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Nicole Scherzinger - 'Killer Love' (November)
After years of setbacks, including an entire shelved album, the Pussycat Doll – who is invading living rooms this fall as a judge on The X Factor – has finally finished her solo debut, with help from hitmakers including RedOne. The disc ranges from the surprisingly stark piano ballad "AmenJena" (Scherzinger belts, "I want to try and say things I've never had the courage to say") to the Caribbean-girl sass of lead single "Right There." "At this point," says Scherzinger, "I've gone through so much that I want to show different personalities in every song." And the secret to balancing music with her new TV gig? "I've learned how to sleep sitting up."