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In 2001, Nicole Scherzinger competed in the premiere season of The WB’s television show Popstars, on which she earned a spot in the all-girl pop group Eden’s Crush. She became one of the main vocalists for the group. Their 2001 US single, Get Over Yourself (Goodbye) peaked at number one in sales and hit the top ten on Billboard Hot 100. They toured in support of both NSync and Jessica Simpson. “Love This Way” was the second single chosen from the Popstars album; however, their record company, London-Sire Records, folded and the group eventually disbanded. Songwriter Kara DioGuardi contributed one track to the album, and later went on to co-write with Nicole for PCD, Doll.
After the disbanding of Eden’s Crush, Nicole made a few promotional solo appearances under the stage name of Nicole Kea, including covering „Breakfast in Bed” for the soundtrack to 50 First Dates in 2003. Nicole later worked with Yoshiki of Japanese rock band X Japan on his Violet UK project. She sang the English version of I’ll Be Your Love live with the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra. The track also appeared on the 2003 Various Artists album Exposition of Global Harmony.
In May 2003, Nicole joined the Pussycat Dolls burlesque troupe, who were being re-cast as recording artists. She had first seen them performing on The Late Show with David Letterman in November 2002, where Carmen Electra sang “Big Spender” from the Bob Fosse musical Sweet Charity. In 2006, Nicole said, “it caught my eye because I’d played Velma Kelly in [Fosse’s] Chicago in college.” In one interview she spoke of her role with the Pussycat dolls stating that it was a “challenge fronting the group” but that “every girl has something different to bring and add to the success”.
The Pussycat Dolls have worldwide status as a popular singing group, with ”Don’t Cha”, “Buttons”, “Stickwitu” and “When I Grow Up” as Top 10 hits in the United States. The album PCD went double-platinum in 2006. Nicole sang nearly all lead vocals on the album, with Carmit Bachar and Melody Thornton also contributing. It was revealed in 2006 that the Dolls are salaried employees of Interscope Records, giving the label a high level of control over the group’s finances and business decisions.
Nicole is the only group member with songwriting credits on PCD; she co-wrote “I Don’t Need a Man” with Kara DioGuardi and producer Rich Harrison and co-wrote “Buttons” with producer Sean Garrett. Another collaboration with DioGuardi, “Flirt”, became a bonus track on PCD and later became a B-side to “Buttons”. As with PCD, Nicole is the only group member to have songwriting credits on the second Dolls’ album Doll Domination.
Along with the Pussycat Dolls, Nicole was asked by Ron Fair to record the English version of “Jai Ho”, the hit song from the film Slumdog Millionaire. The new version titled “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)” was released to iTunes on February 23, 2009, and elsewhere worldwide on February 24. A video accompanying the song has been shot at a Vienna train station and was released worldwide on March 13, 2009.
The success of PCD brought Nicole into the media spotlight and she went on to record a series of duets/guest vocals with a wide array of male vocalists. In 2005, she appeared on recordings by Shaggy, Vittorio Grigolo and Will Smith. In 2006 she sang co-lead vocals with Avant on his single “Lie About Us”, and Diddy’s hit “Come to Me” (which she also co-wrote). Nicole says that everyone recognises her from the Pussycat Dolls’s debut single “Dont Cha” which although amazing doesn’t fulfill her musical desires.
In April 2008, Nicole recorded a cover version of “Rio” by Duran Duran for an advertising campaign for Unilever’s Caress brand of body wash. A commercial video was released, and the single was released via download only, after May 2008. In 2008, in support of Barack Obama, she was one of many musicians to contribute to a track by will.i.am called “Yes We Can”. Also on September 5, 2008, Nicole joined an all-star cast to perform the charity song “Just Stand Up” on live TV. Nicole performed “America the Beautiful” at WWE’s WrestleMania XXV in Houston, Texas at the Reliant Stadium on April 5, 2009.
In February 1, 2010 along with other artists Nicole had re-recorded “We are the World”, a charity single for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The song debuted during NBC’s coverage of the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. It was released as a single on iTunes in February 12, 2010 accompanied by the music video.