Christina Milian’s Reality Show “Christina Turned Up” will be debuting this Sunday and it will highlight her family along with her journey back into the spotlight as she preps new music as a member of Cash Money Records. In an exclusive interview with the Singersroom, she talks about everything from Lil Wayne to one day collaborating with Beyonce…
What will fans learn about you from your upcoming E! reality show ‘Christina Milian Turned Up’?
“Well, I think this is an opportunity for people to see me make my humanness, they’ll see me make my mistakes; see me take control of my career. I’m just very motivated and plugged in to whatever the world has to bring. They’ll see my drive, how family-oriented I am; that’s what kept me here today, and gave me the longevity and my foundation, my core, which is family. How willing I am to make mistakes, try new things and becoming a woman. So hopefully, they’ll learn good things! (laughs) cause it got kinda crazy (laughs). I feel like this show is a blueprint when it comes to the life of a modern day woman. I like to put my energy into everything I do, and I think everything is in the power of the mind, so if you’re focused and you really want it, you’ll get the energy, and the ideas and creativity will fall into place as long as you clear your mind and allow it to happen.”
You have the single “Start a Fire” with Lil Wayne, how did that collaboration come about?
That’s Wayne’s single, and that was the record label’s decision, and for me, that was a demo that I did the vocals for years ago. And I always thought Wayne or Nicki [Minaj] would be great on the record. Funny enough, when I was shooting the show, I had a meeting with the label and I was playing the music, and Mack Maine has always loved that record, and he was like, “you should play that record for Cortez [Bryant],” [Lil Wayne’s manager]. So I played it, and ‘Tez was like “oh my God, I love this record!” And I was like, is he doing this for TV or is this for real? But it turned out he was for real! (laughs) Next thing I know, couple weeks later, Wayne played the record for me in the studio, one thing led to another, and three days in advance of the American Music Awards, I’m getting a call, like “hey, we want you to perform this on the American Music Awards as the new single.” So yeah, (laughs). It was the label’s decision, and I was just ecstatic because I get to come out with music again, it’s with Wayne, I mean, this is a big deal. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I’ve never even performed at an awards show in the United States. Needless to say, I’ve been on a hiatus musically and performing anywhere. I don’t think I was scared, but in the moment when it’s happening, it’s lights, it’s cameras, and halfway through the performance, that’s when I really realized what was going on; you start talking to yourself. Like, as I’m singing, in my head, I couldn’t even hear it in my voice as I’m singing what was going on in my head as it happened (laughs). We didn’t even have any rehearsal time, it was all about chemistry. Moving forward now for the two of us, we already know what it’s like now to do that together. When we stepped off the stage, we were like two little kids acting like we never performed in our entire life, we were kissing on each other and all excited.
So, I have to ask…the rumor mill continues to burn about you two. What’s your take on the situation?
I really respect him and enjoy working with him. We’ve definitely grown closer in the last few months. I feel very fortunate to be working with him, and I admire him as a musician and what he’s done with his business. Being his artist, I feel fortunate that he believes in me. People definitely see us around a lot together (laughs), but we have a very cool relationship. I think it’s a relationship to be protected because the world has something to say about everything. If it’s something worth anything, I think it’s best to enjoy and live for yourself. So yeah, that’s probably the best answer I can give you (laughs).
If you could have a dream music collaboration, who would it be with?
I mean, who doesn’t wanna work with Beyonce? (laughs) She’s an inspiration, and like I said, that’s a dream (laughs), but you never know what can happen in life. But if you’re talking about big dreams, I think she’s just she’s iconic, someone you look up to, and she works her ass off, so it would be a dream to work with her. I love Nicki, we’re on the same record label. To me, she’s of the same caliber of a hard worker and she’s definitely talented. So, I would definitely like to work with Nicki Minaj. I don’t really have a guy out right now I’m just like “hey, I need to be in the studio with him,” but I would definitely say like, a J.Lo, a Beyonce, a Nicki Minaj, those are three very talented women I would love to work with.
She also wants you to know:
Her new reality show Christina Turned Up will premiere January 18th on E!