"Independence and making your own choices are very important messages in our music."
——Ivette Sosa, Eden's Crush
143/Sire-London Pre-Fab Fivesome Bites Our Apple
Less than nine months ago, the members of Eden's CrushIvette, Ana Maria, Rosanna, Nicole and Maile—were among the 1,000-plus hopefuls trying out for a new WB TV show called "Popstars." Like its wildly successful Australian and U.K. counterparts (which gave us bands such as Scandal'us and Hearsay), the U.S. version put together a pop band, threw 'em in the studio and plotted world domination by brainwashing teens into loving their music.

The five chosen girls were followed by the show's cameras as they worked with, among others, writer-producer-arranger David Foster to put together the aptly titled debut disc "Popstars." The plan worked perfectly, as this week’s Top 10 debut for the 143/Sire-London album proved.

As the show's first season ended, the girls had already claimed a #1 single with the smack-talkin' R&B number, "Get Over Yourself," and an opening slot on a stadium tour with NSYNC this summer. Is there a lot more to come? Or are the girls going to burn out like a bunch of Monkettes? Stay tuned.

HITS’ resident Orange Crush, J.R. "You Sure I’m Allowed Near Young Girls?" Griffin fell over Ivette Sosa for a sneak preview.

How do you think the TV show has helped the band?
We’ve been blessed with the opportunity. What a wonderful marketing tool, to be on the WB every week. Now it's our job to keep that going after the show has finished.

Is there a negative side?
There was a concern originally that people would only see us as the girls on the "Popstars" TV show. But now fans say, "Hey, you're from Eden's Crush." It’s a good sign, because people are thinking of us as a band and not just the girls from the show. And it's up to us now—as we start to do interviews and tour and get the album out there—to make sure that people know we're legitimate.

You worked with different producers on just about every song. That must have been a serious crash course in the recording process.

Well, we started with David Foster, and I think if you can work with David Foster, you can pretty much work with anybody. He's very tough and he won't B.S. you. If you're good with him, you're OK. Everyone we worked with had different styles. We're pretty open and pretty quick to adapt to new situations—which is why we work so well together. It was actually fun to work with all of these new people, because we learned how different producers worked. And we also have great, defined memories for each song and how it was recorded.

There isn't a designated frontperson on the album.
That was part of us getting to know what we wanted to do with this band. Most pop groups usually have one or two main singers and the rest are back-ups. But we agreed that we didn't want to do that; we each have very distinctive voices and we want to showcase them. We all don't want to sing every song, though. So we defined our focus and went from there. If there was room in a song for all of us to get a major part, that was ideal. If not, that was fine, too.

Talk about the messages in the songs.
I think independence and making your own choices are very important messages in our music. And they're open to interpretation. I love the song, "Love This Way." It's such a simple song, but sometimes we forget about the simplicity of things. We forget that things are as simple as "I'm sorry" or "I just want to love somebody." I really love that song. There are times when I'm singing it and I have to fight back the tears. People might think that's ridiculous, because it's such a simple song, but if you really feel what you're saying and singing, it's pretty heavy.

Why did you guys choose to cover Shelia E’s "Glamorous Life" on the album?
I love that song, because I grew up with "Glamorous Life." I even performed it at a recital. I think it's a fun song that'll get everyone up and dancing—no matter how old you are. I don't know if teens will know that song now, but they'll recognize that it's a fun song. And certainly their parents or aunts and uncles will dig it. Everybody can appreciate it. That's something I like about our album—anyone of any age can get something out of it. Even my grandmother can listen to "1,000 Words (Mil Palabras)" and "Get Over Yourself" in Spanish and understand what I'm saying.

Is the overnight success overwhelming?
Every day is overwhelming. I was out with a friend and she asked if I was sick of people noticing me yet. I told her that I'm actually surprised that people notice me; I'm still taking it all in. Our music is doing well, our video was done, all of these photos shoots and we're going on tour with NSYNC—it's crazy. You just have to take it one day at a time, live to the fullest and enjoy it all along the way. Because you don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. So, I think it's OK that it's overwhelming. It does get hard because sometimes you just want to sleep in! Our days start at 8 a.m. and usually run until about midnight.

So much for the rock & roll rumor of sleeping in all day.
It's so not true. At least not for us.

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