Burna Boy announces summer 2022 tour

Burna Boy announces summer 2022 tour
The newly revealed schedule starts in mid-July, two weeks after the slated release of his sixth studio LP, Love, Damini.

By Raphael Helfand

May 16, 2022

Photo by Emmanuel Agbeble.

 

Burna Boy has announced his touring plans for summer 2022, revealing a short nine-date run in the second half of July. The tour will support the Nigerian superstar’s sixth studio LP, Love, Damini, set to drop at 7 p.m. EDT on June 30 in celebration of his 31st birthday, which falls on a Saturday (July 2).

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Starting July 17 in Bridgetown, Barbados at the Tipsy All White Beach Party, Burna will then play six U.S. shows and perform at Montreal’s Osheaga Festival on the 30th and closing out the run at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on the 31st. View all nine dates below. Citi cardmembers will have access to an exclusive presale starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT and ending Thursday at the same time. The general sale for all shows will start Friday at noon local time.

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Late last month, Burna made history when he became the first Nigerian artist to headline a sold out show at Madison Square Garden. The event, titled “One Night In Space,” was a unique, standalone performance, setting the bar high for his upcoming July trek.

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Love, Damini Tour

July 17 – Bridgetown, BB – Tipsy All White Beach Party (Festival)
July 21 – Detroit, MI – Aretha Franklin Amphitheater
July 22 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory
July 23 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion
July 24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
July 27 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
July 29 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion
July 30 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga (Festival)
July 31 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena

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Burna Boy samples Toni Braxton on Love, Damini song “Last Last”

Burna Boy samples Toni Braxton on Love, Damini song “Last Last”
The Nigerian artist will release his next album in June.

By David Renshaw

May 13, 2022

Burna Boy has shared new song, “Last Last.” The song samples Toni Braxton’s 2000 single “He Wasn’t Man Enough” and will appear on Burna Boy’s forthcoming album Love, Damini. The album will be released on the Nigerian artist’s 31st birthday with press materials confirming the precise time of 7p.m. eastern on June 30 as to when it will hit streaming services.

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Speaking about the new album in a recent Billboard interview, Burna Boy said: “It’s a bit personal [because] it’s bringing you into my head on my birthday — when you turn 31 and ain’t got no kids, everything is going good and bad at the same time. You reflect and then you get as lit as possible. Then you sleep and wake up and reflect again. I’m reflecting on everything — what I’m doing and what’s happening where I’m from. Where I’m from is a part of where I’m going.”

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Check out the Burna Boy-directed “Last Last” video below.

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Burna Boy announces new album Love, Damini

Burna Boy announces new album Love, Damini
The Nigerian megastar will share his sixth studio LP on July 2 in celebration of his 31st birthday.

By Raphael Helfand

April 29, 2022

Burna Boy performs at sold-out “One Night In Space” concert on Thursday in Madison Square Garden. Photo by Emmanuel Agbeble
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Last night, Burna Boy became the first Nigerian to headline a sold out show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Today, with the roar of a 20,000-strong crowd still ringing in his ears, he’s shared plans to release a new album in celebration of his 31st birthday. Love, Damini, due out July 2 via Atlantic Records, will be his sixth studio LP, following 2020’s Twice As Tall in his ever-expanding catalog.

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Burna’s most recent efforts have included joint singles with Polo G and WizKid, released in October and December, respectively, and a featured verse on legendary Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo‘s February track, “Do Yourself.” On May 15th, he’ll perform at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

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Pre-save Love, Damini here.

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Burna Boy will livestream his Madison Square Garden show on YouTube

Burna Boy will livestream his Madison Square Garden show on YouTube
The “One Night In Space” concert airs Thursday, April 28 at 9 p.m.

By Jordan Darville

April 26, 2022

Burna Boy. Photo via Atlantic Records

 

In addition to being the first Nigerian artist ever to headline Madison Square Garden, Burna Boy managed to sell out the April 28 concert. Perhaps that’s not such a surprise after he won the Best Global Music Album award for 2021’s Twice As Tall (2022 saw three nominations), but if you’re one of the disappointed fans who didn’t secure a ticket, Burna Boy will livestream the entire concert on YouTube. The stream begins blow at 9 p.m. EST on April 28.

