New Music To Know: Brooke Candy’s Bizarre Journey From Stripper To Pop Diva

By Courtney E. Smith

Brooke Candy‘s ascent into the pop world started as a stripper from Los Angeles, went to a role in Grimes‘ video for “Genesis” where she looked like an avatar from the World of Warcraft, to a full  transformation into a nightmare diva with her debut music video. But strangeness aside, Candy is as dedicated to authenticity as she is to the multiple pop diva characters she created for the clip behind her major label debut,”Opulence.” Adaptability is certainly a must in the world of divas, as is the ability to never take “no” for an answer.

“I have no fear of ‘no’,” Candy told “Someone can tell me no but it’s not going to stop me. I’ll still get it done somehow.”

Prior to the Steven Klein-directed clip for “Opulence,” off the recently released EP of the same name, Candy self-released several videos like “Everybody Does,” where her look was more akin to Nicki Minaj wearing a fashion line created by R2D2. In conversation with Candy, she is a person who will do whatever it takes to reach the broadest audience possible. In Candy’s mind, there is no such thing as “selling out.” And you can never be too authentic.

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