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For the eponymous extended play by this group, see G.R.L. (EP).
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G.R.L. in 2013
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Pop
Years active 2013–present
Associated acts
Website grlmusic.com
Past members

G.R.L. are an American-British-Canadian girl group formed by Robin Antin. The group is managed by Larry Rudolph and is made up of members Lauren Bennett, Emmalyn Estrada, Natasha Slayton and Paula van Oppen.

The group originally included singer Simone Battle who died on September 5, 2014, leaving the group as a quartet.

Music career[edit]

2011–12: Formation and line-up changes[edit]

In March 2011, Antin began holding auditions to find new girls to replace the departed members of The Pussycat Dolls.[1] The new line-up made their debut on February 5, 2012, during the Super Bowl, as part of GoDaddy’s annual TV commercials, appearing with Danica Patrick. "The look of the commercial is not necessarily the new look of the group this time around," said Robin Antin, adding, "It's breathtakingly beautiful. It's a fun, real-campy kind of sexy. It's all of that, but again, what we're doing for this next life of the Pussycat Dolls, the girls are all young. It's a fresh, young energy."[2] An official picture taken from the ad showed five members: Lauren Bennett from Paradiso Girls, Paula van Oppen (from So You Think You Can Dance and the PCD burlesque show), former Laker Girl Vanessa Curry, Chrystina Sayers from Girlicious, and Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Erica Kiehl Jenkins.[3][4]

On 13 April 2012, it was announced that Chrystina Sayers was no longer a part of the new line-up.[5] In July 2012, the line-up was announced consisting of Bennett and Van Oppen, with new members Natalie Mejia (from Girlicious), Amanda Branche, and Natasha Slayton, thus confirming Jenkins' withdrawal from the group.[6] In August 2012, publicity photos showed the 'new' line-up including Simone Battle (from Season one of The X Factor USA) replacing Branche.[7] In November 2012, it was revealed, through the hiring of Emmalyn Estrada, that Mejia was no longer part of the group.[8] Mejia announced that she was expecting her first child with her husband, and due to her situation she made a choice to not continue with the group.[9]

2013–14: G.R.L. and Battle's death[edit]

On February 2013, Antin officially announced that the girls will be making their debut as a brand-new group with a different name instead of replacing the departed members of the Pussycat Dolls.[10] On June 16, the group released their promotional single, "Vacation", which was included on the soundtrack for the animated movie The Smurfs 2. It was the first material to be released under their new name "G.R.L.". On September 10, the single entered the South Korea Chart at number 97. The group held their first live performances on September 28 at Westfield Old Orchard Claire's in Skokie, Illinois and performed three songs from the album: "Vacation", "Girls Are Always Right", and "Show Me What You Got". They confirmed in an interview that they are working with Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut, Darkchild, and Lukas Hilbert for the new album which is set to release in 2014.[11]

On January 28, 2014, the group announced on their Facebook page that "Show Me What You Got" would be included on the 49th volume of the Now That's What I Call Music! compilation album series, released on February 4 in the United States.[citation needed] G.R.L. featured on Pitbull's single, "Wild Wild Love", which was released on February 25, 2014. On March 14, the group performed at the iTunes Festival at SXSW, opening for Zedd and Pitbull.

On June 3, 2014, the group released their debut single, "Ugly Heart", and peaked at number two in Australia and four in New Zealand. Following the release of "Ugly Heart", they released their debut EP G.R.L. on July 29, 2014. It included "Ugly Heart", "Show Me What You Got", and new songs, "Rewind", "Don't Talk About Love", and "Girls Are Always Right".

On September 5, 2014, Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home.[12][13] Los Angeles County Coroner's Lieutenant Fred Corral ruled the death a suicide, following an autopsy.[14]

2015: "Lighthouse" and debut album[edit]

After releasing a preview of the song in December, "Lighthouse" was confirmed as the group's next single in January 2015, the first since Battle's death. The single cover was released on January 13, with the music video following two days later, on January 15.[15]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Ugly Heart" 2014 107 32 2 2 3 5 7 11 G.R.L.
"Lighthouse" 2015 38 63
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Featured singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Wild Wild Love"
(Pitbull featuring G.R.L.)
2014 30 10 22 90 30 25 6 Globalization
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Vacation" 2013 The Smurfs 2
"Show Me What You Got"[35] 2014 G.R.L.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing director
Title Year Director
"Vacation" 2013 Hannah Lux Davis
"Wild Wild Love" 2014 David Rousseau
"Ugly Heart" Chris Marrs Piliero
"Lighthouse" 2015 Daniel Carberry[36]


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  3. ^ "Meet the New Pussycat Dolls! Girls will Debut at Super Bowl 2012 [PHOTOS] - International Business Times". Ibtimes.com. 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  4. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (2012-02-06). "Pussycat Dolls' Post-Super Bowl Plans Include Kim Kardashian - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Chrystina Sayers Formerly of Pop Group "Girlicious" Embarks on Solo Career With Genius Music". Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Agora é oficial? Nova formação do Pussycat Dolls é revelada". Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Photos: New Pussycat Dolls lineup revealed as Robin Antin expands empire". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  8. ^ "New Pussycat Dolls Lineup With Natalie Out & Emmalyn In". Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "I was married in June and was asked to keep it private, I found out about my little girl in September and was asked to make a choice". Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.sheknows.com/sheknowstv/sheknows-goes-to-the-shows/2013-grammys/robin-antin-at-the-grammys-pre-party#ooid=Qyb285OTqKUt_LG5S2UdT-bVaLU6dEra
  11. ^ http://www.kiisfm.com/articles/next-up-477003/next-up-grl-11550027/
  12. ^ "GRL's Simone Battle Passes away". Fox 101.9. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Alexander, Susannah (September 6, 2014). "Simone Battle of girl group GRL dies, aged 25". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ Nissim, Mayer (September 8, 2014). "GRL star Simone Battle cause of death ruled as suicide". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ McCabe, Kathy (January 15, 2015). "Girl group G.R.L. struggle with their grief as they release new single Lighthouse in honour of Simone Battle". news.com.au. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
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  21. ^ "Scottish Singles Archive - 13th September 2014". Official Charts. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  22. ^ http://www.swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=G.R.L.&titel=Ugly+Heart&cat=s
  23. ^ "2014 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive *13th September 2014)". Official Charts. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Certified Awards Search: GRL" (Enter "GRL" into the search parameter). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  26. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2014" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  27. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles 8 September 2014". nztop40. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  28. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the US:
  29. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in Canada:
  30. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie G*R*L". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  31. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in Ireland:
  32. ^ "Pitbull" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  33. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Gold/Platinum Database - Music Canada" (To access certifications, enter the artist/title or search by date of the item you are looking for into one of the search parameters.). Canadian Recording Industry Association. November 24, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Show Me What You Got - G.R.L.". iTunes. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  36. ^ http://www.etonline.com/music/156364_grl_on_touching_tribute_to_simone_battle_it_definitely_bittersweet/

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