Melody Thornton

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Melody Thornton
Melody Thornton LF.jpg
Thornton in 2009
Background information
Also known as Mel
Baby Doll
Melody
Born (1984-09-28) September 28, 1984 (age 29)
Origin Phoenix, Arizona,
United States
Genres
Occupations singer-songwriter, dancer
Labels A&M, The Network Artist Agency, Melody SangReal, Republic
Associated acts The Pussycat Dolls
Website onlythemelody.com

Melody Thornton (born September 28, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter and dancer. She rose to stardom as a member of the successful pop group The Pussycat Dolls. The youngest member of the group, Thornton assumed the second most prominent vocal role, after lead vocalist Nicole Scherzinger, and was distinguished for her melismatic vocal runs. As of 2010, Thornton has departed from the group to focus on her solo career. Thornton's first mixtape, P.O.Y.B.L was released March 15, 2012. Thornton is currently working on her debut solo album.

Early life[edit]

Thornton graduated from Camelback High School in Phoenix, Arizona in 2003. She is of Mexican descent from her mother Elia, and her father Theolph Thornton of African American descent. Thornton has an older sister named Nichole Thornton.[1] Her talent was first discovered at a Papago Elementary School talent show when she sang Mariah Carey's remake of Badfinger's "Without You".

Career[edit]

2003–10: Pussycat Dolls era[edit]

Main article: The Pussycat Dolls
The Pussycat Dolls performing "Buttons" in Aberdeen, Scotland during the Doll Domination Tour

In 2003, soprano vocalist Thornton was recruited in The Pussycat Dolls order to add vocal strength to the group. She saw the Pussycat Dolls on MTV Diaries featuring Christina Aguilera and heard they were auditioning for a new group member. Thornton went to the audition and was recruited in December 2003. For her audition, Thornton only sang and was still accepted into the group. As with the other Dolls, she is a salaried employee of Interscope Records. Her nickname for the group is "Baby Doll" because she is the youngest of the group.

The Pussycat Dolls achieved worldwide success in 2005 with their album PCD, which debuted at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and produced the hits "Don't Cha", "Buttons", and "Stickwitu", the last of which earned the group a Grammy Award nomination. Following the departure of Carmit Bachar in March 2008, the group continued as a quintet and in 2008 released their second studio album, Doll Domination which included the hits "When I Grow Up", "I Hate This Part", "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" and "Hush Hush". She was the only member to have contributed vocals apart from Scherzinger on Doll Domination (Standard Edition). She provides additional backing vocals and ad-libs to many of the songs, although on "Elevator", "Love the Way You Love Me", "Takin' Over the World" and "Painted Windows" she can be found sharing the lead vocals with Scherzinger. Additionally on "When I Grow Up", "Whatcha Think About That" and "Top of the World" she sings secondary vocals. She also recorded her very first Pussycat Doll solo song called "Space" which was included in the deluxe edition of Doll Domination.

2010–present: "Sweet Vendetta", P.O.Y.B.L and debut solo album[edit]

During the Pussycat Doll's hiatus, Thornton worked on several projects including a cameo on Keri Hilson's music video "Slow Dance"[2] and being a judge at E!'s TV show Bank of Hollywood with the production by Ryan Seacrest.[3] In June 2010 Rap-Up reported that she has departed from the group and was working on her solo album.[4] Speaking about her position in the group she commented, "I got into the group to sing. That was made very clear to me. But it became more and more apparent what was going on. Roles were being minimized and minimized, and then by the time it got on the show, it was very much like 'Y'all play your part and this is what it is.' It was tough because you don't want to shit on your own opportunity."[5]

On 20 February 2010, in an interview for The Source Thornton explained that her songs will be different from the group’s sound but will not going to abandon that pop demographic that she acquired through the Pussycat Dolls.[6] In June 2010 Rap-Up first announced that Thornton was working on her solo album with collaborators including Cee Lo Green, Polow da Don, and Lil Wayne.[4] On Vibe Magazine she stated that she is also working with Dre and Vidal.[7] Thornton's recording of the Cee Lo produced song "Love Gun" leaked to the internet around this time. The song was eventually recorded by Green and Lauren Bennett for his album The Lady Killer.[8][9]

On 16 June 2011, Thornton's first official single, "Sweet Vendetta", was released.[10] On 26 June 2011, Thorton announced plans to have her debut solo album released sometime in 2012.[11] On March 5, 2012, Lipstick & Guilt was released as a promotional single.[12] On 15 March 2012, her first mixtape "P.O.Y.B.L", an acronym for Piss On Your Black List, was released.[13][14] The mixtape contains 10 tracks of five remakes and four originals all written by Melody. The project includes production from Andre Harris (“Smoking Gun”), Church and State (“Sweet Vendetta”), Mark Vinten (“Intro”), and Melody on the self-produced “Hit the Ground Runnin’,” plus a duet with Bobby Newberry (a cover of La Roux's “Bulletproof”).

