Interview: Bijou Bijou

Interview: Bijou Bijou

After releasing her latest single "Thing For You," Bijou Bijou discussed music, inspirations and more.

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South African pop-artist Bijou Bijou has recently released her latest single "Thing For You" to fully prepare listeners for an incredible summer ahead of time and get them ready for the arguably best season of the year. This single follows her popular last single "Calfornia Calls" which received a plethora of attention back in 2018. In an exclusive interview with Odyssey, Bijou Bijou opened up about her new single, life as an artist and more.


What can you tell us about the newest single "Thing For You" and its message?


"Thing For You" is a very cute honest song about crushes, the fear of rejection and all the fun stuff that goes along with it. I'm the type of person that likes to think I'm smooth when in reality I'm the exact opposite! I'm very uncool when it comes to having confidence in front of someone I'm attracted to. I'm also super self-conscious and that why I sing "nothing special but ill make you laugh," I'm no Instagram model but I have good wit and I make myself laugh.


How does this track compare to music you have released in the past?


This track has the same summer vibe to it, but it's not as intense in the sense of lyrics. It steers away from the more seriousness of my other songs and adds that cute factor in that is missing from the other songs. It definitely has a more commercial sound to it which I thought would be cool to try out and try reach some more ears.


Who were your musical inspirations growing up?


I grew up on some pretty awesome artists (thanks mom and dad). The main inspirations vocally would probably be Christina Aguilera (come on... we all loved her), Lana Del Rey, The XX, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Nancy Sinatra and a few more.




Your single "California Calls" is a mass success! How does it feel to have people supporting your music and such dedicated fans?


IT WAS CRAZY. I screamed and danced around when New Music Friday added me to their playlist. For someone that always feared rejection to receive that kind of support was mind-blowing! I don't even know if I have a fan base, it's pretty cool if I do though! It's surreal to be apart of this and it adds tons of motivation to keep making more music and to make the dream come true. I truly am grateful to each and every listener.


If you could tour with any artist this summer, who would it be and why?


What a question! I would like to tour with Halsey. She seems like a rad girl and an amazing artist.




What has been a highlight of your career thus far?


This. The playlists. The support. It's all incredible, I'd have to say this whole journey has been one big highlight and a very unexpected one too. Who knew I didn't suck? (besides my best friend and my dog).


What can fans look forward to in the near or distant future?


I have a lot of what some would call "unrealistic goals." Moving to LA and trying out different genres of music is a massive one. So far I can say my next single 'Voodoo Man' and a few more singles. I'd love to tour a bit and meet these fans and put on some insanely awesome shows.


Be sure to follow Bijou Bijou on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.

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13 Movies Every Couple Needs To Watch Before They Get Married

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories.

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These 13 movies are the foundation of any long-lasting relationship, and I'm not joking. Each movie will show you something new about your partner, and make you ask each other the hard questions. How many kids do you want and how are you going to raise them? What would happen if you got into a horrible accident? Some are less serious though, like what if you could time travel?

I promise that not every one of these movies is a Nicholas Sparks classic, and I also promise that not every movie has Rachel McAdams in it!

1. "The Time Traveler's Wife"

This movie is both heartbreaking and amazing.

2. "About Time"

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories. It's on Netflix right now, so grab some snacks and turn it on!

3. "Like Crazy"

This infamous Tumblr gif came from "Like Crazy." It's about a couple who goes long distance and build their life together. I used to cry every time I watched it, and I'm no crier! It also has the (now famous) Felicity Jones in it.

4. "The Notebook"

Every girl wants this kind of love.

5. "The Last Song"

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are literally married now so if that isn't good luck, I don't know what is.

6. "Safe Haven"

You guessed it! This is another Nicholas Sparks classic. This movie has a dark twist as well, which men will love.

7. "Inside Out"

You may be thinking that this one is a bit weird. Well, this movie will help both you and your partner understand each other's emotions better.

8. "The Choice"

This movie is great because the female lead is feisty and extremely intelligent, which usually doesn't happen in love stories. How do you keep the love alive with a woman who is hard to get, and even harder to keep entertained?

9. "The Longest Ride"

Originally I could not stand the main female lead (Britt Robertson) but now she is in one of my favorite shows (For The People), so I have no choice. This movie had me on the end of my seat, and as a rom-com it is a must.

10. "The Age Of Adaline"

I began loving the name 'Adaline' thanks to this movie. This unlikely love story and self love journey really gets me.

11. "The Vow"

Imagine falling in love with someone and building a life, but an accident forces you to start all over?

12. "Titanic"

If they don't have any sort of reaction to this movie, they are probably not the one for you.

13. "Yours, Mine, & Ours"

Yours, Mine, & Ours is a true classic. Are you Helen or Frank Beardsley? You should figure that out before you tie the knot!

You're welcome!

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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