SEAN KINGSTON JOINS FORCES WITH ANANYA FOR ‘DAY GOES BY’

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Rising pop sensation Ananya Birla and multi-platinum Jamaican/American hitmaker Sean Kingston have released their highly anticipated single "Day Goes By", out now via Universal Music/Island Records.

The infectious anthem, which premiered on Billboard earlier this week, arrives with a magnetic video directed by Mike Ho (Chris Brown, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj) which sees Kingston’s trademark reggae-R’n’B fusion blend perfectly with Ananya’s unmistakeable pop vocals as the duo trade verses on seduction and infatuation.

Kingston first took the world by storm with his debut single “Beautiful Girls” back in 2009. He linked up with Ananya, the only homegrown artist to go platinum singing in English in India, when they shared the stage for his 2018 worldwide tour. Their mutual artistic admiration led them to the studio in LA for their first creative collaboration.

Co-written by Sean and Ananya and self-produced, “Day Goes By” marks one of the first major pop collaborations between a US and Indian artist.

Kingston, whose forthcoming album, “Made In Jamaica”, is set to feature Chris Brown, Tinashe and Justin Bieber, said: “It was so beautiful and easy to work with Ananya. We linked up in India and she played me a few of her records and Immediately I knew our sound together would be dope!!”

Speaking about how the single came about, Ananya added "Day Goes By is for anyone who’s lost their mind in love... It’s been brewing for a little while now: Sean and I knew we wanted to make something that captures that intoxicating feeling, and also make it super fun – something that people could dance to. When we got into the studio it all came together so quickly and organically. Sean’s an amazing collaborator and there was always such a positive vibe. I’m so excited to share it with the world!”

It has been a big year for both artists. Kingston just finished a sell-out 17 show world tour and released his latest track “Peace of Mind” in April. Ananya, who has racked up nearly 200 million streams since signing with Universal in 2016 and was recently named as one of GQ’s most influential Young Indians, dropped her debut EP “Fingerprint”in May which included the hit single “Blackout” feat Vector and WurlD. This month, she opened for Wiz Khalifa on his India tour.

“Her empowering spirit translates directly to her music” – Billboard

“Ananya Birla's 'Fingerprint' EP is a whole snack” Earmilk

“She is ready to become a breakout artist worldwide” – Ones To Watch

“Ananya Birla is a name and sound to be remembered” – Play It By Ear

“a whirlwind of talent and ambition” - Rookie Mag

Ananya is a singer-songwriter based between Mumbai, London and Los Angeles, and the first homegrown artist to go Platinum with an English language track in India - something she has now done five times, breaking the dominance of Bollywood music on the Indian music scene.

Since signing with Universal Music India in 2016, the self-taught santoor and guitar player, has reached over 200m combined streams and collaborated with artists such as Sean Kingston, Afrojack, Jim Beanz and Mood Melodies. She has also performed at major Indian concerts including Global Citizen, Oktoberfest and Sunburn, Asia's biggest electronic music festival, and is currently opening for Wiz Khalifa in India. She has plans to perform in the UK and US at the end of the year.

Ananya, who has been listed as one of GQ’s Most Influential Young Indians and one of Forbes’ Women to Watch, released her debut EP Fingerprint in May via UMG and Island Records UK.

Outside her music, Ananya is a strong believer in equality. She uses music to bring people from all backgrounds together and organizes music festivals in Mumbai to benefit the mental health organisation she founded, Mpower. Mpower was launched after she battled her own issues whilst at Oxford University and works towards dispelling the stigma associated with mental health illnesses and providing care in India where there’s been little to date. Her last two concerts have brought together over 30 thousand people. She recently spoke about Mpower at One Young World.

She also promotes female empowerment through her business Svatantra which helps women entrepreneurs in rural India grow their businesses and become financially independent. Svatantra means ‘freedom’ in Hindi.

September 20, 2019 2:28pm ET by IRM International  

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