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LONDON, UK – 19 April 2024 – Today UK Drill pioneer Headie One releases his first single of the year, “Cry No More” ft. Stormzy. The song is taken from his forthcoming new album The Last One, set for release June 2024.

Produced by Tay Keith (Travis Scott, Drake), Tommy Parker (Ariana Grande, 21 Savage) and Pooh Beatz (Jack Harlow, DaBaby), “Cry No More” features Stormzy (who featured on Headie’s UK #2 hit “Ain’t It Different”) and sees Headie in a reflective mood: “Sometimes you gotta lose the battle, just so you can win the war, you gotta go back and forth, from the court to the roads to the court.”

The accompanying music video, directed by RAWTAPE (Keshi, Kasabian, NTS) shows both artists on the streets of their hometown, portraying the good, the bad and the ugly side of London life with Stormzy rapping, “I just laugh when they say that I can’t go higher, I’m a frequent flyer, my last albums cold but my new ones fire, I might call it Maya.”

Headie One says of the track and video: “This is one of my favorites from the album. I loved the sample and 808s straight away when Tay (Keith) and Pooh (Beatz) played it in the studio. Stormzy went crazy on it, too.”

“The video concept was to show people that everyone has struggles they have to deal with daily. That’s no different to myself and Stormzy, regardless of what people think we’ve achieved in our careers. We still have things in life we have to deal with like everyone else.”

The Last One is Headie’s second album following his debut, Edna in 2020 which reached #1 on the UK album chart, making history as the first drill album to achieve the milestone.

The new album completes the narrative of Headie’s story that began with his 2018 The One mixtape: from pain and regret to progression and finally, a new chapter and a new beginning. He has touched on some of the subjects and circumstances in previous projects but the lyrics on The Last One aim to dig deeper. The artwork also signifies the arrival at a destination. One where he now stands alone, free from the oppression of his past and on the horizon of a new life.


About Headie One

Headie One is the first artist to emerge from the Drill scene with a UK Official Chart #1 Album and Top #10 Single. Born and raised in Tottenham, Headie is one of the figureheads of the scene, drawing inspiration from the smoThioth melodics of southern and east coast Hip Hop to create his signature bouncy flow coupled with acute and street smart wordplay. His ascent seemed fated, destined to be one of the genre’s forefathers – like Wiley with grime, fellow Londoner Giggs with road rap, or So Solid Crew with UK garage – and has done so with versatility, maneuvering between genres with aspirations to take his music to the widest demographic possible.

Since his debut solo release, Headz or Tails in 2014, Headie has released multiple mixtapes and tracks, working with many of today’s biggest names in music including Dave, Skepta, Stormzy, Krept and Konan, Burna Boy and Aitch. He released his fourth and most successful tape to date ‘Music x Road’ in 2019 reaching Top 5 in the UK Albums Chart, following it up a year later with ‘Gang’, a collaborative release with the critically acclaimed producer Fred Again with features from Jamie xx, Sampha and FKA twigs. Later in 2020, Headie released ‘Only You Freestyle’ featuring Drake, which peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart.

Headie’s debut album ‘Edna’ (2020), was the culmination of years of hard work and steady progression. It reached #1 on the UK Albums Chart, making history as the first drill album to achieve the milestone, with the lead track "Ain’t It Different” featuring Stormzy & AJ Tracey peaking at #2 - his highest charting single to date.

Further collaborations with Abra Cadabra and Bandokay came in 2022 with 'Can’t Be Us' and ‘50s', followed by the highly anticipated' Martin’s Sofa' in early 2023 which landed at #9. In the summer of 2023 Headie released Strength to Strength, a 10 track mixtape with K-Trap which reached #4 in the UK album chart and won them a nomination for Best Group at The BRIT Awards 2024.

About Stormzy

Stormzy is a multi-award-winning musician who hails from South London, England. His three albums to date; ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’, ‘Heavy Is The Head’ and ‘This Is What I Mean’ all finished at #1 in the UK album chart, with the former two subsequently being nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

His remarkable ascent has been accompanied by his honest and relatable character. A true spokesman of black empowerment and social activism, Stormzy is one of the UK’s most inspiring figureheads who has consistently stood up for people from all areas of life; encouraging his fans and listeners alike to speak openly about their beliefs and fight for their rights.

In July 2018, he announced #Merky Books, an imprint within Penguin Random House UK, dedicated to publishing the best new fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and in August 2018 he announced ‘The Stormzy Scholarship’, an annual studentship to fund black British students to go to the University of Cambridge. Since its launch, the scholarship has supported six Black students through their Cambridge education and - in addition to their contribution in 2021 - HSBC UK have since pledged a further £2m in funding (total of £4m 2021-26), and is expanding its mentorship and internship opportunities for Black Heritage students.

In June 2020, Stormzy’s philanthropic endeavours continued as he announced the launch of his charity, #Merky Foundation, to which he pledged £10 million, over 10 years, to organisations, charities and movements that are committed to fighting racial inequality, justice reform and black empowerment within the UK.

In November 2022, he announced the launch of his collaborative venture with Adidas titled #Merky FC; a programme committed to enhancing and protecting diverse representation within the football industry.

In August 2023, the award-winning rapper teamed up with All Points East (APE) festival for his own headlining day, “This Is What We Mean Day” featuring a full day of artists curated by Stormzy and APE. The festival, which took place at Victoria Park in London, included performances from Kehlani, Sampha, Knucks, Lucky Daye, WSTRN, Ms Banks, The No Signal Stage and more.

April 19, 2024 9:10am ET by Newsdesk  

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