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Pop singer and dancer Nicole Scherzinger was born Nicole Elikolani Prescovia Scherzinger on June 29, 1978, in Honolulu, HI, but was raised mostly in Louisville, KY, moving there at age six with her mom after her parents separated. Scherzinger (who is of Hawaiian, Russian, and Filipino descent) went to a performing arts high school and, following graduation, enrolled at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Majoring in theater arts and minoring in dance, she eventually put college on hold to pursue music, initially serving as a backing vocalist for the late-'90s rock group Days of the New. In 2001, Scherzinger entered as a contestant on the first season of the WB television show Popstars, where she won the role of lead singer in the resulting all-girl pop group Eden's Crush. The group's first single, "Get Over Yourself," did well on radio and broke into the Billboard Hot 100s Top Ten, but when their label folded soon after, Eden's Crush shortly followed suit. Scherzinger pushed forward and contributed a track ("Breakfast in Bed") to the soundtrack for the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore flick 50 First Dates under the name Nicole Kea.
Around the same time, the popular L.A. burlesque act the Pussycat Dolls were being recast into more of a commercial pop/R&B group, and Scherzinger joined on as their lead singer in 2003. In fact, Scherzinger wound up singing basically all of the vocals on the group's 2005 debut, PCD, along with being the only Doll to have a few songwriting credits on the album. As the Pussycat Dolls' record went on to sell millions of copies, Scherzinger collaborated on various songs outside of the group with artists like P. Diddy, Rihanna, Avant, Will Smith, and Belinda. As the Pussycat Dolls continued to support their debut on the road, Scherzinger readied the release of her first solo album, Her Name Is Nicole..., scheduled for release in late summer 2007. The album is slated to feature various guest spots, including ones from Akon, Timbaland, and will.i.am. Scherzinger also plans on returning to her first love of acting at some point; her résumé already includes bit parts on the television shows My Wife and Kids and Las Vegas, as well as in movies Love Don't Cost a Thing and Chasing Papi.
Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente Scherzinger (pron.: /ˈoʊ ˈʃɜrɪŋər/ ni-KOHL SHUR-zing-ər; born June 29, 1978) is an American recording artist, actor and television personality. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she enrolled in performing arts schools and performed in singing and dancing competitions as a child before becoming the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time, in the 2000s. Scherzinger has since endorsed such brands as Estée Lauder, Nike, Herbal Essences, Müller (company), La Senza, Bebe Stores, London Fog (company), Beats By Dr Dre and many more.
During the group's hiatus, Scherzinger released her debut single "Baby Love" (2007), which brought Scherzinger into the media spotlight, from which she later release another single called "Whatever U Like" (2007) which mainly received positive critics. After the disbandment of The Pussycat Dolls in 2010, Scherzinger released her debut solo studio album Killer Love (2011); it became one of the most successful albums of that year and spawned top three singles "Poison", "Don't Hold Your Breath" and "Right There". Scherzinger's currently untitled second album is to be released in November 2013, and is preceded by its lead single "Boomerang" which became a top ten hit. Scherzinger has also featured on hit singles including "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" and "Heartbeat".
Since the beginning of her career in 1999, Scherzinger has sold 60 million records worldwide. In 2009, Billboard ranked her, along with The Pussycat Dolls, as one of the top ten most successful musical acts of the 2000s. In 2011, Rolling Stone ranked Scherzinger the ninth best dancing musician. She also appeared on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music" in 2012 and was ranked eighth "Sexiest Artist of All Time" in 2013. In 2013, Scherzinger was The Harvard Foundation's "Artist of the Year". Scherzinger's work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including two MTV Music Video Awards, three Billboard Music Awards and a Cosmopolitan Award.
Scherzinger also had her debut tour in many venues around Europe in February 2012. As of 2008, Scherzinger has been in a relationship with Lewis Hamilton.
1978–2003: Early life and career beginnings 
Scherzinger was born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente in Honolulu, Hawaii, into a staunchly Roman Catholic family. Her father, Alfonso Valiente, is of Filipino descent, and her mother, Rosemary Elikolani, is of half-Hawaiian and half-Russian descent. Her mother was eighteen at the time of Scherzinger's birth and lived in an inner city neighborhood. Scherzinger's parents separated when she was still a baby. When she was six years old, her maternal family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, with her sister, Keala, and her German American stepfather, Gary Scherzinger. She took her stepfather's surname after he adopted her. She first attended Bowen Elementary, and later attended Meyzeek Middle School as an adolescent. Scherzinger states that, growing up, her family did not have a lot of money, and she thanks 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, and performing with Actors Theatre of Louisville. As a teenager, Scherzinger was the first runner-up at the 1996 Kentucky State Fair's Coca-Cola Talent Classic contest.
