“AP” BY POP SMOKE IS OUT NOW
FEATURED IN THE NEW FOCUS FEATURES FILM BOOGIE RELEASING ON MARCH 5TH
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
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"Pop Smoke's presence looms large in popular music, and this album helps to explain why" -Billboard
"The speed with which hip-hop superstars like Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj were gravitating toward him for collaborations portended great things, suggesting that the king of New York might someday become the king of everywhere else, too" - The New York Times
"Pop Smoke retains the intensity that made him great" - Pitchfork
"The rapper's posthumous debut album shows us why he remains the voice of New York City" - Rolling Stone
26 FEBRUARY 2021 (TORONTO, ON) - Pop Smoke’s new track “AP" is out now. The new song is featured in Eddie Huang's forthcoming directorial debut for the Focus Features’ film BOOGIE, which is in theaters March 5th. The film is the coming-of-age story of Alfred “Boogie” Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. The film prominently features Pop Smoke in his debut acting role, playing Monk, New York City's greatest amateur basketball player. "AP" is the first taste of the film's soundtrack, which has been curated and is being released by Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic Records/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company.
Listen to "AP" HERE:
"AP" arrives as the trailer for BOOGIE hit over 30M views combined, with the trailer on Pop Smoke'schannel reaching #2 on the YouTube trending global chart. All this after Pop Smoke's posthumous debut album, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, sits in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 chart, the album's 27th week in the Top 5 after debuting at #1 in July. To date, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon has over 8B streams, launched two RIAA certified platinum songs in "Hello" and "Got It On Me," one 2x platinum song ("What You Know About Love"), one 3x platinum ("Dior"), and the 4x platinum "For The Night." "Dior" was also nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance and to date, Pop Smoke has amassed more than 13.1B streams worldwide and counting.
Listen to "AP" above and stay tuned for more news about Pop Smoke soon.
About Pop Smoke:
Christened "Brooklyn Rap's Homecoming King" by The New York Times, noted for bringing "a sense of excitement to New York rap that had been absent for years" by Complex, and averaging nearly ten million monthly listeners on Spotify, Pop Smoke carried Brooklyn as the Borough's next icon in the wings. His breakthrough 2019 mixtape Meet The Woo has 280 million streams globally and in a stellar review, Pitchfork claimed, "The Brooklyn rapper makes good on the promise of 'Welcome to the Party' with a debut full of the hardest, dirtiest tracks he can manage." He turned up at the top of 2020 with the Gold certified Meet The Woo 2 and debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200. Meanwhile eight certified singles, including five that are platinum or multi-platinum, garnered a combined certification of 10M. Most recently his posthumous debut album Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, spent 27 weeks in the Top 5, had the most weeks at #1 in the history of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart since 2012, topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland upon its release and became the UK's biggest debut album of 2020. The album has garnered over 8B streams, launched two RIAA certified platinum songs in "Hello" and "Got It On Me," one 2x platinum song ("What You Know About Love"), one 3x platinum ("Dior"), and the 4x platinum "For The Night." "Dior" was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance and to date, Pop Smoke has amassed more than 13.1B streams worldwide and counting.
About Victor Victor Worldwide:
Victor Victor Worldwide (VVW) is a New York-based entertainment company encompassing recorded music, music publishing, artist management and philanthropy.
About Republic Records:
A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Zendaya and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G) and Hollywood Records. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label's catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.
Source Universal Music Canada
February 26, 2021 10:00am ET by Pressparty