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Pussycat Dolls: Dolled Up

The Pussycat Dolls prepare for their second album and a world tour.

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WWD Music issue 09/04/2008
The Pussycat Dolls prepare for their second album and a world tour.

They posed the ever-so-significant question "don'tcha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?” and not only scored a multiplatinum hit, but also launched a fashion frenzy with a series of shirts and hoodies bearing the signature lyric. Now the Pussycat Dolls are in the statement game, claiming that when they grow up, they want to be famous.

Fresh off recording their sophomore effort, “Doll Domination” (Sept. 16, Interscope), Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Sutta, Kimberly Wyatt, Ashley Roberts, Carmit Bachar and Melody Thornton are looking to raise the bar they set with their 2005 release, “PCD.”

“‘Doll Domination’ is definitely the next step for the Pussycat Dolls’ sound,” says  Dolls’ front woman Scherzinger. “We collaborated with some old friends like [recording artist and producer] Sean Garrett, and some new friends like Rodney Jerkins. It’s definitely got the club bangers, but we also have a couple of really hot ballads — and maybe a surprise or two.”

Since becoming the musical incarnation of Robin Antin’s celebrity-clad burlesque show, the Pussycat Dolls have bridged the gap between vaudeville strippers and choreographed charttoppers. With their sinewy bodies and rocker-meets-street-dancer  aesthetic, the sextet’s wardrobe runs the gamut from gravity-defying bra tops and microminis to embellished hoodies and milehigh boots. However, the underlying current of the group’s origins still peeks through.

“There are certain clothes that we wear onstage to give a nod to the older, more burlesque style of the original Pussycat Dolls, but they feel a bit more modern,” Scherzinger says. “The corsets are a bit more updated, and made of more modern fabrics — latex or patent leather, for example.”

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