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Interview with the Pussycat Dolls

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The Pussycat Dolls have become a chart phenomenon all over the world with the tremendous success of their deliciously infectious debut single "Don't Cha." Nicole, Carmit, Ashley, Melody, Kimberly and Jessica are jetting all over the map to greet fans and promote their first album, the appropriately titled "PCD." The album is a fun slice of radio-friendly, urban-styled pop with a heavy dose of good ole' girl power.

What started as a burlesque stage show in Los Angeles' Viper Room has turned into a bona fide worldwide franchise with the recently-opened Pussycat Dolls Lounge in Las Vegas and, of course, the chart topping recording group.  Arjan Writes had a few minutes to speak with Melody Thornton, the African-American Pussycat Doll who turned 21 in September, from a hotel room in Toronto, Canada. Just enough time for some fun questions.

Arjan Writes: "Don't Cha" is blowing up all over the world. What is your schedule like these days?
Melody: It is so hectic! Some of the other girls have done backup work and have lots of experience with touring, but it is all new to me. I got straight out of high school to work in the group when I was 19, so it has been an incredible experience so far. The European promo tour especially was insane.

You must be getting tired of all that airplane food…

[Laughs] Totally. We were just talking about that. We really want a nutritionist who can cook for us. It is so hard to maintain a good diet and exercise with this schedule.

Are you getting enough sleep traveling the time zones?

Not really. We just went to the Bahamas to shoot a video for "Stickwitu" that will be our second single. I think the most sleep we got was like three hours. We usually sleep on the plane. I have figured out that I can work with about four hours of sleep. But I got a full night of rest today so I'm feeling great talking to you. [Laughs]

So are you girls getting along well together? Any cat fights?
We're together all the time and we have gotten to know each other pretty well. We can tell when somebody woke up irritated. We will leave that person alone so she can have her own time. I also look for my own space once in a while. There aren't any cat fights. We surprisingly go very well together.  There is nobody in the group who tries to push buttons. There is nothing like that going on.

After the jump: Pussycat Doll Melody talks more about gay fans, the "PCD" album and the amazing response from fans in Europe.

Do people in different regions of the world respond differently to the Pussycat Dolls show?
Absolutely. We were taken aback by the crowds in Europe. We had fans waiting outside of our hotels and all that stuff. It was like we were Beyonce or something.  It was amazing. I can't wait for it to be like this all over the world. The fans in the UK especially showed us a lot of love.

On the album Nicole does most of the vocals. How does that work out in your life performances?
Yes. Nicole was granted vocals on the album and she has most experience being a lead singer. [Nicole previously was a singer in Eden's Crush.] But in our performances we all sing and have background vocals. I hope when we do our second album that people can hear all of our voices.

What are some of your favorite tracks on the album?
I like "Bite The Dust." It is a really aggressive song with a lot of attitude. I also like "How Many Times" that was written by Diane Warren. I'm a big fan of her and Nicole did a really fantastic job singing it.

Did you know you have a lot of gay fans? The boys love the Pussycat Dolls!
Good! I'm so glad to hear that. We want to make music that will appeal to everybody to create an outlet for people. My best friend in the whole world Danny is gay and he is my rock back home [in Phoenix, AZ]. We have so much fun, we practice lines from "Clueless" together. There is nobody else in the world that I'm so close to because he understands me so well.

October 20, 2005 in Interviews | Permalink

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Great article. I love PCD and Melody is my fave. SO nice seeing another half Black half Latina make her mark!

Posted by: L at Oct 26, 2005 7:49:24 AM

i like you girls very much i like your hit dont cha i hope al your songs are lik that

Posted by: ellen at Nov 12, 2005 3:27:32 AM

i like you girls very much i like your hit dont cha i hope al your songs are lik that

Posted by: ellen at Nov 12, 2005 3:27:56 AM

I think u guys r awesome i luv ur sonf stickwitu i cant stop listening to it lol keep it up gurls xoxo!!!

Posted by: Melanie at Nov 15, 2005 12:17:44 AM

I think that was a lovely article.
Nice to know they like the UK lol (I am a UK fan myself)

Thank you.

Posted by: Gina at Nov 17, 2005 9:41:23 AM

hi Nicole its me khushbu...im afghan gal n im big fun of u every one calls me the second Nicole in skole n im so happy i like u too much i hope i get mail 4rm u...im 18 and now living n danmark...i hope i get news 4rm u ....love u

Posted by: Nicole 2 at Dec 27, 2005 8:30:02 AM

2 tell u the truth i just started listenen 2 yals songs. my friend on my cheerleading team got me into yals songs & stuf like that! now i can't stop listenen 2 don't cha and lots of other songs! i can't wait 2 c if i got an e-mail frum u cause then i can say i got an e-mail frum the pussycat dolls! in your face! O YA, me and my friends fight on who is the bigget fan! keep up the good work! luv yall! xoxo!

