Apple Music today announced emerging Afrobeats rapper Shallipopi as the latest featured artist in its Up Next artist development program in Nigeria.

fast-rising Nigerian Hip Hop sensation OdumoduBlvck has been announced as the featured artist for Apple Music’s Rap Life Africa for April 2023.

Apple Music today has the latest featured artist in its Africa Rising artist development program is Port Elizabeth-born pop singer-songwriter Lloyiso (real name Lloyiso Gijana).

Developing an affinity for music from an early age, which evolved into a form of escapism for him during his adolescent years, it was the release of his collaborative EP with renowned producer Sarz called ‘LV N ATTN’ (2021) that allowed LOJAY’s creative mastery to shine, with the Afrobeats EP shooting to No. 1 on Nigeria’s Apple Music Album Chart.

The EP was anchored by the hit single ‘Monalisa’ that held its third highest position on Apple Music Charts in July 2021. The subsequent remix of ‘Monalisa’ (2022) featuring Chris Brown allowed for LOJAY’s star to climb even higher, as he followed that up with downtempo Afrofusion single ‘Leader’ (2022) and the Amapiano-rooted single ‘Canada’ (2022) alongside Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa respectively.

His new EP, ‘Gangster Romance’ (2023), available to stream on Apple Music in Spatial Audio now, is a 7-track exploration of the highs and lows LOJAY experienced this past year, characterized by emotive vocals and biting lyricism.

The latest music from LOJAY along with that of Africa’s hottest new artists, is available now on the Apple Music Africa Rising Playlist.

The Home Session EP, available to stream on Apple Music in Spatial Audio, will feature four exclusive unplugged tracks from the smooth singer, smash hit singles ‘Sip (Alcohol)’, ‘Contour’ and his latest release ‘Body & Soul’, as well as a cover of Sean Kingston’s summer earworm single, ‘Beautiful Girls’.

“‘Beautiful Girl’ by Sean Kingston was basically the soundtrack of my early teen years and reminds me of when I started crushing on girls. The song really influenced my writing ability and cemented my love for pop-dancehall love songs,” he explains.

After joining Mr Eazi’s emPawa Africa platform in 2019, Joeboy’s career skyrocketed in the wake of a string of hit single releases, with ‘Sip (Alcohol).’ And with his highly-anticipated album on the way, Joeboy is set to be a staple on playlists and screens for years to come.

Discover Joeboy’s exclusive Apple Music Home Session EP and his knack for weaving poignant stories with catchy lyrics to create pop-leaning R&B hits.

Speaking on what Chop Life means to him, multi-talented artist Pheelz says:

“Chop Life to me means enjoyment, hanging out with friends and family, good health, wealth, and living life to the fullest. This holiday, I plan to get on as many stages as possible so I can connect with fans. Also, I plan to hang out with family and record new music throughout the holiday.”

Super-talented act Young Jonn says:

“My personality is calm and breezy but like everyone else, I want to Chop Life. For me, this means “living life to the fullest” and by extension, doing the things that give me immense peace and happiness. One very important tool for achieving this happiness is music–making, breathing and immersing myself in great sounds from the continent. This compilation features sounds from some of the continent’s greatest, curated for the one who wants to enjoy life to the fullest, just like me. If this is you, it’s time to get your speakers set to Chop Life with me!”

Afrobeats star Niniola says:

“These are some of the songs I love to vibe to when I am in my Chop Life mood.”

Ghanaian Afrobears superstar King Promise believes in not focusing on the life’s problem.

“This is my collection of songs to unwind to and not focus on the problems cos problems no dey finish. You for Chop Life before life chops you. 5 star.”

Superstar Dancer, artist, and socialite Poco Lee says:

“For me there’s no music without dance and there’s no dance without music. So being a dancer there’s no sweeter feeling than getting hold of good music, It’s a lifestyle. Chop Life for me is about making people happy thus i curated this playlist to share the happiness. Thank you Apple Music for the opportunity to share my music playlist to the world.”

Rising sensation Magixxx says:

“My definition of Chop Life is great music and having fun. Basically ‘Shaye’, I have a song about it, I just want to be in that ‘Shaye’ energy all through the holiday season.”

“My holiday playlist is filled with songs old and new that put me in a good mood. My idea of Chop Life is living life to the fullest, zero regrets, blocking off bad vibes and living for the moment.” – Tesh Carter

“Even more than being a musician, I’m a music fan and any opportunity to be in the shoes of the music fan is exciting for me. Chop life to me is about being free to enjoy the best life has to offer. This playlist is made up of songs that give me that feeling on a regular. Thank you Apple Music for the opportunity to tap into my music fan side.” – Kuami Eugene

“Chop Life simply means living without worries and knowing that everything is going to be alright. I am going to be spending my holiday with my family and chopping life.” – L.A.X

“With this playlist, I hope everyone will have some time to think positively about themselves and focus on the true beauty of life. I urge all my fans to be proud of everything they have been able to accomplish this year and remain true to themselves. Spread love, spread messages of hope.” – Harmonize

“This playlist is the perfect mix of feel good, vibe-rooted songs that will definitely set the mood for my Christmas holiday. Let’s turn up as we stay safe too!” Femi One

“Music has the capability to wash away all the sorrow, fear, and depression. And for the upcoming holiday I will dedicate my time to listen to music from different artist and areas to ease myself and all that I have been through for this year.”Mbosso

“Live life to the fullest the best way you know how!” Azawi

“Chop Life reminds me of the greatness of Africa and how diverse our musical experience can be.” Ommy Dimpoz

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the achievements of Bad Bunny, whose influence on every corner of culture could not be ignored in 2022,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats.

