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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tori Alamaze: Don't Cha/Get Away (Promo VLS) (Rockhill Productions, 2004)

Former backing singer to OutKast, Alamaze was an artist who was briefly signed to Universal Records in 2004. Don't Cha - the song later made famous by The Pussycat Dolls - was originally recorded by her but without Nicole Scherzinger's obvious sex appeal it failed to get any attention and Alamaze was dropped shortly after. Not long after it was offered to UK pop group The Sugababes, PARIS HILTON and then finally The Pussycat Dolls in 2005. Naturally - owing in part to Scherzinger's gyrating booty - it became a massive hit and the rest is history... Alamaze was quickly forgotten about while The Pussycat Dolls become the best-selling girl group of all time after The Spice Girls...

Don't Cha (Clean Version) 4:26
Don't Cha (Dirty Version) 4:26
Don't Cha (Instrumental) 4:21
Get Away F/ Mobb Deep (Clean Version) 4:12
Get Away F/ Mobb Deep (Dirty Version) 4:13
Get Away (Instrumental) 4:06

Seeing as this set was pressed before Universal showed any interest in her, I don't know if the b-side Get Away would've eventually made it onto her debut CD or not but it's a straight-talking joint that talks about trying to make a better life for herself. Sadly, I don't know how that turned out for her but in 2006 she was serving as a backing vocalist for UK indie R&B artist Anthony David.