FEATURING KELLY ROWLAND, CKAY, ZINOLEESKY AND MANY MORE!
Ayra Starr is Africa’s fastest-rising new music star with over 316 MILLION streams and over 134 million YouTube views!
Johannesburg, Wednesday, 21 October 2022 – Africa’s fastest rising music star has dropped the long-awaited Deluxe Edition of her critically acclaimed “19 & Dangerous” album, with features from GRAMMY award winning legend Kelly Rowland, viral star CKay and many more. Listen here and watch the “Running” music video here.
In the lead up to the Deluxe Edition, Ayra Starr dropped “Rush” and the remix of her viral hit “Bloody Samaritan” featuring Kelly Rowland, with “Rush” having over 10M YouTube views, 459K Shazams and being one of the highest new entries into the global Top 200 Shazam chart, peaking at #8. The track has also been added to a range of Spotify playlists, with Ayra Starr being the cover star for African Heat that has 1M followers (and subsequently gaining over 685K streams).
“The Deluxe Edition features with five new tracks, “Ase”, “Bloody Samaritan Remix” (ft. Kelly Rowland), “Lonely Remix” (ft. Zinoleesky), “Running” and “Skinny Girl Anthem” (ft. Yseult & Kayykilo).
“Running” acts as the leading track of the album, with the theme reminiscent of the track ‘Beggie Beggie’ with truthful lyrics portraying her vulnerability and fear of heartbreak. Ayra Starr continues to put down her defenses with the sad bop “Lonely Remix” featuring trailblazing Nigerian artist Zinoleesky, where she sincerely sings about how she misses her lover.
The empowering Afropop anthem “Bloody Samaritan Remix” is a highlight, with Ayra Starr enlisting the help of Kelly Rowland in a track focused on pursuing your dreams no matter what. “Ase” shows more of her usual unapologetic side, with lyrics stating that she’ll “moonwalk on you, motherfucker.”
“Skinny Girl Anthem” is daring and bold, shows confidence despite ever changing standards surrounding women. Despite the name, the track exists to empower all women, with lyrics stating “We don’t really care about them thick girls, yeah we do. They beautiful.”
The 20-year-old singer-songwriter is rapidly blazing her own path for global domination. As Spotify’slatest RADAR Global artist, Ayra Starr takes her career to new heights. RADAR is the platform’s marquee global emerging artist program, which has helped support and propel many of today’s rising stars onto the global music stage. She joins more than 500 other artists on the program, including The Kid LAROI, PinkPantheress and girl in red.
This year has seen Ayra Starr make her UK live debut at Wireless Festival, supporting Cardi B, and tour the United States supporting Koffee. Her Deluxe Edition album arrives hot on the heels of Ayra Starr’s recent cross-genre collaborations with Skip Marley, ‘Jane’, and Manny Norté, Stalk Ashley and Tiana Major9, ‘Worth My While’. Earlier this summer, she released ‘ASE’, a zesty Afro-soul COLORS exclusive single. Ayra Starr also brought her charismatic performance style and unapologetic attitude to a string of collaborations including: ‘Love Don’t Cost A Dime’ with Magixx, ‘Options’ with L.A.X., ‘Call’ with Iyanya, ‘Comforter’ with ElGrandeToto, and a remix of ‘Roadside’ with Mahalia and Rema. She joined her fellow Mavin Records labelmates (Crayon, LADIPOE, Magixx and Boy Spyce) on ‘Overdose’, a special collaboration to mark the tastemaker label’s recent 10th anniversary.
Since debuting with ‘Away’ early last year, Ayra Starr has been hailed by NME as “the teen leading her generation’s sonic revolution”. Her ability to blend soulful vocals and raw lyrics that reflect the strength, resilience and growing pains of her generation has earned her critical nods from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NME, The FADER, Dazed, Crack, The Face, British Vogue and more.
Ayra Starr’s debut album “19 & Dangerous” (listen here) is a coming-of-age record, brimming with a spirit that is audacious yet vulnerable. Highlights include the global viral smash ‘Bloody Samaritan’ which has amassed over 60 million TikTok views and recently won the prestigious Viewer’s Choice Award at the 2022 Headies Award. Other album highlights include ‘Beggie Beggie’ featuring CKay, and floor-fillers ‘Fashion Killer’ and ‘Bridgertn’.
Every track was written or co-written by Ayra Starr herself in collaboration with her life-long songwriting partner and brother Milar, as well as some of Afrobeats’ most innovative producers such as the legendary Don Jazzy, London and Louddaaa. Sonically, she seamlessly weaves Afro-pop, R&B, dancehall, trap and alté styles to create the perfect summer soundtrack.
Album Tracklisting (* – new additions)
- Cast (Gen Z Anthem)
- Fashion Killer
- Ase *
- Bloody Samaritan Remix feat. Kelly Rowland
- Lonely Remix feat. Zinoleesky *
- Tell On You (Snitch) with Foushee
- In Between
- Running feat. Lojay *
- Beggie Beggie feat. CKay
- Rush *
- Skinny Girl Anthem feat. Yseult & KayKillo *
- Bloody Samaritan
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