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Nicole Scherzinger's 'Your Love' No. 6 U.K. debut; she plans 'X Factor' comeback

Nicole Scherzinger scored another Top 10 hit in the U.K., as her song "Your Love" debuted at No. 6 on the U.K. singles chart for the week ending July 26, 2014. The Official Charts Company made the announcement on July 20, 2014. Meanwhile, even though former "X Factor" judge Scherzinger was fired from "The X Factor" U.S. in 2012 and "The X Factor" U.K. in 2014, she said in a recent Capital FM interview that she plans to return to "The X Factor" U.K. to perform in 2014.

Nicole Scherzinger's single "Your Love"
RCA Records

There's no word yet on when or if that will really happen, but Scherzinger told Capital FM DJ Max in a July 2014 interview: "Honey I am going to perform on 'X Factor'… a couple of times! I’m going to make it happen."

"Your Love" is Scherzinger's first single released on Sony Music since she signed a deal with Sony Music in early 2014, after spending most of her previous career with Universal Music. Several media outlets reported that her Sony deal is worth £3 million (or $4.9 million in U.S. dollars). "Your Love" is expected to be on Scherzinger's second solo album, whose title and release date are to be announced. She worked extensively with on the album, which will be released on Sony Music's RCA Records.

Scherzinger first found fame in the U.S. as the member of the girl's group Eden's Crush, which was formed in 2001 on the U.S. version of Popstars. She then found worldwide fame in 2005 as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, which had several hits and platinum records on Interscope Records, which is part of Universal Music.

"Killer Love," Scherzinger's first solo album, was released in Europe in March 2011, and spawned several Top 10 hits in the U.K., including "Don't Hold Your Breath," which was a No. 1 U.K. hit. Interscope Records never released "Killer Love" in the U.S., where Scherzinger's solo career has stumbled. Her only two solo singles released in the U.S. so far were in 2011: "Right There" (featuring 50 Cent) was a No. 39 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but "Don't Hold Your Breath" peaked at a lowly No. 86 on the chart.

Scherzinger's 2013 single "Boomerang" was released in Europe and was a No. 6 hit in the U.K. The track listing for Scherzinger's second solo album has not yet been announced, but it's possible that "Boomerang" might not be on the album, since Universal Music owns the rights to release "Boomerang," and Scherzinger's second solo album is set for release on Sony Music's RCA Records.

In 2011, Nicole Scherzinger signed on to co-host "The X Factor" U.S. with Steve Jones. Scherzinger then replaced Cheryl Cole as a judge on the show, after Cole was notoriously fired from the show after just a few weeks on the job. Jones went on to host "The X Factor" U.S. that year by himself (the show never aired the footage of Jones and Scherzinger co-hosting), but by January 2012, Scherzinger, Jones and judge Paula Adbul were fired. The shakeup was among the many changes that "The X Factor" U.S. had to its talent lineup before the show was officially cancelled in February 2014. The third and final season of "The X Factor" U.S. ended in December 2013.

Scherzinger was a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012 and 2013. She proved to be much popular in the U.K. than in the U.S., but that wasn't enough to prevent her from once getting fired from an "X Factor" job. In May 2014, "The X Factor" creator/executive producer Simon Cowell told The Sun that Scherzinger was let go from "The X Factor" U.K. because he did not want her and Cole on the same judging panel.

"I didn’t think the two of them would work well together," Cowell said. Scherzinger was replaced on "The X Factor" U.K. by Mel B, who will be on the show's judging panel in 2014 with Cowell, Cole and Louis Walsh.

In a July 2014 interview on "Alan Carr: Chatty Man," Scherzinger commented on her "X Factor" U.K. ousting: “I was hurt they didn’t recognize the hard work I put into it. I never spoke to Simon and he never talked to me about it. I don’t know if he understood how hard I worked. I loved my job and I’m proud of the work I did on it.”

In her 2012 memoir "Cheryl," Cole bitterly described how Cowell (whom she considered to be a close friend) never told her in person that she was fired but had one of employees ("X Factor" executive producer Richard Holloway) do it instead. Cole and Cowell have obviously reconciled for now, but given Cowell's shameful pattern of firing female "X Factor" judges, many people are predicting another falling out between Cole and Cowell.

Meanwhile, Scherzinger has not commented on reports that she is engaged to Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton. Scherzinger and Hamilton have been an on-again/off-again couple since 2008. They had one of their breakups in June 2013, but they reconciled a few months later.

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