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Featured Artist: Lola Young—From TikTok Debut to A Debut Tour

She’s gone from TikTok star to rising artist: Lola Young is this week’s Music Daily Featured Artist.

BRIT Graduate Lola Young

Singer-songwriter Lola Young began her internet stardom with the pre-release of her song “Don’t Hate Me” on TikTok. However, before garnering that TikTok fame, Young spent her time at the BRIT School. Many critics compare her voice to other BRIT graduates, such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis and Jessie J.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Young talks about what going to that school was like for her. “I was very much sceptical because BRIT holds up to be a very prestigious school. It’s got a legacy, but I think for me, it was more in the sense of like, I didn’t know what was going to come out of it. But I was very excited. There’s that natural cliqueness of a school there, but there’s also the vibrancy. What it did for me, it opened my eyes in terms of the social-political realm of the world, because there were guys walking around in dresses and doing their makeup, there was drag. It was massively eye-opening at the time. Now I can look back and go, ‘Oh my gosh, like, that’s such an incredible thing that school is able to host people to just be themselves.’ Not many schools, I believe, around the country are able to give you that freedom of expression.”

However, Lola Young clarifies her view on the current educational system. “The education system, I think, is very tapped and very stupid. I definitely was more of a visual learner, but also had no idea what visual learning was. And I also didn’t really understand what type of learning I was good at. In my personal opinion, I don’t think everyone needs to go to school. I think obviously, education is really important, but the education system is flawed.”

My Mind Wanders and Sometimes Leaves Completely

Lola Young’s most recent project, My Mind Wanders and Sometimes Leaves Completely, contains 10 tracks, including several previously released songs. Singles such as “Don’t Hate Me,” “What Is It About Me” and “Money” have all made it onto the project.

In the same Rolling Stone interview, Young thoughtfully discusses how she prefers to call My Mind Wanders and Sometimes Leaves Completely a project instead of an album. “It is an album but it’s not. The word ‘album’ has changed. The pressure with the industry and labels and stuff of calling it a debut album is going to be a lot for me in my career. So I don’t necessarily want to call this my debut album, even though it kind of is. I want to ensure that the album I do create is perfect. I’m not someone who wants to release one album either. I want to do tens of thousands of albums. So, this is a project.”

The Lola Young US Tour

Recently, Lola Young announced her very first headlining tour: the Lola Young US Tour. Right now, she has three dates and venues for the tour.

Find tickets on her website here.

Lola Young is a rising star trying to define her own identity and musical career. Fans can stay tuned in on her music journey with Music Daily as she continues to evolve.

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