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Chorus Girls

These up-and-coming artists combine a standout sound with stand-alone style.

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WWD Music issue 08/30/2007
The new record will include five original songs — and no Andrews Sisters. "The sound is edgier and there's a lot more variety," says Mullins.

Audiences also can expect some fresh costumes. "We tend to get bored and then we discard," Puppini says. "A particular outfit means a particular period in our history as a band, and after a while, it just doesn't belong anymore." — Libby Estell

For more news about the Puppini Sisters, click here.

THE SINGING BEE
At 14, Keke Palmer has built quite a résumé. After appearing in a host of TV dramas and small-screen movies, she starred in last year's "Akeelah and the Bee," winning best actress at Show West and taking home the 2007 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her breakout role. Now Palmer is taking on a new role as a singer-songwriter with her debut R&B-pop album, "So Uncool," hitting stores Sept. 18 on the Atlantic Records label. Palmer calls music her "first love" but isn't looking to give up her acting career just yet. She is set to costar in "The Cleaner" this fall with Samuel L. Jackson and has several TV roles lined up. Here, Palmer, a self-described fashion lover, dishes about what's in and what's "So Uncool."
— Julee Greenberg

How is your stage style different from your street style?

My stage style is retro Eighties. I wear a lot of high-waisted shorts, knee socks and Converse. My street style is more current.

What would you never wear?

I would never wear high-water pants. Those are so over. Time moves on and, in my opinion, there is never time for that.

Who are your style influences?

I love the way Pharrell [Williams] dresses, but I want to be different than everyone else. I want to be the one starting the trends.

What would you do if you weren't a musician?

I would be a hairstylist. There's a lot of hairstylists in my family, my grandmother did it, my aunt and my cousins all do hair. I've been around it all my life and I know how to do a lot of stuff with hair.
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