Normani's Debut Solo Album: Title, Tracklist, Release Date & Everything We Know So Far
6 August 2018, 09:19 | Updated: 10 August 2018, 09:36
Read all the info about Normani's highly anticipated new music here.
The anticipation for Normani's debut solo album is sky high. Ever since the 'Work from Home' singer rose to fame as part of Fifth Harmony, it's always been obvious that she has what it takes to be a superstar in her own right. Vocals? Check. Insane dance moves? Covered. Charisma? In abundance. Ambition? You bet. Star power? Undeniable.
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Now that Fifth Harmony have announced their hiatus, all eyes are on Normani to see what she does as a soloist. What will her music sound like? When is she going to release it? Who is she working with? We need to know. Thankfully the icon in the making has already answered some of these questions.
Find out everything about N1 below.
When is Normani's new album coming out? Release Date?
As it stands there is no official release date for Normani's debut solo album. However, the rising star confirmed in February on Beats 1 that the album is "30 percent done" and that she intends to release it soon. Taking all of this into consideration, we reckon that we can expect it to come out either late 2018 or early 2019 with one or two singles preceding it.
And now it looks as though it's nearing the final stages.
What will it sound like?
It's going to be very different from the music that Normani's made with Fifth Harmony.Chatting to The Fader about the new project, Normani revealed: “I’m able to go to the studio now and write about ideas that actually mean something to me. “I am going back to the music that I grew up with that really inspires me. I get to pull from that and incorporate those sounds into this project. It’s not like somebody else sitting in a chair over at the label has a set idea as to who these girls are going to be and us having to go along with that.”
As for the content of the music, she said: "My Mom was raised in the same house in New Orleans that I was raised in as a little girl. I want to shed light on my truth.”At the age of 9, Normani and her family had to leave their home in New Orleans after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Her music will reference her roots in the south: in New Orleans where she was raised and in Houston, Texas where she and her family moved.
Muna Mira, who interviewed Normani for The Fader, also added: "Normani’s new sound is grown and sexy. The songs I hear from the project, all unnamed at this point, are dreamily produced: think airy sounds with lots of instrumentation. It’s classic R&B delivered with raspy vocal runs and with lots of plucky, bluesy sounding guitars and horns underneath."
"Her subject reflects the urgency and volatility of feeling that define your early twenties. She is braggadocious one moment, and then self conscious and brooding the next: 'I’m a mess. I’m going to make it hard to be with me.' She traces the arc of her emotions back to the origin point. She’s is coming back to herself, learning how to be Normani again.”
Will there be any collaborations?
Normani launched her solo career this February with an epic Khalid duet. 'Love Lies' was released as part of the soundtrack for Love, Simon and it's already become an international hit worldwide. Whether or not it will feature on Normani's album is yet to be confirmed but we reckon that there is a good chance that Khalid will be on the album regardless. The two artists are great friends in real life and their voices compliment each other beautifully.
Elsewhere, Normani has already revealed in multiple interviews that she and Missy Elliott are working together. The two stars hit each other up on Twitter and have already set aside studio time with each other. It's currently unclear if Missy will feature on what they create but considering that she already joined forces with Normani on a Fifth Harmony song ('Not That Kinda Girl') we wouldn't rule it out.
Hey sis! Ya peeps hit me bout us working anyway🙌🏾 hopefully we get in da studio soon🔥@NormaniKordei— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 3, 2018
And she has been spotted making magic in the studio with New Orleans legend Big Freedia.
Normani seems to be cooking up some heat with New Orleans bounce legend, Big Freedia.— The Pop Hub 👄 (@ThePopHub) July 25, 2018
Are you excited for Normani’s debut album? pic.twitter.com/2gU8mZhowR
Speaking to Billboard at the BBMAs Normani mentioned that she has "a lot of dope collaborations" coming out this year but it's currently unclear if they are for her album or other projects. Normani revealed that she "may be the only vocal" on one so it looks like a hip-hop feature is on the cards. Also rumour has it that both Normani and Kehlani are set to star on a single remix of Tinashe's standout Joyride track 'Ooh La La'. Imagine.
