Kaya Jones - Kaya Jones, former Pussycat Doll, holds release party for her new album 'Rise of the Phoenix' at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 10th May 2014
Yeah, we thought this might happen. No sooner had Nicole Scherzinger declared she sang "95%" of the Pussycat Dolls' material, than her former band-mates were slamming her as a limelight hogging good-for-nothing!
As we reported last week, Nicole - now a judge on The X Factor UK - claimed she sang the majority of the girl group's material, letting the rest of the band listen and learn the tracks once they were complete. However, former band-mate Kaya Jones is the first of the hugely successful performers to deny the story, telling TMZ.com, "there was a lot more going on behind the scenes," and adding, "Nicole was always someone who wanted to be in the spotlight and would do pretty much anything to get it.To call the other girls in the Pussycat Dolls "window dressings" is a bit farfetched ... every girl in the group was talented." Though nobody was under any illusions that vocal duties were dished out evenly amongst the group, the extent of Nicole's apparent role was certainly eyebrow raising. Scherzinger had revealed, "I love those girls. They're like my sisters. But people don't even know the whole story. They have no idea. I was in the centre because I was singing." The girls producer Ron Fair has backed up Nicole's version of events - according to the Daily Mail - though Kaya refutes the remarks.
As of 2011, the group had sold 15 million albums and 37 million singles worldwide, making them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.