Watch: Normani Dishes On Debut Album Jitters, Working with Ariana Grande, & More

Published: Friday 16th Aug 2019 by Rashad

We’re among the many hoping there’s no cure in sight for the wave of Normani fever that’s sweeping through since she dropped her blazing new music video, ‘Motivation,’ early this morning (August 16).

Billed as the official first single from the singer’s yet-titled, forthcoming debut solo effort, the cut is the brainchild of a team of superstar writers, singers, and producers (Ariana Grande Max Martin, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and Savan Kotecha).

On this side of its release date the tune is already showing early signs of success (based on its digital sales and critical response), but some may not know it was preceded by a slew of promotional appearances in its support in a bid to build anticipation.  One stop (to our friends at Chicago’s B96 96.3 FM) caught up with the 23-year-old at this year’s Lollapalooza to discuss her new album, working with Grande, and so much more.

Published to the outlet’s Youtube just hours before ‘Motivation’s premiere, tuck inside to see how the singer’s responding to fan demands for the LP, fighting those debut album jitters, and so much more:


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  1. Erica August 16, 2019

    New Orleans really Louisiana have some special talent!! Normani, lil Wayne, Luke James, Britney Spears, Dawn Richards wow

    • Jasmine August 16, 2019

      Black Girl Magic. I don’t think Louisiana has anything different than any other city in terms of talent. NYC, Philly, LA, DC, etc all have talent. People had to grow up somewhere right?

  2. I love big black cox August 16, 2019

    Never happened! Gurl, how many buzz or flops u been having?????

  3. Clarkson August 16, 2019

    Tinashe level of success.
    She dances too damn hard, nobody likes that

    • Josh August 16, 2019

      I like it.

    • High Price August 17, 2019

      Uhhhh…. I doubt it. But her dancing is her style. She’s different. I like it too.

    • Keith August 17, 2019

      Ok, so some “dance too hard” and others “don’t dance enough”. In your estimation, which dancing pop star does it right? Sure sounds like another case “you can’t win” IYO….

    • Jeans August 17, 2019

      I know what you mean. She is a great dancer but her choreo is so jerky and poppy it can come off hard-esque looking. Janet gives a perfect example of how to execute choreo. Janet can go TF off live but she knows how to execute choreo of any style. Whereas Aaliyah I sometimes felt danced too “softly” and didn’t put enough hardness in her movement. To Normani’s defense, she is doing the choreo she is given but it doesn’t always have go executed so jerky and hard.

  4. pat August 16, 2019

    witnessing the beginnings of a new black superstar. it’s exciting and about time

  5. FELICIA August 16, 2019

    I really don’t care for the song Motivation. Arianna Grande should have kept that song for herself. I do love the video, it’s great. I think Motivation really needs a remix with an amazing soulful male rapper with Normani, then it would sound much much better than in its present state.

    • Keith August 17, 2019

      I’m with you, @Felicia…

  6. High Price August 17, 2019

    I’m SO excited! Looks like we’re gonna have some GOOD music so far coming out last quarter of this year! Queen Naija, Normani! Can’t wait!

  7. iamdiego August 18, 2019

    love u mani congrats on everything

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