Sweet Female Attitude
Sweet Female Attitude are an electronic music act from Manchester, England. They are known for the UK garage remix of their track "Flowers", which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart in April 2000. In Person "Flowers" - UK #2 "8 Days a Week" - UK #43 "DJ Play It" "Don't Tell Me" "Part of Me" "Never Kissed You" "Give You My Devotion" "Never Had Love" "No Matter" (with The Peverell Bros" "Tell Me" "Every Word" "Connected" "Looking for Love" "Freak" "Give It to Me" "Real Love" "One" Vibez EP Love, Life & Rhythms "Flowers" – Jamie Duggan Mix "Flowers" – 2015 mixes
The X Factor (UK TV series)
The X Factor is a British reality television music competition to find new singing talent. The contestants are aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. Created by Simon Cowell, the show began in 2004 and has since aired annually from August/September until December; the show is produced by Cowell's production company Syco Entertainment. It is simulcast on Virgin Media One in Ireland. "X Factor" refers to the undefinable "something". The series consists of auditions, judges' houses, several weeks of live shows, semi-finals and the final; the series had a spin-off behind-the-scenes show called The Xtra Factor, which aired directly after the main show on ITV2. This lasted for the first thirteen series, when it was cancelled by ITV in January 2017, it is replaced by an online spin-off show Xtra Bites on the ITV Hub. The first three series were presented by Kate Thornton from series four to eleven, the show was presented by Dermot O'Leary. Series 12 was presented by Caroline Flack and Olly Murs with O'Leary returning for series 13 onwards.
The original judging panel consisted of Sharon Osbourne and Cowell. In 2005, Paula Abdul joined the show as a guest judge whilst Osbourne was away joined the panel in 2006 for three sets of auditions. Brian Friedman replaced Walsh in the fourth series, which saw Dannii Minogue join the panel. Friedman left during the auditions, Walsh replaced Friedman. Cheryl Cole replaced Osbourne in the fifth series. Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa joined the panel in the eighth series as replacements for Cowell and Cole. Rowland was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger. Osbourne returned to the panel in the tenth series. Cowell and Cole returned to replace Barlow and Osbourne in eleventh series, while Mel B replaced Scherzinger. In the twelfth series, Mel B and Walsh were replaced by Nick Grimshaw. For the thirteenth and fourteenth series, Walsh and Scherzinger returned, replacing Grimshaw, Fernandez-Versini and Ora. Following the conclusion of the latter series and Scherzinger quit after thirteen and four years as a judge, Osbourne announced she would only return for the live shows.
Louis Tomlinson, Ayda Field and Robbie Williams joined Cowell for the fifteenth series. The show is split into different stages, following the contestants from auditions through to the final. In the original televised audition stage of the show, contestants sang in an audition room in front of just the judges, but from the sixth series onwards auditionees sing on a stage in front of the judges and a live audience. In series 10 and 11, both auditions formats were used. In series 12, the room auditions were scrapped; the room auditions were revived in series 13, no arena auditions followed. Successful auditionees go through to "bootcamp" and to "judges' houses", where judges narrow down the acts in their category down to three or four acts to mentor for the live shows, where the public vote for their favourite acts following weekly live performances by the contestants. There have been 15 winners of the show to date: Steve Brookstein, Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis, Leon Jackson, Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry, Matt Cardle, Little Mix, James Arthur, Sam Bailey, Ben Haenow, Louisa Johnson, Matt Terry, Rak-Su and Dalton Harris.
Winners receive a recording contract with record label Syco Music with a stated value of £1 million. This includes a cash payment to the winner, but the majority is allocated to marketing and recording costs. From 2004 to 2010, again in 2013 and 2014, the winning contestant's single was released in time for the end-of-year chart battle for the UK's Christmas number one; as of November 2016, 41 number-one singles have been achieved by artists who have appeared on the show, such as Lewis, Burke, JLS, Diana Vickers, Olly Murs, Cher Lloyd, One Direction, Little Mix and Ella Henderson. The show is the originator of the international The X Factor franchise. A prominent show in British popular culture, The X Factor proved hugely popular with the public during its peak; the sixth series in 2009 peaked at 19.7 million UK viewers. At present, the programme is contracted to run until 2022; the X Factor was created by Sony Music A&R judge Simon Cowell as a replacement for Pop Idol. Cowell, a judge on Pop Idol, wished to launch a show to which he owned the television rights.
