Paradiso Girls

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Paradiso Girls
The Paradiso Girls lineup.jpg
The Paradiso Girls official line-up
Background information
Origin Europe
Genres Pop, R&B, dance-pop
Years active 2007–2010 (hiatus)
Labels Interscope
Associated acts Pussycat Dolls, Robin Antin, Girlicious
Website www.paradisogirls.com
Members Chelsea Korka
Kelly Beckett
Shar Mae Amor
Past members Aria Crescendo
Lauren Bennett

The Paradiso Girls were a girl group created by Robin Antin, and were a European spin-off of Antin's other girl group The Pussycat Dolls. The members come from a number of countries: Chelsea Korka from the United States, Aria Crescendo from France, Lauren Bennett and Kelly Beckett from the United Kingdom and Shar Mae Amor from the Philippines. They were signed to Interscope Records.[1] Their debut single "Patron Tequila" featuring Lil’ Jon and Eve was released on May 12, 2009 and reached position 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.[2]

History[edit]

2007–08: Formation[edit]

Jimmy Iovine, owner of Interscope Records, decided to create a new girl group after meeting French singer and former Star Academy yoga teacher Aria Crescendo. Together with Robin Antin, Martin Kierszenbaum and will.i.am,[3] he auditioned over 500 girls in London, some of which had been noticed during X-Factor auditions, casting six of them[4] including singer Lauren Bennett,[5] singer/dancer Kelly Beckett.[6] as well as rapper/singer, Shar Mae Amor.[7][8] Each girl represents a different country and the group has no lead singer, unlike the Pussycat Dolls.[9] The group, cut down to a quartet was then featured in a remix of "I Got It from My Mama" by will.i.am.

However, following their appearances on Antin's Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For The Next Doll, Chelsea Korka, Mariela Arteaga, Brittany Diiorio, and Sisely Treasure were also added to the line-up, as seen on rehearsals videos.[7][10] The group was then first revealed by Korka and Antin at CW Upfronts 2007.[citation needed]

2009–2010: Debut, touring and endorsements[edit]

After two years of production, the group finally released its first official single, "Patron Tequila" featuring Eve and Lil' Jon on iTunes on April 14, 2009. The song was intended as the lead single from their to-be debut album entitled Crazy Horse.[citation needed] As promotion, the group was featured on various songs by Space Cowboy[11] and made appearances in numerous events[7] including the Party Rock Tour, which featured many new artist from their label,[12] TV shows,[13][14][15][16] blogs[17][18][19] and magazines[20][21][22][23] [24][25][26] They have also modeled for Beats By Dre.[27][28] In 2010, their second single called "Who's My Bitch" was released digitally on June 22, 2010 with a music video, shot from April 7–8, 2010 which had appeared on YouTube and MySpace on June 5, 2010. Unlike the previous single, it performed poorly on the charts and the group did no promotions for the song.[citation needed]

2011−present: Indefinite hiatus and solo activities[edit]

Following the poor performance of the second single, numerous rumors of them disbanding began to circulate in the internet after some members began to remove the word “Paradiso” from their Twitter names but however band member Shar Mae Amor stated in an interview on UStream that the group was preparing for a third single while Lauren Bennett stated that the album is already finished and that the groups are just waiting for their record label to set a release date.[29]

The fate of the group was then put to question when a brief disagreement broke out between band members Aria Crescendo and Chelsea Korka through Twitter, after Korka tweeted that the group was still together but each band member will be pursuing their own projects for now. A frustrated Crescendo then replied to her tweet by saying "why are you confusing the fans ????????? u know the troth Chealsea so stop pretending .......be truthful to ur hart for once".[30]

Then on October 27, 2010, band member Aria Crescendo made an unofficial confirmation that the group was dropped by Interscope Records through an online interview hosted by popChamber via Vimeo. In the interview, she expressed her disappointment for the lack of promotions given to the group in return for the efforts put in by each of the band members for the last two years. She has also confirmed that their highly anticipated debut album will no longer be released. It was revealed that they had apparently recorded over 50 songs for this album including a song called "Bad Man" featuring Will.i.am. She is now currently working on her solo album under a different record label. Although the group's record label Interscope Records has not yet released an official statement explaining the current status of the group, it is clear that Crescendo is no longer a part of it.[31]

