Danity Kane’s self-titled debut album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in its first week of release last August — knocking Christina Aguilera’s “Back to Basics” off the top spot. But the five group members, assembled on MTV’s “Making the Band 3,” don’t make a big deal out of that now that they’re on tour opening for Aguilera.
“We did beat her out with our album, but she is the queen,” explains Danity Kane’s Dawn Angelique Richard. “She has five or six Grammys and so many more hits to hold in front of us while we say ‘We’re No. 1,’ so there’s no competition there. She’s put in her time to get the status she has, and she deserves everything that she gets.
“We’re continually learning from her and her process, because she has a really, really great work ethic and we’re trying to learn that same ethic so we can have the success that she’s had.”
Even with two hits, “Show Stopper” and the fan-chose “Ride For You,” from their album, Danity Kane is looking more toward the future than the present. The fiver already are working on their second album, which they plan to begin recording in the early summer and release this fall — perhaps accompanied by another MTV series. “Making the Band” svengali Diddy is still involved, and its likely that “Danity Kane” collaborators such as Timabland, Scott Storch and Bryan Michael Cox will again be involved.
But Richard, 23, says she and her four bandmates are getting “an opportunity to spread our wings and fly on our own,” and they’ve been spending time writing their own material for consideration.
“To me, this is the turning point,” Richard says. “This determines whether or not you’re legit. The first album was fantastic and has had such success, but I think the biggest thing is your staying power.
“It’s one thing to have one hit album, but it’s quite another to have longevity, so it’s very important that we make decisions that keep us in the game for a long time.”
Danity Kane performs with Christina Aguilera and the Pussycat Dolls at 7:30 p.m. Monday (April 9th)at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $87.50 and $57.50. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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