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Both in-person attendees and livestream viewers will have the chance to purchase special merchandise made to celebrate the concert. The shirts, hoodies, crewnecks, and totes will range from $25 to $100, and you can purchase them here starting at 6 p.m. on April 28.

In the past year, Burna Boy has released a string of solo songs and collaborations. He teamed up with Headie One for “Siberia,” Polo G on “Want It All,” WizKid on “B. D’OR,” and Angélique Kidjo on “Do Yourself.” Solo, he’s shared “Kilometre,” and “Question.”

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Angélique Kidjo shares “Do Yourself” music video featuring Burna Boy

Angélique Kidjo shares “Do Yourself” music video featuring Burna Boy
The song appears on Kidjo’s Grammy-nominated album Mother Nature.

By Jordan Darville

February 10, 2022

(L) Photo by Fabrice Mabillot. (R) Burna Boy. Photo via Atlantic Records

 

Beninese artist and overall cultural titan Angélique Kidjo released her 17th studio album Mother Nature last year, and the project is up for three Grammys this year. Kidjo is nominated in the Best Global Music Album category and has two nods for Best Global Music Performance for “Gwenu” and “Do Yourself.” The latter, Burna Boy-featuring track has a brand new music video, out today.

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While a song about grit and self-determination, “Do Yourself” offers a music video that plays up the song’s jolly, grin-inducing vibe. Burna Boy dances in front of a store with a full band while Kidjo sings with some dancers in a studio. The two never meet in the same space (other than for one quick digital effect-created appearance) and that’s kind of a shame, considering the chemistry they have on the track. Watch below:

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“With Burna Boy, we have written the anthem for a new Africa—laced with modernity, beauty, and energy. We revere Africa because she is the birthplace of all humanity,” Kidjo said in a press statement. “We won’t let her fall apart, we know she is strong like metal and steel. A long time ago we learned that if you want Africa to change, you have to do it yourself!”

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Burna Boy and WizKid practice boat safety in “B. D’Or” video

Burna Boy and WizKid practice boat safety in “B. D’Or” video
The visual treatment for the duo’s December hit has arrived.

By Raphael Helfand

January 07, 2022

Photo by Yusuf Sanni.

 

Burna Boy and WizKid have shared a new, nautical video for their December smash hit, “B. D’Or.” The video follows last month’s announcement that Burna Boy will become the first Nigerian to headline a show at Madison Square Garden, the sold-out One Night In Space.

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“B. D’Or” may be inspired by men’s soccer’s highest honor, but its video is set on the high seas, on a yacht that’s big enough for a party but not a pitch. Burna and Wiz set sail with a scantily clad crew and what looks like dozens of champagne bottles, but they wisely wear matching, black-and-green life vests to stay afloat in case of emergency. Watch below.

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Burna Boy and Wizkid celebrate at the top on “B. D’OR”

Burna Boy and Wizkid celebrate at the top on “B. D’OR”
The Nigerian pop stars continue their collaborative hot streak.

By Raphael Helfand

December 14, 2021

Photo by Yusuf Sanni.

 

Burna Boy and Wizkid have teamed up again for a new track titled “B. D’OR.” The pair have collaborated frequently on their respective rises to Afropop’s highest echelon, most notably on Wizkid’s hit single “Ginger” back in January. More recently, they co-headlined Sacramento’s Lost In Riddim festival in October.

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This time, it’s Wiz who hops on Burna’s track, adding a slick verse to an already-strong cut. The song’s title refers to the Ballon D’Or, the most presitgious prize a player can receive in men’s soccer. Wiz and Burna slide over taut strings and liquid percussion, passing language back and forth like two pros on a pitch. Especially fun is the use of “penkelemesi” — the Yorubanisation of the phrase “pecular mess,” coined by Adegoke Adelabu, a prominent Nigerian politician in the ’50s — in conjunction with “Oh, Lord of mercy” and “dey call me Messi.”

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On April 28, 2022, Burna Boy will become the first Nigerian to headline a show at Madison Square Garden: One Night In Space has already sold out.

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Listen to “B. D’OR” below.

