At Last
“Well, I do have a favorite song, a song that I covered when I did a few dates with Lilith Fair with just a piano and a microphone. And I’m a big lover of blues and Etta James, so I covered one of her old classics, ‘At Last,’ which is one of my favorites to sing.”

Beautiful
“It’s so important that in my music I convey positive messages, and this song is definitely a universal message that everybody can relate to – anyone that’s been discriminated against or unaccepted, unappreciated or disrespected just because of who you are.”

Blessed
“I just love this song so much! It makes me grateful for all the wonderful things in my life.”

Can’t Hold Us Down
“I’m more interested in helping girls stand up for themselves. That’s what the song is about – double standards and how we’re supposed to look and act a certain way just to please men. If I have any influence as an entertainer, I want to be optimistic and uplifting, to make this world a little better place to live.”

Car Wash
“I’m remaking the old classic, ‘Car Wash,’ which I’m really excited about. The idea was brought to me by Katzenberg and everyone at DreamWorks for the Shark Tale movie. So I was really, really amped about doing this old song, it’s got a really good, classic, soulful feel. And I jumped at the chance of getting to remake it.”

Come On Over / Come On Over Baby
“This is such a fun song to sing. I think this one’s really going to be a hit at concerts. It’s got really good energy.”

Dirrty
“Dirrty is the most hard beat-wise, its about me being 21 and having fun.”

“You know, no matter what you do, no matter what you say, people are always going to misinterpret things. But yeah, I’m not afraid to say that ‘Dirrty’ has a pretty sexual video, with pretty sexual pieces in it, in parts. I wanted it to be a little gritty, and dirty – to go along with the song. I didn’t want it to be girlie, or feminine because that’s just not really me.”

“It’s just about me being 21, having fun and experiencing life. Not having had the chance to have lived like that, because I’ve been working so much, I thought it’d be good to do it for a video.”

“I’ve always been a hip-hop fan, so that’s going to come out more in my music, the hardest, most beat-driven song. It’s about being 21 and, you know, getting down and getting a little gritty and street with my friends. And not worrying about looking pretty, or caring who’s around.”

“I was looking for something that was really explosive and urban, something that would get people up and moving. I’ve had a chance to get into the club scene since I spent time in LA, and I wanted the single to reflect that to be edgier and just grittier. You know, it’s called ‘Dirrty’ so it’s like keeping it more real.”

“Actually, ‘Dirrty’ is almost a misrepresentation of the rest of the album because there’s nothing else really like it on the record. It’s probably the most hard-driven song, beat-wise, whereas the rest of it is pretty different, uplifting, and extremely personal, with a positive feeling, overall. ‘Dirrty’ is more like a reaction to me listening to a lot of hip-hop and feeling really comfortable with those kind of beats.”

“It may have a couple of indecent scenes, but it is exactly how I wanted it to be, I’m not interested in moralists. I am happy, and the video is certainly not pornographic. I feel good in sexy outfits. I hate conservative people, and hey, I’m only 21 and under no circumstances want to dress like a square.”

Genie In A Bottle
“Well, you could only hope that your first single would be a hit, let alone a top ten, let alone a number one hit. And to be there continuously. We had a great response from people early on before ‘Genie’ rose to the top. I’m so glad it rose to the top and stayed there, so I’m really excited.”

“At first, I was a little afraid that some people might not completely get where I’m coming from in the song. It’s about self-respect. It’s about not giving in to temptation until you’re respected.”

“A genie is always portrayed as a man’s slave. Now it’s ‘I’m not coming out of my bottle unless you please me the way I want to be pleased’.”

“It’s a total girl-power song.”

“Let me just clear this up – a lot of people want to perceive ‘Genie in a Bottle’ as sort of a sexual song because of the lyrical content. Really all it’s saying can be taken as literal or non-literal as you want to. In my opinion, it means girls want to be treated the right way – and that’s all. I think it’s a cool, girl empowerment song. It’s just like ‘I’m not going to settle for anything less than I deserve.’ It’s sort of a hard-to-get, playin’ it cool kinda song. I really like it.”

“This is such a fun song to sing. I think this one’s really going to be a hit at concerts. It’s got really good energy.”

“The song’s theme, the struggle to establish yourself and your identity, as something I could really relate to – especially since I’m a teenage girl myself, and I’ve gone through so much of those feelings.”

“The image of me for ‘Genie In A Bottle’ was definitely something the label wanted to push but it was fake and unreal. I came out of the height of the teen-pop explosion. Business-wise it did what they wanted it to do and I was happy. I can’t knock it – it got my foot in the door and enabled me to do what I love to do. But, as it went on and I grew as a person I started feeling like a robot – I’m an artist, not a robot.”

I Turn To You
“Diane Warren really writes songs that touch your heart, and this is an example of that. This song really speaks to me.”

I’m OK
“It was really hard to record. I was literally crying through it – if you listen to the record you’ll hear it. But it’s something initially that I think a lot of people go through. Domestic violence isn’t something that people really want to talk about.”

