There aren’t many pop star interviews the place you may open with the query: “Do you continue to practise Shotokan?”

However Anne-Marie, other than being extraordinarily sizzling musical property proper now, is a triple world champion within the model of Japanese karate.

“I nonetheless adore it a lot and it is such an enormous a part of who I’m,” the singer tells the BBC forward of her look at BST Hyde Park on Sunday.

However, she provides: “I haven’t got time to even sleep in the meanwhile, so not a lot time to practise, however one other factor is my trainer is in Essex, so it is about each time I can get again dwelling as effectively.”

It is simple to grasp why the 26-year-old would not have a lot spare time in the meanwhile. She’s been slightly busy touring, recording and topping the Christmas chart with Clear Bandit.

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The singer’s love of Shotokan and her music profession have even crossed paths alongside the way in which – she confirmed off her strikes within the 2015 video for her single Karate, and nonetheless recurrently sings its praises.

“Even simply as part of rising up I feel it actually helped me in my character and the way in which I used to be and handled conditions, it is such an enormous a part of self-discipline, I feel it was the very first thing I actually devoted myself to.

“And it taught me lots about sticking with one thing and actually attempting laborious and dealing for it, which is a superb lesson for what I am doing now, as a result of it’s so a lot laborious work, and it is truly taught me learn how to love doing that.”

Anne-Marie will share a stage with Martin Garrix, Tove Lo and Naughty Boy on Sunday afternoon as one of many assist acts for Justin Bieber’s Hyde Park present.

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Anne-Marrie will play BST alongside Justin Bieber and Tove Lo

“I feel [Bieber’s] actually cool, to be an artist from that younger an age you have to have one thing particular, and his new music is nice,” she says.

Anne-Marie might not have reached Bieber-esque ranges of fame but – however she’s definitely heading that approach.

Since topping the charts for 9 weeks in December because the vocalist on Clear Bandit’s Rockabye, she has continued construct up her personal repertoire as a solo artist.

In February, her single Ciao Adios – a track nonetheless inconceivable to flee or get out of your head months later – reached quantity 9. It was her first single as a soloist to interrupt into the highest 10.

So, when can followers count on the album?

“I am such an impatient individual, I’ve wished to get the album out since final 12 months,” Anne-Marie says.

“However fortunately I did not as a result of I have been capable of write so many extra songs with nice producers that I hadn’t met earlier than.”

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Anne-Marie’s Ciao Adios reached quantity 9 in February

“I selected my subsequent single this week which is thrilling, and proper now I am simply pondering of the movement of the singles and all of them connecting with one another, and when the time is true then we’ll launch the beast.”

Requested if there are any additional artists she desires to collaborate with, she rapidly replies: “Eminem. He is an enormous one.

“Additionally Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, I clearly love rappers. And Alanis Morissette I feel she’s considered one of my greatest inspirations. And Pink. I feel it would be actually cool to collaborate with one other feminine singer.”

She additionally hasn’t dominated out making an attempt a return to the festive charts, however provides jokingly: “I feel the subsequent track I attempt to get to Christmas primary will simply be me by myself!”

Away from the microphone, Anne-Marie has been steadily constructing a social media following, and utilizing her platform to advertise optimistic messages about physique picture to her tons of of hundreds of followers.

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“I all the time attempt to put out posts on social media about feeling good inside, and there is a lot stress for individuals to look a sure approach and have a sure coiffure or a sure lipstick.

“I simply really feel not many individuals hear that you need to really feel good inside and really feel blissful inside your soul, as an alternative of needing to look a sure approach, so I all the time attempt to speak to individuals about that.”

There’s little doubt the singer has an thrilling time forward as she gears up for the discharge of the album – an prospect she’s totally embracing.

“I feel what’s stunned me concerning the music business is that you simply by no means know what is going on to occur. I’ve needed to educate myself that, as a result of I like to know every part, I am fairly a management freak relating to stuff like that,” she says.

“However you by no means know what is going on to occur so I am all the time stunned, and I’ve come to grasp that that is truly an excellent factor.”

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