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Burna Boy’s “Ye” Certified Gold In The US

Burna Boy is celebrating another milestone as his latest single, “Ye”, has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The news of the Grammy award-winning artist’s latest achievement was celebrated by his mother, Mrs. Bose Ogulu, on her Instagram account @thenamix. Mrs. Bose, who is also her son’s manager, shared a photo of herself and her son as he smiled while looking at her.

She said in her caption, “Just took the door off its hinges, Outside is the best place to be. Ye certified Gold in the USA. Steady counting still.”

Burna Boy also noted the achievement as he said, “‘YE’ off the OUTSIDE album is Gold. I’m thankful for the love and support, we go again.”

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The single, which is distributed under Atlantic Records, was certified Gold on May 3, 2021. Two years after its release on August 6, 2018, the song continues to be one of the biggest hits on the party scene. The song peaked at NO. 26 on Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip Hop chart after release and also won Song of the Year and Listener’s Choice at the 2019 Soundity MVP Awards Festival in Africa.

So far, half a million certified units have been sold, and over on YouTube, the song has racked up more than 137 million views on Burna Boy’s official account.

It’s been a good year for the artist who performed “Ye” at the 2021 Grammy’s, where he also won his first Grammy award for Best Global Music Album for Twice as Tall. The album is his fifth studio album by the Nigerian artist.

Burna Boy’s achievement joins a list growing list of talented Nigerian artists making big on the global stage. Among those who have made a mark are Davido, with “if” and “fall” and Wizkid with “Come Closer.”

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Burna Boy shares new single “Kilometre”

Burna Boy shares new single “Kilometre”
The Nigerian artist returns after winning a Grammy for his 2020 album Twice As Tall.

By Jordan Darville

April 29, 2021

Burna Boy has spent 2020 promoting his Grammy-winning 2020 album Twice As Tall as well as featuring on new tracks from WizKid and Headie One, but today he’s returning with his first solo single of the year, “Kilometre.” Given his successes over the past 12 months, it’s not too surprising that Burna is in a celebratory mood on his new track, another rich fusion of dancehall, reggae, and Afrobeats that’s best experienced blasted at the loudest volume in the largest penthouse suite. Listen above.

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The 2021 Brit Awards nominees are here

The 2021 Brit Awards nominees are here
The winners will be revealed on May 11.

By Jordan Darville

March 31, 2021

Arlo Parks. Photo by Alex Kurunis.

 

The nominees for the 2021 Brit Awards have arrived. This year’s slate sees a boost in female and nonwhite representation, as The Guardian points out: artists with three nominations in 2021 include pop megastar Dua Lipa, recent GEN F subject Arlo Parks, drill M.C. Headie One, and Celeste, winner of the BBC Sound of 2020 poll and the artist behind the accomplished soul album Not Your Muse. Nominations were also handed out to Burna Boy (for International Male Solo Act), BTS (International Group) and Cardi B (International Female Solo Act).

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The Brit Awards was recently the subject of an eligibility controversy spearheaded by Japanese-British pop musician Rina Sawayama. The artist said her debut album Sawayama was ineligible for the Brit Awards due to residency requirements — Sawayama is not a British citizen but has lived in the country since she was a child. Following public pressure from the #SawayamaIsBritish Twitter campaign, the British Phonographic Industry announced updates to the eligibility requirements for both the Brit Awards and the Mercury Music Prize to include artists who have lived in the United Kingdom for at least five years.

Check out the full list of nominees below. The 2021 BRit Awards will be broadcast on May 11.

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Male Solo Artist

AJ Tracey
Headie One
J Hus
Joel Corry
Yungblud

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Female Solo Artist

Arlo Parks
Celeste
Dua Lipa
Jessie Ware
Lianne La Havas

British Single

“Don’t Need Love” — 220 Kid & Gracey
“Rain” — Aitch & AJ Tracey ft Tae Keith
“Physical” — Dua Lipa
“Watermelon Sugar” — Harry Styles
“Ain’t It Different” — Headie One ft AJ Tracey & Stormzy
“Head & Heart” — Joel Corry ft MNEK
“Lighter” — Nathan Dawe ft KSI
“Secrets” — Regard & Raye
“Rover” — Simba ft DTG
“Don’t Rush” — Young T & Bugsey ft Headie One

