Actress and singer Alyson Stoner is back with her new radio single “Pretty Girls” and it is an empowering anthem for girls.
Stoner’s “Pretty Girls” is featured in the feature film Sugar Babies on Reel One Entertainment. The song is melodically stunning, and it displays her wide range as a contemporary recording artist. Her lyrics are compelling and clever, and it has one of the catchiest bridges that I have heard in a while. During the bridge, the songstress showcases her sultry rap vocals, where she emerges as a young version of Missy Elliott.
She co-wrote the single with Maze Runner’s Dexter Darden, as well as her producer Rob Grimaldi. She serves as a great inspiration for young women.
“Critically thinking, you process too slow, Statistically speaking I’m outta control, You already started, one level below, so why do you wrestle with things that you know,” Stoner sings.
Alyson Stoner’s new single “Pretty Girls” is alluring and honey-rich from start to finish. Aside from being a talented actress in her own right, hopefully this will be the song that will help propel her name further in the music industry. It garners an A rating.
Glitter: What can you tell us about your new single, “Pretty Girls”. What was the inspiration behind it? Alyson: Don’t be fooled by the heavy bass drop and polished vocals. “Pretty Girls” is a very conscious social statement about the power of beauty in culture and how women use it to get their way. The lyrics are about a beautiful woman warning people of their demise if they get too close, because her beauty blinds, captivates, mesmerizes, distracts, persuades. It’s also depicting the superficiality of the music industry, what it takes to sell, but how effective the formula and tricks are.
Glitter: “Pretty Girls” will also be featured in your upcoming movie, Sugar Babies. What can you tell fans about the film? Alyson:Sugar Babies follows Katie Woods, a freshman in college who inadvertently is set up on a date with a “sugar daddy.” As life unfolds, feelings develop, hardships come, and she needs support. She must navigate the unclear nature of arranged companionships to protect her future without losing her true sense of self.
Glitter: You have a lot of new and different projects in the works that are expected to release this year. What inspired you to branch out and explore new roles in your career? Alyson: Last year I learned the value of failure, vulnerability and honesty with myself. This year I felt compelled to push past the plateau of making same-level projects and getting the same results, same view counts, same stats. So I decided to take risks, try new roles on set (producing, directing, writing) and let myself struggle through the learning curves. So far I’ve been stretched in so many ways, but I’m continually reassured that these are precisely the stepping-stones toward breakthroughs, new heights and new levels. Failure can be a great thing!
Glitter: What has been the most challenging role for you to date? Alyson: The most challenging role to date was portraying a homeless drug addict on TNT’s “Major Crimes”. I had to enter a very dark mentality and shift my physicality on set. I was even kicked off set twice by security because they thought I was a real addict interfering with filming.
Glitter: 2015 has only just begun and you’re already making headlines! Your tribute video to Missy Elliott went viral and reached over 13 million views! What was that experience like? Alyson: You know, something in me just knew I was supposed to make a response. I wasn’t sure what it’d be, and we mostly flew by the seat of our pants during the shoot, but I trusted there was a greater purpose of paying tribute and sharing my love of dance and music with people.
Glitter: Can you share some news on what your new music will be like? Have you chosen your next single? Alyson: My sound has evolved into urban pop with the new school Janet Jackson flavor that I love, plus infused with some Britney Spears dance and my own little sauce. We’re looking for classic, iconic beats that make you feel some type of way.
Glitter: What are some things your fans might not know about you? Any pet peeves or obsessions? Alyson: Unless I’m dancing or songwriting, I heavily dislike loud music. I also do not watch TV, movies, or like any white noise throughout my day.
Glitter: What is your definition of self-love? Alyson: Self-love could be defined as knowing that you are an emotional, physical, spiritual being with needs and feelings. That you are worth finding healthy ways to cope, regulate, and manage these parts of yourself, so you can lead a positive lifestyle and pursue your greatest dreams.
Glitter: What other projects do you have planned for the upcoming year? Alyson: This year is going to be full of surprises. Summer Forever, the musical, will hit in August and I’ll share more of my own music. But, I’m honestly up for anything– from writing a TV series to going on tour to backpacking Europe.
New Alyson Stoner Music Proves She’s Not A Kid Anymore & She Reflects On Growing Up In The Spotlight
“I’ve been living and breathing different forms of art my entire life, and each represent a different side of me,” says Alyson Stoner of her already impressive career. Though you may not recognize her name, you should recognize her face. Stoner had roles in several Missy Elliott music videos, a starring role on Disney Channel’s Mike’s Super Short Show, and a bunk next to Demi Lovato’s in Camp Rock. The now 21-year-old is still a triple threat today, starring in the Lifetime movie Sugar Babies, releasing new music, and appearing in an epic Missy Elliott tribute video. But Stoner wouldn’t be where she is today if it wasn’t for her unique Hollywood background.
“Because I often played [a] sidekick…I had more freedom to go do other jobs like Cheaper By the Dozen or Step Up,” Stoner says of her experience acting in Disney Channel shows a kid. “They provided a healthy, wholesome environment to do family-friendly content that I could be proud of while also not limiting me.”
However, that doesn’t mean growing up in the spotlight made for a totally positive experience.
“Socially, it’s a very biased experience as a child, when people know who you are but you don’t yet know them. That can form a certain identity, which is why the demands that people put on their bodies and the pressure to conform to an image can lead to a lot of chaos,” she says. I was homeschooled for most of it, so going to any hangouts with friends for a while set me up with panic attacks, because I was so unfamiliar with being in a public place without performing,” she explains of her personal childhood struggles. There are a lot of tremendous setbacks, just like there are really beautiful gifts [that come with] being in an extreme environment in the industry. I think the thing that saved me was my faith and my family.”
