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Lizzo raises her voice in song and on social issues at uplifting TLA set

 

Lizzo | photo by Lissa Alicia for WXPN

A sermon. A therapy session. A protest. An evening of self-love. What do all of those things have in common? Lizzo offered all of that and more to her fans during her Saturday night performance at the TLA.

As fans, covered in glitter, sequins, and pastel wigs filtered into the South St. venue they were flanked by multiple signs stating that the Lizzo show was “100% sold out,” the sentiment mirroring Lizzo’s song “Truth Hurts” where she decrees that is “100% that bitch.” According to Lizzo, this was a far cry from her first show in Philly where only about 100 people who showed up. Continue reading →

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NON-COMM Recap: Lizzo pops by for a surprise acoustic set

Lizzo | photo by Makena Duffy for WXPN

NonCOMM’s final day stated with a blast as a surprise guest took to the stage. That guest was none other than pop superstar Lizzo, who hung around for a two-song acoustic session.

Currently on her “Cuz I Love You Too” Tour, Lizzo graciously took time out of her busy schedule to acoustically perform two songs from her most recent album, Cuz I Love You. She began with the title track, bursting out at the top of her lungs as each chorus came. She then hit the audience with her biggest hit at the moment, “Juice.” Clapping, shouting and rejoicing ensued as Lizzo belted out the lyrics to the feel-good anthem. Continue reading →

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Lizzo, Lil Uzi Vert, Charly Bliss among artists added to Made in America lineup

(from left) Lil Uzi Vert, Charly Bliss, Lizzo | photos by John Vettese for WXPN

The eighth annual Made In America festival returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on August 31 and September 1, and more artists have been added to the already strong lineup. The Jay-Z curated festival just announced that Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, Alina Baraz, Jay Critch and more will also be performing at the Labor Day weekend festival. A few of the additions we’re particularly excited about — Lizzo, who has made a huge splash this year with her great new record Cuz I Love You, and the more under-the-radar indie rock band Charly Bliss. Continue reading →

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Watch Lizzo play acoustic versions of “Juice” and “Cuz I Love You” on The Current

Lizzo at The Current | still from video

Before rapper / singer / force of nature Lizzo heads out to conquer the world on tour in support of her new record Cuz I Love You, she took some time to catch up with her hometown public radio station in the Twin Cities.

“This is my home away from home, I feel very familiar and safe here,” Lizzo tells hosts Sean McPherson and Sanni Brown in this new interview and acoustic session filmed for The Current; she even recites from the top of her head very specific directions for driving to Minnesota Public Radio’s St. Paul offices.

As the interview unfolds, McPherson asks her about building her global audience as well as creating community. Lizzo dates that to her time in Chanhassen, working on Prince’s Plectrumelectrum album where she collaborated on the song “BoyTrouble”; she says everybody working at Paisley Park were given specific instructions to be positive and self-loving. “I never really thought about being conscious of that in my music before,” she reflects. “I wanted to make the fastest rap or the coolest song or whatever I was feeling in that moment.”  Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Lizzo will headline The Met in September

Lizzo | photo by Luke Gilford | courtesy of the artist

After selling out nearly every single show on her upcoming “Cuz I Love You” tour, Lizzo just announced another run of shows this fall. The “Cuz I Love You Too” tour will take the multitalented singer/rapper/flutist throughout the US, playing some of her biggest venues yet. Just four months after Lizzo plays a sold-out TLA show on May 18, she’ll return to town to headline The Met on September 18.

After releasing a series of instant-favorite singles, like the ever-so-catchy “Juice,” and making several television appearances throughout the winter, Lizzo’s highly-anticipated album Cuz I Love You came out last week; it’s her third full-length and her major label debut. Continue reading →

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Lizzo breaks hearts with commanding new single “Cuz I Love You”

Lizzo | still from video

In case you’ve been living under a rock this past month, Lizzo has taken the pop world by storm and her new single, “Cuz I Love You,” is no exception. The single is the title track off her upcoming album, which drops on April 19, and is a dramatic turn from the unstoppable “Juice.” By contrast, “Cuz I Love You” features a crying Lizzo who belts about how much she loves you.

The music video was directed by Quinn Wilson and was shot in black and white. The overall effect is a sweeping, nearly film noir look of Lizzo in a confessional and at the head of the alter table in a church as she sings to an audience of men in tank tops. The song’s chorus , “I’m crying /  Cuz I love you,” is sung alternately by Lizzo and by the men, which creates an interesting narrative twist that is only evident in the video. Continue reading →

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Lizzo takes “Juice” to late night with Tonight Show performance

Lizzo | still from video

Remember when Lizzo released her single “Juice” with a video that shows the singer/rapper as a guest on a talk  showwhile she sings “I’m out here makin’ news”? Turns out that wasn’t too far from the truth. Just a week after announcing her forthcoming album Cuz I Love You, Lizzo has already performed the hit single on both daytime and late night TV. Continue reading →

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Lizzo rocks with the crowd and takes a sick flute solo performing “Juice” on The Ellen Show

Lizzo on Ellen | still from video

To paraphrase the Dead, Lizzo‘s “Juice” is a summer jam in the spring, fall, or winter. The Minneapolis rapper, singer, and dancer took to the stage of The Ellen Show this week for a performance of her current single, an uplifting celebration of self-love, that found Lizzo and her dancers rushing out into the stands to twerk with the audience and groove in the aisles, before darting down the steps and back onstage so the woman on the mic could grab her flute and take a solo. Because in case you weren’t aware, Lizzo is a sick flautist on top of everything else. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You tour is coming to the TLA

Lizzo | photo by Luke Gilford | courtesy of the artist

After captivating us with the magnetic single “Juice” earlier this month, Lizzo is back with news of a new album and tour. Cuz I Love You, Lizzo’s full-length major label debut, will be released on April 19 via Atlantic Records. She’ll kick off a North American tour with back-to-back Coachella performances this April before heading east and making a stop at the TLA on May 18. Continue reading →

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Lizzo is the star of her own show in “Juice”

 

Lizzo | still from video

It’s Lizzo‘s world, and we’re just lucky to live in it. After a steady series of hit singles over the last couple years, Lizzo is back today with her newest tune, “Juice,” a song that’s the kind of catchy you know will be stuck in your head for days to come (but you don’t mind at all because it’s that good). It’s accompanied by a fun, 80’s-inspired music video that turns the spotlight fully on the singer, proving that Lizzo is really great at being the star of her own show. Continue reading →