Perhaps one of the most significant events in the group's history is the controversy that arose when Viva Entertainment launched an entirely new girl group, The Viva Hot Babes, in the January 2004 edition of FHM. Although still sexually provocative, the girls were more mature and less objectified. All members of the group had been a part of the original band, and some even dated some of the members. Maui, being who she was, was already supportive of the new band and was actually their manager. Katya's dismissal, however, fueled the rivalry between the two and led to Taylor and Santos scrapping for control of the band. In an attempt to remain consistent to the original band and the fans, the girls, in theory, still appear nude in their photos and promotional giveaways and also have a number of the same videos and songs as their album. And, similar to the first incarnation, Andrea is the only member to have a solo career apart from dates with Taylor and Santos. However, after a dispute between the publishers of the two magazines, both outfits had to be taken off the market out of fear of legal action and the retaining of the band's brand independence.
After the disbanding of the original Hot Babes, several of the members went on to become successful solo performers. Taylor, released an album, Takin' Charge, and started a record label, which managed and released the albums of Jennifer Lee, Ella V., and several other former Hot Babes. Maia Majendra was signed as a solo artist to Cojuangco Studios and promoted a number of singles. Katrina Gonzales toured with the Manilyn Reynes/TJ Trinidad Philippine National Artist for Music Concert Special as one of the female performers. Katrina Gonzales recorded Going Solo, which was released in 2007, and faced further success in not just the Philippines but also in Japan and Brazil. She signed a lifetime management contract with Viva Entertainment and recorded the album Give More Room, which was released in the U.S. in August 2008. In 2005, Miranda's movie-stardom single, "High Class Girl: Mi Nenita Por Fallar" was released. Her movie, Magpakailanman, was released in the Philippines in 2007. d2c66b5586