WEST HOLLYWOOD, California — Now that they've made the band, Danity Kane have to face their first real test: Can the Diddy-assembled girl group make the charts?
We'll find out on August 15, when the "Making the Band 3" act's self-titled debut album hits stores. But until then, Aubrey, Aundrea, D. Woods, Dawn and Shannon are spreading the word about their first single, "Show Stopper."
While episodes of the TV show have shown Aubrey struggling with having her parts cut from a track produced by Brian Michael Cox, all five girls contribute to "Show Stopper." "It's a great, fun single and you get a chance to hear all of our vocals on the track," Shannon said a recent listening party hosted by their mentor, Diddy. (The bouncy club track can also be heard on their MySpace page.)
She added that Yung Joc is featured on the single, but he's the only guest on their album. "[Diddy] wanted this album to focus on us and not have a whole bunch of people to cover it up, so they can get to know us personally," Shannon said.
There's a hefty amount of star power on the production side, however. The TV show has included sessions with Scott Storch, and D. Woods said that Diddy brought in Timbaland, who contributed a track called "Right Now." "It's very new and intricate in the way we did our vocals," D. Woods said of the song. "The subject matter is very sexy, it's very conscious and we just had a lot of fun recording it."
Woods also revealed that the source of the group's recently determined moniker was actually one of her anime drawings. "One day I was just drawing in the studio and one of my characters' names was Danity Kane," she said. "Diddy came by and really liked it and thought it was cool, so we all decided on the name."
In addition to cutting an album, picking a name and doing their first photo shoots and press, Danity Kane are tackling challenges even groups who have known each other for years face: learning how to get along and appreciate one another's strengths and weaknesses.
"We're all so eclectic, we all have very different backgrounds and different understandings of life," Dawn explained, "so we just try to keep it really eclectic and be aware of all the different types of people."
And Diddy is no doubt keeping a close eye on his new group. In January, he told MTV News that he wanted to spend the year working with Bad Boy's latest additions: "Right now, our focus is breaking new talent, new artists," he announced (see "Diddy Says 2006 Is The Year He'll Get Bad Boy Back On Track"). The multitasking label head /rapper/ producer's own Press Play LP, which features Pharrell, Fergie and Just Blaze, is due October 3 (see "Press Play On Diddy's October LP, Hear Christina, Kanye, Mary J.").