Emily Warren Talks Debut Album, Making an 'Impact' With 'New Rules' & Clicking With The Chainsmokers
The singer/songwriter opens up about "Quiet Your Mind," the success of "Side Effects" & more on Pop Shop Podcast.
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After cranking out hits for The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa, Charli XCX and others, Emily Warren is finally ready to take center stage. The singer/songwriter, our latest guest on the Pop Shop Podcast, stopped by to talk all about her debut solo album, Quiet Your Mind, out Oct. 5. "I spent a few years on the writing side, and I love it and I'll never stop doing it, but there's something that comes with taking everything to the finish line and doing the artwork and doing the videos and everything that's been really satisfying to dip into," Warren says of taking the lead on her independent release.
After being behind the scenes for so long, she says she has a "newfound appreciation" for what artists go through -- but she's trying her best not to hold her album to the same sky-high expectations set by her chart-topping co-writes, like The Chainsmokers' "Don't Let Me Down" or Dua Lipa's "New Rules." "One thing that's been really interesting is trying not to compare my artist stuff with the pop stuff I do, because it's in such a different world -- not only stylistically, but obviously with like radio push and label push and all this stuff -- and kind of just managing expectations and thinking, 'This is my creative outlet. I don't need to hold it at the standard of everything else.' It's definitely been a learning experience."
Warren has yet another hit with The Chainsmokers out right now -- "Side Effects," which she both co-wrote and is the featured vocalist on -- and it's in the top 15 of our Pop Songs chart and debuts on our Dance Club Songs chart this week. Unlike much of her previous work with The Chainsmokers, Warren co-wrote "Side Effects" in a separate writing camp and the song made its way to the dance duo. "I woke up to all these missed calls and text messages [from The Chainsmokers], like, 'We need this song and we're keeping you on it!' And I was like, 'AHHH.' So that was the quickest ever turnaround of writing a song and having it come out, and it's been awesome being featured on it just because it's awesome hanging out with them and performing with them, and it's different for me and different for them. Watching it do its thing, it's been amazing."
She's also been watching Dua Lipa's "New Rules," which Warren co-wrote, do its thing. The global hit flew in the face of advice Warren had been given at the start of her songwriting career. "When I first move to LA, I was told to never write a song in which the guy wasn't gonna get it. Times have changed," she laughed. Now, the song is providing a public service for women across the world dealing with no-good guys. "Caroline [Ailin], whom I wrote it with, was going through that sort of thing, and we were like, 'Let's just write a song that makes you not do that again if you listen to it,'" Warren says. "I've gotten so many amazing DMs from people, like, 'I finally stopped speaking to this person because I listened to "New Rules" enough times!' And that's the most you can hope for as a songwriter, I think, that it's actually had an impact and is helping people. That's the dream."
Speaking of dreams, there's one elusive artist who Warren is dying to get in the studio with: Rihanna. "I say it in every interview, so I know you hear me out there," she says, directly to RiRi.
Also on the show, we've got chart news about Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty topping the Billboard 200 albums chart, a new No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 after Drake's record-setting domination and more. Plus, a recap of our weekend in Vegas at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, where Shawn Mendes joined Justin Timberlake onstage and Kelly Clarkson paid tribute to Aretha Franklin.
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