In college, Scherzinger majored in musical theatre at Wright State University, where she had a role in Chicago and in Show Boat. She then put her studies in art on hold in 1999 to sing backing vocals for the rock band, Days of the New. Meeks also claims that after touring for the album, the two grew apart creatively and that despite being an "amazing entertainer," she "didn’t seem to understand music very well." In 2001, Scherzinger went on to audition on The WB's television show, Popstars in which she auditioned with Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You". Scherzinger later won the show as part of Eden's Crush, in which she was one of the lead vocalists for the group. The group released the single, "Get Over Yourself", which charted within the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. They later went on to tour with 'N Sync and Jessica Simpson. will.i.am approached Scherzinger to become a member of The Black Eyed Peas, but her boyfriend at the time, Nick Hexum forced her to decline as he controlled her entire career to try to make her a solo artist. The position was eventually given to Fergie. In late 2001, the band's record company, London-Sire Records, went bankrupt, and the group split. Scherzinger subsequently made a few promotional solo appearances under the stage name of Nicole Kea, including covering "Breakfast in Bed" for the soundtrack to 50 First Dates in 2003. Scherzinger also worked with Yoshiki of Japanese rock band X Japan on his Violet UK project. She sang the English version of "I'll Be Your Love" live with the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra. The track also appeared on the 2003 Various Artists album Exposition of Global Harmony.
2003–10: The Pussycat Dolls 
In May 2003, Scherzinger joined The Pussycat Dolls, a burlesque troupe, as a lead singer, when they were re-cast as recording artists. She had first seen them performing on the Late Show with David Letterman in November 2002, where Carmen Electra sang "Big Spender" from the Bob Fosse musical Sweet Charity. Scherzinger's first recordings with the band was in two soundtracks in 2004, for the films Shark Tale and Shall We Dance?. The newly formed recording group's first single was "Sway" from Shall We Dance?, with a music video inspired by the movie. In September 2005, the band released PCD, an album combined with several dance-pop songs interlacing their burlesque style, while the second half of the album contain tributes and covers. The album peaked at number one in New Zealand, the top-five in Canada, the Netherlands and the United States, and top-ten in United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland. PCD has sold over three million copies in the US. Worldwide, PCD has sold nine million copies. The album received a certification in thirty-six countries. Their first single, "Don't Cha" was a global commercial success, reaching number one in multiple countries. Worldwide, the song has sold more than 6 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time. The band went onto release five more successful singles from the album—"Stickwitu", "Beep", "Buttons", "I Don't Need a Man" and "Wait a Minute". "Stickwitu" was later nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group. The group was selected to perform for the introduction for ABC's coverage of the NBA. They also toured with The Black Eyed Peas on their Honda Civic Tour and Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics Tour. With the success of the debut album, it brought Scherzinger into the media spotlight, which resulted in a series of duets and guest vocals with many male vocalists, including: Shaggy, Vittorio Grigolo and Will Smith. In 2006, she sang co-lead vocals with Avant on his single "Lie About Us". Shcherzinger later appeared on Diddy's lead single "Come to Me" marking her first solo top-ten hit on Billboard Hot 100.
In 2008, the band returned with a comeback single, "When I Grow Up" which became another hit single, charting in the top 10 in numerous countries. "Whatcha Think About That" was released with Missy Elliott as a single before the album and had moderate success internationally. Doll Domination was released on September 19, 2008. It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, with 79,000 copies sold in its first week of release. Worldwide, Doll Domination sold over five million copies. Three more successful singles were released from the album—"I Hate This Part", "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" and "Hush Hush" One less successful single was also released, which was a collaboration with Snoop Dogg—"Bottle Pop". The band began their second world tour, Doll Domination Tour in early 2009. Lady Gaga and Ne-Yo supported the Pussycat Dolls on the UK leg. and were opening acts for the tour. In mid-2009, Scherzinger and the band joined Britney Spears' on her The Circus Starring Britney Spears tour as an opening act for the first leg in North America. In April 2009, Scherzinger confirmed to Billboard that the album would be re-released to give more people a chance to get their music. Scherzinger left the group in 2010. Scherzinger later admitted that she cried when she saw the first outfit she would have to wear as a member of the band. As of 2012, group has sold 50 million records worldwide.