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British Group

Bicep
Biffy Clyro
Little Mix
The 1975
Young T & Bugsey

Breakthrough Artist

Arlo Parks
Bicep
Celeste
Joel Corry
Young T & Bugsey

International Group

BTS
Fontaines D.C.
Foo Fighters
Haim
Run The Jewels

International Female Solo Act

Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Miley Cyrus
Taylor Swift

International Male Solo Act

Bruce Springsteen
Burna Boy
Childish Gambino
Tame Impala
The Weekend

Mastercard Album of the Year

Collapsed In Sunbeams — Arlo Parks
Not Your Muse — Celeste
Future Nostalgia — Dua Lipa
Big Conspiracy — J Hus
What’s Your Pleasure — Jessie Ware

Justin Bieber lands eighth No. 1 album with Justice

Justin Bieber lands eighth No. 1 album with Justice
The album pulled in 154,000 equivalent units.

By Sajae Elder

March 29, 2021

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Justin Bieber’s latest album Justice debuted in the top spot on the Billboard 200, marking the singer’s eighth No. 1 on the chart, according to Billboard.

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The album, which dropped on March 19, pulled in 154,000 equivalent album units, with 30,000 in pure sales making it the second-biggest debut of the year. The feat also makes Justin the youngest solo artist with eight No. 1 albums.

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Justice boasts features from Daniel Ceaser and Giveon, who both appear on the project’s newest single “Peaches,” Chance the Rapper, Burna Boy, and more. Only a week after its release, the singer also shared a deluxe version of the album with six new songs and appearances by DaBaby, Lil Uzi Vert, Quavo, and more.

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Justin Bieber Releases 6th Studio Album “Justice” With A Powerful Message

Justin Bieber has released his sixth studio album, Justice.

The new Justin Bieber album is now available after months of the singer teasing its singles. The 16-track project titled Justice features guest appearances from the likes of Chance The Rapper, Burna Boy, Khalid, and more. Justin first mentioned Justice in the thick of the racial unrest and police brutality that plagued 2020.

The singer revealed that he hopes to bring some healing with his upcoming album. “In a time when there’s so much wrong with this broken planet, we all crave healing-and justice-for humanity,” Justin said. “In creating this album, my goal is to make music that will provide comfort; to make songs that people can relate to, and connect to, so they feel less alone. Suffering, injustice and pain can leave people feeling helpless.”

Justice has already spawned a number of hits, including “Holy” with Chance The Rapper. “Peaches” with Daniel Caesar and GIVE?N is also already a favorite which Justin released a new music video for when the album was released on Friday. He also gave a riveting performance of the track during his recent session on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

Justin earned his second Grammy this year for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for his song “10,000 Hours” with Dan + Shay. Justice follows his fifth studio album Changes, which was also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Koffee & Di Genius Tastes Grammy Wins On John Lengend’s “Bigger Love”

The people hailing from the musical island of Jamaica had a whole lot to be smiling about on Sunday night when entertainers from the region walked away with a combined lot of awards at the 63rd Annual Grammys.

Naturally, the most talked-about win came from the Best Reggae Album category, where Toots and the Maytals walked away with the coveted win. Their album “Got To Be Tough” was released in August 2020, only weeks before the passing of the group’s leader Toots Hibbert. The project topped the category despite competitions from Higher Place by Skip Marley, Upside Down by Buju Banton, It All Comes Back To Love by Maxi Priest, and One World by The Wailers.

Jamaica also secured a win in the r&b category through John Legend’s album “Bigger Love.” The album was released at the heights of the Covid-19 pandemic and featured work from both Jamaican stars Koffee and producer Di Genius. Koffee found her spot on track number 12, “Don’t Walk Away,” which was produced by Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor. Along with track 12, he also copped producer credits for the album’s title track, “Bigger Love.”

In 2020, Koffee broke barriers when she became the only female and the youngest person to win in the category of Best Reggae Album for her debut EP, Rapture. She is now able to add yet another notch to her belt. While Koffee has remained tight-lipped about the recent accomplishment, Di Genius took to social media to revel in the success.

