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Jhené Aiko’s Chilombo Success

Jhené Aiko’s blockbuster album CHILOMBO re-asserts its claim to the title of R&B album of the year this week, as the deluxe edition powers the album to over 46,000 new units. CHILOMBO re-enters the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 at #6, and reclaims the #1 spot on the Billboard R&B albums chart.

CHILOMBO DELUXE adds nine previously unreleased bonus tracks and remixes to the original 20-track album – including the new single “Summer 2020” – with new guest features from Kehlani, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Mila J and Wiz Khalifa. Check out the in-depth cover-story profile of Jhené in the new issue of HITS magazine.

Chilombo (released in March) entered the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart at #1, and the Billboard 200 album chart at #2.  Over 170 million first week streams ranked it as the biggest album debut in four years from a female R&B artist (since Beyoncé’s Lemonade in April 2016), and the biggest album debut of Jhené’s career.

Chilombo arrived on the strength of its five massive advance tracks, with cumulative streams over 700 million to date.  They comprise: “B.S.”  (featuring H.E.R.), “Triggered (Freestyle),” “None Of Your Concern” (featuring Big Sean), “Pu$$y Fairy (OTW),” and “Happiness Over Everything (H.O.E.)” (feat. Future and Miguel).  The visual for another album track premiered in May, “Magic Hour.” The momentum continues to build with the release of “Summer 2020.”

Chilombo proclaims the artist’s full name, Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo, as it celebrates her coming into her own personal power. The initial jam sessions where she freestyled the lyrics to each song, took place on  where Jhené’s great grandmother was born. Jhené was inspired by the beauty and power of the island’s volcanoes, having visited throughout the years. Chilombo means wild beast. The volcano is symbolic of the beautiful, yet powerful beast. Jhené Aiko is Chilombo. In contrast to her 2017 album, Trip, which intricately detailed the process of grieving, Chilombo finds Jhené embracing her strength and power, coming into her confidence as a woman, a creator and a healer. She has always embraced magic in her particular brand of soulful, trippy, ethereal R&B, but now on Chilombo she has taken it all to another level.

THE MAGIC HOUR, Jhené’s highly-anticipated 32-city North American tour with special guest Queen Naija, originally scheduled for May-June, will be rescheduled. Special merch and digital album bundles are available at Jhené’s official D2C store.

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Queen Naija – Pack Lite

Today, Platinum-certified R&B singer and songwriter Queen Naija shared her new single, “Pack Lite,” from her forthcoming debut album. The track finds Queen delivering a sharp ultimatum to a lover: “If you don’t get your act together, you might have to pack lite.” Produced by Oak (Lizzo, Alessia Cara), the song samples and interpolates Erykah Badu’s Grammy-nominated hit “Bag Lady.”

Stream “Pack Lite” here and view the visualizer here.

“Pack Lite” is the follow-up to “Butterflies Pt. 2,” which has amassed over 33 million combined global streams and entered the top 15 at Urban AC radio. View the official video here“Butterflies Pt. 2” is the sequel to Queen Naija’s “Butterflies,” which was one of three Platinum-certified singles from her self-titled debut EP, released in 2018 by Capitol Music Group. Multi-Platinum artist Wale joined Queen on “Butterflies Pt. 2 Remix,” putting a fresh spin on the story. 

Stream “Butterflies Pt. 2 Remix” here.

Hot New Hip Hop said, “Queen Naija has proven herself to be one of the strongest voices in today’s R&B landscape. Wale drops a solid verse that gets us thinking about the true meaning of love. Queen Naija harmonizes perfectly with his raps, delivering gorgeous vocals.” “Yea Yea” ft. Queen Naija is one of the additional tracks included on the deluxe edition of Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, released earlier this week. Elle featured Queen in the recent feature “Five Black Artists On Making Music For The Movement,” highlighting her appearance on Tee Grizzley’s “Mr. Officer” with members of the Detroit Youth Choir.

With the arrival of her 2018 self-titled debut EP, Queen emerged as an unstoppable new force in the R&B world. Having clocked over 800 million combined global streams to date, Queen Naija features three Platinum-certified singles: “Butterflies,” “Karma” and her breakthrough hit “Medicine”—an independently released smash that made its staggering debut at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100, a nearly-unheard-of achievement for an unsigned artist. Along with debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart, Queen was hailed as “the first soul star of the social media generation” by The New York Times, and earned major recognition in the 2019 awards season with nominations for Top R&B Artist at the Billboard Music Awards, Best New Artist at the BET Awards and three nods at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. The 24-year-old Detroit-area native has amassed over a billion combined global streams to date.

