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Here's What Album Release Day Is Like If You're A Pop Star

Ever wonder what it's really like to be a pop star? BuzzFeed Music followed singer Tori Kelly around as she promoted her debut album, Unbreakable Smile, to find out.

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After 10 years in the music industry, she finally released her debut album, Unbreakable Smile, earlier this week. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter struggled to gain traction on competition reality shows before turning to the web, where she built a fanbase around her steely optimism and larger-than-life vocals.

She signed with Capitol records in 2013 and now, two years later, she’s closing in on a top five debut with an album worthy of her talents. A mix of brassy pop anthems and soulful, R&B-inflected ballads, Unbreakable Smile is a charming ‘90s throwback that will appeal to anyone who misses when divas were defined by their voices.

On Tuesday, she released her debut album, Unbreakable Smile. It was a big day and BuzzFeed Music accompanied her to a series of interviews and acoustic sets to document what it's really like to be pop star on the rise.

5:00 a.m. — Wake-up for glam and a quick iTunes check.

If you're lucky, you'll get a moment like this one.

6:00 a.m. — Take a quick moment for yourself to let everything sink in.

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There won't be time for one later.


7:00 a.m. — Leave the hotel and get ready for a busy morning of radio interviews.

8:15 a.m. — Sit down for an interview with Z100's Elvis Duran.

If you're managed by Scooter Braun, he might join the interview with the intent to make you cry on camera.

8:50 a.m. — The first of many live performances.

You choose a Sam Smith song because you opened for him early in your career and he once cried listening to your music.

9:00 a.m. — Sit down for a second live performance, this time for iHeartRadio.

11:30 a.m. — Get recognized on the street!

12:00 p.m. — Make your way to MTV.

12:30 p.m. — It's time for the third acoustic set of the day.

1:00 p.m. — Answer fan questions on Twitter.

this is awesome. i’m running the @iheartradio twitter account! tweet your questions to #ihearttorikelly


2:58 p.m. — Check your follower count on Instagram.

Who knows, maybe you'll hit a million followers on the same day you release your debut album...

4:45 p.m. — You have a show tonight, so it's time to head to the venue to get ready.

You'll walk by a crowd of girls who have been waiting outside in the heat for hours just to see you.

5:00 p.m. — Fans assemble inside for a special album listening party.

5:20 p.m. — You get to talk about that time you wrote a song with Ed Sheeran.

It's titled "I Was Made For Loving You" and it's a total crowd-pleaser.


5:50 p.m. — Pose for photos with fans at a pre-show meet and greet.


7:08 p.m. — Give your opening act some love on social media.

yessss i can hear @gavinjames killing it right now!! NEW YORK ITS TIME

8:00 p.m. — Have tea backstage with two lucky fans before your set.

10:30 p.m. — At the end of a long day, what's better than the sound of a massive crowd?