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Runtown reveals why “Mad Over You” was a gift and a curse on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Runtown, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, and Ama Qamata’s Favorite African Proverb!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday, January 10th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC Only on Apple Music 1

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer Runtown is this week’s cover star and joins Cuppy via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest single “If E Happen for Lagos” which is according to Runtown is “a Nigerian story, with emphasis on the ills of the society, politics and a way of life that is not suitable for the common man.” Runtown tells Cuppy about why “Mad Over You” was a gift and a curse, potentially launching a new fashion line this year, why he wants to make timeless music and his new album coming in February.

The Big 5
Cuppy shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Darkovibes, Masterkraft, Fally Ipupa, Black Coffee and DJ Kaywise.

Africa Rising
Ghanaian singer, songwriter and producer Amaarae is the latest Africa Rising cover star, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars. https://apple.co/32v7zX4

Proverb of the Week
South African actress and star of the series Blood & Water, Ama Qamata, shares her favorite African proverb with Cuppy, which translates as “Closed mouths don’t get fed, if anything is bothering you, speak up.”

Mini Mix
Cuppy finishes this week’s show with a special mini-mix of Apple Music’s African Hip-Hop playlist featuring music from Cheque, Yanga Chief, Flvme, Reminisce and Naiboi. https://apple.co/3nqi2uc

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, January 10th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow

Runtown on why his music is becoming more conscious

“If you notice for my newer releases, if you really pay attention to this, I had to go deeper in the message. I had to be more conscious in the music. Not just conscious in a borrowing way, conscious in a way you’re turning up the act, you’re remembering, all right, you got signed.”

Runtown on why “Mad Over You” was a gift and a curse

“ ‘Mad Over You,’ it’s really that song as a gift and a curse at the same time. It’s that song that just changed everything, not just for me, but for the whole industry. So you now have to not necessarily live up to that, but a lot of people expect you to have another ‘Mad Over You.’ You know me very well. I love being diverse with the sound, but ‘Mad Over You’ taught me a lesson.”

“Most of the songs I dropped then didn’t make it to any album. So it taught me that I needed to focus on a body of work. So that’s why I kind of paused then I dropped ‘Tradition,’ the body of work. So this body of works that are very, very, very key in your career is a story.”

Ama Qamata’s proverb

“Well, a proverb that I know that I grew up with, my mom always used to say is, [Proverb in Xhosa], which basically means like… Well, that’s in Xhosa. I’m not saying it properly. Mom says it better. But in translation it’s, ‘A child that does not cry, dies in the womb.’ And in English, what it means is, ‘Closed mouths don’t get fed.’ ”

“So if you’re not speaking out, if you’re not saying what you want, no one’s really going to know that you have a problem. And I think it’s so important with these tough times that we’re around, if you need help, if there’s anything that is bothering you, we should speak out about it.”

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RAYE Shares Long-Awaited Debut “My 21st Century Blues”