Posted by: Darby at Dec 30, 2005 10:35:29 AM

r u all gay

Posted by: sophia at Jan 23, 2006 5:32:01 AM

r u all gay

Posted by: sophia at Jan 23, 2006 5:32:06 AM

SAY WHAT IT DO? DIS THAT GIRL LO-KEY HITTIN' YA UP OUT THAT DALLAS,TEXAS. BUT LOOK HERE. I REALLY LOVE YA AND I REALLY WANT TO SEE YA, WHEN YA COME DOWN HERE.AND I WILL BE AT EVERY CONCERT Y'ALL HAVE HERE IN DALLAS. MAN I AM Y'ALL #1 FAN. I BE ON YOUR WEB SITES ALL-DAY EVERY-DAY.NICOLE S. GET BACK AT ME. I JUST LUV YOU YOU MY FVA.

Posted by: lo-key at Feb 24, 2006 10:33:51 AM

Melody you are the finest pussy cat doll ever and I hope to see you someday

Posted by: Gene Finley at Mar 4, 2006 11:31:17 AM

melody when are you coming to dallas,texas because yall have never came down here well when you get this melo please email me MUAHHHH BIG KISSES SINCERELY MELODY WILLIAMS

Posted by: melody williams at Mar 7, 2006 4:56:58 PM

wa lang zocz

Posted by: mimi at Mar 29, 2006 4:32:54 AM

If nicole is reading this i just wanna say i really think your pretty and i really think u have a good voice we have a band at school but if u compare it with the pussycat dolls den we suck!!!
i really like ur band if i had 2 choose which is my fave band it would b u nd black eyed peas i got ur evry cd and nicole if u r thinkin of goin solo plss dont leave the band ur sooooooooooooooo gd together anyway i lv u allxoxox

Posted by: KAREN S at Apr 30, 2006 7:50:25 AM

HI CAN U SEND ME INFORMATION ON U FOR AN PROJECT....PLZ

Posted by: ASMAA at May 2, 2006 6:15:29 PM

Unfaithful Murderer - Rihanna - Looll

My anme is mel Nguyen and i am lesbian from hamilton michigan and My address to my friend is 3741 m- 40 road Zip code 49419

Posted by: Melanie C at May 30, 2006 1:50:53 PM

u are all really hot girls are anyone of u bi?

Posted by: Julianna at Jun 6, 2006 5:24:43 PM

hi its a houner if PCD are reading this , speshuly Melody and Nicole xx oh can u tell me ur addys please cause im well me and sum others are ur ultimate fans ! one day ill meet u so watch out ! lol thx sooo much xxxx

Posted by: LN at Jun 11, 2006 12:43:18 PM

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG
U GUYS R LIKE SO TOTALLY AWSOME. I WANNA BE JUS LIKE Y'ALL WHEN IM OLDER, MY DAD SAID HE'DE PAY FOR MY SEX CHANGE...SO I CAN LOOK JUS LIKE YOU NICOLE! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx love u loadsd and loads and loads loads MWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH (call me!!!)

Posted by: Anna Bannana at Jun 15, 2006 8:28:17 AM

HI,I'm a lesbian and I was wondering...Is Jessica gay?...because she is really hot!!!!!Whenever I watch a PCD video, I only notice her. She is AWESOME!

Love you guys!

Posted by: Krazy Katie at Jun 26, 2006 5:08:58 PM

why are you people talking to the pussycat dolls through this? you might as well be talking to yourselves.

Posted by: wtf? at Jun 27, 2006 5:51:41 PM

I think the pussycat dolls arent as nice as they seem...............

Posted by: Bep at Jul 13, 2006 11:17:31 AM

wow if only uz wha bi

Posted by: ayo itz nicole at Jul 22, 2006 7:57:03 AM

Just wanted to say that U girl's ROCK!!!! I love all of Ur songs especially BEEP because I can relate to it alot. I love all of U girls, especially Melody. She is HOTTER than HOT! If ONLY she was into girls! lol

Posted by: Rayna at Jul 22, 2006 3:09:13 PM

i heard that one of yall is carmen elektra but wich one?

Posted by: miranda at Jul 24, 2006 4:05:30 PM

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