A Very Brief Cher Lloyd Timeline

1993: Born.

2010: Finalist on British X Factor.

2011: "Swagger Jagger"


Perhaps that's a bit intense, but Cher Lloyd did become one of the most successful UK exports of 2012 without being a boy band. How'd she do it? We like to think this interview she gave us aptly sums up her greatness. (Incidentally, it also contains history's finest use of the word "nunny.")

Besides being astonishingly likeable and quirky, the Malvern native also knows how to record a hit song. "Want U Back" is one of the best songs of 2012 (check out our list of the top 100!) with a vocal grunt so powerful that you can't help but imitate it every time you take a shower (...or at least we can't). We asked her about said grunt and about her plans for further planetary domination in 2013. (Also, her favorite TV show will quack you up. You'll see. And you'll laugh.)

2012 was a big year for you. Do you know that?

Ha, I suppose it was!

Did you have a New Year's resolution going into 2012?

I never make resolutions because I feel that, you know, things happen for a reason. I think, you know, we're pushed to our limit all the time. My thing was that I definitely knew I was going to work very hard because I needed much more from my career than what I was getting before. I felt as though I wasn't getting as much as I should be getting back from everyone. That's because I was in the UK and the UK is very small and I needed a bigger challenge. I feel that's probably the reason this year has gone so well.

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Right. Moving from the UK, what was the biggest thing that had to change?

Nothing really had to change. Just me coming over. Giving it a go! This year has been a crucial year for me to decide whether this career is gonna work out or not.

...You're 19. When I was 19 I was not thinking, "This is my make it or break it year!"

Ha, well, I felt that way!

I know you've been busy being a superstar, but what's been your biggest pop culture discovery this year?


The soap opera?

No. Duck Dynasty.

What is Duck Dynasty? Should I know what this is?

You should. It's this family that runs a duck call business.

Interesting. Why should I watch this?

I just love the family. I think they're really funny, cool people. I'd like to spend the day with them.

I doubt they'd mind sharing a day with Cher Lloyd…

Ha, I'd be honored!

Other than meeting the Duck Dynasty family, what's your big goal for the future?

My ultimate plan is to make an album a year, and that's what I'm going to do. So, next year, starting in January, I'm going to get straight to the studio and get an album out straight away.

Is there a song you're dying to write?

I am ready to kick it up to the next level. I can't stay a bubblegum princess forever.

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Maybe a song about Duck Dynasty.

Yes! There's a guy in it called Si, and I'd love to have him do a verse on one of my songs. I think it'd be great.

Again, I don't think he'd say no to this. I'm looking at his picture, I really don't think so.

We'll see. Fingers crossed.

What was your favorite concert you did this year?

You know what, when I did the Today Show. I loved that very much. I've done so much this year, I know this is bad, but I forget specific concerts.

What are your thoughts on the word "YOLO."

I've been told that word isn't very cool.

It was once cool!

I don't really get all of these silly made up words. I just stick with pure English.

Gotcha. So, in "Want U Back," what's the story behind that awesome "UGH" grunt.

Basically, I couldn't hit a particular note, so I grunted and they just looped it throughout the whole song.

What note was it?

It might have been that long note.

Oh yeah, the one with the riff on the last chorus?

Wow, you've listened to this song a lot.

I have!

I love America.