Following her two latest stellar single releases ‘Body Pump’ and ‘Warrior’ – taken from her now confirmed forthcoming debut solo album ‘Renaissance’ – Aluna delivers the goods yet again, this time with the help from her friends Princess Nokia and Jada Kingdom for ‘Get Paid.’ A feel-good dancehall summer jam with an important message, ‘Get Paid’ “is an aspirational celebration about black women and women of color getting paid, in opposition of the reality that we are consistently undervalued for our work.” Aluna explains. “On the other hand, this is a song about believing we deserve to get paid because as society keeps telling us we are worthless, we internalize that notion, which is almost more damaging because it stops us from advocating for ourselves.” “The song is such a vibe, as soon as I heard it I just had to jump on it. Aluna is so dope and an icon too.”Jada Kingdom continues. “This record is an instant classic, I’m so glad to be a part of it — dancehall to the world!” Lastly, Princess Nokia reveals, “I loved working on this song with Aluna, I’ve admired her work for years. I was happy to collaborate on a dancehall song that is nostalgic to my childhood and bring a new version to life with these talented women. The record is fun and daring, and hope all of our fans enjoy this.”
Today, Aluna also revealed the title, track-listing and release date of her highly anticipated debut solo album. ‘‘Renaissance’ will see its global release on August 28th via Mad Decent, and features contributions from Princess Nokia, Jada Kingdom, SG Lewis, KAYTRANADA, Rema, and more.
Already a momentous year for Aluna, her latest singles have amassed more than 9 million combined global streams in 2020 alone, with 1.1K global radio spins in 27 countries, garnering global support from some of the world’s most respected radio stations, including BBC Radio 1 (UK),Triple J (Australia),KCRW, KEXP, and Sirius’ BPM station in the U.S. Spotify’s New Music Fridayhas championed her in more than 20 countries this year, as well as placing her on the cover of their flagship dance playlist Mint and Dance Rising. Nectar (Amazon Music), and Today’s Dance (Pandora) also continue to amplify her solo project as she gears up to her debut album release. This morning, Aluna spoke to Ebro for his Beats 1 show on Apple Music.
Last month, British born, Los Angeles based Aluna also penned a powerful open letter to the global dance community, demanding the community re-assess the platforms and positioning of Black creators within the dance world. “When I started looking at all the challenges I face being a black woman making dance I realized I wanted to do more than just create a space for myself – I want all black people to know that the genre of Dance is their heritage and they should feel included and encouraged to create under that banner by expanding the genre to be culturally and racially inclusive.” Read the full letterHERE.
One half and front-woman of the internationally renowned duo AlunaGeorge, the critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer has stepped out on her own having inked a global deal with Los Angeles based record label Mad Decent, with details of her debut album to be announced soon. On stepping out solo, the British born, Los Angeles based artist shares: “In the past when performing on the stages of my white male peers, I always felt like a visitor being one of the few Black women I could see, so it never fully occurred to me to claim dance music as my music, as an artist, even though it was at the heart of my connection to music.” She continues. “Then I looked at the history of dance music and saw how, for example, Chicago House, known as the invention of house music, was pioneered in the Black and Latino LGTBQ+ communities which gave me inspiration to stake my flag in the ground as a Black woman in dance music by taking control of production and songwriting with my own vibe.”
On signing to Mad Decent, record label founder and long-time friend Diplo revealed, “I’ve been a fan of Aluna for years – her voice, her style and her way of putting records together. Having her sign to Mad Decent feels like a family reunion – can’t wait to get these records out to everyone. Huge project for Mad Decent.”
‘Renaissance’ drops worldwide on August 28th. Pre-order/save HERE.
RENAISSANCE TRACK LIST 01 I’ve Been Starting To Love All The Things I Hate 02 Warrior (feat. SG Lewis) 03 Sneak 04 Envious 05 Don’t Hit My Line 06 Aluna, Princess Nokia & Jada Kingdom – Get Paid 07 Aluna, KAYTRANADA – The Recipe (feat. Rema) 08 Body Pump 09 Ain’t My Business 10 Off Guard 11 Back Up 12 Pressure 13 Surrender 14 Whistle