Pop Idol's first series was massively successful, while the second series was successful, the viewing figures for its finale dropped. Some – including Cowell's fellow Pop Idol judge Pete Waterman – considered Michelle McManus an unworthy winner. In 2004, ITV announced a new show created by Cowell, with no involvement from Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller – The X Factor; the perceived similarity between the two shows became the subject of a legal dispute. Unlike Pop Idol, The X Factor has no upper-age limit, groups can apply, contestants are split into categories. Cowell said, "We're trying to create a different competition. We're going to be able to appeal to somebody over the age of 35 who keeps saying to me'there aren't any artists I like in the competition'. It's amazing, but we haven't catered for older record buyers who want to buy into the new Cliff Richard or whatever."For series 1–3 the competition was split into three categories: 16–24s, Over 25s and Groups (incl
Peter Gene Hernandez, known professionally as Bruno Mars, is an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, dancer. He is known for his stage performances, retro showmanship and for performing in a wide range of musical styles, including R&B, pop, reggae, hip hop, rock. Mars is accompanied by his band, The Hooligans, who play a variety of instruments, such as electric guitar, piano, keyboards and horns, serve as backup singers and dancers. Born and raised in Honolulu, Mars moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to pursue a musical career. After being dropped by Motown Records, Mars signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2009. In the same year, he co-founded the production team The Smeezingtons, responsible for various successful singles for Mars himself and other artists. Mars rose to fame in 2010 with the release of the successful singles "Nothin' on You" by B.o. B and "Billionaire" by Travie McCoy, both of which featured his vocals on the hooks, his debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and reached number one in Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
It spawned the international number-one singles "Just the Way You Are", "Grenade", "The Lazy Song". The former won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 2011, Mars recorded the single "It Will Rain" for the film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Mars' second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, peaked at number one in the US, Canada and the UK, winning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, its singles "Locked Out of Heaven" and "When I Was Your Man", reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2014, Mars collaborated with Mark Ronson on "Uptown Funk", which topped many music charts worldwide, including the US, Canada, New Zealand, the UK; the song won Record of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys. In 2016, Shampoo Press & Curl replaced The Smeezingtons on the composition of Mars' third studio album, the R&B-focused, 24K Magic; the record debuted at number two in the United States, Canada and New Zealand and received seven Grammy Awards, winning the major categories of Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year.
The album yielded the successful singles "24K Magic", "That's What I Like", "Finesse". Mars has sold over 180 million singles and 26 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time, he has released seven number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since his career launched in 2010, attaining his first five faster than any male artist since Elvis Presley. As a songwriter, he was included in Music Week and Billboard magazine as one of the best songwriters of 2011 and 2013, respectively. Mars has received several awards and nominations, including 11 Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, nine American Music Awards, 10 Soul Train Awards and holds three Guinness World Records, he has appeared in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2011 and Forbes magazine's lists of'30 under 30' in 2013, the world's most powerful celebrities in 2014, Celebrity 100 in 2018. Peter Gene Hernandez was born on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Peter Hernandez and Bernadette San Pedro Bayot, was raised in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu.
His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Ashkenazi Jewish descent, is from Brooklyn, New York. His mother emigrated from the Philippines to Hawaii as a child, was of Filipino, some Spanish, ancestry, his parents met while performing in a show in which his mother was a hula dancer and his father played percussion. At the age of two, he was nicknamed "Bruno" by his father because of his resemblance to professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Mars is one of six children and came from a musical family which exposed him to a diverse mix of music genres, including reggae, hip hop, R&B, his mother was both a singer and a dancer, his father performed Little Richard rock and roll music. Mars' uncle was an Elvis impersonator, encouraged three-year-old Mars to perform on stage. Mars performed songs by artists such as Michael Jackson, The Isley Brothers, The Temptations. At the age of four, Mars began performing five days a week with his family's band, The Love Notes, became known in Hawaii for his impersonation of Elvis Presley.
