“impossible to miss” – Vogue
(June 16, 2022) – Today, Ruger returns with explosive new The Second Wave Deluxe EP. Fusing the worlds of Dancehall, Afrobeats and R&B across tracks “Girlfriend,” “We We” and “Warning,” the additional three songs added to the EP, continue to showcase the unique soundscape that Ruger and his executive producer Kukbeats have forged across the last 18 months. Listen in full to the project here.
Ruger shows no signs of stopping as The Second Wave Deluxe EP, follows swiftly on from its predecessor Second Wave EP, which spawned the gigantic hit single ‘Dior.’ The track peaked at #1 across Africa in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Liberia Gambia, Chad and Seychelles. firmly establishing Ruger as one the hottest artists to watch coming out of the continent right now. Ruger has been nonstop since arriving on the scene, earning himself over 100 million streams since his debut.
In just over a year Ruger’s arrival on to the music scene has been huge. He was included in Vogue’s ‘22 musicians to watch for in 2022’ and has co-signs from the likes of Davido, Don Jazzy, Popcaan, Burna Boy and more. Ruger has become one of the new hottest names in afrobeats and is currently touring globally. His breakout single “Bounce” was recently nominated for ‘Best Afrobeats Single’ in this year’s Headies Awards.
After kicking off 2021 with his debut single One Shirt featuring Jonzing label mates 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. With a UK remix from Midas the Jagaban, the single now sits on over 70 million streams and views. Ruger followed up with successful EP releases, that included Pandemic and Second Wave, showcasing his vocal range, songwriting and overall sonic breadth.
Catch Ruger performing at Afronation Portugal and Wireless Festival.
Full European dates below:
June 26 – Oh My Festival, Netherlands
July 1 – Afronation, Portugal
July 9 – Wireless, UK
July 10 – Afro Beats Festival, Germany
July 30 – Sorlands Festivalen, Sweden
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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 helped him hone in on his self-described “crazy, energetic and real” Afro-Dancehall sound. RUGER drawsreference 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 real-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.”
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35 MILLION -GLOBAL STREAMS FOR ‘BOUNCE’
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