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Her Name is Nicole was originally intended to be the debut album by singer-songwriter, Nicole Scerzinger. It was originally supposed to be released on October 16, 2007, but was pushed back to November 12, 2007 due to the poor success of the Polow da Don-produced lead single "Whatever U Like" (featuring T.I.). The tracks "Baby Love" (featuring, "Supervillain" and "Puakenikeni" were released as the second, third and fourth singles respectively, but failed to make any big impact. As a result, the release of Her Name Is Nicole was delayed until 2008 and then 2009, until it was decided that the album was to be shelved.


Prior to worldwide success with The Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger initially began work on her debut studio album back in 2005. The project, titled Her Name Is Nicole, saw the singer recording 75–100 songs, with some of the songs later ending up with the Pussycat Dolls. Amongst those working on the album were Akon, Gary Lightbody, Dr. Dre, Ne-Yo, T.I., Timbaland,, and Kanye West. However following four unsuccessful singles, Scherzinger admitted she was going to restart her album. In an interview with Billboard magazine in April 2009, she said "the current incarnation of [my album] is just in talks and in the writing process. I haven't started recording yet". Singer-songwriter Keri Hilson, confirmed that Scherzinger's album was not released so that Scherzinger could focus on releasing new music with the Pussycat Dolls instead.


"Whatever U Like" featuring guest vocals from T.I. was released as the album's lead single in the US. After the poor success of the previous single, "Baby Love" was released worldwide and managed to reach the top twenty in most countries. Two promotional singles were released from the album — "Supervillain" and "Puakenikeni" respectively and also both failed to chart. As a result of both singles charting poorly in the US, Scherzinger decided not to release any further singles from the album.