In 1990, Mars was featured in the Hawaiian tabloid shopper MidWeek as "Little Elvis", appeared in a cameo role in the film Honeymoon in Vegas, performed in the halftime show of the 1990 Aloha Bowl. When Mars was 12 years old, his parents divorced, thus ending The Love Notes act and a steady source of income, he moved out of their parents house along with his father. They lived in the back of a car, on rooftops, in an abandoned bird zoo, Paradise Park, where Mars' father worked before it closed; the time Mars spent impersonating Presley had a major impact on his musical evolution and performing techniques. He began playing guitar after being inspired by American rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix. In 2010, he acknowledged his Hawaiian roots and musical family as an influence, explaining: "Growing up in Hawaii made me the man I am. I used to do a lot of shows in Hawaii with my father's band. Everybody in my family sings, everyone plays instruments... I've just been surrounded by it." When he attended President Theodore Roosevelt High School in Honolulu he performed in a group called The School Boys.
After Mars' sister in Los Angeles, California played his demo for Mike Lynn, Lynn summoned Mars to
The X Factor
The X Factor is a television music competition franchise created by British producer Simon Cowell and his company SYCOtv. It originated in the United Kingdom, where it was devised as a replacement for Pop Idol, has been adapted in various countries; the "X Factor" of the title refers to the undefinable "something". The prize is a recording contract, in addition to the publicity that appearance in the stages of the show itself generates, not only for the winner but for other ranked contestants; the similarities between The X Factor and Idols prompted Idol creator Simon Fuller, along with 19 Entertainment, to file a lawsuit against Cowell, SYCOtv, FremantleMedia in 2004. An out-of-court settlement was reached in 2005 allowing Fuller to gain a 10 per cent share in The X Factor format, preventing an American version until 2010. Fuller filed another lawsuit in 2011, claiming that he had been promised that he would be credited as an executive producer of The X Factor USA, but that Syco, FremantleMedia, Fox Broadcasting Company had failed to fulfill that promise.
Unlike Idol, where the judges only critique the contestants' performances, on The X Factor each judge "mentors" the finalists in a particular category, aiding them with song selection and styling, while participating together in judging the contestants in the other categories. Not only Idol, but new singing shows The Voice and Rising Star have become rival shows to The X Factor. There have been a total of 199 winners of The X Factor worldwide. Franchise, airing Franchise, not airing, but will return in the future Franchise that has ended Franchise, in development }} Notes From 29 May to 5 June 2006, ITV broadcast a celebrity version of The X Factor in the UK called The X Factor: Battle of the Stars, it was judged by Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. It was won by actress Lucy Benjamin. There has been a celebrity version in Colombia, El Factor X: Batalla de las Estrellas broadcast in 2006. In 2019 it's rumoured that a celebrity version of the show, could be relaunched in the UK on ITV.
On 24 August 2013, a 24th anniversary television special was broadcast by RCTI in Indonesia called the X Factor Around the World. It featured winners and runners-up from versions of The X Factor in Indonesia, United States, United Kingdom and Australia; the judging panel comprised Paula Abdul, Daniel Bedingfield, Ahmad Dhani and Louis Walsh. The show was purely a music showcase and no winner was announced. Since it was first broadcast in 2004, The X Factor has been the subject of much controversy and criticism in the United Kingdom and many other countries where it was broadcast. Simon Fuller, the creator of Pop Idol, claimed that the format of The X Factor was copied from his own show. Through his company 19 TV, Fuller filed a lawsuit against The X Factor producers FremantleMedia, The X Factor creator Simon Cowell, Cowell's companies Simco and Syco. A High Court hearing began in London in November 2005, the outcome was awaited with interest by media lawyers for its potential effect on the legal situation regarding the copyrighting of formats.
However, the hearing was adjourned and an out-of-court settlement was reached at the end of the month. The X Factor franchise requires every contestant to sign a contract and "sign over their lives" in order to move forward in the competition. Therefore, all the choosing and picking between contestants that the celebrity judges do on television is pre-determined before airing; some of the conditions included in this contract include signing over your recording rights, allowing The X Factor to monitor your behavior during your time in the competition, if you are eliminated and wish to audition for another TV show you must have the permission from the entire franchise. In addition, there is a "gag clause" included in this document preventing any of the contestants to speak about the matter in person or social media; the Danish version has been criticised by Danish music contract expert and consultant for The Danish Musicians' Association Mikael Højris. According to Højris, the contracts for participation in the show are unfair for participants and amount to serfdom to DR1 stating that clauses in the contracts forbid the participants – whether they pass the first round or not – from performing or participating in any other musical event for three months.