2005–08: Solo releases and The Sing-Off 
In 2005, Scherzinger began working with various producers on solo material after the hiatus with The Pussycat Dolls. In an attempt to release a solo album, "Whatever U Like" featuring guest vocals from T.I. was released as the album's lead single in the US. The song didn't manage to chart on Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number fifty-seven in Canada. After the poor success of the previous single, "Baby Love" was released worldwide and the single achieved reasonable success outside of the United States, particularly in Europe. Although the song was not successful on the Billboard Hot 100, it reached number four on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play. Two promotional singles were released from the album — "Supervillain" and "Puakenikeni" respectively and also both failed to chart. As a result of both singles charting poorly in the US, Scherzinger decided not to release any further singles from the album. Scherzinger revealed that it was her choice not to release Her Name Is Nicole. In April 2008, Scherzinger recorded a cover version of "Rio" by Duran Duran for an advertising campaign for Unilever's Caress brand of body wash. In 2008, in support of Barack Obama, she was one of many musicians to contribute to a track by will.i.am called "Yes We Can". Also on September 5, 2008, Scherzinger joined an all-star cast to perform the charity song "Just Stand Up" on live TV.
In December 2009, Scherzinger served as a celebrity judge on NBC's reality singing competition, The Sing-Off, along with singer-songwriter Ben Folds and Boyz II Men bandmember Shawn Stockman. The show was hosted by singer Nick Lachey. Scherzinger's role was to critique performances of the competitors and vote on eliminations in all but the final round, which was determined by audience vote. In the show finale, Scherzinger performed "You Don't Own Me" with competition finalists the Beelzebubs of Tufts University. She returned to her role as judge for a second season of The Sing-Off in December 2010, but did not return for a third season.
2010–12: Dancing with the Stars, Killer Love and The X Factor 
In March 2010, it was announced that Scherzinger would be a celebrity contestant on Dancing with the Stars for the tenth season and would be partnered with Season 7 champion Derek Hough. On May 25, 2010 Scherzinger won Dancing with the Stars. On February 1, 2010 along with other artists, Scherzinger had re-recorded "We Are the World", a charity single for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The song debuted during NBC's coverage of the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. In June 2010, Scherzinger guest judged on seventh series of UK version of The X Factor auditions and has since been credited in the formation of One Direction as she was the one that came up with the idea. She later returned the same year to perform the lead single from her debut album, "Poison", which charted at number-three on the UK Singles Chart. In January 2011, Scherzinger returned with second single, "Don't Hold Your Breath" which was released March 10, 2011. The following week, "Don't Hold Your Breath" peaked at number-one on the UK Singles Chart and the song also became a worldwide hit single. Killer Love was released a week later and became a top-ten hit album on the UK Albums Chart and became one of the most successful selling albums of 2011. It became the 73rd biggest selling album of the year in the same country. and the twentieth best selling album by a female artist in 2011.
In June 2011, Scherzinger was announced as one of the judges for the first season of Simon Cowell's U.S. version of The X Factor. She later mentored the "Over 30s" category and was runner-up with Josh Krajcik. Scherzinger created immense controversy on the show when her vote was put to deadlock and the public vote sent home contestant Rachel Crow on December 8, 2011. Scherzinger also faced backlash from the fans of the show, which included boos from the audience and later, death threats. Scherzinger left the show after just one season as a judge. For its release in the US, "Right There" was remixed to feature two new verses from American rapper 50 Cent and serves as the first US and third overall single from her debut album, Killer Love. The song became an international worldwide hit, charting in top-ten in numerous countries. Scherzinger portrayed Lily Poison in the film, Men in Black 3, which was released in May 2012. A further two more singles were released from Killer Love — "Wet" and "Try with Me". While shooting the music video for "Try with Me", Scherzinger, her team and choreographer Brian Friedman, were held at gunpoint by a local gang when they were travelling through the mountains to the Xilitla rainforest to shoot the video.
Shortly after her X Factor exit, Scherzinger began her first solo tour in Europe and Asia in February 2012, the Killer Love Tour. On June 15, 2012, Scherzinger signed a £750,000 contract to join the ninth series of The X Factor UK as a replacement judge for the departing Kelly Rowland. During her first season overseas, Scherzinger mentored the "Boys" category. Scherzinger was announced the winning mentor on December 9, 2012. All three acts in Scherzinger's category made it to the final five, the first time this has happened in the history of The X Factor. Arthur and Douglas went on to become winner and runner-up respectively. On October 9, 2012, VH1 premiered a Behind the Music documentary about Scherzinger. In late 2012, Scherzinger featured on the latest studio album of the Italian singer, Eros Ramazzotti.
