Allison Iraheta Talks Music, Track by Track

Allison Iraheta is at once, an irrepressible teenager, and wise beyond her years in this latest video interview with Lyndsey Parker of Yahoo music.

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In part one of the two-part interview, Allison talks about working with Max Martin in Sweden, the criticism that her single is too “poppy” and those comparisons to Kelly Clarkson.

Plus, Allison’s discussion of the deeper meaning of songs from her album–“Robot Love”, “Scars” and “Just Like You, “–is funny, grounded and intelligent.   Tough chick.   Seriously!

Part 1 of the video interview, after the JUMP…

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65 Comments

  1. Lyndsey, a rocker herself, maybe the only interviewer Allison feels comfortable enough to open up and express herself the way she did!
    I have to agree with Parker in that FIBOU, in terms of DEBUT idol single, is the strongest to date.

  2. Its a good interview but I don’t think FIBOU is the best debut idol single in 8 years.

  3. I don’t think FIBOU is the best debut idol single in 8 years.

    Agreed – I actually think Kris’s is better this season and both Crush and Tatoo were extremely strong as well, but YMMV

  4. Those DEBUTS you guys are talking about are “playing it safe debuts” no gut behind them. None of that with FIBOU with its tempo or breaking beats.

  5. Interesting how 19 is weaving all the promotions of Kradison so they aren’t stepping all over each other. Can’t wait for part 2 and really can’t wait for leaks of the full album.

  6. Those DEBUTS you guys are talking about are ‘playing it safe debuts’  no gut behind them. None of that with FIBOU with its tempo or breaking beats.

    I actually don’t think they are all playing it safe in any way – and if you want to go for not playing it safe, Adam wins with FYE

  7. I think from the snippits that Allison will do at least as well as Jordin. I only compare them because of the label and the age.

    Allison is young. That nervous hand over mouth thing was distracting. But she’s real. She really is just putting herself out there. No gloss. I love it. Oh yeah! Yes, I like FIBOU. That’s the sort of pop/rock marriage that I enjoy. :-)

  8. anovich, Those are bland turtle speed songs with practically absent basslines. FIBOU with all its vocal process faults in some parts of the track, Allison’s phat tone protrudes with plenty of bottom end along thumping drum & bass with feisty lyrics to emerge as the strongest idol debut to date. FYE only has the lyric edge content but falls a little short in drum & bass. This without even touching the non-existing hook to hold on to.
    Besides, FYE isn’t a DEBUT.

  9. Allison’s a real firecracker, isn’t she? Ha ha ha! I think she just didn’t get much of a chance to show her personality on Idol, not that she didn’t have one, obviously. Her debut single isn’t my favorite, although she sings the heck out of it, and I can hardly wait to see her sing it live, it should be a lot of fun! I really like most of her album too, I’m so happy about that, I pre-ordered it, yay!

  10. Love her, she’s so real unlike the average AI girls who are just pageant girls (Jordan, Carrie, Jasmine, Kristy, Seyesha, Diana)

    “anovich, Those are bland turtle speed songs with practically absent basslines. FIBOU with all its vocal process faults in some parts of the track, Allison’s phat tone protrudes with plenty of bottom end along thumping drum & bass with feisty lyrics to emerge as the strongest idol debut to date. FYE only has the lyric edge content but falls a little short in drum & bass. This without even touching the non-existing hook to hold on to.
    Besides, FYE isn’t a DEBUT.”

    ^ THIS!

    couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank you.

  11. My fave from S8. Love Kradison. Lava girl just has something special. I hope her album kicks ass. If not, she has a career no matter. That voice is crazy. So compelling.

  12. anovich
    11/12/2009 at 11:37 pm
    Those DEBUTS you guys are talking about are ‘playing it safe debuts’  no gut behind them. None of that with FIBOU with its tempo or breaking beats.

