Award-winning Nigerian artist Fireboy DML has tapped 4x GRAMMY award-winning global superstar Ed Sheeran to remix smash hit “Peru” via YBNL Nation / EMPIRE. Originally released in July 2021, the new single and video arrived In December 2021.
Introduced with a rhythmic and mid-tempo touch of percussion, Fireboy echoes in singing “Peru, para.” He tells the story of a woman that captures his soul then continues to grab his attention around the world as he travels from Jozi, Miami to San Francisco. With visuals directed by Gabriella Kingsley, Fireboy and Sheeran meet up at an exclusive warehouse party in London as Sheeran enters through a staircase singing, “pour up the bottle I wanna level up. When I’m with you I never get enough. Slow whine, I’m not in a rush” offering a subtle dancehall influence to his signature vocals. Throughout the video the two feed off each other’s positive energy to create an unlikely but endearing duo.
“It has been a dream knowing Ed Sheeran is a fan of my sound and having him jump on a song that was inspired by me traveling the world,” said Fireboy DML. “Not only is this an exciting moment for me, but also for Afrobeats. I hope this is the first of many collaborations with Ed and other artists around the globe, and I can’t wait for everyone to enjoy this song during the holidays.”
“Peru” continues to make strides in charting around the globe achieving over 75 million streams and being the second most streamed song in Nigeria. The original track peaked at #1 on the UK Afrobeats official chart and #1 on Apple’s Top 100 in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania and more.
About Fireboy DML:
Dubbed the ‘future’ of Afrobeats, Fireboy DML burst onto the music scene early 2019 with his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps. The critically acclaimed project produced a string of stand-out singles – ‘Jealous’, ‘Scatter’ and ‘King’ which captured the attention of music fans across the globe and seamlessly brought together the 24 year olds lyrical prowess, vocal versatility and delivery. The album maintained the #1 position across the Nigerian charts for over 12 weeks with ‘Jealous’ becoming one of the most played songs on African radio stations that year. To date, ‘Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps’ has achieved over 250M streams and won him the coveted Listeners Choice award at the 2020 Soundcity Awards in Lagos. In August 2020, Fireboy DML released hisaward-winning second studio album Apollo, achieving Top 10 US iTunes on its first week and garnered over 320M streams to-date. Most recently, Fireboy DML released hit single “Peru” and has since accumulated over 75M streams hitting #1 on the official Afrobeats chart in the UK and still tops the charts in at least 22 countries since release in July, including Nigeria, Tanzania, Liberia, Jamaica, France, Kenya, Ireland, and others.
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“Fireboy DML is here to put Africa on the map. As one of the leaders in the Afrobeats, Afropunk, and
Afro-R&B movements, the Nigerian recording artist has been dubbed “the future of Afrobeats” —
bringing his Afro-life mentality to the States.” – Flaunt
“With a sweet sound that’s often decorated by the plucking of an acoustic guitar, Fireboy DML
stands out among Nigeria’s most hyped artists.” – The Face
“He’s as charismatic as the deep oceanic vistas the overhead camera captures…the budgets are
increased, which means Fireboy can further flex an already dazzling array of styles.” – MTV