It manages to dip into millennial nostalgia—the video’s opening harkens back to the days of watching 106th & Park after school—while orienting itself toward the future: Normani as a bonafide pop and R&B star.
NORMANI – Normani’s Single ‘Motivation’ Goes Viral And Wins Praise From Kylie Jenner, Halsey And Lizzo
Born in Atlanta, Normani grew up in New Orleans before moving to Houston at 9 years old with her family after Hurricane Katrina. There was a certain type of pressure and anxiousness knowing this was Normani’s first big solo performance and that it was at the VMAs, where so many iconic performances have taken place. The song has also been supported by fellow musicians, including Ariana Grande, who Normani toured with earlier this year.
BH: Having worked with Normani in the past, I’ve been able to experience the evolution of her personal style. Right now, she’s focusing on bringing all the nostalgia of the 90s to her music, performances and style on stage.
Previously, Normani was a duet partner to both Khalid on “Love Lies” and Sam Smith on “Dancing With a Stranger.” Both songs hit the top 10 of the Hot 100, according to Billboard. She is a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, which announced its hiatus in March 2018, and a former contestant of Dancing With The Stars, having competed during Season 24 in 2017.
ET caught up with Normani at the AMAs last October , shortly after the release of her collaboration with Kahlid on “Love Lies,” and the singer said she’s had a lot of projects in the works that will make her fans happy.
Before going away, Wayne recorded material that formed into his eighth studio album, I Am Not A Human Being. The album was another success for the Young Money boss, as it debuted at No. 2 and later topped the charts thanks to its physical release. This made Wayne the first hip-hop artist since 2Pac released Me Against The World in 1994 to have a No. 1 album while incarcerated. The album received favorable reviews from critics and earned a Top 10 hit with its lead single Right Above It” featuring Drake.
Since the group’s split in 2017, the world has patiently waited for Normani’s breakout success being that she was a standout performer amongst her group members. With the release of her first single since going solo, a duet with R&B singer Khalid, Love Lies” became number one on the pop charts for two weeks and peaked within the top 10 of the overall Billboard Hot 100. I don’t want to go in and make a hit for the sake of making a hit. And then we made a hit! We just created our favorite song”. She would go on to perform the song during this year’s Billboard Awards, her first televised performance as a solo artist, and nailed it! The set featured dynamic chemistry between the two singers, sultry vocals, strong stage presence, and a dance break that left the internet shook! Proving to the world she is a force to be reckoned with and is preparing herself as well as others for the major spotlight that is to shine on her.
Following in the footsteps of former groupmate Camila Cabello , fellow ex- Fifth Harmony member Normani performed at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 26. The breakout solo artist, who has released only a handful of singles since her departure from the group, performed her recent song Motivation” for tonight’s awards ceremony.
Dinah Jane chose “Bottled Up” as her first solo single, featuring 5H “Work From Home” collaborator Ty Dolla $ign (and a playful nod to the track) and Marc E. Bassey, with the video for the song racking up 7.9 million views in the month since its release. “It was just a feeling in my gut where I kind of want to introduce myself in this way,” she told USA TODAY.
Twerking on a chain-link fence; doing a split on concrete in the rain; bouncing a basketball off multiple body parts, between effortless pirouettes: When Normani released the music video for her irresistible single Motivation” in August, the message was clear. Not only could she sing — she could also really, really dance.
It’s a sticky bop perfectly primed to get us through the rest of the summer, but it’s the video that will push the former Fifth Harmony member further into solo stardom. Grande is a co-writer on the track – her first time writing for another artist, an achievement which won congrats from her mother on Twitter.
Singer Normani dropped the visuals for her latest single Motivation ” on Thursday. The upbeat track was revealed to be co-written by Ariana Grande in a recent Rolling Stone interview. It’s a feel good record. I think that everybody will really love it. It was the first opportunity that I had to have fun,” she shared.
The track Don’t Call Me Angel” was released on Sept. 13 along with an accompanying music video, which was directed by Grande’s Thank U Next” collaborator, Hannah Lux Davis. You might remember them collectively as Fifth Harmony (or 5H), but fans of the girl group, also known as Harmonizers, just know them as Camila, Normani, Lauren, Dinah and Ally.
It turns out, the 23-year-old is all about focusing on herself these days. She hasn’t been romantically linked to anyone recently. When she was on the X Factor in 2012, she was rumored to be dating contestant Arin Ray. The two reportedly split in 2013, then she became linked to bandmate Dinah Jane’s cousin Thomas Hansen. Normani was also rumored to be dating her Dancing with the Stars partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy in 2017, as well as actor Kendrick Sampson. However, the singer has never denied or confirmed any of these relationships.
And while a comparison to Beyoncé can’t possibly feel like a bad thing, especially for a young artist breaking out with a solo career following years in a formulated group — Fifth Harmony — Normani is less pleased with being called by someone else’s name than simply enjoying the cosign of her hero as she ventures out into the world, truly for the first time, on her own.
Normani’s dance abilities have been getting extra attention in the past few months after the singer’s buzzed-about “Motivation” music video and VMAs performance Rihanna did not let the young artist’s talents go unnoticed.
Nuthin’ 2 Prove, however, was a mix of Lil Yachty‘s auto-tune reliant melodies and boisterous raps. It was propelled by its lead single Who Want The Smoke?” featuring QC labelmates Offset of the Migos and Cardi B. Its guest list also included Lil Baby, Juice WRLD, Gunna, Playboi Carti, Young Nudy and more. Critics gave the album mixed reviews, commenting on its lack of direction. Fans felt Lil Yachty had a lot more growth to show. The project debuted at No. 12 on the charts, selling only 40,000 copies in its first week.
We’re all so excited for you to hear this poppy, mildly trappy at times, action filled, dream of a soundtrack. these songs are so right for this film! this has been such a unique and exciting experience for me and i’m so excited to see it and scream whenever i hear all my friends’ voices,” she continued.
At the height of his massive popularity, Nelly became the first rapper to release two albums simultaneously when he dropped Sweat and Suit on the same day in November 2004. He originally planned to release one album for his third solo effort, but he eventually decided to drop two albums that could hold all the music that was being recorded at the time.
Marking her first entirely solo project since Fifth Harmony went on indefinite hiatus, the video opens up with her dreaming about reaching a number one video on 106 & Park. The video has been taking the Internet by storm due to Normani’s impressive moves, which includes everything from back flips on the basketball court, to synched twerking on fences, to sultry choreographed partner dancing.
In 2019, Normani teamed up with Sam Smith to release their smash hit Dancing With A Stranger.” Entertainment Weekly observed, Sam Smith and Normani have teamed up to soundtrack your weekend festivities.” Billboard said, They’re a smoldering combo, and they’ve delivered something fiery with ‘Dancing With A Stranger’…” The song immediately began climbing the charts upon release and scored Normani her second consecutive #1 single at Top 40 Radio in the US.
Lil Wayne went through a brief creative shift in 2010 when he dropped his seventh studio album Rebirth. The album is Wayne’s first and only rock record, a move that puzzled fans. It received negative reviews but did well on the Billboard charts, debuting at No. 2 and selling 176,000 copies in its first week. Each of the four singles obtained success on the charts, including the Eminem-assisted Drop The World” which went quadruple platinum. Unfortunately, Wayne spent much of 2010 dealing with legal issues that landed him in Rikers Island to serve an eight month sentence for criminal possession of a weapon.