Killer Love is the debut studio album by American singer Nicole Scherzinger, former lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls. It was released from March 18, 2011 by Interscope Records, in association with its affiliated record labels. Scherzinger had been working on a solo album since 2005, under the title Her Name Is Nicole and was originally due for release in 2007. However unsuccessful singles and poor timing led the project being pushed back numerous times into 2008 and 2009. After releasing The Pussycat Dolls' second album Doll Domination, Scherzinger shelved the project entirely citing bad timing and creative issues as the reasons for its cancellation. Many of its songs were re-assigned to the Dolls or other artists. In 2010, Moroccan producer RedOne was brought on board for a second attempt at launching her solo album.
Completed in 2011 and titled Killer Love, Scherzinger's debut album features a combination of up-tempo pop songs, as well as mid-tempo and down-tempo ballads. Songs contain influences of rock, soul and funk music, with the specific aim of selecting songs and productions which would lend themselves to being performed live. Amongst the fourteen-song set are two collaborations, one with Enrique Iglesias, and one with Sting, the latter of which was leftover from the Her Name is Nicole recording sessions. RedOne and his associates produced almost half of the album, while other contributions come from the likes of Jim Jonsin, StarGate, The-Dream, Tricky Stewart and Boi-1da.
Killer Love was preceded by the release of "Poison", which respectively peaked at number three and number seven in the UK and Ireland. The album's second single, "Don't Hold Your Breath", would go on to top the UK charts and reach top-five in Ireland. In an attempt to launch the album worldwide, a new version of "Right There" featuring 50 Cent was released, becoming one of Scherzinger's highest charting solo singles. The song gave Scherzinger her first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist. Another single was released from this version of the album, "Wet", which became her fourth consecutive top-ten hit in Ireland. A re-packaged version of the album spawned a brand new mid-tempo single titled "Try with Me". It gave Scherzinger her fifth consecutive top-twenty hit in the UK and helped the album to reach platinum status in the United Kingdom.
Upon its release, Killer Love received mixed to positive response from critics. Some praised Scherzinger's strong vocals and conviction to convey emotion, while others criticized her choice of allowing RedOne to produce the majority of the album, stating that some of the songs sounded too similar to each other. At times it was felt that Scherzinger lacked coherence across the record, often taking the sound that individual producers had created for her instead of showing originality. Critics compared many of the songs to those her fellow pop and R&B contemporaries: Beyoncé and Rihanna. Scherzinger recorded new songs with R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg and Ne-Yo for the American release of Killer Love; however, she confirmed that recording for a second studio album due out in late 2013 had begun, signalling the end of the promotion for Killer Love.
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