“Another Win. Super grateful to be a part of this amazing, now Grammy award winning album! Big congrats to the Legend @johnlegend and to everyone involved! To more wins!” He wrote on Instagram. Much like Koffee, this wasn’t Di Genius’ first run at the Grammys.

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The decorated producer has secured wins via Damian’ Jr Gong’ Marley’s Stony Hill (Best Reggae Album), and Shakira’s El Dorado (Best Latin Pop Album), both in 2017. The latter also won in the category of Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album at Latin Grammy Award that year. He has also had numerous other collaborations with other entertainers, including Drake, Mali Music, and Burna Boy.

Both Koffee and Di Genius have been teasing new music. The 21-year-old reggae crooner is currently preparing her debut album, which could mean yet another win is the stars are indeed aligned. The producer recently released “Rotate” by Burna Boy and Becky G.

Koffee Says Her Sophomore Album, “will be really awesome”

Grammy award-winning artiste Koffee is getting ready to drop her sophomore debut album.

The young dancehall hitmaker, who became the first woman and youngest artiste to win the Best Reggae Album, hinted that her album “will be really awesome.” Many would agree that Koffee has her unique signature sound, which has led to her tracks being loved by many, including the former President of the United States, Barrack Obama. In an interview recently with Rolling Stone, the 21-year-old songstress detailed just what she is planning to bring to the table this time around.

“I want to speak of a solution and of a way that we can come together and get along, even when things are going wrong,” Koffee told the publication.

Preaching a message of unity, love, and togetherness, she further said, “Positivity is definitely a theme. It will be a very interesting twist for people who knew my music before, and also for people who will discover me. I think it will be really awesome.”

Even as the artiste gets ready to release her album, she is getting nominated for more awards. Earlier this month, she was among three reggae artistes who were nominated for the 52nd NAACP Image Award, which is organized by the US-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She was nominated in the categories of Outstanding International Collaborations for the track “Pressure,” which was remixed by Buju Banton. The Spanish Town native was also nominated for her summer banger “Lockdown.”

Although the pandemic has put a damper on some of the performances she was slated for last year, she seems to have put her focus on producing more music. Last year she detailed her work on the upcoming album and an interview, she said: “I am doing a little camp right now, that’s just me and some musicians and producers and a few artistes. We just a build a vibes, seeing where that vibe takes us, and hopefully we create magic,” she said in an interview.

As we await the drop of her album, there have been speculations that it could feature Nigerian singer Burna Boy after they were spotted in the studio last February. Koffee has previously worked with rapper Gunna, so there is a possibility of even more international entertainers working on the project. There is also little detail on the exact time of release, although some have speculated that it could be this summer. Until then, we wait to see what the twist will be.

Watch Sia and Burna Boy’s animated video for “Hey Boy”

Watch Sia and Burna Boy’s animated video for “Hey Boy”
The song will appear on the soundtrack to Sia’s directorial debut film Music.

By Sajae Elder

January 14, 2021

Sia shared the animated visuals for her new collaboration with Burna Boy, “Hey Boy,” on Thursday. The colorful clip sees a cartoon Sia as a Jessica Rabbit-like siren, performing for an audience that happens to include an overly excited wolf and Burna Boy alongside zebra-striped backup dancers.

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The song will appear on Sia’s upcoming album, Music – Songs From and Inspired by the Motion Picture, dropping on February 12th. Along with being the singer’s eighth studio album, it will also serve as the soundtrack for her directorial debut, Music, starring dancer and frequent collaborator Maddie Ziegler, Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr.

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Sia’s last album, This is Acting dropped back in 2016, while Burna Boy’s Twice as Tall (No. 23 on our Best Albums of 2020 list) dropped last year.

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Burna Boy captures righteous rage and grief for Lekki shooting victims on “20 10 20”

Burna Boy captures righteous rage and grief for Lekki shooting victims on “20 10 20”
“The proceeds of this song will be used to support families of victims and people suffering affliction as a result of the Lekki shootings.”

By Sajae Elder

October 30, 2020

Burna Boy has shared a new song, “20 10 20,” to speak to the frustration and grief surrounding continued #EndSARS protests across Nigeria and the diaspora.

