JHENE AIKO AU & NZ TOUR 2018
Written by Miss J on August 21, 2018
TRIP is the long-awaited follow-up to Jhené’s critically hailed debut album Souled Out, which entered the R&B Albums chart at #1 upon its release in 2014. “Jhené Aiko transforms heartbreak, tragedy and existential crises into a dreamy escape,” raved TIME magazine, with Pitchfork declaring, “[the album] surges with a lush, aquatic gravitas, distinctly R&B but never confined to genre conventions.” The LP’s first single and video, “The Pressure” has over 11.1 million YouTube views to date.
Souled Out took flight on the strength of Jhené’s phenomenal #1 debut EP, Sail Out (2013), the biggest-selling EP in Def Jam history. Sail Out contained Jhené’s sizzling #1 crossover hit “The Worst” (over 108 million combined YouTube views to date); “Bed Peace” featuring Childish Gambino (over 35 million combined YouTube views); “3:16am” (over 13.5 million combined YouTube views); and collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples.
Jhené Aiko was already more than a decade deep in the music game before releasing Sail Outhaving been featured on singles, albums, and mix tapes by A-listers Kendrick Lamar, Wale, Big Sean, Logic, J. Cole, Drake, and many more. Jhené made history when Sail Out became the biggest-selling EP in Def Jam history with her sizzling BET Award-winning and Grammy-nominated #1 Platinum crossover hit “The Worst”. The momentum kept up when she joined Drake on his 39-city North American Would You Like A Tour?
In 2016, Jhené collaborated with multi-platinum superstar Big Sean on their debut duo project, TWENTY88. The ’70s-centric concept album delved into the highs and lows of the relationship between a famous fictional couple, with insights into conflict, memories, love, sex, and more.