Up-and-coming artist EMELINE breaking down boundaries with brand new single “what it means to be a girl”
After teasing the song on TikTok — and quickly amassing over two million views and over 12K pre-saves — the L.A.-based 22-year-old decided to release “what it means to be a girl” as a gift to her fans.
On “what it means to be a girl,” the Rhode Island-born singer/songwriter brings her captivating vocals to a candid account of her experience as a young woman in a dangerously toxic culture (sample lyric: “We’re living in a world/Where I get into clubs/Because I’m hot as fuck/But I don’t trust what’s in my cup”).
Released in August, the latter track has maintained major momentum on streaming platforms for the past few months, triggering a surge in popularity that recently brought her Spotify follower count to over 100K. Directed by Joelle Grace Taylor (a director/photographer who’s worked with FLETCHER, Ari Lennox, and Flo Milli), the video for “this is how i learn to say no” brilliantly captures the song’s narrative of rediscovering your inner strength (an element informed by EMELINE’s recovery from a painful relationship, as well as by watching her parents’ marriage come to an end).
EMELINE first broke through with her hypnotic single “flowers & sex”: a June 2021 release that hit #4 on Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 chart, surpassed 10 million global streams within just eight weeks, landed on nearly 30 Spotify editorial playlists. With her gritty honesty and empowered vulnerability, EMELINE is now at work on more new music driven by her mission of uplifting and supporting women everywhere.