Watch Jennifer Hudson Talk 'JHUD,' Hair & EGOT Chances
Jennifer Hudson stopped by Billboard recently to talk about her new album, her new haircut and what awards she's planning to win next. Watch the interview below:
JHUD, released Sept. 23, is currently sitting at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Hudson calls it "an album full of colors," inspired by a desire "to bridge the old school with the new school" -- which she does effectively by merging a vintage, late-'70s feel with up-to-date production and guest verses from star rappers, including T.I. and Iggy Azalea. JHUD also contains "Moan," a ballad that Hudson says is a tribute to her mother. "'Moan' is probably the most personal, intimate song I've ever sang, written, recorded, all of that in one," the singer told Billboard. Hudson's mom, who was killed by her son-in-law in 2008, used to say, "If something hurts, if you moan, it'll make you feel better." This provided Hudson with an idea for a song; it also gave her an idea for a career. "Thats what I do," she said. "I moan, I sing... that's my go-to space."
To go with the new album, Hudson has been sporting a new haircut. It was apparently the result of a spur-of-the-moment decision. She found herself thinking, "I'm tired of the big long hair, the bangs in front...a bunch of hair that does not belong to me. Short hair is about presence," she declared. Like Hudson's newfound affinity for dance music, her haircut is "fresh and different."
Hudson isn't resting on her laurels after the album release. She wants to get out on tour and connect with her fans, but she's also hoping that "more film is next. And then I want to do theater too," she said. Hudson already has an Academy Award (for Best Supporting Actress in the film Dreamgirls) and a Grammy (for her debut album, Jennifer Hudson). "I have to get an Emmy and a Tony," she decides, shooting for the rare EGOT. "Those things are tough!"