After an arduous, long lawsuit, the court eventually freed her of her contract, and she signed to Atlantic Records. Now, after clocking in some studio time and creating over 70 songs (most of which will never see the light of day), the 24-year-old is gearing up to release her new album. So far, she's released what she calls a "tringle"—three singles at once. "I knew I needed to come back and make an impact in a certain way and the way I wanted to do that is through music," she says. "Just conversationally, me and my team were sitting at a restaurant or something, and we just kept saying three singles, three singles...tringle! It's a word that sticks in your brain whether you want it to or not."
And if her previous music defined the '00s, her new material is sure to speak to the digital age. "The internet really saved me in a lot of different ways," she explains. "It just kept my sanity and kept me creative. It’s also a great place to find music, so I’m always discovering things on SoundCloud or people will tweet me, 'Hey check this out,' and oftentimes I do. It’s exciting to be turned on to new stuff."
Photographed by Atisha Paulson; Styled by Marissa Smith.