Stoner still works in the entertainment industry, as both an actor and singer, starring in the Lifetime movie Sugar Babies. ”No matter what character I’m portraying, it still feels like a safe escape for an introvert,” she says of her acting career. “I think that’s one of the reasons why dancing and singing have been inherently harder for me to grow in, because that takes personal vulnerability, which, as an introvert, I want to hide.”
But that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to pursue her passion for music. Stoner has a new song called “Pretty Girls” for the movie, which contains an important message. “‘Pretty Girls’ is essentially about the power of beauty in our culture, and how women are taught at an early age to use their looks and beauty to manipulate and to be successful and to get what they want,” she says. “It’s sort of a dirty, mysterious track, but the message has social impact.”
You can check out Stoner’s new music video for “Pretty Girls” below, and rest assured, it won’t be the last time you see her. ”I would love, in however many years it takes, to travel around the world and headline a tour,” she says. “In acting, I’d love to take on a very serious role that really pushes me to my wit’s end…Really just growing as a human being and getting to serve people with my gift is important to me.”
My new single “Pretty Girls” drops today! Get it on iTunes!
Watch the original MV on Billboard.com April 7th and YouTube worldwide April 8th.
I’m thrilled to have been a part of every stage of this song, from its conception to songwriting to recording to composing a video treatment and producing the original MV to monitoring visual effects hours before release. Nobody except those who dig for information will know the arduous, taxing process, the sleepless nights and troubleshooting, the money spent to improve quality, the tremendous stress and even greater gratification of seeing a dream to fruition, and the complete and utter release of letting it go to the world. Regardless of what happens with this song, I know that I gave my all. And that feels good as an artist. The opinions and feedback don’t even feel that crucial. I just hope people enjoy it when they listen.
The song itself is actually a very strong social statement hidden in polished production. “Pretty Girls” is about the power of Beauty in culture and how women use it to get what they want. It follows a woman who’s explaining very plainly to someone that if they get too close, they will be blinded by her beauty, even if she doesn’t mean to affect them. There are so many facets of Beauty that we use to seduce, entrance, manipulate, and persuade. And they work. In the boardroom. In the bedroom. What we can do is become aware of the difference between artifical/superficial Beauty and authentic Beauty, embracing Beauty and exploiting Beauty. I hope when you hear the song, you love the beat, you love the message, and you’re not afraid to call it for what it is. No spite, bitterness, complaint or envy. Just recording my observations through my chosen medium.
Who are we kidding? “Pretty girls learn to work it early…“
Alyson Stoner is all grown up. The gorgeous 21-year old starlet, recognized primarily from her backup dancing days with hip-hop sensation Missy Elliott, has embraced being a triple threat to the fullest extent. After gaining plenty of experience in the television and film domains, she shifted her attention over to music. Once she started writing for other artists, she realized she had her own voice to share with the world. “You want to be an expert in the field,” she says, “and it starts becoming a really difficult algorithm when to prioritize which.” Even with so much on her plate, Alyson is letting her work speak for herself.
Alyson spoke with Maxim about hanging out in the nude, proper grammar, and some not-so-typical nominees for the Hot 100.
If I had a change in career, I would want to dissect human brains in a laboratory. Studying neurons at a cellular level, behavioral neuroscience…these are the things I was majoring in at college. They’re so cool .
I like the word ‘bullshit’ because I like to call people out on theirs. [Laughs]
I feel sexiest when I’m not wearing anything. I’m a bit of a free bird. I walk around naked whether people are in my house or not. Is that bad? If you can’t be comfortable in your own skin, where can you be comfortable?
I could listen to India.Arie’s Testimony: Vol.2, Love & Politics album over and over again. The song is called “Get it Together,” and I play it on repeat. I have for years. It’s the message and her soulful voice and it’s nostalgic for when I first heard during a special moment of my life.
If you give me a chocolate shake, you can get me to do anything. I’d tell you where it is, but it’s a secret. I don’t want anyone else taking my chocolate shake.
A guy can use six syllable words properly in a sentence if he wants to get my attention. Also, know the difference between “you’re” and “your .”
I love what I do, so writing music, reading, or something pertaining to learning and growth are things that keep me busy when I have free time.
A guy shouldn’t be more groomed than I am. I have no problem with proper self care, but not to the point of narcissism and indulgence.
I’d like to see Tina Fey or Amy Poehler on the Maxim Hot 100. They’d be such good choices! The funny ones and the business moguls…the sassy ones!
As for what’s next, my new music video ‘Pretty Girls’ is coming out which I’m very excited about. I’m continuing to work on my music, I’m shooting a musical this spring, and I’m still doing some acting and television work throughout the year. Besides that, I’m just mapping out my plans for world domination. Whatever the world needs, ya know?
It’s HERE! Alyson’s new song Pretty Girls is officially available on iTunes for purchase! The song is sassy, fun, and mixed with an R&B/Pop flare. Have I mentioned Alyson raps in this song? YEAH! Go download your copy of Pretty Girls now and tell your friends! So proud of Alyson!
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Happy Spring! Alyson just filmed her original music video for her upcoming new song “Pretty Girls” for her new movie Sugar Babies! I added to the gallery 11 official still photos of Alyson from the music video. Doesn’t she look absolutely stunning? Check them out below!
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