Cher Lloyd has come a long way since finishing 4th on UK's "X Factor" in 2010, from gaining massive support for her hit debut single in the US, "Want U Back" (from 2012's Sticks & Stones), to charming her fans (called 'Brats') stateside and abroad with her latest song featuring T.I., "I Wish."
"I feel as a twenty year old girl in the music industry, it can get very tough with your image, your style, your overall look and personality, and I felt like I had been taken over by what I was meant to look like," Cher tells iHeartRadio regarding the inspiration for the song. "I sort of lost sight of who I actually was, and I feel like that happens with everyone. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who can turn around to me and say, 'I’m completely happy with myself,' unless you’re majorly vain and overconfident. I applaud you for your confidence, but I just don’t think it’s real. So when I recorded this song, I sat down with my two producers and I said, 'I want to create something that is not only positive, but actually is real, and people can have a real understanding of exactly how it feels to be in a not so good situation about how you feel about yourself. So that’s why when we wrote it, I wanted to point out all the things that I don’t have that sometimes I wish I had. And I think the things I pointed out are quite similar to what most girls feel. But I wanted the message to be although I’m not completely a hundred percent happy with myself, I’m still content, I’m still happy with what I’m doing and happy with my career and my life choices, and that’s basically what 'I Wish' is about. It’s making you feel good about yourself, but still understanding that you’re not one hundred percent happy with your image."
It's a message that pretty much all females can relate to, and especially Cher's passionate Brats. The pint-sized powerhouse recently announced the title of her sophomore album - due out in 2014 - Sorry I'm Late. But with a catchy, relatable brand new single and new album on the horizon, the stars seem to be aligning for Cher not only fashionably, but right on time.
Cher Lloyd teamed up with iHeartRadio to Guest DJ a radio station that represents her, featuring an eclectic mix a mix of pop, rock, hip-hop and more. Her picks give fans insight into the music that makes her tick. Check out Cher''s top ten tracks below.
1. The Kooks, "Junk of the Heart"
"'Junk of the Heart' reminds me of being in the car with my fiancé. He is a massive Kooks fan," Cher Lloyd tells iHeartRadio. "I suppose at first I wasn’t a huge fan, but then he kind of made me a fan. Every time that song comes on, it just reminds me of him, so that’s probably why I love it so much.'
2. Lorde, "Royals"
"I feel like this particular song is yet so new, but it’s grown on me so much, and I like her as a person," Cher says. "She just seems so pure, and I think that’s what I like about her as an artist. Immediately when I heard this song, I searched for all of her other material and completely fell in love with her. I think she is someone that would be good to hang out with."
3. The Cardigans, "Love Fool"
"This song is just so fun! You put it on while you’re doing your makeup in the morning, and it just makes you feel energized. I love signing along to it. I think it's super cheesy in a good way, and that’s why I love it."
4. Nelly Furtado, "Turn Off The Light"
"This is a huge smash, a huge hit. It reminds me of being in high school, and once again it just makes me feel really energized, and her voice is incredible. Any Nelly Furtado song, I love it."
5. Santigold, "Unstoppable"
"This is a bit of a weird one for me because when I first heard it, I really really liked it, and then the second time, I thought it was weird," Cher tells iHeartRadio. "It’s just one of those situations where you’re like, ‘Should I like it cause it’s so weird?’ And then you just kind of accept it and you get into it. But I think it’s a very strange song -- really strange -- and you have to like that type of music to actually get into it. You can’t force yourself to like it."
6. Kid Cudi, "Pursuit of Happiness"
"I’m a massive fan. I think lyrically he’s incredible, because not only does he captivate you, but he makes you believe it too, and his songs are about him. They’re not about random subjects that can be taken and thrown away, and I think 'Pursuit Of Happiness' basically explains it the way that I feel too. Actually I have a lyric in one of my brand new songs that has a little tiny bit of 'Pursuit Of Happiness' -- it’s been a massive influence. The lyrics in that song are so deep and meaningful that you can really respect that."
7. Neon Trees, "Everybody Talks"
"Once again, this is a car song. See, I’m never allowed to put my music on in the car -- I don’t drive. I should just sit there and shut up and just listen to what is playing. But once again, this is one of those songs that he likes to play, and I just fell in love with. I think it’s great that artists like that are now moving over into the more commercial lens. It gives them an opportunity to go out and not only earn a lot more money, but break into more of a better lane. I feel good about bands breaking into the commercial scene."
8. The-Dream, "Walkin' On The Moon"
"This song is kind of like floating in like a weird way, where it can relax you, but still you can probably move a little bit to it. I really like The-Dream."
9. Kanye West, "Robocop"
"I feel that this is Kanye’s best song. At the end when it fades out he has a line where it says, ‘You spoiled little L.A. girl,’ and for some reason, that always sticks in my head. Not that I have anything against people, or for being in L.A., but I just think it was so boisterous of him to go ahead and say that on a song, and I just think that made me fall in love with the song -- just that one line. I have respect for people that can do that in songs. It’s not easy to be able to just say something like that and not care about it... Kanye has a lot of explicit lyrics, and some of his lyrics are quite crude, but yet that one simple line for me just had me sold. It’s a strange thing, but I think people will understand why."
10. Paramore, "Misery Business:
"This song is so different, and I feel like people wouldn’t necessarily think that I would like something like this, just because it’s a little crazy it’s a little too much. Normally it would be way too much for me to listen to. It’s like sometimes when songs are too crazy, it makes me really frustrated, and I have to switch it off. This is just so close to the line. It doesn’t cross the line, but it’s just so close and I think that’s why I really like it. It’s so energetic, and I really like [Hayley] too, she’s really really cool."
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