The R&B singer has a new album out soon—hooray! Here’s what to expect.
How will your new album compare to your previous singles?
Like my mixtape, the new music is going to be relatable. A lot of my fans are really young, and I’m gonna keep it that way. But I’m older, so it’s going to be a lot more edgy. She Believed was about about heartbreak. This is about having fun and basically getting over love. I’m at a point where I’m single, so I’m independent and I’m working. It’ll be about girl power.
Who, in the music industry, represents girl power well?
Alicia Keys and Beyoncé are doing it perfectly. Alicia Keys is my idol, and I love Beyoncé and everything she does—she’s a triple threat.
Is acting something you’d like to spend more time doing?
I started off with modeling first, and did a little acting while trying to be a singer. It’s hard to choose a favorite. I like going back and forth, doing both—I’m working on my album, but I definitely do want to pursue acting.
Is music something you’ve always been passionate about?
Definitely. Both sides of my family are really into music, so growing up, it was always around. I couldn’t get away from music! I didn’t know I could make a career out of it, but I took that chance.
Who would you most like to collaborate with in the future?
I would love to work with Alicia Keys and Trey Songz. He’s amazing! Rihanna‘s really cool and edgy, and I love her music.
You played Justin Bieber’s crush in the music video for “Baby.” Are you still friends?
Oh yeah, definitely! I’m very supportive and I’m proud of everything he’s doing. He’s come a major long way since the debut video!
One thing people might not know about you is just how many music videos you’ve appeared in, from “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West to “My Girl” (Remix) by Mindless Behavior. What’s been the coolest?
Kanye West’s shoot had a really good vibe. It was one of my first music videos and I was only 11—really, really young! I played an angel and I thought it was so cool. It was a totally new experience for me.
What music are you listening to on repeat?
I’m really, really in love with the Justin Timberlake album. I think it’s amazing!
What are you up to this summer?
I’m going to be working out a lot more because it’s summer and I want to go to the beach. I’ll be recording my album, which should be out by the end of the year. And I just want to start touring again, so I’m going to be working really hard on putting my music out there.