“So it’s a really personal song and it’s something I definitely needed to speak on because I do get letters from fans who have been through that and my heart goes out to them.”

“A lot of my lyrics come from diary entries and poetry. ‘I’m OK’ started that way and I didn’t think I could put it out there. It’s the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. The whole purpose of ‘I’m OK’ was to heal myself. I believe if you have deep-roots issues or problems, and you just put on a happy smile, it will fester and come out in other ways, hurting others you love.”

“This track is about my father. I’m literally crying on the record.”

“It was a sad time. It still sticks with me. I think I have a lot of anger where I get so aggressive and heated about certain things.”

“I’m sure he’s not going to love it, but hopefully he will listen to it, since it is pretty much directed toward him, and, if anything, he will feel bad about what happened. I’m not trying to punish him. Nothing like that. If anything, I’m speaking out for my own benefit and for the benefit of others that might be going through it. Hopefully, he will understand where I’m coming from and what he put us through and be a better man for it. I mean, I can’t help what he did – I just hope he respects the fact that this is part of the healing process for me.”

“I’m sure he wishes I hadn’t done it, but he’s a big boy.” (on Fausto)

“It’s all in the record, actually. The dad song tells about what I’ve been through in my past with my father and the issues that I still have. The lyrics are ‘bruises fade / but the pain still remains.’ Even though you can’t see it on the outside, it’s got some long-term effects. But no matter what, you have to have faith that you will come through this – everybody has something in their past that didn’t go right or some sad story, but in the end you need to know that you will overcome it. For me, the good thing is being able to share it with other people, to try to help them through it.”

“When success first really hit, my father did the whole trying to come back into my life. But I’m a smart girl and I’m a no-bull*beep* girl. I can smell it from a mile away and if you haven’t been in my life before then basically I’m not going to be too keen on letting you in now. But there is always room for forgiveness and I do forgive him for the past, but a relationship is something I will have to think about. I learned a lot from witnessing what he did and it was a lot. It was rough witnessing that. Sometimes, without even realizing, you can fall into the same traps, maybe not physically but emotionally, and I’ve been hurt before. But on the positive side, I thank God for all the times I’ve been hurt, because it forces you to fight your way out of a rough situation and I have definitely come out a stronger and wiser person from it. You need those hard times in your life to better yourself as a person, you really do.”

Impossible
“That song’s got an old-school feel to it. Alicia sang some backgrounds with me. We also did a talking-back-and-forth thing before the song even started. I wanted every song to have the feeling like you’re in the studio with me. There are a lot of interludes with talking, and there’s some hidden stuff on there that’s funny. We have so much goofing off on this record – I swear, people have never seen this side of me; it’s just stupid.”

Infatuation
“I was really mad, though, that a lot of people thought that was my comeback performance. It wasn’t. My comeback performance, will be explosive!”

Lady Marmalade
“It was a blast to be a part of it and to be working with all of them.”

“Everybody said, ‘Don’t do ‘Lady Marmalade’ it’s too urban for you!’ But I wanted to do it. The girls (Pink, Lill Kim, Mya ad Missy Elliot) were great to work with – it was like, ‘Let’s play dress-up for a day!’ If you’re doing a video for a movie like Moulin Rouge – I mean, it’s about a *beep*house – you have to get up there in some fun costumes. I love taking chances.”

“This is the closest I get to be in a girl group.”

Love For All Seasons
“A lot of people have told me that this song is very romantic, and I can certainly see why they would feel that way. I can imagine people in love singing to one another.”

Love Will Find A Way
“I’m really proud of my ballads, but I have to admit it’s great to do these fun songs. I get such a good feeling when I sing it.”

Obvious
“This is another song I can totally identify with. It’s about being afraid to show your feelings, being nervous about your ‘obvious’ emotions. I think everyone gets nervous to let others know what they’re feeling.”

“I really related to that song while recording the album because a lot of times when you’re 18 and in this business it’s very hard. You do have your own opinions and your own views of yourself. Then all of a sudden, when you’re signed to a record company, it’s almost like you become this product and you’re pushed in all different directions and a lot of times it’s hard to be heard as an eighteen year old, young artist. It’s almost like, can’t anyone see how obvious it is that I’m feeling these emotions? It’s a moody song. It’ll put you in a serene kinda mood. I really like it. It’ll make you think.”

Reflection
“The song’s theme, the struggle to establish yourself and your identity, was something I could really relate to – especially since I’m a teenage girl myself, and I’ve gone through so much of those feelings.”

So Emotional
“I think everyone who’s ever been in love can understand this song. It’s really all about how people feel when they’re in love-how their emotions just intensify, and really bubble up to the surface.”

Underappreciated
“It’s about a girl who has been in a relationship a number of years, and the newness has definitely worn off, and he can’t turn his head away from the TV, and you don’t lay awake anymore talking about dreams and things. I think I felt a little underappreciated sometimes, because I gave a lot, especially trying to make him feel good.”

What A Girl Wants
“I think this song is really powerful – it makes it clear that there are certain things a girl really can’t live without in a boyfriend.”

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