La Britney's Rise to Fame as an Independent Artist

The star of VH1's Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood sits down to discuss her loyal fan-base, finding success as an independent artist, and hating laundry.

La Britney's following has exploded since her appearance on VH1's Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood.

But the singer had been working hard on her music career for years before her reality TV debut. As a confident mother, activist, and artist, La Britney didn't listen to critics who questioned her jump to television. As an independent artist, her hard work has earned her a loyal fan-base who've supported her because of her authenticity, which she's imbued into her music for over eight years. Watch below as she describes her rise from her basement apartment to performing before fans worldwide in her most successful year yet, as well as her plans for 2019.

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When faced with Popdust's Magic Box, which contained the deepest questions her fans wanted answered, La Britney stayed smart with her wallet and didn't lie.

The Magic Box interview with La'Britney

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Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.

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Scott Helman is Recreating Himself

An interview with the rising pop star, fresh off his tour with Vance Joy.

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Scott Helman, rising star and frequent key loser, has earned millions of streams across all streaming platforms and toured with the likes of Tegan and Sara, Shawn Mendes, and Matthew Good. He stopped by the Popdust offices to discuss his new EP and his personal rebranding.

Last time Popdust interviewed Helman he had just dropped the video for "Ripple Effect" and was gearing up for a tour with Vance Joy. Now, he's fresh off the success of his song "Hang Ups," and ready to continue his growth as an artist. He told Popdust's own Deascent about his struggle to find who he is in the midst of his growing fame.

Scott Helman and Deascent then explored the horrors of the magic box. Scott admitted to putting apple cider vinegar up his nose in the winter, smelling like a thrift store, and being wrong about the definition of sandwiches. Deascent was moved by his argument, brought up paninis, and continued to look excellent in green.

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Skyward Story Talks New Album and New Love

The Baltimore-based band prepare to release 'Reborn' on January 18th.

Skyward Story is a pop rock trio from Baltimore with an infectious, upbeat boy band sound. Their music and look has an intentionally 2000's vibe, bringing back memories of long teenage summer nights listening to bands like Blink-182 and NSYNC.

The group originally gained a following under the name 3PM, selling over 25,000 copies of their album "Slow Me Down." During their time with the Warped Tour, "Slow Me Down" peaked on the Billboard charts at #27 Top Rock Albums, #2 National Heatseekers, #18 Alternative, and #19 Independent. But soon the group decided it was time to experiment with a new style, and to do so, they turned to Aaron O'Connor, a talented singer they found on vine who now serves as lead vocalist for the group.

As Skyward Story, the trio has worked tirelessly to bring fans new music. With their highly anticipated album, Reborn, set to be released on January 18th, the band just released the first new single off the album, "Trading Secrets." They stopped by the Popdust offices to talk with Popdust's own Brent Butler about their development as a band, the upcoming album, and financial insider info.

After the interview, Brent subjected the band members to the unpredictable questions from the magic box. Among other things, we learned that Aaron O'Connor likes the smell of thrift stores, Scott Montgomery is really good at fractions, and Brandon Millman is tired of golden retrievers.

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