Black Eyed princess steps out alone
Given the success of her band, the Black Eyed Peas, vocalist Fergie's first solo album, The Dutchess, is on track to be a huge hit.
But don't worry, she is not splitting from the group. In fact, the 14-track album was produced by her bandmate Will.i.am. The opening track, Fergalicious (featuring Will.i.am), sounds like a typical Black Eyed Peas song.
By comparison, the slow jam All That I Got (The Make Up Song), also featuring Will.i.am, has a fresher and more unique sound.
The first single, London Bridge, is currently riding the airwaves, but don't expect to hear the classic children's song of the same name sampled in this party track.
The 31-year-old sounds sexy and playful in Glamorous featuring Ludacris, which is expected to be the third single after Fergalicious.
The catchy pop melody of Big Girls Don't Cry will especially appeal to female fans.
Fergie's album is a good first attempt at a solo career. She shows she has a versatile voice that suits many different styles of music.
The album's biggest fault is the booklet of photos, which make her look cheap and unattractive.