Going solo is never easy. Unless you have the larger than life personality of a Justin Timberlake or a Beyonce, an artist takes a huge risk when they depart from the group that made them famous in the first place.
While Girls Aloud, the reality TV-spawned girl group turned U.K. chart-topper, is currently on hiatus, its members are venturing off into various projects. Cheryl Cole has released two solo albums in Europe, as well as snagged a possible judging spot on Simon Cowell's U.S. take on "The X Factor." Meanwhile, fellow member Nadine Coyle released her debut album in late 2010 with announced plans to release in America this summer.
The third member of the pack to take a stab at solo stardom, Nicola Roberts, is perhaps the most intriguing. Already finding a big fan in Perez Hilton, the orange-haired hipster premiered her first single, "Beat Of My Drum," on British radio Friday (June 3). The song's music video also premiered, highlighting Roberts, her dancers, a drumline, and a teenage cheerleading troupe showing off some impressive footwork and hip-bumping in the stomping, electro-pop track. Watch below.