He criticises that participants are obliged to travel at their own expense. The Italian version of The X Factor generated controversy when one of the judges, actress and #MeToo activist Asia Argento was accused of sexual misconduct by American child actor, Jimmy Bennett. Argento and Bennett first met on the set of The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things when he was seven years old and Argento was in her 20s. Argento, one of the prominent voices of the #MeToo movement against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, paid a 17-year old Jimmy Bennett $380,000 for sexual intercourse in a California hotel in 2013, she was 37 years at the time. According to the constitution of the State of California, the age of consent is 18 years. Photos and videos of Argento "snuggling" a 17-year old Bennett surfaced online, receiving heavy criticism from several media outlets. Bennett, now 22, accused Argento of sexual misconduct and statutory rape. Argento denied the allegation of sexual assault, she said that she never had a sexual encounter with Bennett, that when he made a request for money, her partner, late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, paid him to avoid negative publicity.
Bourdain was found dead in a French
Soul music is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States, where record labels such as Motown and Stax were influential during the Civil Rights Movement. Soul became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying". Catchy rhythms, stressed by handclaps and extemporaneous body moves, are an important feature of soul music. Other characteristics are a call and response between the lead vocalist and the chorus and an tense vocal sound; the style occasionally uses improvisational additions and auxiliary sounds. Soul music reflected the African-American identity and it stressed the importance of an African-American culture.
The new-found African-American consciousness led to new styles of music, which boasted pride in being black. Soul music dominated the U. S. R&B chart in the 1960s, many recordings crossed over into the pop charts in the U. S. Britain and elsewhere. By 1968, the soul music genre had begun to splinter; some soul artists developed funk music, while other singers and groups developed slicker, more sophisticated, in some cases more politically conscious varieties. By the early 1970s, soul music had been influenced by psychedelic rock and other genres, leading to psychedelic soul; the United States saw the development of neo soul around 1994. There are several other subgenres and offshoots of soul music; the key subgenres of soul include a rhythmic music influenced by gospel. Soul music has its roots in traditional African-American gospel music and rhythm and blues and as the hybridization of their respective religious and secular styles – in both lyrical content and instrumentation – that began in the 1950s.
The term "soul" had been used among African-American musicians to emphasize the feeling of being an African-American in the United States. According to musicologist Barry Hansen,Though this hybrid produced a clutch of hits in the R&B market in the early 1950s, only the most adventurous white fans felt its impact at the time. According to AllMusic, "oul music was the result of the urbanization and commercialization of rhythm and blues in the'60s." The phrase "soul music" itself, referring to gospel-style music with secular lyrics, was first attested in 1961. The term "soul" in African-American parlance has connotations of African-American culture. Gospel groups in the 1940s and'50s used the term as part of their names; the jazz style that originated from gospel became known as soul jazz. As singers and arrangers began using techniques from both gospel and soul jazz in African-American popular music during the 1960s, soul music functioned as an umbrella term for the African-American popular music at the time.
Important innovators whose recordings in the 1950s contributed to the emergence of soul music included Clyde McPhatter, Hank Ballard, Etta James. Ray Charles is cited as popularizing the soul music genre with his series of hits, starting with 1954's "I Got a Woman". Singer Bobby Womack said, "Ray was the genius, he turned the world onto soul music." Charles was open in acknowledging the influence of Pilgrim Travelers vocalist Jesse Whitaker on his singing style. Little Richard, who inspired Otis Redding, James Brown both were influential. Brown was nicknamed the "Godfather of Soul Music", Richard proclaimed himself as the "King of Rockin' and Rollin', Rhythm and Blues Soulin'", because his music embodied elements of all three, since he inspired artists in all three genres. Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson are acknowledged as soul forefathers. Cooke became popular as the lead singer of the gospel group The Soul Stirrers, before controversially moving into secular music, his recording of "You Send Me" in 1957 launched a successful pop music career.
