A lot has changed his since
the Pussycat Dolls seven million selling debut album PCD, but the worlds biggest girl group are back all grown up and
ready to send temperatures soaring with their new single taken from their new
album Doll Domination.
AHHA chats with Melody
Thornton about Carmit Bachars shocking departure, Nicole Scherzingers surprise return, and those rumors about her dating
Hi Melody. Where are all the other Pussycat Dolls?
Melody: [Laughs] Well Ive just not
long woken up, and the rest of the girls are really tired, as we stayed up all
night; last night in the studio recording.
AHHA: Can you tell us more
about your new album, Doll Domination?
Melody: Were still recording Doll Domination, and we have been very blessed to work with Timbaland
who has been amazing. He executive produced half the album. Weve done six songs in six days, so when youre on a
roll, youre on a roll. Weve worked with
Cee-Lo who we worked with on the first album with Dont Cha, and weve worked with
Sean Garrett who wrote Buttons.
Weve also worked with Rodney Jerkins, who did our first
single [off the new album] When I Grow Up. We have a lot of diverse songs that would surprise a
lot of people that dont think the
Pussycat Dolls can pull off.
AHHA: Do you have any
collaborations on the album yet?
Melody: Well we have done a
collaboration with R Kelly on a song called Out Of This Club, but were still
recording, so Im not sure whats set in stone. But the possibilities are endless, and
were definitely trying to work with new people on the
AHHA: What do you think of R
Kellys recent legal drama?
Melody: Well I think that
its really interesting how the law works if youre an artist within the industry. Not to say I have an
opinion, because its one of those things that I dont know. I wasnt there so I cant really pass judgment or make comments regarding the
situation, but I know it can be really hard when the media can get into your
AHHA: With Carmit leaving the group and Nicole coming back to the
Pussycat Dolls after a failed solo attempt, how is the morale?
Melody: Well to clarify one
thing, I dont think Nicole had any intentions
of leaving the group. She was definitely pursuing and making a solo effort, but
her intentions were definitely to do both side by side. Fergie did the same
thing with her solo album. Carmit decided to leave the group, and its one of
those things where she is a very creative person and we have lost a major asset
to the Pussycat Dolls because she was a firecracker on stage. But shes working on her solo effort, and she had a lot of
things she wanted to do; but we support her 100%. I personally talk to her all
AHHA: Were you shocked when
Carmit told you she wanted to leave?
Melody: Yeah. It came as a
surprise to me, but I knew that she had a number of things that she was working
on one of them being a television show and it was one of those
things were she couldnt do both at
the same time. She couldnt devote time
to the Pussycat Dolls and still make everything else that she wanted to do a
success, and it came out of nowhere. I still get sad, when we perform songs
like Stick Wit Chu because
we all did them together, but its one of them things. I cant help but feel really happy and proud for her.
AHHA: Why do you think Nicoles solo project failed to sell well?
Melody: I dont know if its a
matter of her not selling, but Nicole decided not to do it. I thing that
everything comes with timing. If the stars are aligned and the time is right,
then it works out. I think shes a smart girl,
shes a very smart businesswoman. So When I Grow Up came along she said, We should do this for the Pussycat Dolls and when we got into the studio we started cranking
the songs out.
AHHA: Is it true that most of
the tracks from Nicoles album have
been re-recorded by the Pussycat Dolls?
Melody: I dont know, because Nicole did record a lot of songs for
her solo effort, but you never know what songs of her may end up on the album.
Like I said, were not done recording.
AHHA: Youve got an amazing voice, but a constant criticism shared by
Pussycat Doll fans is that no one seems to share singing duties apart from
Nicole. How will the singing be shared out on the album this time?
Melody: Well first of all, I want to say thank you to all the fans more
than anything. Sometimes they send me messages, and they seem to know exactly
what Im feeling and they know exactly what to say. They support me so much,
and that means more then anything.