    I actually don’t think they are all playing it safe in any way ‘“ and if you want to go for not playing it safe, Adam wins with FYE

    ^THIS^

  13. Allison is wonderful, and she is totally right: the criticism about her personality was because she is not eloquent enough. she often cannot finish sentences and just giggles and makes faces. that’s a very smart and perceptive thing of her to be aware of– i hope that her labels will provide her with some training about that.

  14. stellamaris, I agree to disagree with You, I hope she doesn’t get coached because she is what she is: a normal, relatable teenager. As such, she may annoy some older people, like with her tweets and faces (isn’t twitter a medium of the next generation?)

  15. As much time as Alli is spending in the studio, I am happy to see her playing doggie dress-up, going to D’land w/ friends, and practicing funny faces rather than spending that time in finishing school. We parents know that she, like all children, will lose the last vestiges of childhood overnight.

  16. After watching this interview I can safely say my initial opinion for myself and her music still stands. I don’t relate to her, mostly because of her age I think. I just don’t relate to the “in your face, suckas” mentality. I would be willing to bet that in about 10 years I might like her, though.

    This does not in any way reflect on her intelligence or whether or not the music is good in an empirical sense. It’s not necessarily my style, but there are some good songs, I just can’t get into them. This is my opinion only, and i’m not trying to argue that anyone needs to agree with me.

    I do wish her every success. She has a unique instrument that will sound awesome for years to come if she takes care of it. I enjoyed one of her performances in particular during the show, and that was her reprise of “Cry Baby”. Her initial performance I felt was a bit lacking in expression, but her reprise was full of heartfelt angst and emotion that was real, and I felt it and could relate to it.

    anyway, just my own opinions, and my late night ramblings.

  17. Its a good interview but I don’t think FIBOU is the best debut idol single in 8 years.

    I guess it all depends how you measure it. Sales is one way, but obviously not how Lyndsey (or Alli fans) are measuring it, because so far it hasn’t done that well, and it takes time to get those final numbers.
    I am not as good as Rub as explaining the particularities of the single that make me like it, but I find it very different/unique, or at least very non-idol, and fun.
    Its the only one I have ever purchased. And hers is the only album I have ever pre-ordered (deluxe version and all). So I guess that’s my vote.

  18. I love her in interviews, even if she’s akward and can’t express herself as well as she’d like to. That’s how most normal teens are. Being a college professor who deals a lot with freshmen students, this isn’t out of the ordinary in the least. She’ll get better with time, but I don’t know that she needs to be coached about it that much right now. She is who she is and while she has an “in your face” attitude, she’s in no way disrespectful of anyone. For as much crap as she got during the show, she has never said a single bad thing about the judges, specially Simon. She has always been gracious about her time on AI and has always understood that if you’re going to be on AI, you have to be ready to deal with criticism and not let it get to you. For a 16-17 year old, I think that is amazingly mature.

  19. If I think back to my teen years and I listen to her debut FIBOU, I realise that this is just the kind of song That I would have listened to over and over as it perfectly represents how I would have dealt with
    heartache over, say, a crush that was not reciprocated. As a good song, well sang, this is just perfect for most of her targeted market group.
    I expect her sales will rise for the Christmas period esp.

    She is still struggeling to find the words to explain her feelings and
    views, but, the sentences that,at least give us the gist, though oft
    not complete, we are able to fill in the blank logically.
    Allison is a real girl and she may have some endearing ,and, or frustrating verbal choices or or a tendency to speak tough chick street.
    I love that she is a rocker girl with those prerequsite shock and awe bombs. Growing up comes all too soon.!!!!
    One day we be listening to another interview of a Famous Female ROCKER…….and we will wonder “whatever happened to the kid in her”.
    ROCK ON ALLI ROCKER CHICK!!!!!!!!

  20. Besides, FYE isn’t a DEBUT.

    Yeah, it is. You’re probbaly thing TfM is the debut, but the song that was released for radio as the debut single is FYE. TfM is not a radio release and is only out there for 2012 promotion.

