Jordin Sparks Has Two Words
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After Jordin Sparks and Jason DeRulo broke off their engagement, the 24-year-old 'American Idol' winner's life came to a screeching halt. Oh, wait -- no, it didn't. Within a week, she was back at work, popping by 'The Wendy Williams Show' to let everyone know how 'good' she was. That grind also brought us a new mixtape named #ByeFelicia , released Tuesday (Nov. 25).
Wait, it's seriously named #ByeFelicia ? Point: Sparks.
'One, it's really funny,' Jordin says about the title at the end of the mixtape's opening track. 'Two, it just applies to my life right now. I don't have time for certain people and certain things, so: Bye, Felicia.'
The mixtape, her first release since 2009 sophomore album Battlefield , lives up to its 'Friday'-inspired title on many of the nine songs contained therein. She is speaking her mind and expressing her desires with a confident ease -- a far cry from the damsel in distress she channeled on 2007's 'No Air.' (Which is still a flawless single, don't get me wrong!) Her sound has taken on a new form here, forgoing belted power-pop for hip-hop-infused R&B that occasionally dips its toe into trap territory.
The standout of the bunch is easily 'It Ain't You,' a DJ Mustard-produced track written in response to Chris Brown's 'Loyal,' Ty Dolla $ign's 'Paranoid' and other songs Jordin says are 'dissing women.'
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'They're great songs,' she explains, 'I turn them up. They're fun. But then, I was, like, listening to them going, 'Why am I singing this, like, [song] that's dissing me?'' She adds: 'You're not the only ones that think you know the opposite sex is crazy.'
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Other must-hear songs include her remix of Drake's 'How Bout Now,' which would flow real nicely into Tinashe's Dev Hynes-produced 'Bet' on a playlist (I'm just saying), and the trap-leaning 'Double Tap' featuring 2 Chainz. The clever lyrics employ a double entendre that plays off the act of double-tapping someone's Instagram picture and double-tapping the, uh, the actual person.
Oh, and you should probably play mixtape-closer '11:11' all the way to the end. Spoiler: Sparks reveals that her third studio album, Right Here, Right Now , will 'definitely' be released in 2015, and that it will contain every #ByeFelicia track, as well as some as-yet-unheard material.
Jordin crafted #ByeFelicia with Los Angeles Leakers' DJ sourMILK and Justin Credible. You can stream all nine songs below or download the entire mixtape at livemixtapes.com .