PopBytes‘ Alex Nagorski recently interviewed Ms. Grey about her new single with Eminem (C’mon Let Me Ride), and her Don’t Look Down album, which will drop in the Spring of 2013. They talk about the single, as well as how her Don’t Look Down album will sound  – containing hip-hop beats, the “….acoustic tranquility….” of her Buried Sessions EP, and the satirical “C’mon Let Me Ride” single.

Read an excerpt from the interview below, and click the title to access the full-length article!

Talking “C’mon Let Me Ride” with Skylar Grey | PopBytes ::
“….“Working with Marshall has taught me so many valuable things, Grey revealed to me during a recent interview. “But one piece of advice that really stuck with me was when one day he told me to ‘just be you. It’s something that seems so simple but I think about that almost all every day. As a musician, it’s so important to stay true to yourself.”

That idea of staying true to yourself is one that’s on full display in the “C’Mon Let Me Ride” video. Appropriately complimenting the song’s lighthearted lyrics, the video is campiness at its best: totally over the top while being entirely self-aware. In its thesis, the video pokes fun at the lengths people go to in order to beautify themselves – depicting things such as tanning and plastic surgery as darkly comical forms of self-mutilation. Thus, Grey uses her video to define “sexy” as embracing who you are, rather than conforming to a pre-conceived notion of what the word means.

It’s no surprise, then, that the singer/songwriter has enlisted the same self-empowering attitude about working on Don’t Look Down. “A lot of people know me as that girl on all those hip-hop songs, and while there are lots of hip-hop beats on the album, I definitely wouldn’t call myself a rapper, she said of the expectations about her upcoming album. She would then go on to describe the sounds of the record as spanning the whole spectrum from the acoustic tranquility of The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey (an EP the singer put out earlier this ear) to the bombastic and radio-friendly major pop sound of “C’mon Let Me Ride”….”

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