South African superstar singer and songwriter Tyla is teaming with Afrobeats phenom Ayra Starr on ‘Girl Next Door’ single
It notably marks their first collaboration together. The song is produced by P .Priime (Wizkid, Omah Lay, Bad Boy Timz).
Tyla says: “I absolutely loved working with Ayra Starr on our new single “Girl Next Door”. “She’s such a talented artist and I feel like our energies really came together to create something special. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”
It lands in the wake of the buzzing “Been Thinking.” Beyond amassing millions of streams, it incited tastemaker applause worldwide. Pitchfork proclaimed, “Her latest single ‘Been Thinking’ is a slick club anthem that channels the seductive pop-R&B hits of mid-2000s Ciara and Rihanna.” Rolling Stone touted the single among its weekly “Songs You Need To Know,” and Notion hailed it as “a slick dance floor heater that revels in seductive R&B.” NME raved, “The track seamlessly blends R&B with elements of Amapiano – the South African-born genre that fuses African melodies, jazz, piano melodies and deep house music – bringing the latter sound, and its creator, further into the global spotlight.”
Additionally, Tyla has been making waves internationally by fusing Amapiano with pop R&B vocals, earning her critical acclaim from PAPER Magazine, I-D and CLASH.
Making strides in the fashion space as well, Tyla was most notable seen sitting front row at this year’s FW 23 Dolce & Gabbana runway fashion show in Milan Italy, as well as the NYC launch of the H&M Mugler collection.
Last month, Epic Records and Tyla hosted an intimate cocktail and afterparty in NYC. The event brought together artists, influencers, music executives and creatives from the worlds of music, entertainment, fashion, art and culture. Attendees included Alton Mason, Jay Critch, South African recording artist Elaine, stylist Matthew Henson and many more met, mingled and celebrated the success of the young breakout star and her music.
Her debut single ‘Getting Late’ featuring Kooldrink has amassed over 5.5 worldwide million views. She followed it up with the incredible DJ Lag collaboration ‘Overdue’, which soundtracked the trailer for Netflix’s Blood & Water. Tyla returned with ‘To Last’ in 2022 to great acclaim, earning praise from CLASH and The Independent.
Last year, Tyla turned up on “To Last.” It has tallied nearly 1 million cumulative streams thus far and continues to gain traction at DSPs. Out Now dubbed it “dreamy,” and HITS noted, “Tyla’s music shimmers with the euphoria of South African amapiano, as she puts her vibrant personality on full display.”
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