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The song is dedicated to the victims of the Lekki massacre in Lagos. On October 20, military forces in Lekki, a suburb of Lagos, fired into a crowd of peaceful protestors, reportedly killing 12 people. The Nigerian army dismissed the reports as “fake news,” despite “credible reports” of fatalities received by Amnesty International.

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With production by The Elements, the track finds Burna addressing political and social injustice. “Water runaway my eye/Nothing wey you go talk wey go justify the case of their murder,” he says on the track.

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“The proceeds of this song will be used to support families of victims and people suffering affliction as a result of the Lekki shootings,” Burna said in a statement about the track. “May the heavens open and celebrate all our fallen heroes who have died for this movement from the very beginning. Rest in peace to all the beautiful lives lost.”

Listen to “20 10 20” above.

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Burna Boy connects with Stormzy on “Real Life”

Burna Boy connects with Stormzy on “Real Life”
The track is the third single from Twice As Tall.

By Sajae Elder

October 02, 2020

Burna Boy shared the visuals for his latest single, “Real Life” featuring rapper Stormzy, on Friday. The track serves as the third single from Burna’s album Twice As Tall, which dropped back in August.

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In the emotional, Meji Aladi-directed clip, a community grapples with the realities of crime as well as perceptions of themselves and the world around them. It’s a sobering take that shows how many different lives are touched after a tragic incident.

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The video’s release coincides with the release of Burna’s comic book, The Secret Flame, which “follows Burna Boy through a spiritual journey of discovering oneself while highlighting the very moments that brought him to where he’s standing tall today.” The comic book can be purchased here.

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The 7 new albums you should stream right now

The 7 new albums you should stream right now
New music from 03 Greedo, Burna Boy, Kathleen Edwards and more.

By Jordan Darville

August 14, 2020

(L) photo by G L Askew II for The FADER (M) photo via Dualtone Records (R) photo by Nicolas Gerardin

 

Burna Boy, Twice As Tall

Global superstardom is at the Nigerian artist’s doorstep thanks to hard work and nods from other artists like Drake. His skill at blending Afropop, dancehall, and hip-hop doesn’t hurt, either. Twice As Tall is executive produced by Diddy, and features Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Stormzy, Youssou N’dour, and more.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

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03 Greedo & Ron Ron, Load It Up Vol. 01

The latest album from 03 Greedo was recorded as he was evading law enforcement in 2016, who sought the California rapper on drug trafficking charges, as well as rivals who shot up his house. “I was pulling up [to the studio] with the glocks and the choppers every day,” he explains on the intro to Load It Up, his latest album and collaboration with producer Ron Ron. “I knew I had to protect myself while securing the bag.” This injection of dramatic stakes gives the music a rare degree of urgency, but it’s no fig leaf — 03 Greedo knows how to make you hang on every lyric, sing-rapping about violence, luxury, and sex with vivid clarity. Key Glock, Sada Baby, Chief Keef, and more all feature.

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Kathleen Edwards, Total Freedom

The quietly beloved Canadian singer-songwriter returns with her first album in eight years. If you’re interested in anything that can be approximated as “indie rock music,” you owe it to yourself to give Total Freedom a spin.

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Black Noi$e, Oblivion

Oblivion, the second album from Detroit producer Black Noi$e, is the first non-Earl Sweatshirt album to be released on the rapper’s label Tan Cressida. His sound is akin to a blend of J Dilla and Clams Casino, and the rappers and singers chosen to vibe over the beats are A1: Danny Brown, bbymutha, Pink Siifu, Liv.e, Duendita, MIKE, and Earl Sweatshirt himself all feature.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

Whitney, Candid

The Chicago indie band’s latest album is a series of covers. New renditions of Kelela, David Byrne & Brian Eno, John Denver, and more. “When we were thinking of ways to change a song,” Whitney’s Max Kakacek recently told The FADER, “we would take on the role of being a studio band for a second, just to get out of our own heads,”

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music | Bandcamp

Dave East, Karma 3

The classically trained, smoky-voiced New York MC returns with the third installment of his Karma series. Featured artists include Popcaan, Young Dolph, Mary J Blige, A Boogie, Trouble, and more.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

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Young Dolph, Rich Slave

After scoring a hit with Dum and Dummer, his 2019 collaboration with his protégée Key Glock, Young Dolph takes a victory lap in a foreign with his new solo album Rich Slave. It’s safe to say that the game has missed his unique yelps and unmatched ability to backend bars with syllables and make it look tailored. Megan Thee Stallion, Key Glock, and G Herbo feature.