I am recording more now than I did on the first
album. On the first album, I was very young and inexperienced so its
understandable that they wanted to give Nicole the responsibility as she had
been in two groups prior, but were definitely working on it. I appreciate you
saying that comment as well. All of us are recording songs also so well see if
they make it.
AHHA: Whats the weirdest thing youve been sent by a fan?
Melody: Well luckily I havent had anyone figure out where I live, so no one sent
anything to me directly, but weve gotten weird
tasting candy. Its not like we dont appreciate it, but some of them are awkward gifts. I
havent had anything too crazy. I once got a teddy bear, but
when you squeeze it, it laughs and heckles like a witch and I was like, Ok thank you.
AHHA: With groups like Danity
Kane and Girlicious, how do you see yourself in terms of the competition?
Melody: Thats the thing I definitely believe that there is
room for everybody. I admire Danity Kane, because we were on tour together with
[them and] Christina Aguilera. Theyve grown
so much overnight from what they were, and I absolutely loved Damaged.
Theres room for everyone, like we say on When I Grow Up in the bridge, I see you staring at me, oh Im a trendsetter.
I think that the only way to
be a trendsetter is if you do it first and you cant be afraid to do it first. Sometimes people talk
about you, but they do it themselves. Thats the one thing about the Pussycat Dolls that sets us
apart from everyone else is that we try to create different things that
eventually people follow in our footsteps.
AHHA: Youre new single is called When I Grow Up. How would you say youve grown up personally?
Melody: Wow, when I got into
PCD I was 19 years old, and I was very unaware of just the world and how to
deal with people. Its really interesting once you take that leap and I was
very young still a teen and it can be harder on you. But Ive constantly grown, Ive grown a lot spiritually. I definitely feel a lot
more confident that I will get exactly where Im going. As long as I maintain my integrity, which I
have thus far. Its been an interesting run and were still doing it.
AHHA: Do you think youre sending out a positive message on When I Grow
Up for being famous for famous sake?
Melody: Yeah thats the one thing that weve been asked over and over
again, and I can only speak for myself. I never wanted to be famous; I always
said I wanted to be a singer, and with singing comes fame. Even if I wasnt
famous for being a trendsetter, I would still like to be appreciated as a
vocalist for the music I make.
I think that nowadays with reality TV, theres so many outlets for
people to gain more attention and exposure. We get a lot of people who just
want to be famous, but I think we still have show our appreciation to people
creating their art and music.
AHHA: What would you say is
the best thing about being famous?
Melody: I would say that one
of the best things that we always joke about is that we dont have to wait in line. [laughs] Especially at the
clubs. In LA if youre waiting in line for the clubs, its not cool.
AHHA: Whats the hardest thing to deal with being a Pussycat Doll?
Melody: One of the worst things is privacy and people making negative
preconceived notions about you just from looking at you because youre a Pussycat
Doll. People dont realize that the Pussycat Dolls are a brand. Its a whole
machine, and there are a million different ideas and opinions that that come
together collectively apart from the five women you see that sell the records
and who are the Pussycat Dolls. So its hard sometimes when people pass
comments and make rude judgements about you when they dont even know you.
AHHA: Is that a new piercing on your lip?
Melody: No, I have a Monroe piercing on my lower lip, but my bottom lip
is so big, sometimes you cant see it! The piercing has been there before I
joined the Pussycat Dolls. I took it out, but Ive put it back in. I like it
because Im young and want to have fun, and its just a new and different thing
as opposed to how I was on the first album.
AHHA: Finally theres been a whole lot of speculation about you dating
Bow Wow and Nicole dating the British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton. Can you
Melody: Well I dont think its my place to talk about Nicole and Lewis
relationship, but she has confirmed that she is with Lewis Hamilton and Im so
happy for them, but thats as far as Ill go on that topic. But as for Bow Wow,
we are just friends. I think hes a wonderful person; hes just a great friend
of mine. Thats about it.