Lizzo’s rapid rise to the top of the pop game in 2019 has been a long time in the making. On Friday, she debuted the ‘Tempo’ music video and it’s got all the Lizzo-goodness that has powered her rise to the top.
Released earlier this year in the run-up to the singer’s third studio album, Cuz I Love You, the feel-good, body-positive, twerk-able banger was just begging for a music video.
Now, fans have got it. Serving rich-pimp in her blue fur and red cowboy hat, Lizzo (and her ever-present flute Sasha) break it down in a parking lot. Joined by Missy Elliot, who Lizzo has openly labelled her inspiration, the clip hit 300,000 views in under seven hours.
“Missy Elliot is one of the greatest artists of all time”, Lizzo has stated. “Missy Elliot was huge for me”, the singer admitted in another interview, whilst admiring her being a “big nasty freak” and ackowledging that “without her I’d be trying to chase a whole different career”.
One of countless fan favourites from Cuz I Love You, ‘Tempo’ has already joined the likes of ‘Juice’ and ‘Truth Hurts’ as the songs of 2019 as the popstar continues to serve hit after hit.
Currently playing a busy summer of festivals, the 31-year-old was in face in an airport celebrating with her dancers when the video premiered. Lizzo has been jetting across the globe’s biggest festivals. She won over the hearts of what was, at the time, her biggest festival crowd ever at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound and then went on to more than quadruple that at Glastonbury where her head-turning set made all the headlines.
Soon Lizzo will head out on her worldwide tour in promotion of Cuz I Love You. Stops in the U.K. include the O2 Academy Glasgow, Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse and London’s O2 Academy Brixton. Tickets are available now here.
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