Just a month after the release of his latest single, you, Nigerian singer-songwriter and producer CKay has unveiled his latest career milestone by way of his long-awaited debut album, Sad Romance.
Having first burst onto the scene in 2017 with his single Container, Ckay has wasted no time in racing to the top of the Afrobeats charts. Releasing three EPs – including 2017's Who The Fuck Is CKay?, 2019's CKay The First, and 2021's Boyfriend – CKay saw his biggest success last year with the release of a remixed version of Love Nwantiti.
Featuring the likes of Joeboy and Kuami Eugene, the track was a massive hit, topping the charts in Switzerland, France, and Norway, and hitting number eight here in Australia. Since then, his profile has only continued to rise, with both the original and remixed versions of Love Nwantiti boasting close to a billion streams on Spotify alone.
Just last month, CKay unveiled you as the latest taste from Sad Romance, which arrived last week to widespread critical acclaim. Speaking to GQ ahead of the release of the record, CKay explained that the album is tantamount of his "personal love story".
"My love life is always a rollercoaster of emotions," he told the publication. "I turned these emotions into songs. My creative process was really fluid. I recorded this album while I was on the road. I was connecting with diverse creative energy around the world. It involved lots of real-life and online sessions, emails, Zoom calls etc."
Having already managed to bring Afrobeats to the world thanks to his mesmerising sound, things are really just getting started for CKay, who says he wants to use his music to bring the world together. With an album like Sad Romance, it feels like he's not far off achieving his goal.