  21. I think it’s a little much to say that FIBOU is the best debut EVER, but it’s certainly strong and I hope picks up more airplay. I’m very excited for her album and to hear the full tracks. She said some real funny things in this interview. However, there are still a lot of times when she’s extremely awkward on camera, but then again, that’s who she is so, oh well. haha

  22. Lyndsay is entitled to think that FIBOU is the best idol debut single ever released. I find that opinion rather interesting since the song is pretty much pure pop fluff and a pretty blatant attempt to capture a sound made popular by Kelly Clarkson back in 04 with SUBG.

    Personally I still think the best idol debut song is Miss Independent simply because everyone expect Kelly to go all Celine Dion and she busts out with this pop/rock anthem with a kick ass bridge and chorus.

    Besides, FYE isn’t a DEBUT.

    First single off debut CD released after Idol = debut single.

    Allison has a quirky/cute personality but I have very hard time watching or even reading her interviews because she’s so inarticulate. All the slang and “ghetto” speak, while probably normal for the average teenager, isn’t translating well for a girl in her position who is trying to sell herself and her music to a broader audience than just text obsessed tweeners.

    JMO of course.

  23. Love Allison. To me, she comes across as a very smart, aware, and also very regular kid. Hope she gets a real chance to build on what I think is a good beginning with her first single and become the solid, long-term artist that she clearly has the talent to be. Go, Allison.

  24. I don’t know what the big deal is about drum and bass when comparing Allison and Adam’s debut singles. They are still POP singles and albums. Basically Allison is Pink. Tough rocker chick image singing pop. I think they have good singles but I have to give Adam’s FYE the edge in terms of more appealing as a dance track.

  25. Oy…seems like I can’t escape Lambert even on an Allison thread.

    It’s Lindsey Parker’s opinion, just that. It’s ok for someone to like something Allison did better than something Adam did. It isn’t always about him.

    Tough rocker chick image singing pop.

    Lets not get into a comparison of images between her and Adam here please, I don’t want to talk about him in an Allison thread. However, FIBOU is one song out of 13 tracks on her album. Yes, it’s pop, does it represent her entire (short) catalogue of music? Not really. Is there any reason why she can’t have the image of a rocker chick and sing rock/pop songs? I don’t think so. Does she remind you of Pink? How is that a bad thing? I’d rather have her remind me of Pink than of all the other teen acts out there.

  26. PRMari: It’s ok for someone to like something Allison did better than something Adam did. It isn’t always about him.

    WHAT??!! It isn’t?? MY GOD!! You’ve just blown my world apart! It’s almost as if… I see… things exploding and flying in pieces all around him… :-D

    FIBOU is one song out of 13 tracks on her album. Yes, it’s pop, does it represent her entire (short) catalogue of music? Not really.

    Excellent point. After I listened to the album clips the first, uh, few times, I was struck by how out-of-place FIBOU and the Robot Love clip sound — which seems to be pretty much in line with many albums, where the lead single and maybe the other singles aren’t representative of the album.

  27. Ugh… I curse Lyndsey Parker for starting an ugly fan war on my beloved Allison thread. I also curse Max Martin and Jive for leaving the “oh yeah’s” in FIBOU. I think that song would be perceived way differently if they had just removed the “oh yeah’s”. BUT its still a great song with plenty of rocker edge. And I love it.

    Love Allison, love her music, CAN NOT WAIT to hear part 2. I really want to hear what she has to say about the second half of the album – the best half IMO.

    glitter: I’d say Allison is a tough rocker chick (with a heart of gold) singing mostly rock (and maybe all rock next time out?) And yes, Adam will probably always have the edge for dance songs.

    I’ve got Beat Me Up stuck in my head this morning… “cuz baby even though you beat me up, beat me up, I still love you cuz you heat me up, heat me up” Lots of energy in that song – love it.