Furthermore, his 1962 recording of "Bring It On Home To Me" has been described as "perhaps the first record to define the soul experience". Jackie Wilson, a contemporary of both Cooke and James Brown achieved crossover success with his 1957 hit "Reet Petite", he was influential for his dramatic delivery and performances. Writer Peter Guralnick is among those to identify Solomon Burke as a key figure in the emergence of soul music, Atlantic Records as the key record label. Burke's early 1960s songs, including "Cry to Me", "Just Out of Reach" and "Down in the Valley" are considered classics of the genre. Guralnick wrote: "Soul started, in a sense, with the 1961 success of Solomon Burke's "Just Out Of Reach". Ray Charles, of course, had enjoyed enormous success, as had James Brown and Sam Cooke — in a pop vein. E
Contemporary R&B is a music genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues, soul, hip hop and electronic music. The genre features a distinctive record production style, drum machine-backed rhythms, pitch corrected vocals, a smooth, lush style of vocal arrangement. Electronic influences are becoming an increasing trend and the use of hip hop or dance-inspired beats are typical, although the roughness and grit inherent in hip hop may be reduced and smoothed out. Contemporary R&B vocalists are known for their use of melisma, popularized by vocalists such as Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Craig David, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Contemporary R&B originated at the end of the disco era, in the late-1970s, when Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones added more electronic elements to the sound of the time to create a smoother dancefloor-friendly sound; the first result was Off the Wall, which—according to Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic—"was a visionary album, that found a way to break disco wide open into a new world where the beat was undeniable, but not the primary focus" and "was part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock, alluring funk".
Richard J. Ripani wrote that Janet Jackson's Control was "important to the development of R&B for a number of reasons", as she and her producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, "crafted a new sound that fuses the rhythmic elements of funk and disco, along with heavy doses of synthesizers, sound effects, a rap music sensibility." Ripani wrote that "the success of Control led to the incorporation of stylistic traits of rap over the next few years, Janet Jackson was to continue to be one of the leaders in that development." That same year, Teddy Riley began. This combination of R&B style and hip hop rhythms was termed new jack swing and was applied to artists such as Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, Al B. Sure!, Guy and Bell Biv DeVoe. In contrast to the works of Boyz II Men and similar artists, other R&B artists and groups from this same period began adding more of a hip-hop sound to their work, like the innovative group Jodeci; the synthesizer-heavy rhythm tracks of new jack swing were replaced by grittier East Coast hip hop-inspired backing tracks, resulting in a genre labeled hip hop soul by Mary J. Blige and producer Sean Combs who had mentored group Jodeci in the beginning and helped them with their unique look.
The style became less popular by the end of the 1990s, but experienced a resurgence. In 1990, Mariah Carey released Vision of Love, it was immensely popular peaking at number 1 in many worldwide charts including the Billboard Hot 100, it propelled Mariah's career. The song is said to have popularized the use of melisma and brought it in to mainstream R&B. During the mid-1990s, Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album sold over 40 million copies worldwide becoming the best-selling soundtrack of all time. Janet Jackson's self-titled fifth studio album janet. which came after her historic multimillion-dollar contract with Virgin Records, sold over twenty million copies worldwide. Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey recorded several Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits, including "One Sweet Day", a collaboration between both acts, which became the longest-running No. 1 hit in Hot 100 history. Carey released a remix of her 1995 single "Fantasy", with Ol' Dirty Bastard as a feature, a collaboration format, unheard of at this point.
Carey, Boyz II Men and TLC released albums in 1994 and 1995 -- II and CrazySexyCool. In the late 1990s, neo soul, which added 1970s soul influences to the hip hop soul blend, led by artists such as D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Maxwell. Hill and Missy Elliott further blurred the line between hip hop by recording both styles. Beginning in 1995, the Grammy Awards enacted the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, with II by Boyz II Men becoming the first recipient; the award was received by TLC for CrazySexyCool in 1996, Tony Rich for Words in 1997, Erykah Badu for Baduizm in 1998 and Lauryn Hill for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999. At the end of 1999, Billboard magazine ranked Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson as the first and second most successful artists of the 1990s. In the second half of the 1990s, The Neptunes and Timbaland set influential precedence on contemporary R&B and hip hop music. R&B acts such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Toni Braxton are some of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Following periods of fluctuating success, urban music attained commercial dominance during the early 2000s, which featured massive crossover success on the Billboard charts by R&B and hip hop artists. In 2001, Alicia Keys released "Fallin"', it peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Top 40 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. It won three Grammy Awards in 2002, including Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, it was nominated for Record of the Year. Beyoncé's solo studio debut album Dangerously in Love has sold over 5 million copies in the United States and earned five Grammy Awards. Usher's Confessions sold 1.1 million copies in its first week and over 8 million copies in 2004, since it has been certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America and, as of 2016, has sold over 10 million copies in the US and over 20 million copies worldwide. Confessions had four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one singles—"Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II" and "My Boo".
