VICTOR VICTOR WORLDWIDE/REPUBLIC RECORDS ANNOUNCES NEW POP SMOKE ALBUM, OUT EVERYWHERE JULY 16
Pop Smoke by Orli Arias
"In a moment of tremendous political and social turmoil, Shoot for the Stars offers listeners catharsis."
"Pop Smoke's presence looms large in popular music, and this album helps to explain why."
"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"
"The rapper's posthumous debut album shows us why he remains the voice of New York City"
23 JUNE 2021 (TORONTO, ON) - Today, Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic Records/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company, announces a new Pop Smoke album to be released on July 16th. The 17-track album is now available to pre-add and pre-order. Earlier this year, Pop Smoke's posthumous debut album, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, earned the title of the longest running #1 Hip Hop/R&B Album since 1990 and landed the #1 spot for two non-consecutive weeks. The album, which has over 7 million units consumed worldwide, also reached the #1 spot on the Top Rap Albums chart and charted in the top five on the Billboard 200 for 34 weeks, becoming only the fourth album this century to spend that many weeks in the top five.
Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon has launched three RIAA certified platinum songs ("Hello," "Got It On Me," and “Something Special”), two 2x platinum songs(“The Woo” and "What You Know About Love"), two 3x platinum ("Mood Swings" and "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 almost 20B streams worldwide and counting.
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 34 weeks in the Top 5, had the most weeks at #1 in the history of the Billboard Top Hip Hop/R&B Albums chart since 1990, landed the #1 spot for two non-consecutive weeks, 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 11B streams, launched three RIAA certified platinum songs ("Hello," "Got It On Me," and “Something Special”), two 2x platinum songs (“The Woo” and "What You Know About Love"), two 3x platinum ("Mood Swings" and "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 almost 20B 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, Black Thought, 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, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd 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, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G). 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.