  28. I agree with someone upthread, Miss Independent is my JAM. I love that song.
    But Allison continues to be quirky and fun, and I like that about her. :)

  29. It’s Lindsey Parker’s opinion, just that. It’s ok for someone to like something Allison did better than something Adam did. It isn’t always about him.

    Of course its ok. Just like its ok for people to disagree with her. lol I think Elliot Yamin had a GREAT debut with “Wait For You” and Daughtry with “Its Not Over”. FYE is a good song to me and I love me some Adam but I don’t think it is the best Debut ever.

    I also think FIBOU is the weakest song on Allison’s album. I agree with Jim C. from MTV. Scars, Pieces, and Beat Me Up are A LOT better.

  30. Nice interview. Go Allison! Any 17-year-old who can stand up to the kind of pressure she has been under this past year or so, stay true to herself, and produce a body of work like this album has my vote for mature beyond her years.

  31. where the lead single and maybe the other singles aren’t representative of the album.

    Because they are included in hopes of tempting radio. Which is tempted only by very particular (often really dumb) things…..

  32. Smart girl…

    Even if you like it or not, it stays in yo’ head. That’s what makes it a good song.

    I know from personal experience that many of the songs on this album have stuck in my head. I think its going to do really well.

    Did you all read the NPR story in the headlines? Its really funny, but one thing they say is…

    post-Idol success is virtually all about having songs that are catchy and infectious enough to become hits.

    So true. Rock on Lava Girl!

  33. Look out for this girl. She has the chops, the attitude, and the desire to have a long and succesful career.

  34. That girl needs speech lessons. Her manner of speech is off putting. As far as her success I see her having maybe a Jordin type path with her latest album. She’ll maybe have a good amount of sales for her single but won’t manage to sell records. Hopefully she will break the 100k mark for total sales. There’s just something that doesn’t connect with this girl. I actually agree with Simon with his assessment of her being mechanical and not singing with her emotion

  35. I actually agree with Simon with his assessment of her being mechanical and not singing with her emotion.

    If anything, I think Allison expresses herself best when she’s singing. To me, that’s when she really shows off who she is and to say she doesn’t connect with songs is just something I personally can’t understand. I’ve seen this girl cry while performing, if that’s not connecting to a song, I don’t know what is.

  36. Hopefully she will break the 100k mark for total sales.

    I’m going to hang this on my wall so that I can look at it and howl with laughter when she goes multi-platinum.

  37. I had so much anticipation for Adam’s debut, but from the first single and the album snippets, I must say I am somewhat disappointed. Of course I will need to listen to the album as a whole first. In contrast, I liked Allison’s voice but her persona just didn’t do much for me. It’s funny how I was rooting for Adam and now I like Allison’s’ music more. Just from her album song snippets there are some songs of hers I am going to download immediately. In these interviews she seems like she has trouble explaining all of the songs. This might be because she was rushed through it so fast that she can’t remember them all. It’s going to be an interesting next few months when Idol debut albums come out and the charts will tell the story.

  38. I’m going to hang this on my wall so that I can look at it and howl with laughter when she goes multi-platinum.

    If Kelly Clarkson who’s a million time more popular and known than her can’t go multi platinum anymore you really think Allison will? Kelly had a massive first hit single with first week sales 100k times over what Allison sold her first week still only managed to go Gold with her cd. Some with Jordin. Massive first single but hasnt even reached 100k yet in total sales

  39. PRMari
    If anything, I think Allison expresses herself best when she’s singing. To me, that’s when she really shows off who she is

    Word. Its really about the music with her.

    I’ve gotten used to her interviews. I’m just happy that she seems to speak the truth, and I think she’ll continue to get more comfortable.

  40. Allison is great. She is ridiculously talented. She is beautiful. She is charismatic. She is so smart. She is grounded and mature. She is successful. Is she eloquent ? Well, everything takes time.
    It’s always easy to judge somebody. Anyways, nobody’s perfect. :(

  41. Great interview with Allison and I can’t wait to watch part 2. Allison is a real 17 year old and I’m glad she’s not all pageantry and polish. I think she did very well communicating what the songs are about and mean to her.

