The Pussycat Dolls were originally founded as a burlesque group in 1995 by choreographer Robin Antin, They have since transitioned into music and are one of the most popular ensemble singing groups in pop.
Antin began looking into forming a burlesque group in 1993, and by 1995 the group she had assembled performed for the first time. The Pussycat Dolls became a fixture at the Los Angelese club The Viper Room from 1995 to 2001, and began to enjoy widening media interest. Part of the public interest in them arose from a 1999 Playboy spread, and coverage in a variety of magazines, television programs, and movies. After appearing in Maxim in 2002 and enjoying wider popularity than they’d ever seen, the Pussycat Dolls were transformed into a pop group with the help of music producers Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair. Only a few of the original troupe members were asked to stay on for the music venture. Carmen Electra, who had performed often with the original burlesque group, was asked but declined the offer; Electra later made a cameo in the Dolls’ “Don’t Cha” music video.
Singer Nicole Scherzinger became the group’s lead singer in 2003. The rest of the group became Carmit Bachar, Kimberly Wyatt, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton and Kaya Jones (Kaya left the Pussycat Dolls after recording and appearing in both "Sway", and “Don't Cha” videos, and Carmit Bachar left in early 2008). They released their debut album, PCD, in 2005, which went to number five on the Billboard 200, and “Don’t Cha” went to number one in many countries. The Dolls went on to release six more successful singles off the album. In early 2008 the Dolls released “When I Grow Up,” the first single off their new album Doll Domination. The Pussycat Dolls have also achieved wider exposure through a variety of television ventures, including the 2007 reality series “Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll” and in 2008, “Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious,” which followed the girls as they auditioned members for their own group and for a new ensemble pop group, Girlicious.
Since then, the Pussycat Dolls underwent bouts of conflict regarding their members. Nicole Scherzinger clashed with other members and in 2010 they announced that several of them were planning to take on different projects. The next year, it was said that a new line-up was to be introduced.