2013–present: Second studio album 
On February 23, 2013, Scherzinger was honored by the Harvard Foundation as 2013 Artist of the Year for her contributions in performing arts, support for breast cancer research and initiatives for adults and children with special needs. On March 31, 2013, Scherzinger performed "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" for Andrew Lloyd Webber's 40th special anniversary on ITV. Scherzinger's second studio album will be released November 2013. The lead single "Boomerang" debuted and peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart. On March 27, 2013, Scherzinger won a Social TV Award for "Boomerang". Aside from enlisting will.i.am to excutively produce her second album, Scherzinger also recorded vocals on the song "Far Away from Home" for his fourth studio album #willpower.
Artistry Further information: List of songs recorded by The Pussycat Dolls
Musical style and voice 
Despite what other people might write, it was my decision, ultimately. I actually put some of my solo songs on the Pussycat Dolls' new album Doll Domination. Everything is all about timing. I believe it will come out next year, and it will be able to coexist wonderfully with the Dolls' album. It's completely separate from what you've heard with "Baby Love" and "Whatever U Like," and I'm still working on it and that's what happens when you're a perfectionist.— Nicole Scherzinger speaking about her debut album
Her music is generally contemporary R&B, however her music has a feature of soul, pop and dance-pop in some of her songs. While Scherzinger exclusively releases English language songs, she recorded Hindi lyrics in the Pussycat Dolls' version of "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)". Ron Fair and Jimmy Iovine asked Scherzinger to turn the song into a pop song. Throughout Scherzinger's career, her vocal range and music has been compared to Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, Britney Spears, Sugababes, Rihanna, and Beyoncé Knowles. Scherzinger is also a classically trained opera musician. After she won reality television singing competition, Popstars with Eden's Crush and became the lead singer of the band, she later joined pop group Pussycat Dolls. While in the group, Scherzinger was exposed to burlesque (before the band were a recording group, they were burlesque dancers). The band were known for giving jazz performances in their first debut album with records of "Sway" and "Feelin' Good". Since leaving the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger has been artistically been involved in her music career. While in the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger has received co-writing credits for a lot of the songs which were recorded by the group, as well writing for her solo efforts. While in the group she has co-wrote hit singles—"Buttons", "I Don't Need a Man", "Bottle Pop" and "Hush Hush".
Scherzinger's song are written from personal experiences, as she said thay are "personal and heartfelt" tracks. She co-wrote the majority of her first studio album, Killer Love. Scherzinger's songs have been described as "sexual innuendo", "funky electronica" which is backed by "electro beats" In August 2010, RedOne revealed that he was working on Scherzinger's debut album, stating: "I just finished her album. Her last one never came out because it wasn't consistent. Her new record – it's the real her." Scherzinger said a lot of her first studio album was wrote about her split with Lewis Hamilton before their pair rekindled. Scherzinger said that she wanted to create songs which "lend themselves to live performances". She said she likes to record "empowering" ballads. Scherzinger's vocals on ballads have been compared to Kelly Clarkson. She said that she wanted her debut album to be "in your face and strong". She also asks boyfriend, Lewis Hamilton which songs he thinks are going to be hits, which he picked "Poison" to be the lead single from Killer Love. "Everybody", a ballad on Killer Love was praised for the restricts to the polished production, "to allow Scherzinger’s voice to be the main focus." The song was said to be the "goosebump ballad" moment on the album. The album received critical acclaim from music critics.
In 2008, Scherzinger later confirmed that the Pussycat Dolls' second album, Doll Domination, featured some of the songs which had initially been recorded for Scherzinger's own album. "Happily Never After" and "Who's Gonna Love You" were placed on the album. She also announced that "I Hate This Part" was also intended for her own solo album. Christopher "Tricky Stewart" and The-Dream were also working with Scherzinger and produced, wrote and recorded at least two songs for the album. Both of the known recordings, "Punch You In Your Sleep" and "I'm a Cheat" were re-allocated to The-Dream's ex-wife Christina Milian who has recorded them for her fourth studio album Elope due in 2010. Keri Hilson wrote a song for Scherzinger's album titled "Alienated", but Hilson later reclaimed the song from Scherzinger for her debut album, In a Perfect World.... Scherzinger began working with Will.i.am, Timbaland, Lady Gaga and A.R. Rahman. Scherzinger announced that her debut album would be titled Her Name Is Nicole, which she recorded about 100 songs for the album, which was supposed to be released in 2007 before being pushed to October 16, 2008 and later into 2009 before being shelved. She told MTV "I've always said that in the Pussycat Dolls, I kind of feel like Superwoman. But that's just one of my alter egos. I've got the vulnerable, lovesick side of me amongst others which all appear on my record."
