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Award-winning Nigerian crossover artist Fireboy DML, whose “making the world listen” to Afrobeats, drops his first single of the year “Playboy” via YBNL Nation/EMPIRE.
This comes on the heels of his performance at SXSW for ‘EMPIRE Presents: The New Africa Powered by Pandora’ and receiving his first-ever BRIT Certified Gold record for global chart-topping “Peru” remix with Ed Sheeran.
Taking the year by storm with the success of “Peru” and his first US tour, Fireboy is seen evolving as an artist, person, and exudes a newfound confidence as we head into the ‘playboy’ era. We see a rising Afrobeats star coming into his own as a mainstream trailblazer working with the likes of cross genre heavy hitters Ed Sheeran, Madonna, and 21 Savage. This new single sets the tone for the highly-anticipated album to come with a mid-tempo beat, as he brings a flirtatious flare to his signature endearing vocals, “how do you want to play with the big playboy like me, girl do you want to play with the big playboy like me?”
Named as Billboard’s March R&B/Hip-Hop Rookie of the Month, Fireboy DML received his first entry on Billboard’s Hot 100 list and over 500 million streams with the hit single “Peru.” With remixes by Ed Sheeran, Blxst and 21 Savage, the track has hit #1 on the official Afrobeats chart in the UK and topped the charts in at least 22 countries since its initial release in July, including Nigeria, Tanzania, Liberia, Jamaica, France, Kenya, Ireland, and others.
About Fireboy DML:
Dubbed the ‘future’ of Afrobeats, Fireboy DML burst onto the music scene early 2019 with his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps. The critically acclaimed project produced a string of stand-out singles – ‘Jealous’, ‘Scatter’ and ‘King’ which captured the attention of music fans across the globe and seamlessly brought together the 24 year olds lyrical prowess, vocal versatility and delivery. The album maintained the #1 position across the Nigerian charts for over 12 weeks with ‘Jealous’ becoming one of the most played songs on African radio stations that year. To date, ‘Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps’ has achieved over 250M streams and won him the coveted Listeners Choice award at the 2020 Soundcity Awards in Lagos. In August 2020, Fireboy DML released his award-winning second studio album Apollo, achieving Top 10 US iTunes on its first week and garnered over 320M streams to-date. Most recently, Fireboy DML released his hit single “Peru,” marking his first BRIT Gold-certified record and first entry on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. With remixes by Ed Sheeran, Blxst and 21 Savage, the track has since accumulated over 300M streams hitting #1 on the official Afrobeats chart in the UK and topped the charts in at least 22 countries since release in July, including Nigeria, Tanzania, Liberia, Jamaica, France, Kenya, Ireland, and others.
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“On the “Peru” remix, Fireboy and Ed Sheeran bring a fresh perspective to a song that was one of Afrobeats biggest exports this year.” – Rolling Stone
“His writing, especially in Peru, reminds me of one of America’s greatest contributors to global literature, Kurt Vonnegut.” – Forbes
“Fireboy DML is here to put Africa on the map. As one of the leaders in the Afrobeats, Afropunk, and Afro-R&B movements, the Nigerian recording artist has been dubbed “the future of Afrobeats” — bringing his Afro-life mentality to the States.”- Flaunt
“With a sweet sound that’s often decorated by the plucking of an acoustic guitar, Fireboy DML stands out among Nigeria’s most hyped artists.”- The Face
“He’s as charismatic as the deep oceanic vistas the overhead camera captures…the budgets are increased, which means Fireboy can further flex an already dazzling array of styles.”- MTV