[FREE MP3] Michelle Williams "Love Gun"
While Beyonce is toasting to her fourth Billboard number one album and Kelly Rowland is gearing up for the release of her new LP on July 26, fellow Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams has also been working on some brand-new music that she's has started to unleash this week.
Following her 2008 album "Unexpected," Williams decided to continue making R&B-infused dance pop with a message of hope and positivity that she refers to as "inspiration pop." Think of Katy Perry's 'Fireworks' or Natasha Beddingfeld's 'Unwritten,'" Williams explains in a press release. "It's music with a message but at the same time fun and will get people dancing."
A good example of that is the brand-new "Love Gun" that she is sharing with the readers of ArjanWrites.com. Produced by up and coming soundboard man Druski, "Love Gun" is sparkly slice of dancefloor pop (featuring some banging chord progressions) with lyrics about falling head over heels in love after getting hit by Cupid's bullet. The music and lyrics are an excellent match for Williams' soulful vocal and upbeat attitude. Grab it while it's hot.
Arjan Interviews Michelle Williams
After having the world at her feet as a member of Destiny's Child, still the best-selling female group of all time, Michelle Williams delivered two solo gospel albums. In 2002, she released "Heart To Yours, which became the best selling gospel album of the year, followed by "Do You Know" in 2004. After a stint on Broadway in Elton John's Aida, Williams returned this month with a brand new album, titled "Unexpected." It is a record full of fresh, dance-tinged R&B and pop that takes her career in an exciting new direction.
After meeting Michelle at TRL studios in May when she introduced the MTV Logo ArjanWrites Brink Of Fame Award, I met up with her again before her record release party and performance at Splash Bar. We talked briefly about this new record, gay fans and the upcoming U.S. elections.
Arjan: So Michelle Williams went from R&B to gospel to Broadway to pop. It has been quite a journey.
Michelle: Yes, it has been a journey. [Laughs]
I love the sound on this new record. It's very catchy and new for you. How did it come about?
It’s not something that I planned to do. It just kinda happened, you know, working with the writers and producers that I ended up with. And I’m glad that I did because it's a fresh sound for me. I'm very excited about this record.
Who are some of the people that you worked with for this record?
I was very happy to work with Stargate who have done so many great records for others lately. I also worked with Rico Love, Andrew Frampton and Wayne Wilkins who are all great. We started recording in December of last year and I'm glad it is finally out for people to hear.
How important is it for you to try new things? Do you think that your past with Destiny's Child makes it harder to venture out because people have certain expectations of what you will bring?
It is very important to me to evolve as an artist. But you're right
- most people will remember me from Destiny's Child. That will always
be a part of me. I mean that's just something that I'll
be associated with for the rest of my career. In the end, my goal is
just to put out good music, you know, I don’t
care what you call me or what music it is.
You presented the ArjanWrites Brink of Fame Award at the MTV Logo Awards in June. How important are your gay fans to you?
I remember that! That was so much fun. You know I love my gay fans. I don’t discriminate against any fan. I don't single out a gay fan or a straight fan. I just try to lump everybody together. I don’t feel like, 'Ooo. I have a gay fan' you know. I thank God for my gay fans. They’ve been very rewarding to me. I'm basically colorblind when it comes to my fans. I love all of them.
Are you going to take this record overseas?
Absolutely. That's the plan.
With Destiny's Child you have traveled all over the world to perform and promote. Do you think that there’s a difference between fans in America and fans overseas? Do they respond differently to the music?
The fans overseas are so appreciative. They appreciate you for coming all the way, performing and thinking of them.
There have been some excellent remixes of "Break The Dawn," the first single from this new album. How involved are you with the remixes of your song? Do you have a favorite?
Absolutely. My label usually works on getting DJs and producers to create remixes. I listen to all of them and approve then. My favorite? The Karmatronic remix. That's a great one.
Are there any emerging artists that you're really into right now?
I really like Lady Gaga, Keri Hillson and Jazmine Sullivan. I met Lady Gaga at the NewNowNext Awards. I love her.
Are you excited about the U.S. presidential elections?
Do you know who you will vote for if I may ask?
Obama. I'm from Chicago you know.
What does Obama represent to you?
He represents a new sense of freedom, a new…just something refreshing and change. Somebody who understands the people, you know. Who gets on our level. I really think he wants to help the people. I would love to do some things for Obama. We come from the same town, so hopefully I can get more involved and do more things.
Good luck with your gig tonight. Thanks so much for the chat.
Thanks! Good to talk to you again.
Listen to New Michelle Williams Tracks
Some of the best pop comes from unexpected places.
After having the world at her feet as a member of Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams released two gospel albums and performed in Broadway muscial Aida. On October 18, she returns with an album full of pop-tinged R&B that many of her fans have been craving for. Head over to her MySpace page to listen to a few tracks from the new album.
Listen for example to mid-tempo glam pop stomper "Hello Heartbreak," the grim and pulsating Zone Out remix of "Hung Over" and the melodic "Stop This Car" that puts Williams' vocals front and center. Produced by Timbaland protégé Wayne Wilkins, the CD's infectious first single "We Break The Dawn" hit the number one spot on the Billboard Dance Chart in July. The success of the single followed her appearance on the MTV Logo New Now Next Awards where she introduced the MTV ArjanWrites.com Brink Of Fame Award (yes, yes, I'm very proud of that).
The photo above is taken from a photo shoot Williams did with the hip and forward Corduroy Magazine that will appear on a newsstand near you very soon. Look for Williams' "Unexpected" on October 18. It might very well be one of the best pop albums to hit in 2008.