After 25 years within the music business, Mýa reveals no indicators of slowing down. The pop-R&B star made her debut in 1998, when she put out her self-titled studio album through Interscope Information. The debut single off the album, “It’s All About Me” with Sisqó, reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and put the world onto Mýa’s sultry, angelic voice and cutting-edge R&B sound that infiltrated the mainstream pop market whereas drawing influences from hip-hop, dancehall, techno and extra.
She revealed in a brand new interview with Billboard News that the outfit she wore within the “It’s All About Me” music video, which was impressed by the standard purple Chinese language wedding ceremony gown, is her all-time favourite look. “I sketched that outfit on paper, drew the designs that I needed and I noticed it come to life,” she mentioned. “However that is one thing that I’ve been doing for years. I’ve this complete sketchbook of outfits that I needed to create earlier than I signed my first deal. And so, that was one in all them. The seamstress introduced it to life, and that was an incredible expertise for me as a model new artist.”
In June, she recreated the UNC jersey dress from her 2000 “Best of Me (Part 2)” video, that includes Jay-Z, whereas she was acting at Charlotte R&B Music Expertise. (This reporter additionally recreated the UNC jersey gown look, in addition to Mýa’s outfit from the 1999 “Take Me There” video with Blackstreet, Mase and Blinky Blink, because of countless claims that she resembles the singer.)
Apart from her iconic appears, pop-dancehall collaborations have been one other fixed in Mýa’s storied profession. Through the years, she’s labored with Jamaican reggae and dancehall artists like Beenie Man (“Ladies Dem Sugar,” “Lie Detector,” “Docta”), Sean Paul (“Issues Come & Go”), Spice (“Take Him Out”) and, most just lately, Bounty Killer, on her newest steamy single “Whine.”
“Joke is I had a solo model of the video shot two years previous to reaching out to Bounty Killer,” she says. “And I’ve all the time needed a characteristic on that file. And so we went again all the way down to Jamaica two years later, to the identical location, and put Bounty Killer within the video, inserted him, and all of it appears cohesive now.”
Of her pop-dancehall collaborations, Mýa says they really feel like a household effort. “Each time I’m going down there, it’s often for music. However then my associates, music buddies, develop into like household through the years. We perceive the fantastic thing about independency but additionally working collectively. And so, that’s a giant a part of the tradition, too,” she explains. “I feel it’s essential additionally to only be genuine for illustration, so it was essential for me to be in Kingston, within the coronary heart of Jamaica, to seize the essence of the great vibes and the music, the tradition and the folks and the dance.”
Exterior of her debut LP’s twenty fifth anniversary this 12 months, Mýa additionally celebrated the twentieth anniversary of her third album Moodring, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and earned her one other Sizzling 100 prime 20 hit with “My Love is Like…Wo.” (Missy Elliott co-produced the monitor two years after working together with her on the five-week No. 1, Grammy-winning smash “Girl Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, P!nk and Lil’ Kim from the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack.)
Earlier this 12 months, she collaborated with Interscope/UMe to launch the digital deluxe twenty fifth anniversary version of Mya, the digital deluxe twentieth anniversary version of Moodring and the “twenty fifth Anniversary Remix” of “It’s All About Me,” accompanied by the Brian Friedman-directed choreography video. Come December, Mýa will ring within the fifteenth anniversary of her fifth album Sugar & Spice.
“I used to be a child, I used to be a child, all the pieces was model new. Working within the studio with Dru Hill for the primary album was actually like a household and a camp, so I had large brothers round me … I discovered rather a lot from them, watching them,” she displays. “It’s only a lovely journey. I’m excited as nicely about what’s to come back. I simply love music, so it’s a blessing to only nonetheless be right here 25 years later and nonetheless really feel prefer it’s model new.”
Watch the total video interview above.