The US version of Killer Love was planned to feature an alternate track listing. Scherzinger confirmed, during an interview with MTV, that the US album would contain contributions from RedOne, Ne-Yo, Jim Jonsin, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. In addition to this, 50 Cent was featured on the album's US lead single, a new version of the Jonsin-produced, "Right There". American hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg appears on one of the new songs recorded for the US album. Scherzinger has recorded more than 40 songs to be considered for her US solo debut album, but insists that it "will not be finished until the very last minute. I don't know if I will ever feel like I have finished the album." In 2013, Scherzinger claimed that she was offered "We Found Love", but ended up rejecting it, commenting. "I've got the demo of that song and I was busy at the time. They'd sent me a few dance tracks and I wasn't able to get to them and I was like, 'Oh there's so much dance and I want to take a break from it."
Scherzinger credits Whitney Houston as her greatest musical influence and idol, as she said she wanted to "be Whitney" when she was growing up. She admired Houston so much that she auditioned with her version of "I Will Always Love You" at her Popstars audition. When Scherzinger was growing up in her home town of Louisville, she received a Christmas gift at the age of six. It was a tiny purple boombox and a cassette of Whitney Houston's chart-topping 1985 self-titled debut album. "My parents had no money, but they got me this player and Whitney’s album, which had "The Greatest Love of All" on it," Scherzinger recalls. "That was it for me. From that moment on I wanted to sing. Her voice was so powerful; every note she sang just felt like the truth." Scherzinger also named Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Roberta Flack, Sade Adu, Alanis Morissette, Toni Braxton and Tina Turner as her biggest influences to Scherzinger while growing up. Scherzinger said that Beyoncé Knowles also inspired her, stating: "I am inspired by women like Beyoncé who wear costumes that aren't much but they are real artists and they put real artistry into what they do and that is how I pride myself." Scherzinger said while she is on stage performing, she borrows personas of Tina Turner and Mick Jagger: "The way he [Mick Jagger] prances around stage and the poise he has on stage. But I love Tina Turner’s attitude and sass. I steal from her all the time, especially being the lead singer of this group, the Pussycat Dolls, to be fearless and just have that attitude and that soul behind you. Scherzinger also cites Gwen Stefani as an influences. Janet Jackson and M.I.A are also influences to her. When Scherzinger was older, Mariah Carey became a huge influence to her. She also wished to work with The Black Eyed Peas saying she admired their music. Scherzinger is also a fan of Adele. Critically acclaimed, "Pop Prince", Prince also became a big influence when she was in her teens. Michael Jackson was one of Scherzinger's biggest influences and idols. Paula Abdul, who Scherzinger sat alongside on the judging panel of The X Factor was one of her influences. When she gained the role on Men in Black 3, Scherzinger said that music was a very big part of her inspiration for the character, which she plays for the film. She said, "I listened to my heavier music and I listened to Led Zeppelin and I kind of got in that frame of mind because music is what inspires me most. I worked with my acting coach a lot and she told me about lots of crazy things to think about while I was in character, but I better not tell you what she said." Scherzinger said that the role has inspired her to record differently on her second studio album.
Public image 
According to Scherzinger, she said that a lot of people recognizes her from being a member from the Pussycat Dolls, which she said is "amazing" but wants people to recognize her for her own music and the Pussycat Dolls do not fulfill her musical desires. When asked what she intended to achieve with her solo career she commented "Some people only have their glasses half full, but there was never a limit to mine." In one interview she spoke of her role with the Pussycat Dolls stating that it was a "challenge fronting the group" but that "every girl has something different to bring and add to the success". Scherzinger said "It caught my eye because I’d played Velma Kelly in [Fosse's] Chicago in college." As a former member of the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger is the most recognizable. Scherzinger revealed she hopes her former bandmates are not jealous of her. She admits it is very "frustrating" to read about the media's portrayal of her as "a man-eater". Scherzinger ended her relationship with Lewis Hamilton in October 2011, before the pair got back together and she had been linked to a number of different men, but insists none of the rumors are true. In September 2012, for example, she denied a report by TMZ that she was in a relationship with Chris Brown. Scherzinger has been linked to several other men including long time friend Drake.
