It’s now been over four years since Normani released her first single without her Fifth Harmony bandmates, and in that time she’s been touted by seemingly every music publication and industry pro as the next big star.
It’s been off to an exciting, albeit slow, start, but now with a new single on the way, many fans are wondering if Normani is finally gearing up to deliver her debut album.
On Friday March 18, Normani should return with a new single, “Fair.” The tune is her first release of 2022, and it follows in the successful footsteps of 2021’s “Wild Side,” which brought her back to the airwaves and mainstream media attention.
This track, which featured Cardi B, came with a must-see music video and was warmly received by fans and critics. The smash quickly became a top 20 Hot 100 hit for both women and performed extremely well on various R&B. Billboard graphics.
On the red carpet of the Billboard Women in Music 2022 event, Normani spoke to Atmosphere about the upcoming “Fair”, describing it as “Vulnerability. Raw Normani. A different layer you’ve never seen before.
She added, “I’m really, really excited because this captures a moment in my life that was really honest. For me, it’s big and it’s growth, the fact that I’m able to share with everyone.
“Fair” comes eight months after Normani’s “Wild Side” was released, and hopefully it won’t be that long before she stops releasing music. In fact, many of his most ardent followers, and even casual fans, are hoping that this latest song means his long-awaited debut album will finally arrive very soon.
In the four years since Fifth Harmony split and the women all went their separate ways, Normani has scored a number of hits, and with each one, the anticipation for the project has grown. But so far, it’s unclear when it might finally arrive.
Normani landed hits with Khalid (“Love Lies” from Love, Simon soundtrack) and Sam Smith (“Dancing with a Stranger”), as well as by herself, the most memorable with Ariana Grande co-writing “Motivation.” For years, everyone waited for her to launch an official era, instead sharing the occasional single once a year or so.
To put the slowness of things in Normani’s world into perspective, keep this in mind: Ahead of releasing her debut album, former Fifth Harmony bandmate Camila Cabello will be sharing her third. Yes, she left the girl group first, but the fact that she had so much success and shared so much music in the same amount of time further highlights the fact that Normani’s solo music career has gone through a long, slow start.