By Jack Barnes
Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records artist WALE has announced the release of his hugely anticipated fifth studio album, “SHINE,” which arrives everywhere May 5th. The Grammy-nominated rapper’s new collection features collaborations with features from Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Major Lazer, G-Eazy, J Balvin and even Wale’s daughter Zyla, to name a few.
“SHINE” will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow April 7th at midnight, with all pre-orders joined by instant grat downloads from the album including the newly released track “Fish N Grits (Feat. Travis Scott).” Other instant grat downloads include the previously released “Running Back (Feat. Lil Wayne),” “Fashion Week (Feat. G-Eazy),” and the RIAA gold-certified smash, “My PYT.” Additional instant grat downloads will be rolled out in the weeks leading up to the album’s release. TRACK LIST BELOW:
- Thank God
- Running Back (Feat. Lil Wayne) **
- Scarface Rozay Gotti
- My Love (Feat. Major Lazer, Wizkid, Dua Lipa)
- Fashion Week (Feat. G-Eazy) **
- Colombia Heights (Te Llamo) (Feat. J Balvin)
- CC White
- Fish N Grits (Feat. Travis Scott) **
- Fine Girl (Feat. Davido & Olamide)
- Heaven On Earth (Feat. Chris Brown)
- My PYT **
- Smile (Feat. Phil Adé & Zyla Moon)
Wale will celebrate the release of “SHINE” with a major U.S. headline tour.“THE SHINE TOUR” begins Friday, May 5th at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA and continues through the month, wrapping in Boston, MA at the House of Blues (see attached itinerary). For complete details and ticket information, please see
Wale kicked off 2017 with a performance of “Running Back” alongside Lil Wayne on . The song, a fast-paced companion video, directed by ACRS, is streaming here, with nearly 6.2 million views. “Fashion Week (Feat. G-Eazy)” arrived soon thereafter to critical acclaim, with Complex praising the track’s “infectious hook and danceable production.”
Wale first unveiled “SHINE” with the now RIAA gold-certified smash single, “ My PYT .” The track earned more than 10 million Spotify streams following its every-hour-on-the-hour iHeart Media world premiere. Wale celebrated the single with a spectacular performance of “My PYT” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, backed by the one and only Roots.
Summer 2016 saw Wale treat fans to the blazing 17-track mixtape, “SUMMER ON SUNSET,” featuring Cam’ron, Joe Moses, Ty Dolla $ign, Raheem DeVaughn, Jazz Cartier, Phil Ade, Eric Bellinger, and more, earning instant applause from outlets including Rolling Stone, Billboard, and FADER.
Wale is one of the most idiosyncratic talents in hip-hop today. In 2009, after releasing a series of acclaimed mixtapes, Wale released his debut album, “ATTENTION DEFECIT.” He signed with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group in 2011 and soon unveiled his breakthrough second album, “AMBITION.” Highlighted by such singles as the RIAA gold certified “Lotus Flower Bomb (Feat. Miguel),” the album debuted at #1 on both Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” and “Top Rap Albums” charts while also entering at #2 on the overall Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart.
His third studio album, “THE GIFTED,” was released in June 2013 and proved a milestone, debuting at the #1 spot on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart, making his first Top 200 #1. What’s more, the album’s lead single, “Bad (Feat. Tiara Thomas),” achieved RIAA platinum certification for sales in excess of 1 million after ascending to the upper reaches of Billboard’s “Hot 100.”
Wale made an extraordinary chart entry with 2015’s “THE ALBUM ABOUT NOTHING,” debuting at #1 on theBillboard 200 as well as Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” and “Top Rap Albums” charts. The album – which includes the hit singles, “The Matrimony (Feat. Usher)” and “The Body (Feat. Jeremih)” – marked the most eclectic, entertaining, and extraordinary release in Wale’s famed “ABOUT NOTHING” mixtape trilogy, showcasing the inspiration of his favorite TV show, Seinfeld, with Jerry Seinfeld himself prominently featured on skits and segments.
In addition to the release of “THE ALBUM ABOUT NOTHING,” Wale partook in several high-profiled events at The White House, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” initiative for higher education, as well as becoming the first rapper to open the State Of The Union, performing right before President Obama’s final State Of The Union Address. Wale also joined forces with sneaker boutique, Villa, to release a limited edition collection of sneakers including the Asics “Bottle Rocket,” the Timberland “Gift Box Set” and the VILLA x Wale x ASIC Gel Lyte III “IC Champion.” He continues to develop and expand his EVERY BLUE MOON brand that includes musicians, comedians, screenwriters, as well as plans to launch a festival.
“THE SHINE TOUR”
|May 5 Atlanta, GA||The Tabernacle|
|May 6 Raleigh, NC||The Ritz|
|May 9 Houston, TX||House of Blues|
|May 11 Scottsdale, AZ||Livewire|
|May 12 Los Angeles, CA||The Novo|
|May 13 San Francisco, CA||The Fillmore|
|May 16 Denver, CO||Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom|
|May 18 Chicago, IL||House of Blues|
|May 19 Milwaukee, WI||The Rave|
|May 20 Minneapolis, MN||Skyway Theatre|
|May 22 Detroit, MI||St. Andrew’s Hall|
|May 24 Pittsburgh, PA||Stage AE|
|May 25 New York, NY||Irving Plaza|
|May 26 Philadelphia, PA||Theatre of Living Arts|
|May 27 Boston, MA||House of Blues|
|June 17 Dover, DE||Firefly Music Festival|
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