In 2004, all 12 songs that topped Billboard Hot 100 were
Nicole Scherzinger is an American singer, dancer and television personality. Born in Honolulu and raised in Louisville, she performed in high school plays, studied at Wright State University before dropping out to pursue a musical career touring alongside American rock band Days of the New and through Popstars, became part of the short-lived girl group Eden's Crush. Scherzinger rose to fame as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls and released the albums PCD and Doll Domination becoming one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. Following the group's disbandment, Scherzinger ventured into television winning the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars and becoming a judge on The Sing-Off and on both US and UK versions of The X Factor, her debut studio album Killer Love was released to moderate success and was preceded by the number-one single "Don't Hold Your Breath". In 2014, Scherzinger released her second album Big Fat Lie and starred on the West End revival of the musical Cats for which she received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Since she shifted her focus back to television, winning I Can Do That, co-hosting Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, appearing as panelist on Bring the Noise, starring in the television film Dirty Dancing. Throughout her career, she has sold over 16 million records as a solo artist, a further 54 million with the Pussycat Dolls, her other ventures include clothing lines, a fragrance and serves as an ambassador for UNICEF UK and the Special Olympics. Scherzinger was born on the island of Oahu, Hawai'i, into a Catholic family, her father, Alfonso Valiente, is of Filipino descent, while her mother, Rosemary Elikolani, has Native Hawaiian and Ukrainian ancestry. Scherzinger's parents separated; when she was six years old, her maternal family moved to Louisville, with her sister and her German American stepfather, Gary Scherzinger. She took her stepfather's surname, she first attended Bowen Elementary, attended Meyzeek Middle School as an adolescent. Scherzinger states that, growing up, her family did not have a lot of money, she gave thanks to her mother for all the support she gave her to become what she is today.
Scherzinger began performing in Louisville, attending the Youth Performing Arts School at duPont Manual High School, performing with Actors Theatre of Louisville. In 2007, she was inducted to duPont Manual Alumni's Hall of Fame as one of the youngest inductees. Since 2013, Scherzinger endowed her alma mater with a yearly $2,000 scholarship named after herself. After earning a scholarship, she furthered her studies at Wright State University majoring in theater arts with a dance minor. During this period, Scherzinger garnered the lead roles in regional productions of the musicals Chicago and Dolls and Show Boat. In 2018, Scherzinger received the 2017 Alumna of the Year Award from the Wright State Alumni Association. In 1999, Scherzinger was hired by Days of the New band leader Travis Meeks to contribute vocals on their self-titled second studio album and dropped out of college to tour through the US in support of the album. Meeks claims that after touring, the two grew apart creatively and that despite being an "amazing entertainer", she "just didn't seem to understand music well … she's just not much of a musician, nor understand music."Two years after her mother's suggestion, Scherzinger quit the band in order to audition on the WB's television show Popstars.
With the aim to chronicle the group's formation until the recording of their debut album, Warner Bros. imprint London-Sire Records signed the group to a recording contract before the band was named and had finalized its membership, due to the hours of network television exposure the group would receive. Hesitant at the idea of joining a group, she opted otherwise as she saw it as an opportunity to travel to Los Angeles. For her audition she sang Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You" and alongside Ana Maria Lombo, Maile Misajon, Ivette Sosa, Rosanna Tavarez, established the girl group Eden's Crush, their debut single, "Get Over Yourself", was released in March 2001 and debuted at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the first female act to debut at number one on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. Their debut studio album, debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart, they went on to tour with'N Sync and Jessica Simpson, but, by the end of the year, their label went bankrupt and the group disbanded.
During this time, will.i.am approached Scherzinger to become a member of the Black Eyed Peas, but she turned it down as her then-boyfriend declined. In December 2002, Scherzinger worked with Yoshiki of Japanese heavy metal band X Japan on his Violet UK project, she sang. In August 2003, opting for a solo recording contract, Scherzinger travelled to Arista Records office in New York with a demo CD, under her Hawaiian family name, Nicole Kea, of her own written material, her performance was interrupted by a citywide blackout, she was forced to leave. She did a brief detour into acting which includes a cameo in the independent comedy Love Don't Cost a Thing. Meanwhile, Robin Antin, the creator of the burlesque troupe, the Pussycat Dolls, struck a joint venture with Interscope Records and along with record producers Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair, launched an open audition for a separate recording group. After will.i.am recommended Scherzinger to Iovine, in hopes to obtain a so