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Queen Naija – Butterflies Pt. 2 Remix

Multi-platinum artist Wale joins Queen Naija for “Butterflies Pt. 2 Remix.”

While Queen’s warm vocals celebrate enduring love, Wale’s verse tells a story of early infatuation flaming and then fizzling out, leaving him with the realization that he was just a side thing. Since arriving in 2006, Wale has consistently gone against the grain, releasing a series of albums that include the Billboard 200-topping The Gifted  and The Album About Nothing and 2019’s Wow…That’s Crazy, which includes the No. 1 single “On Chill” ft. Jeremih.

Released in March 2020, “Butterflies Pt. 2” is the hypnotic sequel to Queen Naija’s “Butterflies,” which was one of three Platinum-certified singles from her self-titled debut EP, released in 2018 by Capitol Music Group. “Butterflies Pt. 2” landed on the biggest R&B playlists on four major platforms and has already surpassed 33 million cumulative global streams.

Shot in Atlanta, the “Butterflies Pt. 2” video traces the many stages of a relationships. Directed by Roger Alexander of AlphaMale Visualz (T.I, Rick Ross, 2chainz), it stars Queen and her boyfriend Clarence White.

RESPECT. Magazine noted, “[The video] seamlessly reflects the vulnerability of the track itself. Over acoustic guitar-laced minimal production by Rice N’ Peas (Kiana Ledé, Bazzi), emotion shines through the verses as she confesses, ‘I still get butterflies.’”

Listen to “Butterflies Pt. 2 Remix” here and watch the visualizer here.

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Queen Naija Releases Video

QUEEN NAIJA SHARES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR  “BUTTERFLIES PT. 2”  Her New Track Is The Sequel To The Platinum-Certified 2018 Single “Butterflies” View Video HERE.

Today, Platinum-certified R&B singer and songwriter Queen Naija shared the official video for her new single, “Butterflies Pt. 2,” and chatted with fans during the YouTube Premiere which you can watch HERE.

Directed by Roger Alexander of AlphaMale Visualz (T.I, Rick Ross, 2chainz) and produced by Princess Mbanuzue, the vibrant video is an ode to happily-ever-afters. Shot in Atlanta, the clip traces the many stages of a relationship – from the first glance exchanged by two strangers to giddy first dates to the deeper love that emerges over time, yet still retains a fairy tale glow. Queen Naija and her boyfriend Clarence White star in the video.

Released in March 2020, “Butterflies Pt. 2” is the hypnotic sequel to Queen Naija’s “Butterflies,”  which was one of three Platinum-certified singles from her self-titled debut EP, released in 2018 by Capitol Music Group. With its sweetly tender vocal work and dreamy yet minimalist, acoustic-guitar-laced production from Rice N’ Peas (Kiana Ledé, Bazzi), “Butterflies Pt. 2” landed on the biggest R&B playlists on four major platforms and has already surpassed 14 million cumulative global streams, generating an average of two million streams a week. The New York Times hailed Queen Naija as “the first soul star of the social media generation.” The Fader noted, “Queen Naija is a master of the break-up anthem.” Her debut EP also featured the Platinum singles “Medicine” and “Karma.”

A Detroit-area native, Queen began singing in church at age three. She first found fame online through theYouTube channel she launched with her former husband. Documenting their breakup in “Medicine,” she initially released the song independently and saw it debut at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100, a nearly-unheard-of achievement for an unsigned artist.

Queen Naija earned major recognition in the 2019 awards season with nominations for Top R&B Artist at the Billboard Music Awards, Best New Artist at the BET Awards and three nods at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. YouTube named her as an “Artist on the Rise,” iHeartRadio hailed her as an “Artist On the Verge” and she debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart. Now boasting over a billion combined global streams, the 24-year-old artist is gearing up for the release of her full-length debut.

