Nicole Scherzinger Readies ‘Empowering’ New Single

Nicole Scherzinger has been winning the hearts of America as a finalist on “Dancing with the Stars,” but she hasn’t forgotten her musical roots. The Pussycat Doll is getting ready to return to music with a solo single.

The first offering from the singer’s long-delayed solo album is called “Nobody Can Change Me” and will arrive this week. Her album, originally set for release in 2008 under the title Her Name Is Nicole, was delayed after a single failed to take off. Much of the mostly urban material, produced by Polow Da Don, Madd Scientist, and The Neptunes, subsequently leaked.

Nicole is reworking the project with a more pop sound. “My music that I’m working on now for my album might have a little more rock, funk, soul edge, but it’s basically in the genre of popular music and it’s just honest music, fun music,” she said during a recent interview on “Good Day L.A.”

She likened her new single to the music she put out with the Pussycat Dolls. “The single is an empowering song, so it’s very much like Pussycat Dolls, but it’s just me singing the same thing,” she explained.

On Friday night, the lead Doll performed with the new members of PCD at a private show in Los Angeles. She will compete for the “Dancing with the Stars” championship this week.