Award-winning Nigerian superstar Yemi Alade debuts a new track, “True Love,” today from her forthcoming fifth LP—listen here.
Yemi also recently appeared in Beyoncé’s Black Is King, performing her two contributions to The Lion King: The Gift, “DON’T JEALOUS ME” and “MY POWER.”
“True Love” follows “BOYZ,” an uptempo Afropop track, which Okayafrica praised for its “booming production” courtesy of frequent collaborator Vtek. “BOYZ” marked the first new music from her this year.
Poised for a U.S. breakthrough year, Yemi Alade is an artist, actress and entertainer of Yoruba and Igbo descent who has released four albums: King of Queens in 2014—whose hit single “Johnny” launched her to worldwide fame and has reached more than 100 million views on YouTube, Mama Africa (The Diary of an African Woman) in 2016, Black Magic in 2017 and Woman of Steel in 2019. In addition, Yemi has collaborated with a number of global stars including Angelique Kidjo and Rick Ross.
Yemi’s breakout single “Johnny” made her the first African female artist to earn over 100 million views on Youtube and Vevo and is the most viewed video by an African female artist ever. From 2014 to 2016, she won the MTV Africa Music Award for Best Female twice and was a two-time nominee for Best International Act at the BET Awards and the MOBO Awards. With a massive social media following of nearly 15 million, partnerships with global brands like L’Oréal and Coca-Cola and numerous magazine cover shoots, Yemi Alade is one of the most ubiquitous names in African music. Her music has been lauded by Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Essence, The FADER and many more.