After 25 years within the music trade, Mýa is displaying no indicators of slowing down. The pop-R&B star made her debut in 1998, when she put out her self-titled studio album by way of Interscope Information. The debut single from the album, “It’s All About Me” with Sisqó, reached No. 6 on the Billboard Sizzling 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 Information that the outfit she wore within the “It’s All About Me” music video, which was impressed by the standard pink Chinese language marriage ceremony costume, is her all-time favourite look. “I sketched that outfit on paper, drew the designs that I wanted and I saw it come to life,” she mentioned. “But this is something that I’ve been doing for years. I have this whole sketchbook of outfits that I wanted to create before I signed my first deal. And so, that was one of them. The seamstress brought it to life, and that was an amazing experience for me as a brand new artist.”
In June, she re-created the UNC jersey costume 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 re-created the UNC jersey costume look, in addition to Mýa’s outfit from the 1999 “Take Me There” video with Blackstreet, Mase and Blinky Blink, resulting from infinite claims that she resembles the singer. Determine for your self within the video interview above!)
Other than her iconic appears to be like, 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 (“Girls Dem Sugar,” “Lie Detector,” “Docta”), Sean Paul (“Things Come & Go”), Spice (“Take Him Out”) and, most not too long ago, Bounty Killer, on her newest steamy single “Whine.”
“Funny story is I had a solo version of the video shot two years prior to reaching out to Bounty Killer,” she says. “And I’ve always wanted a feature on that record. And so we went back down to Jamaica two years later, to the same location, and put Bounty Killer in the video, inserted him, and it all looks cohesive now.”
Of her pop-dancehall collaborations, Mýa says they really feel like a household effort. “Every time I go down there, it’s usually for music. But then my associates, music friends, become like family over the years. We understand the beauty of independency but also working together. And so, that’s a big part of the culture, too,” she explains. “I think it’s important also to just be authentic for representation, so it was important for me to be in Kingston, in the heart of Jamaica, to capture the essence of the good vibes and the music, the culture and the people and the dance.”
Outdoors of her debut LP’s twenty fifth anniversary this yr, 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 high 20 hit with “My Love is Like…Wo.” (Missy Elliott co-produced the observe two years after working along with her on the five-week No. 1, Grammy-winning smash “Lady Marmalade” with Christina Aguilera, P!nk and Lil’ Kim from the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack.)
Earlier this yr, 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 “25th 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 was a baby, I was a kid, everything was brand new. Working in the studio with Dru Hill for the first album was really like a family and a camp, so I had big brothers around me … I learned a lot from them, watching them,” she displays. “It’s just a beautiful journey. I’m excited as well about what’s to come. I just love music, so it’s a blessing to just still be here 25 years later and still feel like it’s brand new.”
Watch the total video interview above.