About The Artist
The Set List
Be sure to pick up a copy of Danity Kane's 'Welcome to the Dollhouse,' the follow-up to their wildly successful debut - available online and in Wal-Mart stores nationwide.
- The Crew at Wal-Mart Soundcheck
On Doll Life
How did the name for the new album come about? Explains D. Woods: "It was something we came up with after being put together in a house on MTV. Placed in our spots and dressed up. We're dolls ... but we have feelings and we want to share them, and we want to show all our different sides. We have a sneaky doll, we have a sassy doll and we have a sensitive doll. These are all the rooms these dolls live in so ... Welcome to the Dollhouse!" Continues Aundrea: "We have five very different women right here ... We each come from very different backgrounds, we sing very differently. To work with people like that is really great."
On Friends, Not Fans
Danity Kane has traveled from obscurity to worldwide success in large part due to their supportive fans. Their latest album was even sent to an interactive fan forum that selected the band's lead-off single. How committed are they to their fans? The girls (who tend to finish each other's sentences) admit: "We don't even call them fans ... we call them family." Aubrey elaborates: "They've become friends. We had three of them who we met one day standing in line screaming for us. Now they're all our best friends and they ride in the vehicles with us. You could be the next one riding with us. All you gotta do is scream loud!"
On Keeping It Real
Where do the girls see themselves in five years? "We think in five years we're going to definitely have Grammys," declares Aubrey, a dead ringer for Christina Aguilera. "We'd like to go double platinum with this album." Adds Dawn: "The biggest thing is that we'll be in the industry and doing what we love and doing it the way Danity Kane does it." Promises Aubrey: "The biggest guarantee in five years is that Danity Kane will still be the realest chicks y'all guys will ever meet!"
- The band formed in 2005 on the hit MTV reality series, 'Making The Band.' The girls were picked from thousands of hopefuls during a nationwide search.
- The name 'Danity Kane' comes from a female superhero originally conceptualized by band member Dawn Richard
- Their self-titled debut record shattered chart expectations. It eventually went platinum, and even knocked Christina Aguilera's 'Back to Basics' from the No. 1 spot.
- They performed as opening act (with The Pussycat Dolls) for Christina Aguilera's 'Back to Basics' tour last year
Danity Kane kicks off their set with a dramatic ballad from 'Welcome to the Dollhouse.' Penned and produced by the band's creator, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Mario Winans, 'Poetry' is a power ballad about a duplicitous relationship: "I'm lost in the verse / You say you don't love me then say that you love me / Why are you hiding?" The song is also band member Aubrey's personal favorite from the new disc. She explains: "It's a beautiful, big ballad. It vocally shows everyone at their best. It's so emotional and it's what I'm going through ..."
This track, from Danity Kane's self-titled 2006 debut, showcases the band's seamless harmonies and R&B rhythms. It's also a chance to see the girls show off their natural love for performing. "This is for my ladies in the 280's Mercedes," raps Dawn, while delivering some intricate dance moves. "In the H3, Baby Ranges, Bentley Coups, Escalades / Say Oh!" 'Show Stopper' achieves its promise - it's a dance hit strictly for divas.
"Danity Kane is in the house!" declares D. Woods - before launching into a welcome blast from Danity Kane's past. Produced by Bryan-Michael Cox (Mariah Carey, Usher, Mary J. Blige), 'One Shot' is radio-friendly R&B with a distinct Houston sound. 'One Shot' also features more of Danity Kane's show-stopping choreography and the group's playful lyrics: "Do you really think you can handle me?"
The ladies end the set on a high note with their latest hit single (and the first to drop from 'Welcome to the Dollhouse'). During a recent online poll, 'Damaged' was one of two choices for fans to select as the first single - and it succeeded by leaps and bounds. Over P. Diddy's recorded rap, Danity Kane delivers a dramatic performance about relationship damage control. Sings the group: "I thought that I should let you know that my heart's damaged / And you can blame the one before ..."