2019 American Music Awards

Normani Talks 'Love Lies' & Khalid: 'It's Just Two Genuine Friends Making Music for the Sake of the Art'

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Normani Kordei of Fifth Harmony performs on stage during the iHeartSummer '17 Weekend hosted by AT&T at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on June 9, 2017 in Miami Beach, Fla.

Normani Kordei’s music career since Fifth Harmony announced their hiatus seems bright. Her smooth duet with Khalid, “Love Lies,” debuted at No. 43 on the Hot 100 and No. 40 on the Streaming Songs chart.

Kordei recently sat down with the Beats 1 crew on Apple Music to discuss her reaction to the smash, especially while trying to launch a solo career: “It’s always kind of scary, especially because for the past six years, Fifth Harmony’s all we’ve ever known. So, every time we put something out individually, it’s like, ‘Oh shoot! All eyes are on me!’ It’s cool, because Khalid and I have been friends for a minute now.”

“It kind of happened really organically and it’s just two genuine friends making music for the sake of the art,” she said of her relationship with the “Young, Dumb & Broke” singer. “I remember him telling me, he was like, ‘Yo, I want this to be my favorite song. Let’s not even go into it trying to create a hit.' If it’s gonna be, it’s gonna be, but it’s genuinely my favorite song at the moment right now.”

Of her upcoming debut solo album, she said there will be plenty more collaborations:  “I’m working on my first full-length album. I’m the beginning stages, still. I’ve gotten the chance to work with The Stereotypes, I’m going to be in with the Monsters and the Strangerz, Sarah Aarons, Sailor Heart, Victoria Monét, Ester [Dean] — I’m getting in with her very soon, too, so I’m excited.”

Listen to the clips from the show below.


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