Scherzinger's style in fashion has been influenced by rock n' roll as she prefers wearing a "grown up" style of clothing including leather jackets and boots, which can be seen on her very first solo tour. Her style has evolved into being a little bit more grown up. It's rock 'n' roll inspired, but chic and glam rock." The outfits she wore as a Pussycat Doll and sexual dance moves they performed has continued ever since she embarked on her solo career. Scherzinger politely addressed the issue: "I think I am able to handle myself in a good manner and hopefully I’m a positive role model for other girls out there. I think my style is a little edgier now." Scherzinger claims she would be much more successful as a solo artist if she were "more slutty". She also enjoys experimenting with new looks to suit her mood. She's constantly keeping her aesthetic looking fresh and fabulous, but when it comes to style, "I am definitely a person that likes to mix things up and take risks," Scherzinger admits; "I think the bolder the better!" Scherzinger is also a supporter of the LGBT community. She also wore the very first Twitter dress at the EE launch party. In 2012, Scherzinger was ranked number one on Complex's "Hottest Singing Competition Winners Worldwide". She was also ranked eighth "Sexiest Artist of All Time" by VH1 in 2013. Scherzinger was ranked third on "Hottest Women in Music" by FHM in 2013.
Honors and awards See also: List of awards and nominations received by The Pussycat Dolls
Scherzinger has earned numerous awards and honors throughout her career. Scherzinger has taken credit for the Pussycat Dolls' success that launched them into a global phenomenon thus leading the group to become the best selling girl group of the 2000s. As a member of the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger has sold 50 million records worldwide. In the US, Scherzinger has sold 11.5 million records as of October 2012. Scherzinger has also become one of the best-selling international artists in the UK, selling 6.5 million records as a solo artist. In December 2011, Rolling Stone ranked Scherzinger the ninth best dancing musician of all time. In February 2012, Scherzinger was ranked (as a member of PCD) within the Top 100 on VH1's "Greatest Woman in Music". In 2009, Billboard ranked the band as the 80th most successful musical act of the 2000s. "Don't Cha" and "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" strongly defines Scherzinger to most people as it contributed to her breakout as a global superstar. She also became the first person to appear on three or more judging shows within yearly distance — The Sing Off, The X Factor US and The X Factor UK. She also made X Factor history as the first X Factor judge to have worked on the US and UK shows.
One of Scherzinger's biggest hits, "Jai Ho! (You are My Destiny)" has been placed in fifth place as the biggest moves in the lifetime of the Billboard Hot 100, moving up eighty-five places. On September 6, 2009, The Official Charts Company listed "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" and "Don't Cha" at number thirty-nine and five, as of the most downloaded song since its launch, respectively. On September 29, 2011, "Don't Cha", was included in VH1's "Greatest Songs of 2000s". Worldwide, "Don't Cha" has sold more than 6 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time. Besides attaining twelve number one singles worldwide, Scherzinger has had six number one singles on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart — making the Pussycat Dolls the first girl group to achieve this feat. PCD also became the first all-female group in digital history to have three or more singles pass the 2 million mark in digital sales. The Pussycat Dolls have achieved platinum-status certifications for their albums in 18 countries and multi-platinum in 7. The group were also a success in the United Kingdom: "Don't Cha" was one of the best selling singles of the 2000s; the group's debut album, PCD one of the best selling albums with sales over 1,246,769 as of 2009. The album is still one the best selling albums by a girl group, having sold over 10 million copies and has been certified gold or platinum in more than thirty-six countries. All of the Pussycat Dolls studio albums released, along with Scherzinger's, have peaked within the top five on the Billboard 200 and top ten on the UK Albums Chart. Most of Scherzinger's singles have charted within the Billboard Hot 100 and all on the UK Singles Chart.
In April 2013, she was awarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Music Award at The Asian Awards.
