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Girls United
Girlicious 2009.jpg
The original line-up consisting of Nichole, Natalie, Tiffanie and Chrystina
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active 2007–11
Labels
Associated acts Robin Antin
Website GirliciousMusic.com
Members
  • Candice Craig
  • Alex Segal
Past members
  • Tiffanie Anderson
  • Chrystina Sayers
  • Natalie Mejia
  • Nichole Cordova
  • Kasey Osborne

Girls United (formerly Girlicious) is an American girl group originally formed by Robin Antin, creator of the Pussycat Dolls, from The CW reality TV show Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious. The group was originally signed to Geffen Records and composed of members Nichole Cordova, Tiffanie Anderson, Chrystina Sayers and Natalie Mejia. Their self-titled debut album was released in Canada in August 2008 and reached number two on the Canadian Albums Chart. After Anderson left the group in June 2009, Girlicious signed with Universal Music Canada and released their second studio album, Rebuilt, in November 2010. Mejia and Sayers departed the group in February 2011.

In April 2011, an announcement was made concerning a new line up featuring Nichole and new members Candice Craig, Alex Segal and Kasey Osborne, who would later depart from the group. In May 2014, Cordova announced on Facebook that their new name would be Girls United; one month later, Cordova left the group in pursuit of a solo career.[citation needed]

History[edit]

2007–13: Formation and Girlicious[edit]

Before the airing of the series premiere of the show, Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious, the girls were already chosen for "Girlicious" and had started recording their debut album in late 2007. Originally the group was to be a trio, but was conceived as a quartet through a final decision of creator Robin Antin on the show's season finale. Thus far, they have received greater attention and major success from Canadian audiences, receiving platinum certification in Canada for their self-titled debut album Girlicious. The album peaked at number two on the Canadian Albums Chart. The group was nominated at the Teen Choice Awards for "Breakout Group" of the year, and Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious was nominated for "Reality: Music Competition" in 2008.[1]

It was confirmed on June 11, 2009, via a YouTube video upload from Tiffanie Anderson’s official YouTube channel, that she was no longer a member of Girlicious. In the video, Anderson cites changes with their new record label and sound, stating: "Robin Antin and the label were looking for a new direction for the group" ... "they were looking for the group to not be [urban] any longer". She also speaks of personal differences between some of the girls, saying the group was not seeing eye-to-eye on a lot of things: "a couple of the girls and I didn't have the same values or the same morals – causing a huge conflict in the end of it all."[2] On Sunday, June 21, 2009 Girlicious appeared live at the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada as nominees and presenters. The group won the award for "Most Watched Video" for "Like Me". Their video for "Stupid Shit" came in at second place.

The group's second and final lineup consisting of Mejia, Sayers and Cordova at Mi6, West Hollywood, CA on Oct. 14, 2009

In 2009, the group went into the studio to start recording music for their second studio album. In December 2009 the group announced they had moved from Geffen Records and that they had signed a record deal with Universal Music Canada. The sound for the album will go in a more "Pop" direction, and further away from the Hip-Hop/R&B sound featured on their first album.[2] The group's first single titled "Over You", was sent to Canadian radio stations on December 25, 2009. The song was released to Canadian iTunes on January 5, 2010.[3] The song peaked at number 57 on The Hits Charts (Airplay): Top 100 Singles and number 52 on Canadian Hot 100.[4] The group's second single titled "Maniac" was released to Canadian iTunes on April 6, 2010.[5] The music video was shot on April 6 in LA at an abandoned hospital.[6] It peaked as number 72 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. The girls were featured on the Jersey Shore Soundtrack, with a song titled "Drank". It was then released on July 20, 2010 to digital retailers in Canada and the United States as a promotional single for Rebuilt. The promotional single featured guest rapper Spose. On August 31, 2010 the girls released their third single titled "2 In the Morning".[7] It made a Hot Shot Debut on the Canada Hot 100 reaching number 57. The song then moved up five places to number 52 in the week of September 16. Then, on the week of November 13, 2010, the song reached its peak at number 35.[8] On September 26 they taped a performance of "Maniac" for Playboy's Beach House, which aired in January 2011.[9] Their second album, Rebuilt, was released on November 22 in Canada reaching number five on the pop album chart.[citation needed]

On February 26, 2011, the group confirmed the exit of Sayers and Mejia via their Facebook and Twitter accounts. It was stated that Cordova was still part of the group and very much ready to get on with the future of Girlicious.[citation needed] After the departure of the girls, "Hate Love" was released as the fourth single from Rebuilt. The song debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at number 97 in the week of April 2, 2011. In the week of April 30, 2011, the song reached its peak at number 59 while also reaching number 19 on the Canadian Top 40. On June 17, 2011, Cordova performed alongside Carmen Electra on the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Revue Tour.[citation needed] In October 2011, Cordova announced and confirmed the band's hiatus and also hinted about new members.[10] In May 2012, the group's profile page on Universal Music Canada's website had been removed, consequently implying they had been dropped by their label. However, the group's profile page on the Universal Music website is still up,[when?] meaning they are still signed to Universal, but no longer in Canada.

