AOL Taps Brooke Allison To Advise 'Tweens'
Not just a burgeoning pop talent any longer, 2K/Virgin recording artist Brooke Allison has taken on the responsibility of being a "Growing Up Advisor" for a new area on AOL's Kids Only Channel. The 14Not just a burgeoning pop talent any longer, 2K/Virgin recording artist Brooke Allison has taken on the responsibility of being a "Growing Up Advisor" for a new area on AOL's Kids Only Channel. The 14-year-old Allison, whose self-titled debut album was released last week, was a natural choice for the AOL job, as her single "The Kiss-Off (Goodbye)," samples the online service's trademark "good-bye" sign-off sound.
"That's what started it up," Allison tells Billboard.com. "We got permission from AOL to do the 'goodbye' thing and then they contacted us again and told me about... the tween site. I thought that it was a really great program, because kids from nine to 12, they're not quite teenagers, but they're not really young kids anymore either, so it's really cool for them to have their own site."
The new area of the site (AOL keyword: Growing Up) will offer music videos, message boards, and information on fashion, health, and other areas of interest. Also featured are links to audio and video of "The Kiss Off," as well as biographical information on Allison and a photo gallery.
"I [am going to] do a 'Dear Diary' thing that kind of tells [Growing Up users] exactly what I've been doing every week," Allison says. "And people can ask me questions about anything at all that they are going through, and I'll answer them. I'm doing tips for a safe summer -- avoiding drugs and alcohol and that kind of stuff."
As for her own summer, Allison says she's planning on hitting the road in support of her new album. "I'm definitely going on tour," she says. "We've got a lot of really awesome offers right now, and we're still looking to see which one sounds best. But I definitely will be out and I'll be sure to keep everybody posted [on the Growing Up site] when I find out the details of who we're going to be with."
"The Kiss-Off (Goodbye)" peaked at No. 28 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart earlier this month. And while the brand new "Brooke Allison" album from which it comes features songwriting contributions from Mya, Robert Palmer, and Meredith Brooks, Allison says she's planning to handle those duties on her own for her sophomore release.
"For the second album I'm writing a lot of the songs, if not all of them," she says confidently. "I don't think you ever really stop writing when you enjoy writing, so I'm working on that all the time."