Other ventures 
Products and endorsements 
Scherzinger had re-recorded "Don't Cha" in Simlish for inclusion in the computer game The Sims 2: Pets. She has also recorded a version of "GoldenEye" — the theme song of the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye — for the 2010 video game GoldenEye 007. She also appeared in character form in the computer game Asphalt: Urban GT 2 in November 2006. Scherzinger's solo and Pussycat Dolls songs have been featured in an array of dance and singing games including — Just Dance 2 , Zumba Fitness 2, Get Up and Dance, Everybody Dance, Just Dance: Greatest Hits and SingStar. In a merchandising agreement with Interscope Records in 2006, toy manufacturer Hasbro planned a line of dolls modeled after the Pussycat Dolls, reportedly to be marketed to six to nine-year-olds. Two organizations, Dads and Daughters and Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, successfully lobbied Hasbro to scrap the plan, saying they felt the dolls would have been inappropriate for children due to the overtly sexual nature of the Pussycat Dolls' songs, videos and performances. Also in 2006, Interscope negotiated a deal with Estée Lauder for a Pussycat Dolls line of cosmetics under the Stila brand.
In 2008, Robin Antin and the La Senza Corporation of Canada produced a line of Burlesque/Pussycat Dolls-styled lingerie called "Shhh...by Robin Antin". On December 15, Antin released Robin Antin's Pussycat Dolls Workout. The DVD release is composed of dancers from the Pussycat Doll Lounge Review, including Chrystina Sayers from the group Girlicious, and features Scherzinger. In 2006, she made a "Bench Body" brand underwear commercial in the Philippines, and in October 2008 she promoted Clear Shampoo and Conditioner. She appeared in a Nike shoe commercial with basketball player LeBron James. In 2010, she made a commercial for the C&A campaign. In December 2011, Scherzinger began endorsing the imPress Nails manicure line and has her own signature series. Later in 2012, Scherzinger became the ambassador for Herbal Essences.
In March 2013, Scherzinger was announced as an ambassador for British Airways promoting first class routes to Moscow. In April 2013, it was announced that Scherzinger will be the face of Müller Corner, a range of luxury yogurts and front TV and print campaigns.
Acting and musical theatre 
Scherzinger has made minor appearances as an actress. She appeared in the TV comedy, Half & Half, My Wife and Kids and the 2003 film, Love Don't Cost a Thing. She also had a role in 2001 as one of the "Pop Stars" in the episode, "Finally!", of the show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and also made appearances in Wanda at Large, Chasing Papi, Be Cool and Cane. Scherzinger was intended to be cast in one of the lead roles in the upcoming movie with the Filipino Boxing Champion, Manny Pacquiao, together with professional wrestler, Dave Batista. She was about to play the leading lady of the Filipino Champ, but her audition was cancelled and the role went to the Filipina actress, Ruffa Mae Quinto. She also made an appearance in the Nickelodeon show, Big Time Rush, as herself. In 2010 Scherzinger appeared in the How I Met Your Mother episode "Glitter", as Robin Scherbatsky's former best friend, Jessica Glitter. Scherzinger portrayed Lily Poison in the film Men in Black 3, released May 25, 2012. She appeared on the covers of numerous Cosmopolitan editions (British, Bulgarian, Croatian, Estonian, Italian, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mexican, Mongolian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and others). Scherzinger frequently has appeared in FHM Magazine's 100 Sexiest Women poll, ranking #49 in 2006, #22 in 2007, #49 in 2008, #60 in 2009, and #73 in 2010. In 2011, she jumped 64 places to rank #9. In 2012, Scherzinger was ranked number one on Complex's "Hottest Singing Competition Winners Worldwide".
Scherzinger majored in acting and musical theatre at Wright State University, where she played Velma Kelly in Chicago and Julie La Verne in Show Boat. She put her studies on hold in 1999 to sing backing vocals for the rock band, Days of the New. In late 2009 it was reported that Scherzinger was working closely with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the musical Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Although she has not yet appeared in the show, her version of the title song - Love Never Dies - was played on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Friday 1 April 2011. June 2010, it was announced that Scherzinger would take on the role of Maureen in the Hollywood Bowl production of the rock musical Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. She played the role from August 6–8, 2010. As part of the 25th Anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, Scherzinger performed the title song at The Royal Variety Performance - held in The Lowry, Manchester - on Monday 5 December 2011. She performed alongside four former Phantoms (Simon Bowman, Earl Carpenter, John Owen-Jones and Ramin Karimloo). The performance was aired on ITV1 on Wednesday 14 December 2011. Scherzinger has considered an acting career rather than returning to The X Factor to be TV Personality. On March 31, 2013, Scherzinger performed "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" for Andrew Lloyd Webber's 40th special anniversary on ITV1.
