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Normani revealed her debut solo album 'Dopamine' will release in 2024.

Normani Announced Her New Album By Winking At The Extremely Long Wait

It’s finally happening!

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New year, new albums by the dozen. That’s become the unofficial slogan for pop-R&B, as many artists in the genres — think Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and SZA — are releasing new music this year. And just when fans thought they could breathe, another star surprisingly joined the list: Normani.

On Feb. 21, Normani revealed her long-awaited album is on the horizon. This announcement excited fans, as she’s been teasing her solo debut since she left Fifth Harmony in 2018. Yes, it’s been over half a decade. Over the years, fans have turned their dedication in waiting for her album into a viral meme. And though Normani’s been relatively quiet on social media, it’s clear she’s noticed her fans’ outcries.

The “Wild Side” singer used her now infamous 2018 tweet about picking an album title to make her debut announcement. She then quote-tweeted the post with a link to her new album’s website, which is appropriately named wheresthedamnalbum.com. The site revealed the album, named Dopamine, will drop “sometime in 2024.” As a final touch, Normani also shared Dopamine’s cover art, which sees her riding a jet-black rocket ship.

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There’s never been a more exciting time for music, and Normani’s upcoming record — which might see her fully embracing her star power — is proof of such.

Here’s what fans can expect from Dopamine.

The Aesthetics Doesn’t Match The Name

The album’s title has an interesting clash with its aesthetics. Dopamine’s website is pitch-black with a wet sheen, similar to the rocket featured on the album’s cover. Visually, this monochromatic art is the opposite of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of pleasure and happiness. Clearly, it seems she’s creating her own version of bliss.

Dopamine Was Delayed For A Heartbreaking Reason

On Feb. 22, Normani talked about building the album’s theme with Who What Wear. While she revealed she wanted to take her time in perfecting Dopamine’s sound, she also faced challenging moments in her personal life that delayed the album’s release.

In June 2023, she shared that her father, Derrick Hamilton, was diagnosed with cancer. This news came a year after her mother, Andrea Hamilton, was going through chemotherapy for her second diagnosis with breast cancer. At the time, it seemed that Normani continued to quietly work on the album. However, in her recent interview, she revealed that she sat Dopamine aside for a while to prioritize her parents’ health.

“All I wanted to do was be there for them,” she said, then recalling her thoughts when saw her parents undergoing treatment. “F*ck all of this. This is bigger than the music. It’s bigger than what I’m trying to accomplish. This is life or death.”

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She then revealed her “music got them through the cancer treatments,” and her mom often checked in to see her progress in finishing the album. “I remember her asking me, ‘How’s the studio today? How’s the music coming?’ As hard as it was for me to not be with them as much as I wanted to, ultimately, pushing through made the circumstances of the last few years feel a bit lighter for my parents,” Normani said.

Though she slowed down on Dopamine, Normani hasn’t been totally silent in her post-Fifth Harmony years. She’s released a handful of standalone singles from 2018 to 2022, including the viral pop banger “Motivation,” which first had fans hungrier than ever for her solo era when it dropped in 2019.

It’s Definitely Dropping This Year

Although the exact date has yet to be announced, Dopamine is confirmed to release sometime this year. It may have taken over half a decade, but her stans are ~finally~ about to be fed.

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