New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
After exploding onto the scene over five years ago, Atlantic Records recording artist Kiiara
has released her highly-anticipated debut album lil kiiwi, streaming now.
"With this album, I want to bring fans into the world of 'lil kiiwi,'" Kiiara
shared. "lil kiiwi being who I was early in my career. The queen of ignorance and bad decisions. During that time in my life, I didn't think before I'd say or do anything, I was just living. I was unpredictable and reckless beyond belief. It took a few years to process and understand that side of me which will always remain a part of me. And I'm now ready to share my debut album with my fans and let them into that world... lil kiiwi's world."
The incredible project is highlighted by the princess of chop pop's collaboration with superstar rapper blackbear, "So Sick
" as well as six brand-new tracks, recently released singles "I Still Do," "Never Let You" and "Numb (feat. DeathbyRomy and PVRIS)," and past hits "Gold," Whippin (Feat. Felix Snow)"and "Feels."
"'So Sick' is a playful song about my relationship with blackbear back in 2016," Kiiara
says about the single. "We dated for a lil and this is a look into that. We stayed friends thru it all even tho I was blocked for a solid 2 years lolll. Bear is incredibly talented and he really brought this song to life."
lil kiiwi finds Kiiara
bringing a new level of self-possession to her music, fully embracing her instincts in every step of the process and capturing the strange complexities of love. This is exemplified in the track "So Sick (feat. blackbear)," a bold but brightly textured tale of a toxic romance. "As soon as I cut the vocals on that song I could hear him on it," Kiiara
recalls. "We hadn't spoken in a long time but he hit me right back and said he'd love to do it. It ended up being a playful, dramatic song."
Earlier this summer, Kiiara
released the "I Still Do
" official video which introduced the world to Lil Kiiwi, representing Kiiara
in the earlier chapter of her career. In the video, flashbacks of Lil Kiiwi are intertwined with Kiiara's present life. "It's not an alter ego," Kiiara
says about Lil Kiiwi, "it's a side of me that will always be there, even though I'm much better at handling my emotions now. I've learned a lot the hard way, and now I want to bring people into my world so they can understand it a little better. And if there are people out there who relate to the things I've gone through, I hope hearing these songs makes them feel less alone. I hope it helps them out in some way."
The full length project arrives on the heels of Kiiara's impressive recent singles "I Still Do," "Numb (feat. DeathbyRomy and PVRIS)" and "Never Let You." "I Still Do
" was met with widespread critical acclaim upon release, with Refinery 29 encouraging readers to "dance out your feelings to the tune of Kiiara's all-too-relevant 'I Still Do'" and MTV labeling the track "an infectious summer bop dripping with catchy vocals." "Never Let You" followed the edgy track, garnering praise from Idolator and UPROXX, who included the song in their Best New Pop Music
round-up and stated, "Kiiara has positioned herself as a strong songwriter."
An unbelievable five-year trip brought Kiiara
to self-discovery. In what feels like the blink of an eye, she went from uploading music out of her teenage bedroom in Illinois to multiplatinum pop stardom. In 2015, she quietly enchanted listeners everywhere with an uncompromising and unapologetic deconstruction of pop. Her triple-platinum breakout single "Gold" vaulted to the Top 5 of the Billboard Top Pop Songs Chart and the Top 15 of the Hot 100 in addition to generating over 700 million streams. It paved the way for the low kii savage EP as she sold out her first headline tour, graced the stage of Lollapalooza, and made her late-television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Plus, she garnered tastemaker praise from Variety, Rolling Stone, PAPER, and Idolator, to name a few. In addition to dropping fan favorites such as "Whippin" [feat. Felix Snow], "Messy," and more, "Feels
" achieved a gold certification. Simultaneously, she became a sought-after collaborator, contributing her instantly recognizable vocals to the Bright soundtrack banger "Darkside
" by Ty Dolla $ign
and Future, "Complicated
" by Dimitri Vegas
& Like Mike and David
Guetta, "Be Somebody" by Steve Aoki
and Nicky Romero, and the gold-certified smash "Heavy
" by Linkin Park. Representing a full circle moment, she accompanied her "favorite band" on stage multiple times and honored the late frontman Chester Bennington by joining a stacked bill at the Linkin Park
and Friends: Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington concert event.
lil kiiwi Tracklist:
1. So Sick (feat. blackbear)
4. Don't Get Confused
5. Whippin (feat. Felix Snow)
6. I Still Do
9. Never Let You
10. Numb (feat. DeathbyRomy & PVRIS)
12. Two Thumbs
13. Bad One