    I liked how she said she looked to experiences friends had been through and ‘walked in their shoes’ on some of these. She’s also a strong young woman to have been able to endure the criticisms, often unwarranted, and continue on.

    In your face suckers indeed. I’m waiting to be able to hear the full songs.

  42. Well then good luck with that AL. Especially after missing the big holiday sales weeks

  43. That girl needs speech lessons. Her manner of speech is off putting.

    Yeah I kind of agree. I mean I love her and all and love her voice, but when she speaks, especially in this interview, there’s something that’s very valley girl/surfer dude about it that just seems like a gimmick to me. To me, that isn’t how most teenagers talk today…perhaps in the 80s, but not now. I don’t sense any sort of realness from her. Even though that’s exactly what she says she’s about. I sense a gimmick in her interviews.

    I do agree that her emotion becomes real when she sings. So I’d say I more prefer her singing than speaking. I still can’t forget how amazing she was singing Someone To Watch Over Me. It may not have been her style, but it was exquisite.

  44. If Kelly Clarkson who’s a million time more popular and known than her can’t go multi platinum anymore you really think Allison will? Kelly had a massive first hit single with first week sales 100k times over what Allison sold her first week still only managed to go Gold with her cd. Some with Jordin. Massive first single but hasnt even reached 100k yet in total sales

    I would disagree with Jordin’s first single being “massive”. It was a hit, but not a huuuggggeeee one… to me that would require going double platinum at least. Not to say it was a flop at all, or that Battlefield was not a big accomplishment.

    That said, ITA her album sales have been low, and so has Kelly’s this time around. So I agree Allison is not likely to go platinum. But I don’t think she has to in order to keep making records. If Jive ever gets behind her song, I think she’ll do well.

  45. BM2587

    LOL.
    One thing is to say: for me for you, I didn’t feel it. Cool.
    Another is to start making predictions about how unpopular she will be / how she won’t sell records based on the fact that you don’t like her.
    As for Simon, he said no to Daughtry at his audition, passed on Spice Girls, and recorded a song by Wrestlers. So, he is not exactly a music oracle.
    And those mechanical / no emotion comments by Simon for her performances of Someone to Watch Over Me and Cry Baby are the most off-the-mark comments, I think, Simon has ever made on the show. Her rendition of STWOM should to into the Idol Hall of Fame as one of the most emotional performances ever in the show.

  46. BM=BS! oops…! I guess if most posts weren’t so petty and redundant we would all go nutz awaiting the next article, snippet, release – whatever meaningless detail – to fulfill our otherwise pretty empty(?)lives. I thank God Alli is my first and prayerfully last AI interest. I feel my interest in keeping up slacking as the release of her album approaches. Shortly, I hope to bid a less than fond farewell to many who post here. On the other hand, I marvel at the knowledge possessed by many who post – knowledge with understanding; knowledge with experience; knowledge with both; and just knowledge without understanding or experience (yuck). Then there ARE the TIN ears – OH, NO!

    Most appreciated are those who can recognize talent across the board and whose comments are not blindly genre limited. BUT, much of this is “for the love of the game”; thus, I cannot deny anyone their sport. I just don’t like it! Go, ALLI, GO!

  47. If Kelly Clarkson who’s a million time more popular and known than her can’t go multi platinum anymore you really think Allison will? Kelly had a massive first hit single with first week sales 100k times over what Allison sold her first week still only managed to go Gold with her cd.

    BM2587 – Ah, you’re a little off with your comment about Kelly’s CD sales. Her first three albums are all multi-platinum, and her fourth is rapidly approaching that point also. SoundScan has all the details. . .

