Billboard's latest chart-topper is a sleeper hit that almost never was — but thanks to Lizzo's grit and a supportive producer , it's reached everyone from pop stars to former presidents and the rest of us in between. In a recent interview with Elle , the magazine's October cover star shares that the day she released her now No. I was crying in my room all day. She texted her producer to admit how demoralized she felt by her career as a solo artist and the music industry in general, believing that if she stopped making music, no one would care. In response, her producer came to her apartment to give the artist a pep talk. Lizzo recalls her producer consoling her: Even if her music didn't feel important to the world, it was important to the two of them. Lizzo's decision to keep pursuing music that day in would pay dividends just two years later.
Despite her obvious musical talent, Lizzo’s fame is the result of a slow, committed crawl
In doing so, it tied a record for the longest spell at number one by a female-performed rap song. Lizzo has authenticity and charisma, and has also become a style icon for many Credit: Getty Images. The Detroit-born artist, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, studied classical flute performance at the University of Houston, where her family moved when she was Now, Lizzo has become a byword for body positivity and female empowerment. In November, Lizzo also underlined her growing reputation as a norm-shattering, plus-size style icon by appearing on the cover of British Vogue. When I interviewed her for music magazine NME in August , I was seriously impressed by her charisma, candour and somewhat salty sense of humour. She released her debut album Lizzobangers on a Minneapolis indie label in October , earning critical acclaim but only cult success. It would be another three years before she charted for the first time with Coconut Oil, a six-track EP which was her first release on a major label.
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Executive produced by Coleen Haynes at Maavven. Produced by Daniel Brink at Maavven. Makeup by Alexx Mayo. Hair by Shelby Swain. Nails by Eri Ishizu.
Melissa Viviane Jefferson born April 27, , known professionally as Lizzo , is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, actress, and flutist. Lizzo's first major-label EP , Coconut Oil , was released in She attained mainstream success with the release of her third studio album, Cuz I Love You , which peaked inside the top five of the US Billboard The album spawned two singles: " Juice " and " Tempo ". The deluxe version of the album included Lizzo's single " Truth Hurts ", which became a viral sleeper hit , topping the US Billboard Hot two years after its initial release. Around this time, her single " Good as Hell " also climbed the charts, reaching the top ten of the UK Singles Chart and the Hot Aside from singing and rapping, Lizzo is also an actress; she served as a voice performer in the animated film UglyDolls and appeared in the crime comedy-drama film Hustlers