What’s new Pussy­cat?

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - JONATHON MO­RAN

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)

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