5 Takeaways From Jordin Sparks' #JordinGetsIntimate Chat
January 20, 2015 - 6:27 pm
On being 17 when she recorded “No Air” and working with Chris Brown again: "I’ve been dying to talk about this because it just trips me out. Do you guys realize we were 17 when we did that song? We were children and it was one of the biggest songs, one of the biggest duets ever and it’s crazy for me to think about that now ... 'Cause ‘I’m just like, 'How did we do that?’ It was such a special moment. I’d like to work with him again. I’ve always been a fan of his music."
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On shedding her good girl image with songs like “Double Tap” "I do feel like the whole direction I’m going is different because everybody remembers me from the first two albums and it’s been five years since the last time they saw me. The last time they heard me, it was just power ballads: big, loud, emotional. And it’s crazy because the songs that I’ve put on this album and on the mixtape are songs that I would listen to in my car, that I would bump at home with my friends, and it’s the type of music I grew up listening to, so I can finally be in this moment with these songs that I feel I’m actually living, that I love. So I’m very excited to do them. On the other side of things, with “Double Tap,” I feel like if somebody else did it, it will be kind of expected from them because they do songs like that. For me, no one expected me to say ‘Double-tap that ho.’ I do feel my image will break from what people think of me in the first place, which I think is a good thing. I may lose some fans. I might gain some more."
On working with Salaam Remi: "Three years ago, when we met, I was doing Sparkle and I was having crazy issues with the label and nobody really knew what to do with me. Salaam took one look at me and asked me ‘So what do you like?’ And so I told him and he said ‘Okay then why don’t we try this?’ I wasn’t even signed to him at the time; he wanted to help. (Jordin turns directly to Salaam, who is in the audience) And I thank you because you gave me, for lack of better of terms, my spark back to be able to believe more in myself. (Reverts back to Angela) It’s just awesome to be able to work with somebody who has worked with people I’ve admired."
On what she misses about being in a relationship: "When you’re in a relationship with someone, you get used to the companionship [like] in the middle of your day, you just feel like talking to somebody and you’re like ‘Oh my gosh, you will not believe what just happened I have to tell you this,’ or ‘Hey I’m not feeling too well or somebody just said this to me. I just have to explain this situation to you.’ For me, the communication thing is huge, so being able to talk to somebody who wants to talk to you as badly and is waiting right on the other end of the other line just as badly. I miss that, and, of course, I miss kisses, and just being held in that loving way."
On lessons she learned from being with Jason Derulo: "For everybody that doesn’t know, Jason was my second relationship. I’ve only had two relationships… I learned what I won’t put up with again. What I’m willing to put into a relationship at this point it has to be reciprocal. You have to give the same as what I’m giving. We can’t do this ‘I’m giving everything and nothing in return.’ ... My biggest lesson for myself is that I really need to slow down. Let’s get to know each other first and then we'll decide if we want to dive into a commitment... I’m going to have to take it and apply it now. I’ll have to talk myself through it like, 'Jordin, remember what you did last time. Take it slow.’ To get there slow and find substance. That’s what my lesson is."