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Rileyy Lanez – “Left 4 Me”

RISING R&B SINGER/SONGWRITER RILEYY LANEZ DEBUTS NEW SONG “LEFT 4 ME”

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Today, budding R&B songstress Rileyy Lanez has released a new song “Left 4 Me” – listen HERE. Written by Rileyy and producers Click N Press (Dreamville, Queen Naija), “Left 4 Me” chronicles how one can feel alone and fed up with imbalances in a relationship. The track comes alongside an official video with Rileyy’s hometown of NYC as the backdrop. Watch HERE.

In speaking about the track, Rileyy says: “‘Left 4 Me’ is about a time I was so busy dwelling on the person I was with and making their mind up instead of focusing on me. Writing the song was a lesson in disguise instead of dwelling on something I can’t have, it taught me to focus on all the things I do have and that’s myself, my career, happiness, freedom etc. The video shows that shift, I’m literally in the street dancing with my girls, releasing the hurt, being free, and moving on.”

Born and raised in the Bronx, 19-year-old Rileyy Lanez pulls no punches with her heart-on-her sleeve R&B music. In May of 2019, she released her original song “I’m Leaving,” which has over 16M streams and 7M+ video views. Rileyy is also featured on Lil Tjay’s album track “Post To Be,” and just last week she launched her vlog series “LANEZ LIFE” – watch the first episode HERE.

Stay tuned for more from Rileyy Lanez coming soon!

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Queen Naija – Butterflies Pt. 2

Preserving unprecedented momentum from a breakthrough 2019, platinum-certified R&B singer and songwriter Queen Naija officially shares her new single “Butterflies Pt. 2” today. Get it HERE via Capitol Music Group. It stands out as the sequel to her recently platinum-certified 2018 single “Butterflies.”

Earlier this week, she teased out the track on YouTube with a “Memory Video.” View it HERE. The clip impressively neared 1 million views in less three days. It intercuts intimate real-life moments between Queen Naija and her boyfriend Clarence White. Cycling through actual Facetime chats and iPhone video, it seamlessly reflects the vulnerability of the track itself. Over acoustic guitar-laced minimal production by Rice N’ Peas [Kiana Ledé, Bazzi], emotion shines through the verses as she confesses, “I still get butterflies.”

“Butterflies Pt. 2” sets the stage for an even bigger 2020 as she readies her anxiously awaited full-length debut album for release very soon.

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QUEEN NAIJA BACK WITH NEW SINGLE “GOOD MORNING TEXT”

DEBUT ALBUM COMING SOON

Skyrocketing past 1 billion combined global streams and cementing herself as one of the year’s boldest breakout stars, platinum-certified R&B singer and songwriter Queen Naija shares a new single entitled “Good Morning Text” today.

“Good Morning Text” arrives on the heels of her last anthem “Away From You.” Amassing over 3.1 million Spotify streams to date, HotNewHipHop praised its “catchy hook,” and Rated RnB dubbed it a “finger-snapping bop.” Revolt placed it among, “7 Queen Naija songs that are testaments to her artistry” and elaborated, “It’s a display of a certain level of growth.”

The 24-year-old Detroit songstress, who began singing in church at age three, has emerged as one of 2018’s biggest breakout R&B stars. Queen and her former husband had found fame online with their popular YouTube channel. When their marriage fell apart last year, she self-released “Medicine,” a song detailing her side of the story. Within three weeks, “Medicine” debuted at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 – a remarkable accomplishment for an unsigned artist. The New York Times singled out “Medicine” as “one of this year’s defining R&B songs,” and it eventually went platinum.

Her self-titled debut EP, Queen Naija, is out now and available HERE for download and streaming via Capitol Records.

Between “Medicine,” platinum follow-up single “Karma” and “Bad Boy,” which was produced by NO I.D. (JAY-Z, Kanye West), the collection has clocked over over 800 million combined global streams to date.

