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ONLY ME: Asake’s new song promotes self-assurance, rejects comparison

ONLY ME: Asake’s new song promotes self-assurance, rejects comparison

Nigerian music star Asake has dropped a groovy new song titled ‘Only Me’.

The song signifies his journey to self-acceptance and contentment, without the need for comparison to others.

This special release holds a significant meaning for the artist.

Asake shared a heartfelt message on social media, saying, ‘I honour the journey I’ve been on and the journey yet to come. Happy birthday to a resilient soul.’

A few weeks ago, Asake received his first-ever Grammy nomination for his song ‘Lonely At The Top.’ The track is currently nominated in the Best African Music Performance category at the upcoming Grammy Awards, scheduled for next month.

Asake has had a busy year, recently releasing the remix of ‘Lonely At The Top’ featuring H.E.R. The original track became the longest No. 1 hit in Nigeria. Furthermore, his album ‘Untitled’ peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart.

Asake’s immense success has allowed him to amass a huge fanbase. In 2023, he sold out two major shows at London’s O2 Arena and New York City’s Barclays Center. Marking his first arena show in North America, Asake became the first African artist to headline and sell out this venue.

Who is Asake?

The singer is one of 2022’s breakout acts, after releasing his debut album to widespread critical and commercial success

Asake is arguably one of 2022’s biggest breakout stars. After years of being part of Nigeria’s underground Afrobeats scene, in the past 12 months the 27-year-old Lagos-based singer collaborated with Burna Boy and released his debut album, Mr Money With the Vibe, to widespread critical and commercial success.

Released in September, Mr Money With the Vibe debuted at No 22 on the UK albums chart, and is the highest-charting Nigerian album of all time on the US charts. It was named by Rolling Stone, The Fader and the New York Times as one of the year’s best records, with the NYT’s Jon Caramanica describing the album as “enveloping and inspirational, mellow but assured”.

Asake, whose real name is Ahmed Ololade, was recently nominated for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2023 award, for artists breaking through in the UK.

As his international renown has grown, Asake has become known for his spectacular – and, occasionally, erratic – live shows. Earlier this year, he went viral after bringing a live goat on stage in Atlanta; he was reportedly booed at a show in Birmingham earlier this week after arriving on stage late. Later in the show he handed out cash to fans in the front row.

Asake’s tour in support of Mr Money With the Vibe is his first run of international shows, and demand in London – one of the world’s main Afrobeats hubs outside Lagos and Accra – was particularly huge, with tickets for all three Brixton Academy shows selling out in minutes.


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