Pussycat Dolls set to dominate pop music
Ashley Roberts is calling SheKnows from the green room of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and is all too excited to learn that the Pussycat Dolls' host is the new face of CoverGirl.
"Are you serious?" Roberts coyly asks.
Yes we are. SheKnows does not joke about such things!
Ashley and her Pussycat Dolls mates are getting ready to hit Ellen's big stage as their album Doll Dominationis released on the world's biggest stage, from iTunes to the corner CD store.
Anxious for her Ellen performance, Ashley reports not having any nerves except utter excitement for the arrival of Doll Domination September 23. You see, they've been ready for a while. The Pussycat Dolls have had a hit with When I Grow Upsince June.
The Phoenix native is the picture of calm prior to performing in front of millions of people courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres and her daytime show. Ashley is a consummate professional, six months after high school graduation, a move to Los Angeles produced the position she currently holds.
Hello, I love you won't you tell me your name
SheKnows:Hello, this is Joel from SheKnows.com.
Ashley:Hi Joel, this is Ashley from the Pussycat Dolls.
SheKnows:Well hi there Ashley from the Pussycat Dolls, how are you today?
Ashley:I'm good, how are you?
SheKnows:I'm doing great, wow it's great to speak with you today thank you so much.
Ashley:You are so welcome.
SheKnows: The first single, When I Grow Up, arrived back in early summer, how's it feel to finally have the record, Doll Domination, out in the public's hands? Are you guys ready to dominate, so to speak?
Ashley: (laughs) I definitely think we're ready. We've had a long break and since the fans have been waiting for it, we're excited to get it to them.
SheKnows:That's what struck me, you mentioned it being a long time, we actually spoke at the MTV Movie Awards in June. Doesn't that seem like years ago?
Ashley: Yeah, when When I Grow Upfirst came out! You did! I remember.
SheKnows:That was in June. Has there been a lot of anticipation at your end to get the entire record out there?
Ashley: Yeah, most definitely. There's a lot of expectation you know. We've got some amazing songs. We got to work with a lot of amazing producers. We're so excited to have new material. I hope the fans like it as much as they love PCD.
SheKnows: And that's the thing, you guys went into record the first one not many people knew who you were. You came out of no where and shocked the world. Is it any different when you went into the studio to record Doll Dominationknowing that you've got a fan base that is just huge?
Ashley:Yes it was. Now that we have a fan base and we kind of knew what the sound was, it was an easier process this time to get all the songs recorded, actually.
Ashley:Yeah, so this album has a lot of different styles in it. There's more of a variety, I think. We've got some ballads that show a little more vulnerable side to the Dolls. Could you hold on one second?
Ashley puts her phone down to go over some details for the Ellen show.
Ashley: I'm sorry there's a lot going on right now. We're getting ready to go on Ellentoday.
SheKnows:Oh my goodness.
Ashley:Yeah, right. We're in the dressing room getting ready for Ellen's show.
Do you think I'm sexy?
SheKnows:Well, alright. Have you met Ellen before?
Ashley:Oh my gosh, we've met a couple times. She's the best (laughs).
SheKnows:How cool is that that's she's the new face of CoverGirl?
Ashley: Is she?
SheKnows:Yeah, they just announced it.
SheKnows:I know! Please tell Ellen congratulations from SheKnows.
Ashley:That is so awesome. That's great. I can't wait to see her! That's so cool!
Stairway to heaven
SheKnows: I wanted to ask about the next single. You've had your fair share of superstar guest artists including Snoop Dogg, what was it like pairing with Missy Elliot?
Ashley:It was honestly a dream come true. I think Missy's the ultimate Pussycat Doll. She's all fire. She's confident in who she is and is always doing her thing. She's always at the top of her game. I think it's the perfect match. She's really down to earth and cool.
SheKnows:I think it's a match made in heaven.
SheKnows: I wanted to ask you lastly, there's such a physical demand on you because your live show is so physical, with the dancing and the singing. When you have down time in between albums, does your personal regimen change?
Ashley:Each of us had some time to our selves to figure out what we want to do as individuals and branch out. I got to do a small role in a movie and that's what I want to do after the Dolls is do romantic comedies. I think that was kind my shift that I did on our down time. I focused on acting and classes. It was a lot of fun, but I was looking forward to getting back into Doll-land. I love the stage and I love performing. I'm excited to get back with them and get out there.
SheKnows:One last question, is there a personal favorite of yours on Doll Domination?
Ashley: My personal favorite changes day to day depending on what mood I'm in. Right now, I love Magic. It's a song that Timbaland did.
Ashley: Yeah, totally. It's one of my favorites. To have Timbaland, it can't get any better.