Africa’s hottest new music star,Ayra Starr, is back with an irresistible post-summer sizzler: ‘Rush’. Listen here. The heavily anticipated new single is taken from the forthcoming Deluxe Edition of her critically-acclaimed album “19 & Dangerous” – out on 14 October.
The rhythmic anthem bristles with the Gen Z trailblazer’s signature confident lyrics that reflect her laser-sharp focus on forging her own path.
Ayra Starr said: “‘Rush’ is really a description of where I am at the moment – a place of reflection, zeal and gratitude. E dey rush well well – all that I’ve dreamt of is happening and I’m in the middle of it all, living my dream and it can only get better!”
The 20-year old singer-songwriter is rapidly blazing her own path for global domination. As Spotify’s latest 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. ‘Rush’ 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 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.