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ONE Musicfest Reveals Lineup

Celebrating 10 YEARS with its biggest, boldest, and best billing yet, ONE Musicfest unveils a blockbuster lineup for 2019.
Set for Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA, the two-day festival welcomes legends such as Gucci ManeWu-Tang Clan, and Rick Ross in addition to 21st century superstars including Rae SremmurdTeyana Taylor, and Summer Walker and once-in-lifetime sets from KP The Great & His Superfriends featuring Pharrell Williams, Usher and surprise guests. Tickets on sale NOW
Check out the full list of confirmed artists below.
For ten years, ONE Musicfest has maintained its place at the forefront of the culture as a platform for timeless icons and explosive upstarts alike. It has notably played host to everyone from the Dungeon Family Reunion featuring Outkast’s last performance, Davido, Kendrick Lamar, The Roots, Migos, Jill Scott, NasMiguel2 Chainz, and George Clinton. Not to mention, it regularly attracts plaudits from USA TodayBillboardConsequence of SoundRolling Stone, and more in addition to trending across the internet.
“I started the festival with the intent of creating a space where all corners of urban music and subcultures felt welcomed. From Afrobeats to Trap Music. From Alternative to Reggae. A generational oasis of progressive minds and talent. We use music as the catalyst and unity is the outcome. What started as a 2,000 person block party has evolved to a 50,000 person cultural celebration.” – Jason “J” Carter, Founder

Complete List of Currently Announced Performers for ONE Musicfest 2019 (in alphabetical order):
  • 7AM
  • ARI LENNOX
  • BABY ROSE 
  • CHRONIXX  
  • DMX  
  • FLORIDA ALL-STARS FEATURING * T-PAIN * TRINA * TRICK DADDY
  • GUCCI MANE   
  • JAMESDAVIS
  • KEY!
  • KOFFEE
  • KP THE GREAT & HIS SUPERFRIENDS FEATURING PHARRELL WILLIAMS, USHER AND SURPRISE GUESTS
  • LOLO ZOUAI   
  • MUSIQ SOULCHILD
  • PHONY PPL   
  • QUEEN NAIJA  
  • RAE SREMMURD   
  • RAPHAEL SAADIQ    
  • RICK ROSS
  • SNOH AALEGRA  
  • SUMMER WALKER   
  • TAYLA PARX
  • TEYANA TAYLOR    
  • THE BONFYRE  
  • THREE 6 MAFIA REUNION FEATURING JUICY J, DJ PAUL, GANGSTA BOO AND CRUNCHY BLACK
  • TOBE NWIGWE
  • TORY LANEZ
  • WIZKID   
  • WU-TANG CLAN – 25TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE         
  • YUNG BABY TATE 

Queen Naija New Single

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Breakout artist Queen Naija returns with Karma. Moving on from the post break-up revenge fantasies of her first single, Medicine, Queen takes comfort in the concept of karma and examines her own insecurities, emerging with newfound strength in a soulful track that artfully fuses elements of jazz and hip hop. Karma is available for download and streaming HERE.

“Be confident, but not prideful,” says Queen Naija. “We all fall, and if you are too high up, chances are you may never recover from the fall.”

The 22-year-old Detroit native began singing in church at age three and writing her own songs in third grade, but her focus shifted when she and her former husband found fame online with their popular YouTube channel. When their marriage fell apart last year, Queen returned to her lifelong passion and penned a powerfully unapologetic song detailing her side of the story.
Premiering just hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Medicine was an instant smash. Within three weeks, it debuted at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 a remarkable accomplishment for an unsigned artist. Its success took Queen by surprise.

“I wasn’t even thinking about trying to get the song on the radio or anything,” Queen recalls. “I mostly did it because I knew people wanted to know what was going on with me and my ex, and I wanted to tell them myself why I wasn’t with him anymore.”

“With its hip-hop infused beat, silky, lip-glossed vocals and Instagram caption-ready lyrics, the song checked all the boxes for chart success,” observed Billboard. Over a simmering R&B groove, Queen flips the narrative From putting you on [do not] disturb, to FaceTiming a Tinder feed of other dudes, Queen imagines the actions of a bolder, empowered alter ego, a 2018 variation on Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy.

Spotify streams of Medicine have surpassed 13 million, radio spins on Pandora are nearing 20 million and views of the official video now exceed 40 million. Queen has been greeted by throngs of fans, screaming and singing along to Medicine, at in-person appearances.
She says, “To me, Medicine felt like a typical song from my own experience, but it turns out that a lot of other people have had this kind of experience as well. Girls tell me they play it in their car when they’re trying to get over a breakup, or they got done wrong by their man.
As she gears up for the release of her debut EP, Queen is channeling more of that real-life emotion into each song. “For me, it’s about changing people’s perspectives and letting them know they’re not alone in whatever they’re going through,” she explains. “I want to make music that captures people, that gets into your soul, the kind of songs you need to keep playing over and over.