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Burna Boy shares details about new album, Twice as Tall

Burna Boy shares details about new album, Twice as Tall
The album, due on August 14, will feature Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Stormzy, and more.

By Sajae Elder

August 10, 2020

Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music.

 

Burna Boy‘s upcoming album Twice As Tall is set to arrive on August 14, and details about the project continue to emerge, including a full tracklist.

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Recorded mainly in Lagos, Nigeria over the last few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15-track album will be executive produced by Diddy, Bosede Ogulu, and Burna himself. Boasting features including Chris Martin, Stormzy, Youssou N’Dour, and Naughty by Nature, producers on the project include Timbaland, Mike Dean, and more.

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Last month, Burna dropped “Wonderful,” the first single and video from the album.

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Check out the tracklist below.

1 Level Up (Twice as Tall) [ft. Youssou N’Dour]

2 Alarm Clock

3 Way Too Big

4 Bebo

5 Wonderful

6 Onyeka (Baby)

7 Naughty By Nature [ft. Naughty By Nature]

8 Comma

9 No Fit Vex

10 23

11 Time Flies [ft. Sauti Sol]

12 Monsters You Made [ft. Chris Martin]

13 Wetin Dey Sup

14 Real Life [ft. Stormzy]

15 Bank on It

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Pop Smoke’s estate releases deluxe Shoot for the Stars… featuring Young Thug, Burna Boy and more

Pop Smoke’s estate releases deluxe Shoot for the Stars… featuring Young Thug, Burna Boy and more
The No.1 album now comes with 15 additional tracks.

By David Renshaw

July 20, 2020

Pop Smoke

 

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Pop Smoke‘s posthumous debut album Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon was released on July 3 and promptly went to No.1, giving the late rapper his first chart topping album. Today, July 20, the deluxe edition of the album arrives with 15 additional tracks and guest spots from artists including Fivio Foreign and Jamie Foxx.

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Among the new tracks is “Paranoia,” featuring Young Thug and Gunna. A leaked version of the song included an additonal verse from Pusha-T but he does not appear on the official version.

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Pop Smoke was shot and killed on February 19, age 20, during a home invasion in the Hollywood Hills. Earlier this month four people were charged in connection with the rapper’s murder. Read The FADER’s memorial to the fallen N.Y.C. rapper here.

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Major Lazer – All My Life Lyrics

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Major Lazer, Burna Boy and Major Lazer
Major Lazer

[Verse 1]
How I me do
Pick up the package dawg
This a military ting like I come from Afghanistan
Dressed in camouflage
Before I turned 21 I was already savage dawg
I tell ya yeah, pull up in a foreign whip, foreign girl ah me passenger
Let ’em have it dawg
Call up my manager
They can pay for the damages

[Pre-Chorus]
I hope you’re listening
Inna me yard and the gyal dem ah visiting
Eh
Snapchat dem ah video
I say which kind level be this o
My people work, so we get to chop
Many things they happen wey we never talk
Me I no dey talk cause you know say I be boss
I just want the weed and the girls of course

[Chorus]
I’ve been waiting all my life for this type of vibe
Wanna see a million lights, light up my life
I’ve been waiting all my life for this type of vibe
Wanna see a million lights, light up my life

[Post-Chorus]
When girls come I no wan sit down Mo ma n gbadu awon Omo, Gidi gan gan
When girls come I no wan sit down Mo ma n gbadu awon Omo, Gidi gan gan

[Verse 2]
Too much gyall inna me life
Gyal dem ah say they love me style
Say me sweet and me nice
Nuffa dem wan be me bride
We coulda never split and divide
And me set dem soul on fire
No one fi do dem right
So me get any girl that me like

[Pre-Chorus]
I hope you’re listening
Inna me yard and the gyal dem ah visiting
Eh
Snapchat dem a video
I say which kind level be this o
My people work, so we get to chop
Many things they happen wey we never talk
Me I no dey talk cause you know sey I be boss
I just want the weed and the girls of course

