The Pussycat Dolls are an American girl group and dance ensemble founded by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995 as a burlesque troupe based in Los Angeles. After attracting national attention, Antin eventually negotiated a record deal with Interscope Records in 2003 turning the group into a music franchise, comprising Nicole Scherzinger alongside Carmit Bachar, Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt. They have diversified into reality television programs, a Las Vegas act and product endorsements amongst other things.
The group's debut album, “PCD,” was released by A&M Records in the United States in September 2005. Their debut single, “Don't Cha,” a collaboration with Busta Rhymes, reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The album also included the singles “Stickwitu” “Beep,” a collaboration with will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, “Buttons” with Snoop Dogg, “I Don't Need a Man” and “Wait a Minute” featuring Timbaland. “PCD” peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was certified 2× platinum by the RIAA. “Stickwitu” received a Grammy Award nomination at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
In September 2008 the group released their second album, “Doll Domination,” which peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200. The album spawned the Top 20 singles, “When I Grow Up,” “I Hate This Part,” and “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)” an interpretation of the song “Jai Ho” from the film “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Throughout their rise to fame, the group has been criticized for its overtly sexual image and explicit dance routines. The group has also been scrutinized for the over-emphasis on lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, who sings all lead vocals in the group. In late 2009/early 2010 the group went on hiatus to record their third album and prepare their next world tour. It has since been confirmed that Jessica Sutta, Kimberly Wyatt, Ashley Roberts, and Melody Thornton have left the group in pursuit of solo careers. As it stands Scherzinger's position and the future of the group remain unknown.