Unsure who the No. 1 artist is on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs Charts this week? You may be more familiar with her than you realize.
Former Pussycat Dolls member Jessica Sutta comes into her own with debut single "Show Me." The high-energy dance track, with a "show me love" hook that is begging to be shouted at clubs, marks a huge solo career step for the singer/dancer, as she reaches No. 1 on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart this week. Coincidentally, Sutta's "Show Me" comes in just one spot ahead of former bandmate Nicole Scherzinger's "Don't Hold Your Breath."
Video: "Show Me," Jessica Sutta
"When the record went No. 1, I kind of had to stop for a second. I didn't even know what to say," Sutta tells Billboard.com. "The transitions are sometimes very hard, but it's so worth it in the end because the hard work always pays off. I'm really grateful, and I'm working as hard as I possibly can because that's how bad I want it."
The track currently has plans to be serviced to top 40 radio at the end of the month, with an eventual album -- to be titled "Sutta Pop" -- to follow. Her debut LP will include the dance sounds of "Show Me" -- as well as "Cry Wolf," a "sexy, feel-good" collaboration with Swedish producer Harry Sommerdahl -- but "Sutta Pop" will also explore R&B and pop territory.
"I have tracks that are heavily dance-influenced, but then I have tracks that are full of 808 drums [Roland TR-808 drum machine] with a more R&B feeling to them," she says.
Billboard recently reported that creator Robin Antin would be reviving the Pussycat Dolls with new members, and Sutta reaction is one filled with happy reminiscing. "It was my first job in L.A. I learned a lot as a woman but also as an artist. It has a great message: 'Inside every woman is a pussycat doll.' It's really sweet, and I feel like it should live on forever."
At the moment, however, Sutta is looking forward, toward further success in the dance music world. It all began by working in the studio work with remixer/producer Dave Aude six years ago, as well a collaboration with Paul van Dyk.
Video: "White Lies," Paul van Dyk feat. Jessica Sutta
"Dance music is my first love," she says. "I'm from Miami; it's all I really listen to. It's pretty cool to be a part of it and have my own little nook in the dance industry."