“Watching Bad Bunny ascend from an Apple Music Up Next artist in 2018 to our Artist of the Year this year has been nothing short of extraordinary. We congratulate him on his record-breaking year and for continuing to bring Latin music to a massive global audience.”

Speaking on the announcement Bad Bunny tells Apple Music in an exclusive film, out today, that gets up close and personal with the 2022 Artist of the Year:

“When I started, I didn’t have a global fan base,” “I’m grateful for everything I’ve accomplished and everything I’ve experienced. The Latin music movement has grown so much. I would never take full credit or say, ‘It’s because of me.’ No, it’s every one of us. A whole generation. Our energy and presence is always felt.” Upon being presented with the Apple Music Award, he adds: “Thank you to Apple Music and to all the people who listen to my music every day. I’m super happy!”

You can watch Bad Bunny’s meteoric rise, and the special music that help bring together listeners across the world into making him Apple’s Artist of the Year here.

Today, Bad Bunny takes over theLa Fórmulaplaylist and handpicks his favorite tracks from Myke Towers, Rauw Alejandro, Mora, Jhayco, and others across Apple Music. And on Apple Music 1, it’s all Bad Bunny, all day.

A look back at some of Bad Bunny’s biggest moments on Apple Music:

  • Bad Bunny is the biggest Latin artist of all time by streams worldwide on Apple Music.

  • Upon its release on May 6, 2022’s ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’ became the biggest Latin album of all time on Apple Music, holding the record for first-day streams worldwide.

  • Bad Bunny’s ‘Moscow Mule’ holds the record for the biggest Latin song of all time by first-day streams worldwide.

  • Bad Bunny has logged 22 songs on the Daily Top 100: Global, breaking the record for most simultaneous entries by a single Latin artist.

  • Bad Bunny’s songs have reached No. 1 on the Daily Top 100 in 34 countries worldwide — more than any other Latin artist. He’s hit the top 10 of the chart in 77 countries.

  • 44 of Bad Bunny’s songs have reached the Daily Top 100 in countries across the globe, and three of his songs have hit No. 1 on the Global chart — more than any other Latin artist.

  • Bad Bunny holds the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 Latin albums by first-day streams.

  • In February 2018, Bad Bunny became Apple Music’s first Latin Up Next artist for the platform’s rising artist program.

  • He also served as the debut host for ‘Trap Kingz’, the first Spanish-language global radio show on Beats 1 radio, and hosted the show’s first six episodes in 2017.

Reacting to the announcement Moliy said:

“What an honour it is to be the next Africa Rising artist. This moment right now is everything I’ve been praying for, from Ghana to Africa, from Africa to the whole world! I’m hoping this shows young girls everywhere that their dreams are valid, to be brave and not cower amongst any naysayers. Thank you for seeing and hearing me.”

Deeply influenced by her rich Ghanaian ancestry, it was Moliy’s travels between Accra, Ghana and Orlando, Florida during her formative years, where she was inspired by the rich, eclectic genres of Afrobeats, reggae, soul, jazz, and hip hop, and was moved to pursue a career in music.

Her debut EP ‘Wondergirl’ (2020), featuring the dance floor-rooted single Ghana Bop, announced her arrival on the Afro-fusion scene and she quickly followed that up with a standout feature on Amaarae’s smash hit single and remix ‘SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY.’

Her debut album ‘Honey Doom’ (2022) is characterized by her ethereal, psychedelic vocals and showcases her personal and professional growth as a young woman navigating life’s ups and downs, spearheaded by the Afrobeats-infused power anthem, Hard feat. Moonchild Sanelly‘.

Apple Music’s Africa Rising, is an exclusive artist development program and companion playlist geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent and introducing the next generation of African superstars. Moliy joins other prestigious recipient that include: Omah Lay, Manu Worldstar, Tems, Amaarae, Ayra Starr, Yaw Tog, Blxckie, Nikita Kering, Buju, FAVE, Nomfundo Moh, Victony, Gyakie and Venom & Shihiliza.

Ruger went on to extend his unreserved gratitude to the fans and everyone who has contributed to his rise to stardom in just two years since breaking into the mainstream.

“I thank God and I thank everyone that enjoys my music as it comes out every time. It’s just encouragement for me to work harder and keep doing my best. Never going to the studio to do any mediocre sounds, never going to the studio to say “Whatever I drop they’re going to listen,” I go into the studio giving my 100% best and God will do the rest for me.”

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