[Chorus]
I’ve been waiting all my life for this type of vibe
Wanna see a million lights, light up my life
I’ve been waiting all my life for this type of vibe
Wanna see a million lights, light up my life

[Post-Chorus]
When girls come I no wan sit down Mo ma n gbadu awon Omo, Gidi gan gan
When girls come I no wan sit down Mo ma n gbadu awon Omo, Gidi gan gan

[Outro]
Pick up the package dawg
This a military ting like I come from Afghanistan
Dressed in camouflage
Before I turned 21 I was already savage dawg

Wale – All Star Break Up Lyrics

Wale – All Star Break Up Lyrics

[Verse 1]
If my pride was aside, I probably would text you first
But, If you could die from a broken heart you would drive a hearse
Cause, every guy that has ever found you attractive and acted on it
Back pedals much after, that’s when you’ve shown your worth
And I heard you love NBA niggas and
Now, you could track how much them niggas make and make rounds
At the All-Star break of day or so by valentine’s
So my advice if shorty doesn’t know the game she gaming y’all
And this valentine’s, dollar signs have you satisfied
The Gold’s Peak add a rollie and fashion nova ad
And that don’t mean to talk to you like a ho cause nah
We both do what we want but if I want you
I must want you bad, right

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[Pre-Hook]
Just saying, right
Your friends all getting married but yeah right
It’s scary, right
That’s real life
You might just catch you a spirit, you praying right

[Hook]
I don’t believe in Valentine’s
I don’t believe in Valentine’s
I don’t believe in Valentine’s
I don’t believe in Valentine’s
I don’t believe in

[Verse 2]
Look
Pardon this pessimistic
Message I’m representing
Yes yes, i know this bitch
I mean woman, I was getting reckless
But hol up lemme get one second
I spent so much in Fendi
She know I’m cool with Robyn
She bother me for the Fenty yeah
I’m trying to block the part of my heart that thrives on your affection
You tried the love it’s not enough, it’s cars, it’s money, attention
But, I’m way too flawed to judge you
And I do my part to push you
Father and father from me from my broads and all my problems
She say look ‘le I’m sorry, my plane leaves in the morning
I’m trying to hit some parties, hit Staples for the performances
Maybe I’ll see you Monday, thanks for this box of chocolates and
Roses you hold before me but court seats could get me 40
Thousand likes on my IG, someone I like just invited me
Plus I’m not even wifey, plus you 5’9 he’s a giant no
Baby mama, I might could just make a blog and get popular
Let’s hold a 40 before us but fame and fortune excites me
My valentine

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[Outro]
I don’t believe in valentines
I don’t believe in valentines (I heard you love NBA niggas and now)
I don’t believe in valentines (I heard you love NBA niggas and now)
I don’t believe in valentines
You ever lost your main jawn to a point guard or a small forward
I don’t believe in
I find it funny Cupid’s busiest days, four days before the All-Star
It was fun while it lasted
I don’t believe in

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Listen Jidenna New “Boomerang” EP


Jidenna has some new music for the fans. The R&B singer released his new “Boomerang EP” on Friday.

This project is the followup to his debut album The Chief which was released in February this year. The EP comes with six new singles with a couple guest spots from Wale, Quavo, Tiwa Savage, Sarkodie, Dot Cromwell, Burna Boy and Malek Berry. Major Lazer’s Diplo is the producer behind the title track for which Jidenna released a music video.

Quavo is featured on the remix for “Bambi Too” while Wale is featured on the last song on the EP, “Out of Body.” Elsewhere on the project you can find singles like “Decibels” and “Little Bit More (Remix)” featuring Burna Boy. Boomerang find s Jidenna singing and rapping much like his previous music showing versatility and depth.

Jidenna’s Boomerang EP Tracklist:

1. “Decibels”
2. “Boomerang”
3. “Spy Candy” Feat. Tiwa Savage
4. “Bambi Too” Feat. Maleek Berry, Quavo and Sarkodie
5. “Little Bit More (Remix)” Feat. Burna Boy
6. “Out of Body” Feat. Wale and Dot Cromwell