The Pussycat Dolls are the brainchild of Robin Antin, a Los Angeles-based choreographer and entertainer, who formed the group as a modern day burlesque dance troupe in 1995. The group rose to prominence throughout the late 1990's, performing sold out floor shows at Los Angeles' hottest clubs. It wasn't long before the tremendously sexy ladies of the Pussycat Dolls began to attract national attention, nabbing a Playboy article in 1999 and a similar feature in Maxim in 2002. In its early days, Christina Aguilera, Christina Applegate, and Carmen Electra were all members of the group.In 2003 Antin decided to change the group's focus, reforming the Pussycat Dolls as a vocal ensemble at the urging of Interscope Records executive Jimmy Iovine (U2, Eminem). After a massive lineup shuffle the group's roster was trimmed to include only singers, although the Pussycat Dolls retain many elements of their prior dance act for use during their live shows. The end result was a sexy, image-oriented, all-girl dance-pop troupe stylistically similar to Danity Kane or Girlicious. Currently, the group's lineup consists of lead singers Nicole Scherzinger (formerly of Eden's Crush) and Melody Thornton, along with background vocalists Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts, and Kimberly Wyatt. After spending 2004 and most of 2005 in the studio (contributing to the soundtracks of the 2004 motion pictures Shark Tale and Shall We Dance?), the Pussycat Dolls finally released their first album PCD on A&M Records in late 2005. The Timbaland-produced album quickly proved to become an immense commercial success, moving over six million units worldwide after climbing to the 5th spot of the Billboard 200. PCD has since produced seven singles, among them the sentimental ballad "Stickwitu" and the flirtatious dance track "Buttons", which features rapper Snoop Dogg. In the wake of PCD's release the Pussycat Dolls embarked on an extensive worldwide tour throughout 2006 and 2007. Humorously, their sensual stage antics caused the group to receive a gross indecency charge from the Malaysian Minister of Culture, Arts, and Heritage that was later settled for under $1400. After sharing the stage with acts like Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, and Christine Aguilera for the better part of two years, the Pussycat Dolls have returned to the studio in 2008 to work on their upcoming album, tentatively titled To Those Who Wait.
The Pussycat Dolls began as a revue act at 'The Pussycat Lounge' in Las Vegas, incorporating live, hip-hop-heavy R&B into their softcore stage show. Doll and head choreographer Robin Antin decided to put a music group together from some of the members of the revue as well as some new recruits. The resulting group had many pop, R&B and dance hits, but by 2010, only Nicole Sherzinger remained as part of the line-up, and four new girls were added.
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The Pussycat Dolls are an American pop girl group and dance ensemble, founded in Los Angeles by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995 as a burlesque troupe. After attracting national attention, Antin negotiated a record deal with Interscope Records in 2003 turning the group into a music franchise, which developed a global image and commercial brand overseen by Antin, Interscope and various partners. The Pussycat Dolls were launched into mainstream recognition following the release of their best-selling album, PCD, which contained the number-one singles "Don't Cha" and "Stickwitu". Despite critical and commercial success, the group was plagued by internal conflict and legal turmoil, as Scherzinger was promoted as the brands' lead member. Their sophomore album, Doll Domination, which contains themes the public interpreted as a channel to the group's experience, contains the worldwide hits "When I Grow Up", "I Hate This Part" and "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)". In 2009, they announced a minor hiatus and was later revealed to be an official break up. The Dolls brand diversified into merchandise, reality television programs, a Las Vegas act, product endorsements, spin-off recording groups (Girlicious, Paradiso Girls) and other ventures.