(August 4, 2022) – Ruger is back with a new video for his hit single, “Girlfriend”, watch here. Teaming the hypnotic song with party filled visuals shot by TG Omori, Ruger takes it to the beach along with his numerous girlfriends. Watch the video out now via Sony Music U.K./RCA Records here.
Kicking off Summer with the release of The Second Wave Deluxe EP, Ruger quickly put his stamp on scene with the three additional singles “We We”, “Warning” and fan favorite “Girlfriend”, which have now amassed over 16 million across the tracks in under a month of release. He performed his discography across his Rugged Tour, with sold out dates across Australia, America, and Europe. While in Europe the star was invited to the Christian Dior Paris show, sitting alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell and Wizkid.
Watch “Girlfriend” here.
With the release of The Second Wave Deluxe EP, Ruger continued to show his hand at delivering hits. It’s predecessor Second Wave EP, which spawned the gigantic hit single‘Dior’ #1 across Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Liberia Gambia, Chad and Seychelles) firmly established him as one the hottest artists to watch coming out of the continent right now.Arriving on the scene 18 months ago, he has amassed over 120 million streams to date.
In just over a year Ruger’s arrival on to the music scene has been huge. Included in Vogue’s 22 musicians to watch for 2022and with co-signs from the likes of Davido, Don Jazzy, Popcaan, Burna Boy and more, Ruger has become one of the new hottest names. With a current tour schedule around the world, his music has captured the attention of many. Most recently, His breakout single “Bounce” was nominated for ‘Best Afrobeats Single’ in this year’s Headies Awards.
Kicking off 2021 with his debut single One Shirt featuring Jonzing label mate Rema and D’Prince, Ruger captured fans with his vocal and lyrical abilities. Following this release with what was one of the biggest Afrobeats singles of the year, Bounce saw his profile skyrocket and now sits on over 70 million streams and views. Releasing successive EPs Pandemic and Second Wave showcased the singer-songwriter’s range and sonic breadth.
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More about Ruger:
22-year-old Lagosian Ruger has spent the past few years developing his artistry, with the guidance of the Jonzing World musical incubator. Working with producer KukBeats to home in his self-described “crazy, energetic and real” Afro-Dancehall sound. RUGER draws reference from a childhood filled with a breadth of musical influences including 2Face, Gyptian, Bob Marley and Sunday’s spent drumming and singing in his Church choir. Using his life experiences as a basis of his storytelling, RUGER uses music as a means of expression, with the goal to see “the whole world… on their feet”.
OVER 1.2 MILLION – INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS
OVER 95 MILLION – YOUTUBE VIDEO VIEWS
435K YOUTUBE – SUBSCRIBERS
500K TIK TOK – FOLLOWERS
250K SPOTIFY – FOLLOWERS
35 MILLION – GLOBAL STREAMS FOR ‘BOUNCE’
25 MILLION – GLOBAL STREAMS FOR ‘DIOR’