Normani Calls 'Love Lies' Success 'An Out-of-Body Experience,' Teases Debut Album & A Mystery Collab

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"Sonically and creatively, I can do completely something that I wanna do now," she tells the Pop Shop Podcast.

Normani has been basking within the glow of the success of her debut solo Billboard chart hit “Love Lies,” with Khalid, which lately spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay chart. The singer and songwriter known as in to the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast to speak about her ideas on hitting No. 1, the track’s sustained attraction since its launch in February, how she’s coming alongside along with her upcoming solo album challenge and extra.

“Honestly… [it’s] a dream come true,” Normani tells Billboard of the success of “Love Lies.” “I’m so grateful and so blessed and it’s simply wonderful. For this to be the primary file that type of introduces me to the world with my very own artistry, except for who they’ve recognized to be Normani in Fifth Harmony for thus lengthy, it’s actually loopy and mind-blowing. It’s type of like an out-of-body expertise, even for me, as a result of it’s like I can’t imagine I really did that, or I used to be a part of that.”

“To have a file that I cared so deeply about with Khalid -- he’s considered one of my closest pals… We knew that the track felt good, however we didn’t essentially know… you hope for the very best, however you actually don’t know. So it’s simply actually cool to see it hovering and spreading its wings and doing so wonderful and connecting with so many individuals. It’s been superior.”

Considering the track was launched method again on Feb. 14 -- and didn’t make its Pop Songs chart debut till April -- what does it really feel like for her to see the track construct in recognition, and did she really feel like new followers have been attending to know her within the course of?

“I truthfully assume that’s the particular half,” Normani says. “I feel that it’s actually stunning to see the expansion… Because I really feel it means individuals are discovering the track each day. People that didn’t essentially even know who I used to be or who Khalid was… It’s simply actually cool to see our little child win!”

Normani additionally gave Billboard an replace on the standing of her upcoming solo debut album.

“I've been within the studio for the previous couple of months simply actually ranging from the bottom up,” she says. “I've been co-producing, I've been co-writing, I've been in with numerous wonderful songwriters and producers that I've been eager to work with for such a very long time now -- which can be really followers of mine, which is kinda loopy. …  Sonically and creatively, I'm in a position to do completely something that I wanna do now. It's like a child in a sweet store. It's overwhelming typically, as a result of there's like a lot you are able to do however the choices are limitless, so I'm excited.”

As beforehand reported, Normani has Missy Elliott on her checklist of deliberate collaborators for the challenge (she’s “positively on the prime of the checklist”). Normani can be hoping to work with Ryan Tedder, saying “we even have one thing lined up very quickly.”

Before the album comes out, Normani says she has “some data popping out very quickly” that aren’t “essentially a part of my private challenge, my album.” She additionally hints at a “actually large” collaboration with one of many “best vocalists of this time proper now,” who's a person and is a “shut buddy.” Start your guessing engines!

Also on the Pop Shop Podcast, we’ve bought information about Brockhampton’s debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, 5 Seconds of Summer hitting No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart with “Youngblood,” Kanye West’s eventful look on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and why the Sept. 28 album launch schedule was so full of A-listers (Lil Wayne! Cher! Logic!).

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