Pussycat Dolls Member Teases Reunion

For all of four years, the Pussycat Dolls dominated the Pop music landscape. Yet, with alarming swiftness, the ladies went their separate aways in 2010 amidst rumors of in-fighting and favouritism.

Fast forward to today, and like most disbanded groups, each member has gone on to experience varying levels of success in their solo ventures – the most notable being lead singer Nicole Scherzinger.

However, with the X Factor UK judge still trying to find her footing as a solo artist, it’s surprising (or perhaps not) that talk of a PCD reunion has surfaced – courtesy of former member Carmit Bachar (not pictured above).

During a recent interview with Maximo TV, the fiery redhead – who left the group prior to the release of sophomore album ‘Doll Domination’ – revealed that discussions are underway for a number of reunion themed projects.

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Ashley Roberts On ‘Pussycat Dolls’: ‘Only Nicole Was Allowed To Talk / Money Wasn’t Split Equally’

For many a Pop spectator, Nicole Scherzinger’s standing in Pop music is oft…well…a little confusing.

For, as the front woman of Robin Antin‘s ‘Pussycat Dolls‘, she dominated many a chart with their tongue in cheek brand of sexy. However, up until her stint on ‘The X Factor UK’, her run as a solo act came flatter than a Rihanna vocal pre-autotune- failing to score a US release for her debut LP.

Now, her former group member Ashley Roberts has opened up on her time in the group, in a conversation of the UK’s ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’, in which she stars in.

Her story below…


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Nicole Scherzinger: “I Sang 95% Of Pussycat Doll Songs”

In a week where tea is pouring faster than Rihanna releases albums, Nicole Scherzinger is next up next.

The former Pussycat Doll is set to feature on the next episode of VH1’s  series ‘Behind The Music’, and in deviating from her usual brand of “PC” Scherzinger is laying it all out on the table. Most notably, her frankness on her time in the Platinum selling group.

Indeed, many would have paid to be a fly on the wall during PCD’s tenure; one which saw six people performing, yet only one  (Scherzinger) singing. It’s a setup which dismayed many who saw ample potential in fellow member Melody Thornton.

Now, after a lengthy silence, the X Factor UK judge is breaking her silence. Peep a preview of ‘Behind The Music: Nicole Scherzinger’ below…


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VOTE: Crowning The Greatest Girl Group

They may have gone ghost from Pop charts, but still the girl groups of yesterday have provided an irreplaceable soundtrack to most of our lives by ushering in decades of hits. The absence of such would unquestionably place a void on modern Pop music.  As emphasized by a previous precis, while charts lay devoid of a diva syndicate, the offerings of The Supremes, Destiny’s Child, and TLC are just a burning reminder of a time when girls really did run the world.

So, in an effort to pay homage and also remind future successors of the big stilettos they have to fill, That Grape Juice has compiled a list of the greatest girl groups to ever grace a stage.  And, in constant quest of the thoughts of you – TGJ faithful – we’ve once against requested your input on the matter.

Who’s the greatest girl group to ever it?  Was it the sass and class of DC3 or the harmony of En Vogue?  The classic style of The Supremes or the crazy, sexy, cool combo of TLC?

You decide after the jump…


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Melody Thornton Dishes On Pussycat Dolls Break-Up; Hasn’t Spoken To Scherzinger In 9 Months

It’s been almost three years since the Pussycat Dolls scattered into Pop oblivion. And yet remarkably none of the members have disclosed the exact reason for their abrupt disbanding.

That is until now.

Hot on the promo trail for her new mixtape, ‘P.O.Y.B.L (P*ss On Your Black List)”, former Doll Melody Thornton stopped by This Is 50, where she revealed the exact reason for the ‘Don’t Cha’ chanters.

The long-awaited answer awaits after the jump…


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New Pussycat Dolls Line-Up Unveiled

For a group who flourished in the 00’s, it’s sure does feel like an eternity since the words Pussycat Dolls actually meant anything.

Indeed, towards the end of their run, the quintet’s music struggled to chart, while band-members fled like the plague, and lead singer Nicole Schezinger continued to peddle her solo career. Needless to say, combustion was more a case of ‘when’ than ‘if’, with the ladies eventually going on “hiatus” in 2009.

Some hiatus that was, for the group are back – with all new faces.

PCD creator Robin Antin has assembled the new line-up with hope they can replicate the success of their predecessors. Peep the new faces above, by way of Perez Hilton. Little is known about the scantly clad six as at writing. However, all is reportedly set to be unveiled shortly.

Putting aside’s Ms. Antin’s adamance on pushing this “concept” (see: PCD, Girlicious, Paradiso Girls), it sure will be interesting to see how this plays out.

For, immediate thinking suggests the the group’s formula is as dated as VHS. Still, as the saying goes, anything can happen.

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Flashback: Tension Erupts During Pussycat Dolls Performance

It is no secret that the Pussycat Dolls is simply another name for Nicole Scherzinger’s gang of trusty backup dancers. This could not have been more evident than at ‘Fashion Rocks’ 2006 when Melody Thornton made the mistake of stealing the spotlight which caused Scherzinger to become obviously upset.

In fact, Scherzinger made it a point to position herself in front of Thornton while the latter was still singing her part of the song and attempted to force nudge her to return to the background. Watch the drama unfold around the 2:20 mark.

I wonder who this reminds me of…


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Hot Shot: New Pussycat Dolls Unveiled

The all-new line-up of the Pussycat Dolls made their debut last night (May 21st) at a private function in Los Angeles. Joining original member and replacing members Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta, Kimberly Wyatt, and Ashley Roberts, are Kherrington Payne, Vanessa Curry, James Lee Ruiz, and Rino Nakasone-Razalan.

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Nicole Scherzinger On ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Week 2

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Nicole Scherzinger continues to impress the judges on ‘Dancing With The Stars‘. This week, the Pussycat Doll tackled the Jive alongside her partner Derek and earned the highest scores of the season thus far. On the next episode Scherzinger will dance the Quickstep. Good stuff.

Sidebar: Didn’t Rihanna’s ‘SOS’ sound great being performed by an actual singer?


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Nicole Scherzinger Speaks On Pussycat Dolls Drama; Prepping Solo Single

The only remaining member of the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger, stopped by The Ryan Seacrest Show earlier this week too promote her stint on Dancing With The Stars. While talking to the presenter, Scherzinger discussed the much-publicized drama surrounding the group,their fate, feeling betrayed by a member, and her own solo plans. Check out the interview below:

Based on this particular interview, it’s safe to say that it’s a wrap for the Pussycat Dolls. Did anyone else notice her facial expression, intonation, and lack of an answer when asked whether she’s tired of the group? It’s over.

I was rather surprised to hear that she’s still making a crack at the industry on a solo tip, considering how shambolic her last outing was. Still, as the saying goes ‘if at first you don’t succeed…dust yourself off and try again’. Whether or not the music listening/buying public actually want to hear anything from Ms. Scherzinger will be interesting to see.

Randomness: For 31, Nicole looks amazingly youthful. Not to say that age indicates being a fossil, but she certainly looks much younger!

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