Chlöe Says Her Debut Album Is "Wayyy Too Hot to Handle"

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 15: Chloe Bailey attends the 2022 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 15, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 15: Chloe Bailey attends the 2022 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 15, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Chlöe has been on fire in the recording studio, turning up the heat with hits like "Have Mercy" - her first solo single - and "Treat Me," which have earned her a top spot on our summer playlists. Since she first teased her debut solo album in 2021, Chlöe has been hard at work perfecting her personal sound - but not without teasing the project on social media. It's "wayyy too hot to handle," she tells POPSUGAR.

The untitled album, which has been in the works since 2019, will be Chlöe's first release since "Ungodly Hour," her second studio album as one half of music duo Chloe x Halle with her sister, Halle Bailey. "I put a pause on it so my sister and I could promote 'Ungodly Hour,' but in between, I was in my bedroom creating at night," she told Billboard in August 2021. "I'd be making my own beats and working on songs and ideas for this project that I knew would come - I just didn't know when." The album captures Chlöe's individuality and is meant to inspire listeners with the idea they they can be themselves "completely and unapologetically, no matter what the world says."

Chlöe has remained tight-lipped about the album's release date, artist collaborations, and the full track list, but as fans get more hyped for the upcoming album, she's bringing the heat in an unexpectedly saucy way.

"I've been filming and in the studio so far all summer."

Inspired by her hot streak in the studio, Chlöe recently partnered with DoorDash to create her own custom hot sauce: a smoky - and slightly sweet - blend of of tomato, chili sauce, ghost peppers, peri-peri, and cayenne peppers. While the "Make 'Em Sweat" sauce is exclusively available to DashPass members via the DoorDash app beginning June 9, her new album will be up for grabs for everyone when it drops this year. "It's definitely Make 'Em Sweat-level spicy!" she says about the album.

Like her music, the hot sauce packs a punch, and it's inspired by "who I am as an artist and person - bold and fiery, with a sweet undertone." "I'm from the South, so I grew up with a family that loves to cook amazing food and loves to pack on the heat," Chlöe says of her childhood in Georgia. "I could eat hot sauce with almost anything. In fact, I've carried little packs of hot sauce in my handbags to have in handy for when I eat on the go."

It's also vegan, which means that the sauce pairs perfectly with Chlöe's favorite postrecording snack: Cauliflower Popcorn "Chicken." While "chicken" is her go-to, she also recommends adding a dab of the sauce to "everything from watermelon to plant-based chicken nuggets" - and even ice cream. "It was fire!" she says of the sweet-and-spicy combo.

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In addition to bringing the heat in the recording studio and doing spicy collabs, Chlöe is playing the role of Izzy in Sabrina Jaglom's upcoming thriller, "Jane" - the story of two high-school seniors whose lives fall into a downward spiral after they embark on a social media rampage. Details about the project remain sparse, but Chlöe did reveal that she and costar Madelaine Petsch "were filming in a freezing pool for the entire day." "I've been filming and in the studio so far all summer, so I haven't even had a chance to switch to hot-girl summer yet," she says. "But when I get there, you know it will be spicy!"

Between her new hot sauce, her upcoming movie, and the debut solo album we've all been waiting for, it looks like Chlöe is ready to make us sweat all summer long.