  48. BTW, for those of you familiar with Shakira’s “Vuelve”, wouldnt that be an awesome song for Alli? Alli will kill it in Spanish, but I was thinking translated to English. The song is not Shakira’s English vibe, so Shakira may allow Alli to make it an English rock song.

  49. BM2587: Well then good luck with that AL. Especially after missing the big holiday sales weeks

    Actually, Allison won’t miss the big holiday sales weeks. As Kirsten pointed out recently, the two biggest sales weeks for music are the two weeks before Christmas — Thanksgiving week isn’t even #2.

    Having said that, I don’t expect her to sell that well that quickly. I think Jive is planning to build her success slowly, and I think that’s the right approach. Will she go multi-platinum? Platinum? Gold? No one knows. Given the trend in recent years, the odds of anyone going multi-platinum are extremely small, and even the odds of just going platinum are very small as well. Gold records are starting to mean something again. So, based purely on statistics, I have no expectation that she’ll go platinum, or even gold.

    But then, I’ve kept my hopes low all along, and they keep being happily exceeded. I didn’t expect her to get as far as she did on the show. I didn’t expect the record execs to be smart enough to give her a contract. I didn’t expect them to let her make a record that sounds as good as these clips do. So maybe she will go platinum! :-)

    But my own goal for her doesn’t have a metal attached to it — I just want her to sell enough to make a good living for herself and to keep recording and touring. If she can do that without going gold, that’s fine with me. Plenty of the artists I love don’t go gold but sell enough to keep their careers going. Anything more is icing on the cake.

  50. I hope she gets the support to sell some albums but given her finishing position, I suspect she’ll get the messy end of the payola stick. Unless she is the next Chris Daughtry.

    She isn’t a very interesting interview subject.

  51. She isn’t a very interesting interview subject

    .Good thing she’s an excellent singer then.

  52. love that she remains herself… that’s the most important thing. She’s still very young. She’ll get deeper as she ages

  53. I finally can see the interview. I love her she’s so youthful, charming and funny. I’m buying her cd too because I love her voice! She should drop “man” from her vocabulary. It’s just as bad as saying “eh”.

  54. That girl needs speech lessons. Her manner of speech is off putting.

    I’m glad that she is still a little awkward and why would she need speech lessons. This is “her”, she is a real teenager and it is so refreshing. I don’t want her to sound like a robot or to stray away from who she really is.

  55. alli lurker
    11/13/2009 at 12:30 pm
    Hopefully she will break the 100k mark for total sales.

    I’m going to hang this on my wall so that I can look at it and howl with laughter when she goes multi-platinum.

    why wait till it then? I’m gonna howl with laughter when she passes 150 000K in her first week :)

  56. Allison’s great! I love her realness! While they were discussing idol I just kept thinking how much she could have taught Carley Smithson last year.

  57. ppwars, I’m not sure if you were referring to my statement about Carly or not, but I liked her a lot! I just meant the fact that Allison didn’t let the judges get to her, but I really believe Carly did. I probably wasn’t clear on that. It just amazes me that a 16/17 year old could handle that kind of pressure so well.

  58. It just amazes me that a 16/17 year old could handle that kind of pressure so well.

    And people still say she’s immature. I think not. She may be hyper and not all that articulate, but I think she’s got an incredible work ethic and is really mature when it comes to her career and knowing very well who she is. It is amazing that with as much criticism as she received about her image and her personality, she never gave in ot it just to conform to what others thought she should look or act like. I think for such a young person that’s pretty amazing.

  59. I think her emotions, her behavior, her tweets, all of it is appropriate for a teenager. Is she mature teenager? Yes, in some ways i’m sure she is. Does that mean I now relate to her and her music, because she’s handling the business well? Nope.

    She’s got some good music here, and one or two songs sound really good to me, but for me, right now that’s as far as it goes in my ability to connect with her. I really hope to see and hear more of her in the future, though.

    I don’t expect everyone to be like me, though, and i’m not trying to sway anyone, either. To each his own.

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