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Normani Talks 'DOPAMINE,' Divine Timing, & Learning That She Is Enough

Normani has made it official. For all of us who have ever posed the question, "Where's the album, sis?" or speculated about when the "Fair" songstress who gifted us with earworms like 2019's smash "Motivation" would gift the world with a full-length solo project, Normani finally has an answer.

Through an announcement on her website, wheresthedamnalbum.com, the countdown for when Normani's highly anticipated debut album will hit our airwaves has started. Normani is giving us DOPAMINE, slated to drop sometime this year.

On the heels of the official announcement, the 27-year-old graced the cover of WWWwhere she talked more about what's to come in what will no doubt be the age of Normani. In the story, she shared with writer Jasmine Fox Suliaman exactly what DOPAMINE means to her, particularly her evolution as an artist.

"The album feels like liberation, like a season of freedom," she told the outlet. "Not just because the record is finally coming out, but because it’s a celebration of everything I have been through to get to this moment. During this process, I heard God say to me, ‘Trust me. I know you’re afraid, but trust me anyway. Dare to trust me anyway. Now is the time.’"

Keep reading for more takeaways from the WWW cover feature.

Normani on needing time to become the artist she wants to be:

"I know what I’ve been through. … For me, this upcoming album is not just about music coming out. It feels like a representation of everything I’ve gone through to get to this moment. I know I needed time, experiences, and space coming out of [Fifth Harmony] in order to become the version of myself I needed to be. Without [all of that], I would not be able to exist within the creative space that I am in now. I would not be able to make the type of music I’m making now."

On how always being "the other" pressured her to be "the best":

"Growing up, I always felt like the other, so I put so much pressure on myself to be the absolute best that I could possibly be to be seen, heard, recognized, and acknowledged."

"...You could say I’ve been on a quest to be able to recognize that all that I am is actually enough."

Normani on operating on her own timeline: 

"Everybody has an expected timeline, but I know that whenever I choose to release music, it’s going to be worth it for not only my fans but for me too."

On letting go of doubt and letting in faith: 

"I’ve missed out on so many of my moments because of doubt. I’ve been unable to celebrate my wins because I genuinely believed at that time that the goodness that’s coming to me was too good to be true...

"...In spite of the fact that I’m still learning, I don’t always have to have everything figured out in order to move. Sometimes, you need to actually take that leap of faith, even if it doesn’t make sense."

Read the full WWW feature here.

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