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scending straight to the top of numerous charts around the world with the bonafide smash hit single “Escapism.”, the trailblazing independent recording artist and revered songwriter, RAYE, today shares her long-awaited debut album, My 21st Century Blues, available to stream/purchase now via Human Re Sources/The Orchard – LISTEN AND PURCHASE HERE
Speaking on the release of her deeply personal first full-length album, the south London native emotionally shares, “My 21st Century Blues. My debut album. My ugly, complex, beautiful mosaic formed from broken pieces of glass from the last seven years of my life. This music is my medicine, my anxieties, traumas, and unfiltered thoughts. The music on this record empowered me to face my demons and has accompanied me through my bluest blues, crafted unapologetically and fearlessly with love and tears. Now I can only hope it might provide the same medicine it did for me for those who choose to listen. I can’t believe it is really happening – my first album.”
RAYE continues, “Some of these songs I’ve had for years that I’ve needed to express and share. Before, I was told it was too uncomfortable and that audiences don’t want to hear it. There’s no sonic through-line. It was just creating whatever felt right for the story I want to tell over it. It just feels free.”
Executive produced by frequent collaborator Mike Sabath (Selena Gomez, Lizzo, Camila Cabello), My 21st Century Blues showcases RAYE’s signature raw and honest songwriting on all 13 album tracks touching on her experiences as a young female woman of color coming up in the music industry to painful topics like sexual abuse, rape, body dysmorphia, addiction, misogyny, and even climate change. A dynamic body of work seven years in the making, MC21Bis a testament to her resilience that further highlights a versatile and multi-faceted artist who is in complete control of her creative output. RAYE co-produced nearly half of the LP that has additional songwriting from BloodPop (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Madonna), Di Genius (Beyonce, Drake, Burna Boy), and Punctual (Years & Years, Rudimental, Jason Derulo).
My 21st Century Blues features the massive U.K. #1 hit “Escapism.” with 070 Shake, which has become a sensation around the globe where it’s currently charting Top 10 in 12 territories in addition to its rapid ascension on numerous Billboard U.S. charts including the Hot 100 (#22), Global 200 (#7), Rhythmic Airplay (#18), and Pop Airplay (#21). The tracklist also includes previously released singles “Black Mascara.”, “Hard Out Here.”, and “The Thrill Is Gone.” in addition to new standouts like the powerful feminist anthem “Ice Cream Man.” and sultry, confident Mahalia-assisted “Five Star Hotels.”
RAYE’s 2023 is already shaping up to be her biggest year of touring yet as she embarks on the first leg of her My 21st Century Blues headline world tour – performing 14 sold out shows in February and March across Europe and North America – before hitting the road this spring with Kali Uchis as the special guest on her Red Moon In Venus North American tour playing 19 shows in major markets including two dates in New York at Radio City Music Hall. RAYE also announced a second leg of 2023 headline shows covering the UK and Europe in November and December. See below for a list of RAYE’s upcoming live dates and for more details on ticketing, visit her official website HERE.
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Oxlade & Mayorkun Release Music Video For “Bad Boy”

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What a year it has been for Oxlade. The 2023 Vevo artist to watch owns one of 2022’s biggest hits with “Ku Lo Sa” and its remix featuring Camila Cabello, with more than 220M+ global streams and 1B+ TikTok views across the world.

Currently in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards, as a surprise to their fans the two superstars made in Lagos decided to drop the video for “Bad Boy” today.

Read Also: Nigerian court fines singer Oxlade N5m over leaked sex tape

Directed by UAX, iconic director of the afrobeats scene (Tems, Rema, Adidas ZA, Chike, Lojay…) and shot in Lagos, the two Nigerian superstars take you on a night to remember in “Bad Boy”s video, so hop in the Cadillac and get ready for some heat!

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Selberk Keeps The Dream Alive On New Single, “Dreamer” With Kwesi Musiq

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Multi-talented artist, Selberk has officially released his latest single dubbed “Dreamer” with Kwesi Musiq. The trap song doubles as a motivational song with lyrics to embolden all and sundry push beyond life’s many boundaries.

Sandwiched by a pacy hook, the three and half minute song sees both Kwesi’s display their enviable rap dexterity in different verses. The “Sunday born” chemistry is evident despite this being the first ever collaboration between the two artists.

Speaking to this source Selberk said “Dreamer is a motivational tune that highlights man’s desire to keep going despite the many obstacles and hardship one encounters”.

“Dreamer is a heart touching piece when you pay attention to the lyrics,” he added.

This new song has the potential to fuel the revival of the dormant trap scene in Ghana to its glory days back in 2017-2018.

“DREAMER” is now available on all digital streaming platforms.

Stream Here: [ https://tiememusic.lnk.to/DREAMER ]

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Follow Selberk on Twitter : @k_selberk

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Yaw Darling drops first single under Sky Entertainment, “Pull Up” – LISTEN

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Sky Entertainment, Ghana-based Music Record Label has just introduced another artiste from their stable called Yaw Darling.

Yaw Darling is next artiste introduced after Mishasha who was officially out-doored in the last quarter of 2023.

