By Tim Stack
Updated April 27, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Things got a little catty over the weekend at a Pussycat Dolls show in Phoenix (the group is currently opening for Britney Spears on her Circus tour). At one point, Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton told the crowd, “I want to give a shout out to my family. Thank you for supporting me…even though I’m not featured!” Thornton then added, “Don’t give up on your dreams! Don’t let anybody stop you — ever!” The onstage outburst seems to stem from the fact that recent Pussycat Dolls singles are being marketed as “The Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger,” rather than just “the Pussycat Dolls,” as in the past.

Scherzinger has long been favored by Interscope and label head Jimmy Iovine, so it’s not surprising that jealousy would ensue. (Scherzinger’s long-delayed solo album, Her Name is Nicole, still has yet to come out.) Perhaps this apparent tension in the group will lead to Scherzinger finally stepping out on her own. The problem is, I’m not sure Scherzinger can be succeed without the Dolls, or that the Dolls could succeed without Scherzinger. While I liked a lot of Scherzinger’s failed singles, she doesn’t seem to have the name recognition to be a star. The Dolls, on the other hand, aren’t exactly rife with strong vocalists; aside from Thornton and Scherzinger, the remaining Dolls are more equipped for splits than singing. What do you think Music Mix-ers? Does Scherzinger have what it takes to go solo? Are the other Dolls right for feeling slighted?

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