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|PRAISE FOR NIKI|
“While NIKI has gained an international following for her down-to-earth songs and social-media
presence, the singer is taking things to another world with her debut album”
“She’s proven herself to be an imaginative and essential artist whose tracks lift you
off into new worlds with each listen”
“NIKI’s debut album Moonchild is a world of her own creation”
“NIKI’s sound is more established, leaning on the quippy lyrical intimacy of
an artist like Julia Michaels and a Billie Eilish-esque soprano waver”
Jakarta-born, LA-based singer-songwriter and producer NIKI unveils her latest album Nicole, out now via 88rising / Warner. LISTEN HERE.
Nicole sees NIKI where she shines, returning to her singer-songwriter roots in a carefully crafted coming-of-age juncture that sees present-day NIKI meet with her teenage self. The album contains archived songs from NIKI’s past that have been re-imagined for the album, in addition to a number of brand-new tracks. Throughout the 12 songs on the project, NIKI uses her innate and detailed storytelling abilities to expertly explore themes of love, heartbreak, and every emotion in between.
On the release of Nicole, NIKI shares “During the pandemic, I did a deep dive of the archived videos from the YouTube channel I started in middle school and realized that these songs are where my heart is. We made most of the songs in my collaborators’ garages and living rooms, and the whole process felt so carefree and energizing, like being a kid at the playground. With this record, I learned to trust my gut and have real confidence in myself as a songwriter and producer, and it was so freeing and so much more fun.”
Fully written by NIKI, Nicole features production from Jacob Ray (Alison Wonderland, Evan Giia) Tim Anderson (Halsey, BANKS), Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers, Remi Wolf), and Jacob Reske (Vince Staples, Trippie Redd), with additional production from NIKI.
NIKI most recently released ‘High School in Jakarta‘, which has already amassed nearly 4 million streams. The track’s music video surpassed 3 million views since its release last Friday, becoming NIKI’s fastest video to ever reach this milestone. ‘High School in Jakarta‘ follows the previous single ‘Oceans & Engines‘, a heart-wrenching ballad on surrendering to a broken relationship that serves as an impassioned moment of clarity and demonstrates NIKI’s songwriting ability. In the short time since its release, the track has amassed over 13 million streams and 2 million views on the music video. NIKI first announced Nicole with the release of the lead single ‘Before‘, a reflective nostalgia-tinged record that upon release, received acclaim from NME, UPROXX, and Teen Vogue who praised that the record “perfectly highlights NIKI’s songwriting prowess.”
NIKI will soon embark on her first-ever North American headlining tour The Nicole Tour which nearly sold-out during the presale and within the first 3 hours of general on sale. The run kicks off in Vancouver, BC on September 8 and stops in major cities including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and more before wrapping in Los Angeles on October 22. For more information, please visit nikizefanya.com.
Nicole by NIKI is out now, buy/stream it here.
With over 1.8 BILLION+ streams to date, 23-year-old NIKI has slammed the door on the conventions of pop stardom—writing, recording, and producing her music on her own. Born in Jakarta and based in Los Angeles, NIKI has captured the attention of audiences around the world, earning praise from Billboard “as one of the brightest rising stars.” Earning wide critical acclaim since her breakthrough EP, Zephyr, and her debut album, MOONCHILD, NIKI has cultivated fans around the globe with her expressive voice, personal songwriting and genre-blurring artistry, becoming a vibrant symbol of – and an advocate for – a generation of Asian musical artists.
NIKI’s debut album MOONCHILD was released on September 10, 2020 and currently has over 172M streams to date. Complex called MOONCHILD “a full-length offering reflective of the Indonesian vocalist/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist growth and abilities.” i-D shared that NIKI’s storytelling on MOONCHILD was “something we can only aspire to do.” To date, NIKI has garnered over 1.8 B+ streams and received praises from outlets like Harper’s BAZAAR, Forbes, Teen Vogue, Hypebae, and more.
Most recently, NIKI’s song ‘Every Summertime’ which appeared on the Marvel, Shang-Chi Legend of The Legend Ten Rings Official Soundtrack landed on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits and Pop Rising amongst others and has been streamed over 200 million times worldwide. She was also the first Indonesian artist, alongside Rich Brian to ever take the stage at Coachella. She is also currently the face of the Guess Originals Spring campaign.
With her Indonesian heritage essential to her story, she feels “a social responsibility representing Asian artists, especially as a role model for girls.” For aspiring Asian and Asian American talents aiming to break cultural norms and overcome music industry under-representation, NIKI proves that the highest dreams are indeed within reach.