2013–present: Rebranded as Girls United[edit]

“I have been getting a few tweets and questions that I just want to clear up! Yes, I made a very hard decision 2 give myself an opportunity of growth & full creativity. I am excited to begin writing and working on a few projects on my own. Creating music is an urgency I will never escape! After many years in a few different girl groups I have collected my wonderful experiences and I am ready for the next challenge. I have never been happier to recognize inspiration and feel hopeful towards my own identity as an artist. I will always evolve and I thank everyone for your support or at least your interest in following my journey! Good stuff kids! I wish my fellow Girls United the very best and I am such a fan of Alex & Candice #GirlGroupieForever"

— Cordova on her departure from the group.[11]

It was announced that the third line up for Girlicious will consist of Cordova along with new members Kasey Osborne, Alex Segal and Candice Craig.[12] However in April 2013, Osborne would depart from the group and Girlicious would be rebranded as Girls United.[citation needed] Girls Untied auditioned for the third season of the The X Factor[13] with "Price Tag" by Jessie J. Girls United was picked in the Final 40, one of ten acts in the "Groups" category mentored by Simon Cowell chosen to move on to the next stage of the competition.[14] Girls Untied performed "Yeah 3x" by Chris Brown and was placed in chair 1. But they were switched out with eventually winners of the series Alex & Sierra, and failed to made the final four of "Group" category.[15][16][17][18]

On October 9, Girls United released their cover of Ariana Grande's "Pink Champagne", the music video of the song was directed Don Tyler.[19][20] The song received an positive review from DaysTune, saying "You’ve got pretty women, great harmony and the kind of pop music that sells records".[19] It was announced that they are working on their debut EP.[19] Girl United released their debut single "The Mashup" which was produced by Orange Factory Music.[citation needed] Jacques Peterson of Pop Dust gave a mixed review calling it a "strip club hip-hop sound that’s so trendy right now and injects it with a few buckets of bubblegum and low-key electro-pop" but also citing it as "far better than anything G.R.L. or Fifth Harmony have served up so far, and that has to count for something. If they keep the cool sound and tweak their image a bit, there could be something worthwhile here".[21]

In June 2014, it was announced that Nichole Cordova was no longer a part of the group and that she left for a solo career.[11]

Time line[edit]

Members 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Tiffanie Anderson
(2007–2009)
Chrystina Sayers
(2007–2011)
Natalie Mejia
(2007–2011)
Nichole Cordova
(2007–2014)
Alex Segal
(2011–present)
Candi Craig
(2011–present)
Kasey Osbourne
(2011–2013)

Current members[edit]

Alex Segal[edit]

Alexandra Rodriguez better known as her stage name Alex Segal. Alex landed an recurring role as Whitney in the television series First Day.

Candice Craig[edit]

Candice "Candi" Craig is Haitian-American born in South Florida in 1988. Candice’s professional career was launched at the tender age of seventeen.[22] She has danced for Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Diddy, Ciara, N.E.R.D (Pharrel Williams), Pitbull, Mark Anthony, Ashlee Simpson, Daddy Yankee and Wisin y Yandel.[22] Candice developed her talents in the competitive environment of Miami-Dade County’s Magnet Schools Program for the Performing Arts during her elementary and high school years.[22] She graduated from Coral Reef Senior High and greatly contributed to the school’s successes at the national level.[22]

In addition, years of intense training in ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern and lyrical at Dance Attack, one of the finest dancing schools in South Florida.[22] She consistently won awards and trophies for her school in numerous competitions over the years, including the honor of National Champion.[22]

Past members[edit]

Nichole Cordova[edit]

Nichole Cordova in 2009.

Nichole Marie Cordova (born August 17, 1988) is from Houston, Texas, where she has been singing since the age of four. She was offered a chance to start recording her very first demo at the age of 14. In 2007, Nichole recorded over 50 songs in the hopes of releasing her own album. Aside from singing, she is also a trained ballet dancer and teacher for over ten years.[23] Cordova cites Jill Scott, Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera as musical influences.

Nichole Cordova performed her first solo performance with the En Vogue's version of "Something He Can Feel" on the season finale of Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious where she became the first member of Girlicious,[24][25] She received high praise from the judges for her performance of "Something He Can Feel" with them describing it as "unexpected" and solid.[24] Cordova landed the lead female role in the horror film Bleed Out as Taylor.[26] On June 17, 2011, Cordova performed alongside Carmen Electra on the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Revue Tour.[27]

Tiffanie Anderson[edit]

Anderson was a member from 2008-2009 before she was axed by the group's new label.

