Welcome to the Dollhouse is the second studio album by American R&B/pop group Danity Kane, released by Bad Boy and Atlantic Records on March 18, 2008 in the US and March 25, 2008 in Canada. Danity Kane recorded the album in under five weeks, while filming the second season of Making the Band 4 with fellow label mates Day26 and Donnie Klang first in New York City, New York, then in Miami, Florida. It became the group's second consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was the last album released before the group broke up in early 2009, and was their final album released with D. Woods who did not rejoin the group following their reunion, and Aundrea Fimbres, who announced she was leaving the group on May 16, 2014 to start a family with her fiance.
For this album, all of the girls had written and/or produced some kind of song, that they thought was suitable for their second effort. As mentioned in interviews, Danity Kane has stated that they came up with the name of the album when they all had brought in their own material into the studio to see which tracks would make the cut. They also expressed, that it felt as if they were in a music box, hence getting the name, Welcome to the Dollhouse. Each of the girls, also, were given chances to co-write a handful of the tracks that are on the record.
Welcome to the Dollhouse debuted on top of the US Billboard 200, with first week sales of 236,000 copies making it the band's second consecutive #1 album. Danity Kane is the first female group in Billboard history to have both their debut and second albums enter the main charts at #1. Less than a month after its release, Welcome to the Dollhouse was certified gold by the RIAA as of April 22, 2008. On September 28, 2008, the album had sold over 546,790 copies in the US. Billboard's weekly release of its popular Top 200 Albums, known as the Billboard 200, saw the album's biggest gain in sales for the magazine of October 11, 2008. Welcome to the Dollhouse landed at #75 on the year end Billboard 200.
The album's lead single, "Damaged", was chosen through an online fan poll. In January 2008, Danity Kane had posted a bulletin on their respective MySpace page expressing that they were giving their fans the chance to choose their newest single. Fans were given two choices, "Damaged" and "Pretty Boy". Of the two choices, "Damaged" dominated the poll by a vast majority, and thus, became the lead single from Welcome to the Dollhouse. The single "Damaged" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart at #64, and in its second week it shot up to #27.