Nicole Scherzinger (/niˈkoʊl ˈʃɜrzɪŋər/ ni-KOHL SHUR-zing-ər, born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente; June 29, 1978) is an American recording artist, actress and television personality. Following her departure from Eden's Crush, she auditioned for the burlesque inspired recording group, The Pussycat Dolls and she subsequently signed a contract with Interscope Records. The group's debut album, PCD (2005) and its follow-up Doll Domination (2008) both set records for girl groups. It was a breakthrough in her career that brought her to widespread prominence. Many of the group's songs became worldwide hits including "Don't Cha", "Stickwitu", "Buttons", When I Grow Up", "I Hate This Part" and "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)". However, despite their commercial success, the group was plagued by internal conflict which led to the downfall and disbandment of the group.
Scherzinger's long-delayed debut solo album, Killer Love (2011), incorporated elements of eurodance and club pop music. Its singles "Don't Hold Your Breath" and "Right There", although not major hits on the American charts, became top-ten hits in several countries worlwide. Scherzinger left Interscope Records in late 2013 and signed a multi-million dollar contract with Sony Music Entertainment and RCA Records. From 2012 to 2013, Scherzinger served as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor and won with James Arthur in her first year.
Scherzinger has sold 60 million records worldwide when combining her tally as a member of the Pussycat Dolls and her solo career. Her work has been recognized by Billboard as a best-selling musical act of the 2000-09 decade, the ninth best dancing musician by Rolling Stone, one of the "100 Greatest Women in Music", and eighth "Sexiest Artist" by VH1, one of the "Top 100 Pop Breakthroughs, and "50 Girls Who Run the World" by Fuse. Outside of her work in the entertainment industry, Scherzinger is involved in charitable activities through human rights, world issues, and her work as an ambassador for the Special Olympics.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license