Tiffanie Adair Anderson (born August 15, 1988) is from Los Angeles, California is a singer and dancer.[28] During her time on the reality show, she and Cordova were the only two contestants to have never made it into the bottom two. During the finale, Robin Antin called out Anderson to become a group member of Girlicious, along with Nichole Cordova, Natalie Mejia, and Chrystina Sayers.[29] On June 11, 2009, via a YouTube video, Anderson revealed that she was no longer a member of Girlicious. In the video, Anderson cited changes with their new record label and sound.[30]

Chrystina Sayers[edit]

Sayers left the group with fellow member Mejia in 2011.

Chrystina Lauren Sakamoto Sayers (born August 14, 1987), also known professionally as Chrysie Sayers, is from San Diego, California, where she grew up as a tomboy and struggled to be accepted by her classmates. She is of African American, Irish, Native American, and Japanese descent. After winning her spot in the group she joined other members Tiffanie Anderson, Natalie Mejia and Nichole Cordova to form Girlicious. After recording two albums with the group she announced her departure in early February 2011. She is close friends with former member Natalie Mejia.[31] On January 29, 2012 it was revealed that Sayers was set to join the new fourth line-up of the Pussycat Dolls.[32] However, on April 13, 2012 it was announced that Sayers was no longer a part of the new line-up.[33][34] As of 2012, she is working on new material for her album and has since released her debut solo single, "Alive", on September 28, 2012.[35] On June 1, 2012, Sayers premiered her debut solo single, "Alive", on Ustream.[36] In September 2012, Sayers revealed to VIBE Vixen her reasons for quitting Girlicious and dropping out of the Pussycat Dolls. In the interview she stated that she felt Girlicious "was over when Natalie had her cocaine charge. I really thought she was going to go to jail. I honestly didn’t want to be affiliated with someone like that. Then everything started to get better when we were working on our second album but then one of the girl’s behavior started to get erratic. I had to question if this was going to continue because it was getting out of control." On leaving the new Pussycat Dolls line-up she said; "To be honest I was actually working on my solo project before that but Robin pretty much figured out everybody that she wanted. She really thought I would be a great asset to the group, so I kind of rolled with it for a while. After we did the Go Daddy commercial for the Super Bowl she (Antin) told me I didn’t have a choice and I couldn’t leave. I had to be in The Pussycat Dolls. She really wanted me in and I didn’t want to let her down." "I felt like I already went down the path of the girl group thing. I’m very focused and I know what I want to do and being a part of a girl group is definitely not what I want anymore. So I ended up not doing it and I walked away."[37]

Sayers released her debut solo single, "Alive", on September 28, 2012 on iTunes worldwide.[38][39]

Natalie Mejia[edit]

Mejia left the group with fellow member Sayers in 2011.

Natalie Nicole Mejia (born May 7, 1988) is from Diamond Bar, California.[40] Mejia is of Mexican and Cuban descent. Her musical idols are Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.[41] She attended Diamond Ranch High School and was a graduate for the Class of 2006. She studied dancing from the age of nine at the Millennium Dance Complex. She won her position in the group in the season finale along with Tiffanie Anderson, Chrystina Sayers and Nichole Cordova. Before Girlicious, she was a member of two musical groups - Cherri, of which she was a member from 2001 until 2003 and then Breathe, which formed in 2005 and disbanded in 2007. Breathe was an opening act for Sean Paul.[42] After two albums with the group she announced her departure along with Sayers in February 2011. After leaving the band, she was due to join a new group but the project fell through as Randy Jackson decided to focus on American Idol and Mariah Carey's new album.[43] She is currently pursuing a solo career and plans on releasing new songs on iTunes. As of July 2012, Natalie had been confirmed as one of the five new Pussycat Dolls. It is thought she was drafted in as a replacement for Chrystina.[43][44] However, in November 2012 it was revealed that Mejia was no longer a part of the group and was instead replaced by Emmalyn Estrada.[45] On 1 December 2012, Mejia revealed that she was expecting her first child, and due to her situation she made a choice not to continue as apart of the Pussycat Dolls.[46] On May 11, 2013, Mejia gave birth to a daughter, Calista Estrella.[47]

Discography[edit]

Tours[edit]

2008–09: The Girlicious Tour

As opening act

2008: The Unbreakable Tour: Backstreet Boys (Opening act for Leg 1.)

2009: The Circus Starring Britney Spears: Britney Spears (Opening act for May 5, August 20 and 21 shows.)

Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 Girlicious Breakout Group Nominated
Best Live Concert Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  47. ^ Mejia, Natalie. "Calista Estrella, Born May 11, 2013 In May 2014 Mejia announced a new girl group with her sisters, Jazzy and Taylor called The Mejia Sisters. Their single 'Stray' was released on Itunes on August 18th 2014. The group are currently working on an album.". Twitter. nataliemejia. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 

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