Charice tries US teen pop market
Charice Pempengco has admitted she is worried if she can make it big in the American teen pop market.
The teenage singer, who found fame after clips of her on YouTube were discovered two years ago and she was invited to sing on Ellen and Oprah Winfrey, said being from the Phillippines may hinder her chances of superstardom.
The 18-year-old, who has now worked with the likes of producer Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic on her new record, said: "It's really, really hard. There's a lot of great pop stars here. They're all talented. I don't know if Americans are going to love me because I'm from another country."
The star, who sang on Oprah for the fourth time this week, said she wanted to attract a teen audience despite being compared to Celine Dion and Whitney Houston.
"I've been singing big songs, and this is the actually the first time they are going to hear me sing Justin Bieber-type of songs, Miley Cyrus-type of songs," she said. "I'm just excited for all the teenagers to hear my album."
The album's first single is Pyramid, featuring singer Iyaz.
"I just thought like, teenagers are falling in love, they love this very catchy and very romantic words from all these young artists," Charice said. "That's why I thought that this album ... they are gonna love it, all the lyrics, all the melody and all the music."