Besides her career in music, Scherzinger has also contributed to various charities. For natural disasters, Scherzinger has helped various relief efforts. She was to appear on the single "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" to benefit a donation to the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake in 2010. Along with the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger raised money for a charity fundraiser to assist breast cancer research in Australia with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in 2008. She has also performed for many music events that donated to charities such as performing alongside Lea Michele for a performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in LA. In February 2012, Scherzinger attended the third annual Women in Music event which benefited the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Early in the evening a check for $30,000 was presented to VH1 Save The Music on behalf. She's admitted that on some weekends, she visits associations for adults with special needs. Scherzinger says she enjoys her charitable endeavors so much, the work has ceased to be selfless and become a mere pursuit of her own pleasure, "I don't know if it's selfish because I get so much fulfillment out of it, but it excites me to be with special-needs kids and families. My aunt has down's syndrome so it's very close to my heart," says Scherzinger. Additionally, Scherzinger plans for a "Special Needs Charity Camp". Inspired by her aunt who suffers from down syndrome, she hopes to give disabled kids a special place to sing and learn to play instruments. Most recently, Scherzinger as been active with Comic Relief which aims to "bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people, which [we] believe requires investing in work that addresses people's immediate needs as well as tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice". Scherzinger has also contributed to human trafficking charities such as the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking where in May 2013, participated in the "From Slavery to Freedom" event to raise money.
Personal life 
Scherzinger met Nick Hexum of rock band 311 backstage at a Days of the New concert in 2001. They dated and later became engaged, but broke it off around November 2004. She was the inspiration for their song "Amber" and appeared in the music video. She also dated actor Talan Torriero from 2005 to 2007. Since 2008, Scherzinger has been in a relationship with Lewis Hamilton. In January 2010, it was announced that Hamilton and Scherzinger had split up. The couple reunited in early 2012, and remain in a relationship.
In 2012, Scherzinger publicly revealed her eight-year struggle with bulimia, explaining how during her time in the Pussycat Dolls, "I just hated myself. I was in a group but I never felt so alone in my life ... I never did drugs, but hurting myself was my addiction. The music is what saved me. That's the only thing I can trust."
On February 2, 2010, Jessica Sutta went into detail about her relationship with Scherzinger within The Pussycat Dolls. She confirmed that they weren't "personally friends" but that she's grateful for Scherzinger taking creative control of the Dolls. Sutta insists that she wouldn't have worked as hard as an artist if it had not been for Scherzinger's position in the group. On October 5, 2012, Scherzinger claimed in a VH1's Behind The Music special that she was responsible for both lead and backing vocals on the group's songs, with hardly anything sung by her fellow members. Scherzinger, who said that she didn't want to get in trouble for her revelations, explained that the other Pussycat Dolls members often hadn't even heard their tracks until they were recorded. On October 7, 2012, Kaya Jones, claimed that Scherzinger became the lead singer for the group because "there was a lot more going on behind the scenes". Jones told TMZ: "Nicole was always someone who wanted to be in the spotlight and would do pretty much anything to get it" and "to call the other girls in the Pussycat Dolls 'window dressings' is a bit farfetched... every girl in the group was talented," she added. On April 4, 2013, Kimberly Wyatt addressed repeated attempts to patch up differences between them both, but Wyatt has finally given up on Scherzinger. On May 10, 2013, Carmit Bachar addressed the damaged relationships within the all-girl group suspicious of Scherzinger's eating disorder which caused secret tension which led them to break up. Bachar stated, "But as a Pussycat Doll she was ruthlessly ambitious, career driven and prone to mood swings."
The X Factor controversies 
In week 7 of The X Factor US, Scherzinger voted to eliminate contestant Rachel Crow from the show over Marcus Canty; this took the results to deadlock. Immediately after the results were revealed, Crow collapsed onstage and cried inconsolably. Scherzinger was visibly upset by the result. Steve Jones asked Scherzinger if she had anything to say, but she shook her head and turned away. Following this, Crow was eliminated and Scherzinger was booed off the stage and her future on the show was put in jeopardy. She subsequently received death threats from some viewers. According to an interview with People Magazine, Scherzinger admitted feeling regrets voting Crow off the show and felt like she let her down. "When I saw that look on her face [I felt] that I let her down, like I dropped her. I could have been holding on and I dropped her," Scherzinger told People. On September 30, 2012, Scherzinger decided to put Rylan Clark through to live shows on The X Factor UK which caused controversy for both the two. They both received death threats from some viewers on Twitter.