Pussycat Doll J Sutta Finds Closure On New Album
Jessica Sutta, the former Pussycat Dolls member who now records as J Sutta, invited friends to her house in Los Angeles’ Studio City on March 3 to celebrate the release of her debut solo album, I Say Yes. Sitting inside her poolhouse, where she displayed cupcakes adorned with her likeness, the pop singer opened up about her battle with alcoholism that preceded the recording of the album, which features production from Rico Love.
“I didn’t realize how destructive alcohol was,” said the 34-year-old. “I was confused and broken, and it was like I had to kill that part of me and be reborn.”
The album title is a reference to how many times Sutta has been told “no” since going solo, and the former girl-group member praised a fellow PCD. “I learned a lot from Nicole [Scherzinger],” said Sutta. “She made me work hard, because my voice wasn’t where it’s at today.” — S.F.
Jason Derulo Stays Clothed While Celebrating New Single
Jason Derulo toasted the recent release of “Swalla,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, with a party at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood on March 3. Wearing a black shirt and a huge diamond necklace, Derulo strolled in at 12:30 a.m. and took the stage an hour later, after champagne bottles with fizzing sparklers adorned his table in the VIP section and his official disc jockey, DJ Jae Murphy, spun tunes.
“We came for a purpose — it’s to f–ing party,” stated the pop star before launching into “Swalla,” “Wiggle,” “Talk Dirty” and “Want to Want Me.” Female fans sang along and wanted Derulo to remove his shirt; unfortunately for them, he did not oblige. — S.F.
BSB Parties With Fans, Sings Migos In Vegas
Backstreet Boys kicked off their 26-date Las Vegas residency Larger Than Life at Planet Hollywood’s Axis Theater on March 1, and after performing a 20-song set, the group popped some bubbly at the Chateau Rooftop Nightclub inside the Paris Hotel’s Eiffel Tower. BSB snapped selfies with fans and sang along to its smash “Larger Than Life” as well as newer hits like Migos’ “Bad and Boujee,” sticking around for more than an hour — with BSBer Kevin Richardson lasting well past 1:30 a.m.
“We look at a live show as almost like a boxing match,” said BSB’s Brian Littrell after the guys’ debut performance. “You have to be high intensity, and then you have to relax, but you can’t relax too much — you have to keep hitting them.”
Littrell added that having spent two months preparing for the residency, the group is prepping its 10th studio album. “Lots of hard work went into this,” he said. “We’re excited about where it’s going to take us.” — T.W.