🚨RUMOR UPDATE🚨— TINASHE USA (@TinasheUSA) May 22, 2018
A producer @Normani is working with currently ( @Dopebyaccident ) posted about the rumor of the Ooh La La Remix on IG
The story shows @JWhiteDidIT (producer of Ooh La La) working with Normani’s producer.
Normani has also announced she has a new collab out soon pic.twitter.com/g6NqCqyUlu
Kehlani has since confirmed that she and Normani have 'something coming'. It could potentially be the 'Ooh La La [Remix]' or something completely new.
Fan: “Collab with Normani”— KEHLANI DAILY (@kehlanidaiIy) July 27, 2018
Kehlani: actually, something’s coming. pic.twitter.com/iOYmFn76aZ
Normani has also apparently recorded a new single with Calvin Harris. What a queen.
Normani, Victoria Monet and Calvin Harris in the studio together. ✨ pic.twitter.com/G1DynURMxX— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) June 15, 2018
We cannot wait to find out if it's true and who else Normani has been recording with.
Which producers and writers is Normani working with?
Chatting to Zane Lowe earlier this year, Normani opened up about the names she's been in the studio with. She said: “I’m working on my first full-length album. I’m the beginning stages, still. I’ve gotten the chance to work with The Stereotypes, I’m going to be in with the Monsters and the Strangerz, Sarah Aarons, Sailor Heart, Victoria Monét, Ester [Dean] — I’m getting in with her very soon, too, so I’m excited.” So no biggie at all, Normani is working with the biggest names in pop.
The Stereotypez are the production team behind all of Bruno Mars' 24K Magic hits, The Monsters and the Strangerz have worked with Rihanna, Britney Spears and Dua Lipa, Sarah Aarons co-wrote Zedd's pop smashes 'Stay' and 'The Middle', Sailor Heart is an up-and-coming writer with major hype and Victoria Monét has co-written nearly half of Ariana Grande's discography. Oh and Esther Dean is responsible for 'Rude Boy', 'Starships', 'Countdown' and so many more classics.
Lately Normani has been seen writing with BOOTS (the producer behind most of Beyoncé's self-titled album), RAYE ('You Don't Know Me', 'Decline', 'Friends'), Danja ('Gimme More') and Boi-1da ('Work').
Talking to The Fader, Normani also revealed that she is workingThe Dream, Jude Demorest, London on da Track, Priscilla Renea and DJ Mustard to name just a few.
Normani is also writing more with Tayla Parx who co-wrote 'Love Lies' and a lot of Janelle Monáe's recent music too.
Woke up still laughing from yesterday’s session with @NormaniKordei lmao 🤣 💕— TAYLA PARX (@TAYLAPARX) April 29, 2018
Rumour has it that she is also working with Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels and Stargate. This LP is going to be major.
What is the album called? Any song titles?
No album name or song titles yet apart from 'Love Lies'. Although we do not know if 'Love Lies' is on the record. We will update you as soon as we have more information, Fingers crossed Normani announces something soon.
Will there be any tour dates or live performances?
Normani loves to perform so a tour is definitely happening. Our bet is in 2019 shortly after the album comes out. Normani has so far wowed fans with 'Love Lies' on Fallon and at the BBMAs. Both performances were sublime.
Which label is Normani signed to?
Normani is signed to KeepCool/RCA Records which is a new joint label set up by A&R executive Tunji Balogun.
Who is a fan of Normani?
Everyone. Solange? Yes. SZA? Yes. Kelly Clarkson? Yes. The world awaits this album.
Solange just liked this tweet about Normani pic.twitter.com/ptSC3PUW3l— a. (@kordeinates) May 21, 2018
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