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Pop-Alternative Artist Novul Talks Her Latest Single “Boys Like You” and Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community


If there’s one singer you should keep a keen eye out for this year, that would be Canadian-born artist Novul. The sassy pop star peaked at #16 on the Billboard Dance Charts with her debut single “Spark”, and after taking a short break from music, she’s ready to embark on a new chapter in her career. You can listen to her latest single “Boys Like You” on Spotify and YouTube. We chatted with Novul about her relationship with producer Poet Name Life, the creative process working on “Boys Like You” and the greatest highlight of her career. 


Cliché: How did you first get involved with music? When did you know you wanted to be a singer?

Novul: I have always known I wanted to sing but there is a funny story to it. When I was 7-years-old I was at my brother’s hockey game and I was asked to sing the national anthem. I was blown away. My mom didn’t know that I could sing but I went ahead and sung for the crowd and just loved everyone’s responses. Then I had the first live television performance that I auditioned for called Telemiracle at age 10 and Gloria Loring was the host. After that, I began taking vocal lessons and decided that I wanted to become a professional singer.

Being a Canadian-born artist and then moving to Los Angeles after graduating from high school, how did you adjust to a new culture?

My mom is American so I have dual citizenship. I started flying to Los Angeles with my parents all throughout high school for training so I adapted quickly into a new culture. I come from a small town in Canada and people would often tell me that I didn’t look like I belonged here. I knew that I never wanted to live in a small town and wanted something bigger.

Can you describe your relationship with producer Poet Name Life? How do you feel he prepared you to be the singer that you are today?

I was in the studio with Poet Name Life and he really liked me. We gravitated towards each other and we really understood each other. He was the one who gave me my artist name Novul. He helped me get out of my comfort zone and pushed me to the next level. We have an amazing relationship and I talk to him all the time.

He has always told me to be myself and to never try to be like someone else. I have learned to not be afraid to say what I want because that is how I connect with my fans by being honest and telling them what I am going through in life.

What was the creative process like working on “Boys Like You”? How did this song reflect your own personal experience?

I had a session and I was going in to start a new song. I started to write a bunch of melodies and then I took it to the studio and presented it to all my writers and producers and everyone really liked it. It actually happened in 2 hours.

Everything I write is from my personal experience. I think people don’t see that side of me and don’t know other things so that’s why I want to be honest in my relationship with my fans.

What’s the message of the song and what do you hope listeners take away when listening to the lyrics of the song?

I think the message is to have a recognition of your part in a relationship and about moving on from a relationship.

What has been the greatest highlight of your career so far?

One of my favorite greatest highlights in my career was when my single charted #16 on the Billboard Dance Charts. That was an amazing feeling. Another major highlight for me was when I performed for Pride events in New York, L.A., and Las Vegas and seeing thousands of people having a lot of energy because it allowed me to connect with them.

What was the best advice that you’ve received about the music industry and who was it from?

The best advice that I received was from DJ Poet and Will. They told me, “Do what you want to do because if you keep doing what you are doing then it’s only a matter of time.”

Over the years, you’ve been a huge supporter of LGBTQ+ equality and have performed at Pride events in New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Why was it important for you to get involved with this?

It was important for me to get involved with this organization because I have such a loving big heart. I love to be involved with the LGBTQ+ people because it makes me feel so good and life is all about love and people should not judge one another on who should be with who.

What is your number one goal in 2019?

My number one goal in 2019 is to make more music and I would like to get on tour. I would also like to spread my music to more parts of the world and connect with people from those parts of the world.


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5 Women That Could Have Hosted the 2019 Oscars


With the 2019 Oscars just a little over a month away, it was announced that the show will go on without a host. Kevin Hart was originally appointed to host this year’s telecast. However, after old tweets from the comedian resurfaced, which were explicitly homophobic in nature, Hart decided to step down from his hosting duties. He explained on Twitter that he “did not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past”. Fellow comedian, Ellen DeGeneres revealed on her show during an interview with Hart about the controversy that she pleaded to the Academy to rehire Hart as host of the award show because she felt that he has “grown and apologized and has apologized again.” Ultimately, however, Hart stuck to his initial decision and not host the show. This prompted the Academy to announce that the show will not have a host, and instead, will feature high profile names to announce and present each category.

If Kevin Hart had gone through with hosting the Oscars, it would have been the fifth year in a row that a man has hosted. The last time a woman was named host was back in 2014 when Ellen DeGeneres was given the honor. In a time when the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are flourishing in our society, and rightfully so, it is rather peculiar that the Academy did not think to designate a woman as host of the show. Unfortunately, it is not happening this year. However, here is a list of 5 powerful women that could have hosted the 2019 Oscars. Hey, there’s always next year!


Wanda Sykes

Can anybody think of a better apology to the LGBT community than to have another openly gay comedian, Wanda Sykes, host the 2019 Oscars? She’s lovable, funny, and would have brought something different to the Oscars than what we have seen before. Maybe one day, Wanda will have the honor.


Tracee Ellis Ross

Black-ish star, Tracee Ellis Ross has no shortage of hosting experience. This daughter of a musical legend has hosted several music award shows, among others. She is also beloved, hilarious and relatable to so many. She would have been an amazing host!


Maya Rudolph

When you think of Saturday Night Live, you can’t help but think of Maya Rudolph. Also the daughter of a music icon, Rudolph made viewers laugh for seven years on SNL, with her many famous impersonations such as Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, and Beyonce. Like Ross and Sykes, there is not a bad thing to say about Maya Rudolph. She would have made an excellent host for the 2019 Oscars.


Leslie Jones

Following in the footsteps of Maya Rudolph, Leslie Jones has been a standout on Saturday Night Live since 2014. She is also known for her impersonation of Oprah Winfrey, in addition to Whoopi Goldberg and Omarosa. In 2016, following the release of Ghostbusters, Jones became the target of Twitter users making racially charged attacks. This forced her to leave social media. Not long after, she was targeted again after several private photos were released on her personal website, which had been hacked. After these two unfortunate incidents, she gained an overwhelming amount of support from her Hollywood peers, as well as fans alike. Hosting the 2019 Oscars would have been a big “F U” to her attackers and haters.


Whoopi Goldberg

On the December 11, 2018 episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg seemed to offer her services to host the 2019 Oscars. “I realize I may not be anybody’s first choice. But…” Whoopi has hosted the Oscars four times in the past: 1993, 1995, 1998, and 2001, and she never disappointed! She has the experience, she’s a legend, she’s honest, and she genuinely loves the movies. How about a fifth time, Whoopi?

The 2019 Oscars will air on February 24 on ABC.


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