Pussycat Doll does bhangra!

By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, May 26 -- After Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, another pop diva is going desi. Pussycat Dolls' member Nicole Scherzinger is releasing her debut solo album, Killer Love, next month. Her hit single from the album, 'Right there...' has been reproduced by Asian artistes Culture Shock and DJ Lloyd, along with desihits.com, for two bonus tracks that will be distributed with the album in India and NRI-concentrated nations like USA, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Canada.

This would be her second Indian collaboration. In 2009, she released a cover and music video of AR Rahman's 'Jai ho...' as part of Pussycat Dolls, which debuted on No 1 at the Billboard World Dance Charts. Scherzinger is hoping to be second time lucky with her song. "After working with AR Rahman, I couldn't think of a better way to remix 'Right there...' But the boys with Culture Shock and DJ Lloyd gave me the perfect soundscape to experiment with. If it is received well, I'd love to tour India," Scherzinger says.

Both tracks are distinct. DJ Lloyd has added soul to his remix with background vocals of sufi singer Raja Hassan, incorporated in the song along with santoor, flute and tabla. And Culture Shock have made the dance track a Punjabi hip-hop number, replete with Punjabi vocals by member Sunny Brown and rap by Lomaticc. "I was asked to make a Bollywood version, which is why I experimented with the santoor and sufi," says Lloyd.

Scherzinger, who recently donned a black sari designed by Rocky S for a performance that kick-started the NY Fashion Week in March, is keen on making inroads into Bollywood. "I'd love to meet Priyanka Chopra and work with Karan Johar. I can't wait to get Amitabh Bachchan's autograph. Get me to India soon," gushes the very excited Scherzinger.

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