So while I was away…Robin Antin formed a new girl group. Obviously, Music Is My King Size Bed has always been a fan of Robin Antin’s fleet of girl groups…from the Pussycat Dolls to Canadian pop SUPERstars Girlicious and of course, everybody’s favorite Chelsea Korka/Lauren Bennett-fronted Paradiso Girls. Antin’s latest formation? G.R.L. Check out the video for their latest single, the Dr. Luke/Cirkut-produced “Ugly Heart” BELOW.
Directed by Chris Marrs Piliero (Black Keys, Britney Spears, Kesha) the “Ugly Heart” video was filmed in downtown Los Angeles. The girls of G.R.L. (Emmalyn Estrada, Simone Battle, Paula van Oppen, Lauren Bennett, Natasha Slayton) play some BAD-ASS B**CHES, busted for SOME shenanigans at a tattoo parlor (PSSST…I think some guy with an UGLY HEART got what he had comin’). Don’t mess with these chicks, guys. They’ll F*CK you up!
Originally rumored to be the new incarnation of Antin’s flagship girl-group, The Pussycat Dolls, G.R.L. made their grand debut with a song on The Smurfs 2 soundtrack…”Vacation,” which was a digital B-Side to Britney Spears‘ “Ooh La La.” The girl’s big break came with some assistance from Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull, who featured the five-some on his song “Wild Wild Love,” which (to date) peaked at #30 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 and #15 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
Does G.R.L. have what it takes to be the NEXT U.S. girl group? That has yet to be seen. Honestly, their music is a bit generic on the pop spectrum, with 2 X-Factor girl groups (Fifth Harmony, Little Mix) edging them out in terms of popularity and originality, but my mind is open. Robin Antin knows a thing or two about putting together a girl group. Remember that. People Magazine seems to think they have what it takes, naming G.R.L. “the sexy new girl-group.”
The girls are currently at work on their debut album, set to be released on Dr. Luke’s own record label Kemosabe Records (same label as Becky G) and RCA Records. In addition to Dr. Luke and Cirkut, the girls are rumored to be working with hitmakers Max Martin, and Darkchild. “Ugly Heart“was written by Ryan Baharloo, Ester Dean, Lukasz Gottwald, John Charles Monds and Henry Walter.
Download “Ugly Heart” on iTunes (U.S.) and check out the video BELOW.