Along with the introduction of Yaw Darling, the label decides to introduce him unto the market with a new single and video titled “Pull Up”.

“Pull Up” released on Friday, February 3, 2023 would become the people’s anthem in a matter of days; the catchy hooks and sweet melodies Yaw Darling served on this record is an easy pass for the public to accept him with his ‘fine boy’ looks complementing it all.

Listen to “Pull Up” on Digital Stores: https://ditto.fm/pull-up-yaw-darling

Follow him on Social Media @YawDarlingMusic

About Yaw Darling:

Yaw Darling is a rising Afrobeats Singer with a unique blend of traditional African rhythm and contemporary sounds.

Born Samuel Yaw Antwi on the October 30, 2000, Yaw Darling draws and is inspired by the great of Ghanaian and African music legends such as Kojo Antwi, Daddy Lumba, Samini, Fela Kuti, Wizkid and Burna Boy just to name a few.

Yaw Darling has honed his skills to create a fresh take on the genre that speaks to both old and new fans alike. His energetic and charismatic stage presence combined with his smooth vocals and powerful lyrics is one to watch and sure to earn him a dedicated following.

Yaw Darling, signed to Ghana music imprint, Sky Entertainment makes his musical debut in February 2023 with the release of his first single “Pull Up”, which speaks for dedication and loyalty in love.

With his passion for Ghanaian and African music and cultural heritage, Yaw Darling is poised to become one of the leading voices in the Afrobeat community and a global ambassador for Ghanaian/African culture and music.

 

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Listen Up: Stonebwoy drops brand new single ‘More Of You’

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Kicking off the new year with a banger, Ghanaian Afropop, dancehall and beloved reggae artist Stonebwoy releases new single “More Of You.” (more…)

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Dreamville/Interscope Records Exec Produce “CREED III” Soundtrack — “Ma Boy” by J.I.D & Lute Out Now

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Dreamville will executive produce the official soundtrack to CREED III alongside Proximity Media (Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis), Outlier Society (Michael B. Jordan) and Executive Music Producer Frank Brim. The acclaimed franchise’s third installment was directed by Michael B. Jordan and will feature music from artists within the Dreamville roster and beyond. At store turn tonight, fans will receive a taste of what to expect from the sonic world of CREED III with the release of brand-new track “Ma Boy” featuring Dreamville’s J.I.D and Lute. To listen to the explosive new collaboration later tonight, pre-save the link here: https://dreamville.lnk.to/MaBoy
Dreamville/Interscope Records worked closely with the franchise’s producers MGM, Proximity and Outlier to create a musical experience that fit not just the film’s needs but one that will be celebrated as its own piece of art — inspired by both the film and the coming together of various artists on a soundtrack that matches the film’s acclaim and impact on community and culture. The soundtrack will be released on March 3rd on Dreamville/Interscope Records alongside the film’s theatrical release.
Founded by Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum hip-hop artist J. Cole in 2007, the organization is home to Dreamville Records, a critically acclaimed and commercially successful record label distributed in partnership with Interscope Records. Dreamville Records is currently home to a variety of both established and up-and-coming music artists, including J Cole, J.I.D, Ari Lennox, Bas, EarthGang, Cozz, Lute, and Omen. Dreamville has now evolved into the modern multidisciplinary entertainment and media company, Dreamville Ventures, which serves as the parent company to the aforementioned record label, as well as Studios, Apparel, Impact, and Festival divisions. As a diversified cultural hub, Dreamville continues to cultivate and create music, content, live events, and fashion as well as compelling ad campaigns with the industry’s biggest brands.
Combining the legacies of three of the most influential record labels in modern music history, Interscope Geffen A&M embarked on a new tradition of musical achievement with its unification on January 1, 1999.  Headed by Chairman and CEO John Janick, Interscope Geffen A&M is a major force in global music, developing chart-topping artists across a wide range of musical genres. Interscope Geffen A&M is part of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company. www.interscope.com
 
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network MGM+, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
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