While she’s getting ready to play to her biggest hometown crowd yet at Sunday’s Soundset festival, Lizzo will also soon hit the international stage in a bigger way when Virgin Records re-releases her album, “Lizzobangers,” outside the United States. The new version of her debut record -- made locally with Doomtree producer Lazerbeak and issued via Minneapolis label Totally Gross National Product -- will include two new tracks, one of which debuted online today via Time magazine’s site.
Titled “Luv It,” the new song is an ode to Houston, where the real-life Melissa Jefferson spent a good chunk of her youth. The track even includes a shout-out to H-town's own mega-mall, the Galleria. Lizzo told Time, “I wrote it to pay homage to my earliest rap memories of free styling in the cafeteria, banging on desks.”
Since her deal with Virgin came to light over the winter, Lizzo has been playing almost as many solo gigs in England as she has stateside. She's part of the big Glastonbury Festival lineup on June 25 and will be back to play both the Reading and Leeds fests in August. First, though, comes Soundset, plus another hometown gig on Saturday headlining the Memory Lanes Block Party with her group Grrrl Prty.