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In 1990 choreographer Robin Antin explored the idea of a modern burlesque troupe with Christina Applegate and Carla Kama, with their first performance in 1995. The troupe had evolved with various members, performing dressed in lingerie or old-fashioned pin-up costumes. They have a regular night residency at The Viper Room in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2001. In the 1997 Morgan Higby Night directed the film Matter of Consequence that featured The Pussycat Dolls.
In June 1999 the troupe was featured in Playboy, and after three years they moved to The Roxy. In the film Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, some of the Pussycat Dolls danced to the Pink Panther Theme, and also in Pink’s Trouble music video. Moreover, in 2002 they were featured in Maxim Magazine.
Music producers Jimmy Lovine and Ron Fair transformed the troupe into a popular music recording group by signing them to Lovine’s label Interscope Records. The remaining members were Robin Antin, who became the manager, Carmit Bachar, Cyia Batten, Kasey Campbell, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta and Kimberly Wyatt. In 2003, Nicole Scherzinger joined and became the lead singer, and vocalists Thornton and Jones were to add vocal strength. The group appeared in the soundtrack of Shark Tale and Shall We Dance, featuring their first single Sway.
In 2004 Jones left the group, followed by Batten and Campbell in 2005. So the launching of the group composed of a sextet musical lineup. Then on September 13, 2005 the debut album “PCD” was released, with the successful single “Don’t Cha.” The single soared to number one on charts around the globe including Australia, Canada and the UK.
Their ballad “Stickwitu” was a Top five hit in the USA nominated for a Grammy Award. The Dolls performed for ABC’s the NBA coverage. In North America, the Dolls opened for “The Black Eyed Peas Honda Civic” Tour. Then in November 2006, they started their PCD World Tour and in 2007 they supported Christina Aguilera’s “Back to Basics” Tour.
The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll premiered on The CW on March 6, 2007. The winner was Asia Nitollano, but she declined the offer to pursue a solo career instead. Then on February 18, 2008, the second season Pussycat Dolls Presents: Girlicious, about forming a new, trio girl group. It was during this musical hiatus that Scherzinger recorded her debut album “Her Name Is Nicole.” It spawned four singles that enjoyed moderate success and the album was scheduled for a release in 2007, before being pushed back to October 2008. Ultimately, it was shelved and a number of songs appeared on the Dolls’ next album “Doll Domination.” Carmit Bachar then announced she was leaving the group.
The Dolls released “Doll Domination” as standard and deluxe edition and overall ranked fourth on the Billboard 200, selling 79,000 copies in the first week. The Doll Domination Tour went on the road in support of the Album in 2009 with Lady Gaga opening from them in Australia and Europe and Ne-Yo on the tour’s UK leg. The Dolls would open for Spears’s “The Circus Starring Britney Spears” in mid-2009.
Doll Domination was re-released in Europe, and in Australia as “Doll Domination 2.0,” and also in the UK as “Doll Domination: The Mini Collection” on April 27, 2009. Then “Doll Domination 3.0” was released in August 2009.
Rumors had been spreading that the Pussycat Dolls are breaking up despite continuous denials from founder manager Antin. But growing dissention amongst the rank about lead singer Nicole Scherzinger’s preferential treatment and dominance of the group’s camera time had left the rest of the Dolls feeling like glorified back-up dancers. After the rest of the group confirmed their departure, Antin finally stated that Pussycat Dolls will continue with new faces as existing members pursue solo projects.
On March 4, 2010 Scherzinger reaffirmed her secured position in the group through MTV. As of March 2011, Antin has confirmed and called for auditions to find new Dolls to replace departed and departing members.
After more than a decade of bewitching fans all over the world and despite Antin’s claims to the contrary, the Pussycat Dolls stand on the verge of disintegration. Their music, charisma, unique style and approach has bewitched millions of fans worldwide and the changing faces of the band gives many young women the opportunity to live their dreams.
The Pussycat Dolls may have new faces in their next performance and on their next album, but the essence of the Dolls will live on.