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NEWS: Release of Playboy album by Fireboy DML

Playboy, the third album by Nigerian artist Fireboy DML, was released 5 Aug 2022. The project, which debuted on YBNL/Empire, is accessible via download and streaming on all significant digital platforms.

The album, which has 14 tracks, is released two years after the last studio album, Apollo. It features fellow Nigerian musicians Asake and Rema, Jamaican act Shenseea, British singer Ed Sheeran, and US performers Chris Brown and Euro in addition to the already-released title single, "Peru" and "Bandana."

Before Playboy was released, Fireboy DML expressed his gratitude to all of the brilliant brains who collaborated with him on the project as well as to his staff at YBNL and Empire.

“Love and appreciation to every one of these genius minds who worked with me on this project, and to my teams at YBNL and Empire,” 

Thematically, Playboy finds its author letting his hair down and not overthinking life. “Change is very important,” Fireboy DML told Billboard after a tour of the US in March. “I needed to feel that change before I even started working on the album. After Apollo, I was still in that zone.“But in that trip to the United States, my headspace changed. And when my headspace changes, it’s time for a new album. And this album has the same energy you get when you listen to ‘Peru’ –  no overthinking, no time wasting, straight to the point. There’s depth, there’s intensity, of course, but there is no vulnerability at all. It’s screaming, ‘This is who you are. Stop living your life in a cage, just come out.’”

Afrobeats are recognized with becoming a more popular genre with the help of Fireboy DML. The 24-year-old has had tremendous chart success throughout his career with songs like "Peru," which was his debut appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, and gained gold certification in the US and UK with more than 300 million streams. The artist, a 2022 BET Award nominee, has worked with numerous Grammy-winning artists, including Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Blxst, and 21 Savage.

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