"It's something I can laugh about now" — Normani opens up about how fans waiting for her album impacted her 

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Popular singer Normani recently reflected on how the anticipation for her debut album influenced her life and career. She released a debut solo album, Dopamine, on June 14, 2024, through RCA Records. Normani initially announced the release of her album in 2018. In a tweet on X, the artist suggested that she had the album's title.

On June 18, 2024, the acclaimed singer appeared on Apple Music's The Ebro Show and shared why the release took so long, detailing her personal and professional struggles. She also spoke about how her fans' eagerness for the album impacted her and mentioned that she saw several jokes online about the same.

She mentioned that she could laugh about it now and "played into" the eagerness as she released the album trailer on the website wheresthedamnalbum.com.

Speaking about the fans' anticipation, the singer mentioned that she dedicated her life to his album and said:

"Literally, I've dedicated my life, every ounce of my being, to this project and to this very moment, so I don't want anybody thinking the opposite. But I feel like it's something I can laugh about now."

Reflecting on challenging moments, Normani disclosed feeling affected by project delays and fans' anticipation.

"I would be lying if I said I didn't feel impacted by that, personally, because I know everything that I was going through and enduring. I'm like, 'I promise, I care, I'm still here, I'm trying,'" the singer said.

Normani Kordei Hamilton rose to prominence as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, which she left in 2018.


Normani opens up about the journey of her album and the impact of fans' anticipation

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In a candid interview, the former Fifth Harmony singer spoke about the pressures and personal growth she experienced while working on her much-awaited project, Dopamine.

She added that she wanted her project to "be of standard" as fans had waited a long time for its release. However, she shed light on the "roadblocks" she had to navigate through and mentioned that she was dealing with things in her life that not many people knew about.

"I've just had so many roadblocks, I would say, that people didn't necessarily know were taking place, and things that were beyond my control," the singer said.

Normani added:

"My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and then the following year, after going through that as a family, my dad ended up getting diagnosed with prostate cancer."

Normani further said that amidst the chaos, she was determined to bring this project to fruition despite struggling to find the motivation to get out of bed on some days.

In April 2024, speaking to The Cut, the Dopamine artist mentioned that the album reflects her difficult years. Upon asking what took her so long to release the project, the artist revealed that she had revised the album at least four to five times.

"I could've put three albums out by now in that duration. I'm not oblivious to that. But I felt like I owed it to myself to be able to take my time, reinvent, and be experimental," she said.

Normani's album features collaborations with rappers such as Cardi B and Gunna. It has 13 tracks: Big Boy, Still, All Yours, Lights On, Take My Time, Insomnia, Candy Paint, Grip, 1:59, Distance, Tantrums, Little Secrets, and Wild Side.

Edited by Adelle Fernandes
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