On 24 May 2012, a music video for the cover version of "Bulletproof" from P.O.Y.B.L, featuring Bobby Newberry, premiered.[15][16] On 14 June 2012, she made a cameo appearance in a Bobby Newberry's music video for his debut single Dirrty Up, alongside ex-Pussycat Doll member Ashley Roberts.[17]

On April 30, 2013, Thornton was a featured vocalist on LL Cool J's 2013 album Authentic on the track "Something About You (Love The World)" along with Charlie Wilson and Earth, Wind & Fire.

On May 17, 2013, Thornton made a special guest appearance in Fat Joe's music video "Ballin'".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Hit The Ground Running
  • Release date: TBA
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Details
P.O.Y.B.L
  • Release date: March 15, 2012
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
"Sweet Vendetta" 2011 P.O.Y.B.L
"Someone to Believe" 2012
"Bulletproof"
(featuring Bobby Newberry)
"—" denotes a title that was not released or did not chart in that territory.

Featured singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US NZ
[18]
"Go Too Far"
(Jibbs featuring Melody Thornton)
2006 17 Jibbs Featuring Jibbs

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Note
2009 "Ease Off the Liquor" Timbaland Shock Value 2 Additional vocals[19]
2013 "Something About You (Love The World)" LL Cool J Authentic (LL Cool J album) Featuring vocals w/ Earth, Wind & Fire & Charlie Wilson
2013 "Mittlefinger" Prince Kay One Rich Kidz Featuring vocals[19]
2013 "24/7" Prince Kay One Rich Kidz (Deluxe Edition) Featuring vocals[19]
2013 "I'll Be Fine" Bizzy Crook 84 Featuring vocals[19]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director Note
2009 "Slow Dance" Chris Robinson Cameo
2011 "Don't Wanna Go Home" Rich Lee Cameo appearance
2012 "Lipstick & Guilt" Dano Cerny and Marielle Tepper
2012 "Smoking Gun"
"Someone To Believe" Yaro
"Bulletproof" Don Tyler[20]
2013 "Ballin" Elf Rivera Cameo Appearance

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Keeping Up with the Kardashians Herself Episode 1
Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For the Next Doll Herself
2009 Bank of Hollywood Judge
2010 TV Guide's Countdown to the Grammys Host Co-host with Justin Guarini
World Music Awards Herself Presenter
2011 Popstar to Operastar Herself Performer/Contestant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pussycat Dolls: More than a novelty act?". MSN (Associated Press). 2005-11-28. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  2. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (2009-09-29). "Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Others Shoot Video In Los Angeles". MTV (MTV Networks). Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  3. ^ Hibberd, James (2009-11-29). "New E! reality show has folks asking celebs for cash". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  4. ^ a b "Video: Melody Thornton Sings at Dodger Stadium". Rap-Up (Devin Lazerine). 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  5. ^ Hova, Tray (2010-09-24). "V Vixen Exclusive: Melody Thornton Speaks On Dating Rumors, Going Solo & The Real Reason PCD Broke Up". Vibe (InterMedia Partners). Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  6. ^ Michaels, Kiko (2010-02-20). "The Source - Melody Thornton - Interview". The Source (L. Londell Mcmillan). Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  7. ^ "Melody Talks The Real Reason PCD Broke Up, Solo Work & Never Returning To Girl Groups". Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "New Music: Cee Lo Green f/ Lauren Bennett – ‘Love Gun’". Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Cee Lo Green Confirms Christina Aguilera Duet". Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sweet Vendetta - Single By Melody Thornton". iTunes. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  11. ^ "Melody Thornton Interview at 2011 BET Awards "Creme of the Crop"". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Lipstick&Guilt". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Melody Thornton Reveals ‘P.O.Y.B.L’ Mixtape Cover, Tracklisting, & Appearance On ‘The Splash’!". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "New Music: Melody Thornton – ‘P.O.Y.B.L’ [Mixtape]". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "New Video: Melody Thornton – ‘Bulletproof’". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Melody Thornton & Bobby Newberry - Bulletproof - Official Music Video". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Bobby Newberry Ft. Jessie & The Toy Boys - Dirrty Up - OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Melody Thornton New Zealand discography". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Timbaland - Presents Shock Value II (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2009-12-04. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  20. ^ "Video Premiere: Melody Thornton & Bobby Newberry – ‘Bulletproof’". Retrieved 16 June 2012. 

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