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" A chorus is not easy. "
" I feel like everything we do comes down to how it looks. Even no branding is branding. For example, you had no face or image to put to my music at first. That was branding. "
" Nothing feels better than going onstage and everybody is singing every word - and actually wanting to see you. "
" Prince turned experimental music into pop music. 'When Doves Cry,' the whole 'Purple Rain' soundtrack - he was inspired by the Cocteau Twins and new wave pop and brought it into R&B when he first started, and then it became this cool, next-level, kind of hard-to-digest music. Which is what I felt 'House of Balloons' was. "
" When I was making the early stuff, I never expected it to be so big. I was in my own kind of bubble. I never wanted to tour; I just wanted to create music and make a diary I could put out into the world. And sometimes, I became the characters. "
" My purpose is to make exciting music, and I feel like I'll be doing that for the rest of my life, so there's no pressure. "
" My closet is like Bart Simpson's. "
" The whole 'enigmatic artist' thing, I just ran with it. "
" At one point, I didn't care. Now I want as many people to hear my music as possible. "
" For my generation, the bomber jacket is like a replacement for the suit jacket. It's a piece that men wear every day, and it's something that I would wear for any occasion, whether it's on the street or going to an awards ceremony. "
" I feel like I'm changing pop culture. "
" Environment is very important to me. Sometimes I have to perform during the day for festivals, and my music does not work in the daytime. It is nighttime music. "
" I just kept touring and touring until it became second nature to go onstage, perform, and sing. "
" I love trying new things. "
" Taylor Swift's audience can listen to me, but so can the street kids. I want to touch it all. "
" When people meet me, they say that I'm really kind - contrary to a lot of my music. "
" Me not finishing school - in my head, I still have this insecurity when I'm talking to someone educated. "
" I'm pretty laid-back in real life. I just love hanging with my friends and making jokes. The jokes don't stop - literally, all day. "
" I have a good team. It's good to have a good team. "
" I'm a huge fan of R. Kelly's. He's a musical genius and probably the most prolific artist of the generation before mine. "
" The mind of a 19-year-old is very different from the mind of a 26-year-old. You grow. You get into better relationships. You experience more, meet more people, better people. But when you're in a dark hole at an earlier point in your life - you write about the mindset you're in at that moment. "
" I just want to keep pushing the envelope without it feeling forced. "
" I couldn't ever go back home without being something. I probably would never have gone back home. That was definitely a big motivation. To get back home, and not empty-handed. "
" I want to produce the music to a movie that I'm working on, like what Prince did with 'Purple Rain.' "
" All I do is make music. "
" I don't think I'd ever apologise for music I make, no. "
" I didn't have a father figure in the house. "
" My production and songwriting and the environment around those vocals are not inspired by R&B at all. "
" I always use Michael as, first and foremost, a vocal inspiration, and 'Off the Wall' was definitely the one that made me feel like I could sing. "
" I sang a lot of low stuff on songs like 'Secrets' and 'Rockin',' almost like Toni Braxton. On 'Secrets,' I'm a different person. "
" I'm trying to get to Mars before everyone else. "