“[Sia] said to me ‘How do you feel in this moment?’ And I said ‘I just feel like grief is the hardest thing in the whole world. And you have the opportunity, at a certain point, to either let it kind of take you down or try your best to rise. And I said ‘I need to get out and I need to move forward in his memory and do everything I can for him.’ The minute I heard the song, I had a physical reaction to it. For me, it’s been my strength. I listen to it every day. I know it was brought into my life for a reason. It’s really been so helpful for me and I hope it’s the same for other people as it’s been for me. I think the great thing is that it’s such a universal song; it certainly helped me with my loss that I’m dealing with. And I think it will translate and help people with whatever they need it for. I hope it gives them the strength that it’s given me.”—Lea Michele on recording Cannonball
“We just were talking and seeing if we wanted to add anything to the record. Cory had heard every song from the album, obviously with the exception of those two [‘Cannonball’ and ‘If You Say So’]. And I figured I had the opportunity, if I want to add anything, and we sat down and we came up with ‘If You Say So,’ which is a very, very, very personal, it’s a very personal and it’s a very intense song for me, that’s one thing. And I just felt that ‘Cannonball’ was the perfect first song for people to hear from this record. It just really explains where I am right now and it’s been such an inspirational song for me. It’s been such a rock, such a source of strength for me.”—Lea Michele (via theangelofmusic)
“The track is instantly memorable, not surprising considering the number of top hit-makers behind it, including cowriters Sia (Britney Spears, Katy Perry) and Benny Blanco (Perry, Maroon 5). Production comes courtesy of the Norwegian duo Stargate (Rihanna, Beyoncé). Still, it’s Michele’s powerhouse vocals that take center stage on “Cannonball” as she deftly switches between her Broadway-trained belting and Glee-honed pop chops.”—Rolling Stone (via girlmworld)
“’Louder’ really encompasses my experiences over this past year and my journey as an artist up to this point. There’s a lot of emotion but it’s also very encouraging and hopeful — it’s about pushing forward and living your life in a way that’s louder, stronger and bolder. I’m so excited to share this new side of me with my fans.”—Lea Michele
Cory Monteith, who played high school quarterback turned singer Finn Hudson on Glee, died on July 13, way too young, at 31, from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol. As Monteith played him, Finn was often the heart and emotional anchor of a show that could take roller-coaster shifts in tone. But at its best, Glee has been rooted in something real: the struggles of small-town kids to become better than they’ve been led to expect and their fear that their reality may not match their dreams.
Finn embodied that predicament. The only thing he worried about more than his teammates’ ridicule for joining glee club was the potential of ending up a “Lima loser” who peaked in high school. That’s part of what made the climactic duet of the pilot episode, “Don’t Stop Believin’”–which Monteith performed with Lea Michele, whom he would eventually date in real life–such a fitting emotional anthem. Both Glee and Monteith, who once spoke of an “out of control” adolescence and did a second stint in rehab this year, sold not only the optimism of that song but also the hint that merely believin’ would not always be enough.
James Poniewozik @TIME gets Finn. He always got Finn…
“By about the middle of January it will have inspired approximately 9,876,983 people to come out / leave their shit partners / become human cannonballs at their local circus.”—About Lea Michele’s new single ‘Cannonball’
“At the beginning of next year we’ve got Broken Bells and Bruce Springsteen. Then we’ve got Lea Michele from Glee coming, and we’ve got Foster the People up next. Then we’ve got Pharrell and Solange, and obviously, at some point Beyonce will put a record out, and when she does it will be monumental. So we’re in really, really good shape.”—"What things coming up in 2014 are you most excited about?" [Q&A with Columbia Records chief Rob Stringer] (via girlmworld)