In October 2011, it was confirmed that Lauren Bennett had become a member of the Pussycat Dolls' new line-up ruling out the possibility of her return in the group. So far only Chelsea, Kelly, and Shar are the confirmed remaining members who are currently focusing on their solo activities. The exact fate of the group is still unknown.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Dance
[32]
2009 "Patron Tequila" (featuring Lil Jon and Eve) 3 Crazy Horse
2010 "Who's My Bitch" 28

Collaborations[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
GER
SWE
2009 "Falling Down" (Space Cowboy featuring Chelsea Korka) [33] 63 27 Digital Rock Star
"I Came 2 Party" (Space Cowboy featuring Paradiso Girls) [34]
"Get U Home" (Shwayze featuring Aria) Let It Beat

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2009 Patron Tequila (featuring Lil Jon & Eve) Ray Kay
Falling Down (Space Cowboy featuring Chelsea Korka) The Party Rock Crew
2010 Who's My Bitch? Chris Sims

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official site". Paradisogirls.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  2. ^ Billboard ranking
  3. ^ "Introducing the Paradiso Girl". Youtube.com. 2010-01-31. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  4. ^ http://www.lauren-bennett.com/biocontact
  5. ^ "Lauren's portrait". Paradisogirls.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  6. ^ "Shar's portrait". Paradisogirls.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  7. ^ a b c "Myspace presents The Paradiso Girls". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  8. ^ "Interview with NESSA (WILD 94.9 KYLD)". Youtube.com. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  9. ^ "Paradiso Girls update". Buddytv.com. 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  10. ^ Early rehearsals, featuring Marcelle, Arteaga, Diiorio and Treasure, video has been deleted since
  11. ^ "Far East Movement about I Came 2 Party remix". Fareastmovement.com. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  12. ^ "Party Rock Tour". Party Rock Tour. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  13. ^ KTLA at 8:30AM/PST on 29-7-09
  14. ^ "NewNowNext Awards, Part 23 of 23: Paradiso Girls Perform "Patron Tequila" | Logo TV". Logoonline.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  15. ^ "Paradiso Girls : News : Check out the Paradiso Girls this Sunday November 29 on MTV Styl'd". Interscope.com. 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  16. ^ "NewNowNext Concert Series". Logoonline.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  17. ^ "10 Questions for the Paradiso Girls". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  18. ^ "The Complex 7: Paradiso Girls | Complex Blog". Complex.com. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  19. ^ "Chelsea Korka of the Paradiso Girls and The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll answers the Six Questions". Gunaxin.com. 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  20. ^ YRB Fall 2009 issue
  21. ^ http://interscope.com/artist/news/default.aspx?nid=22668&aid=577&cmnt=1
  22. ^ www.shado.us. "DList Magazine – DListMagazine.com – Seattle's Newest Lifestyle Magazine – Nightlife, Dancing, Drinks, Restaurants, Events, Parties, and more!". DListMagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04. [dead link]
  23. ^ "Paradiso Girls In Maxim Magazine | New Music Reviews – Home of DJ Willis – Daily". New Music Reviews. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  24. ^ "Facebook article on DList golden ticket". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  25. ^ www.shado.us (2008-04-24). "DList Golden Ticket's list". Dlistmagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04. [dead link]
  26. ^ "Lauren's Twitter". Twitter.com. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2010-02-04. [dead link]
  27. ^ Pictures featuring the girls modeling Beats by Dre
  28. ^ Patron Tequila's music video's beginning
  29. ^ http://www.theprophetblog.net/paradiso-girls-plan-third-single
  30. ^ "It’s Official (Kind Of): The Paradiso Girls Have Split Up". 2010. MUUMUSE. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  31. ^ http://vimeo.com/16192323
  32. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/325038/paradiso+girls/chart
  33. ^ "Space Cowboy – Falling Down – Release". aCharts. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  34. ^ "Space Cowboy – I Came 2 Party – Release". aCharts. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 

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