What’s new Pussycat?
NICOLE Scherzinger has a story to tell and she’s been waiting her whole life to tell it. The former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman says she’s realising a life-long dream by releasing her debut solo album, Killer Love.
‘‘ Timing is everything and this is a new chapter in my life,’’ Scherzinger says over the phone from Switzerland while she is travelling the world to promote the album.
‘‘ It’s my labour of love. This is pretty much what I’ve been working towards my whole life. It’s always been a dream of mine to put out a solo album.’’ The most famous of all the Pussycat Dolls – and most probably the only member of the all-girl group remembered by name internationally – Scherzinger ( pictured) quit the group last year. She had been working on her solo album on the side for a number of years.
‘‘ It’s an eclectic album but that’s because I have many different sides and stories and experiences in my life that show all the different personalities in my music,’’ she says. ‘‘ I’ve got everything from my empowering dance anthems to some more R ’ n’ B-flavoured songs and I’ve got the more stripped-down songs that are just like me and a piano, me just sharing my stories.’’
The album title reflects Scherzinger’s personal story. It features 15 tracks, including Poison, Desperate and Power’s Out. Sting makes a cameo, as does Enrique Iglesias.
‘‘ The reason I called the album Killer Love is because it’s about an amazingly torturous love that you just can’t get enough of and I think some people can relate to that,’’ she says.
But Scherzinger’s partner, British racing car driver Lewis Hamilton, needn’t worry.
On the thank-you list on her album cover, Scherzinger puts Hamilton up the top but after her parents and God.
‘‘ Lewis, I thank you for being my inspiration and muse for my music, art, life and love,’’ she wrote. ‘‘ Through it all, thank you for loving me. I love you.’’
But when it comes to talking about their romance, Scherzinger says: ‘‘ We try not to get into all the media hype.
‘‘ Our time together is obviously very precious. We are like any other normal couple who likes to just do normal things and maybe stay in. There are ways to avoid paparazzi, so we do our best to do that.’’
The torturous relationship Scherzinger refers to on Killer Love is well and truly in the past. The 33-year-old has been linked to a string of men over the years, including actor Dane Cook and 311 frontman Nick Hexum.
‘‘ It’s definitely an empowering album but it comes from heartbreak,’’ she says. ‘‘ You don’t get strong until you have been from a broken place, so that’s a lot of what’s in here – songs like Don’t Hold Your Breath and You Will Be Loved and Casualty.’’
The video clip for current single Right There, which features guest rapper 50 Cent, shows a sexy Scherzinger touching her scantily clad body. It’s been criticised for being too sexy and a bad influence for children. But Scherzinger defends her right to express herself, saying she projects a positive image.
‘‘ I am an empowered, strong woman and I take what I do very seriously,’’ she says. ‘‘ I am inspired by women like Beyonce . . . they are real artists and they put real artistry into what they do and that is how I pride myself.’’
As well as releasing her solo album, Scherzinger is also to be seen on the big screen in Men In Black III alongside Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. She’s also a judge on the first season of X Factor America with Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.
In between her commitments, Scherzinger is planning a trip to Australia to perform a solo show. She visited earlier this year to support Hamilton at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne.
‘‘ I’m going to come and do some shows and promotion and stuff,’’ she says.
‘‘ My favourite thing is live shows. I can only say so much and communicate so much, but my best way of communicating is on stage through my music.’’ Killer Love Out now ( Interscope Records)