Ella Mai

Variety - - Young Hollywood -

SINGER-SONG­WRITER

Lon­don-born singer-song­writer Mai found her­self with a sur­prise smash in the United States this sum­mer when her 1990s-in­flu­enced R&B track, “Boo’d Up,” en­tered the top five on Bill­board’s Hot 100. The song, first re­leased by Epic Records in 2017, was such an af­ter­thought for the artist, she didn’t even have it on her setlist while open­ing for Kehlani — un­til fans started ask­ing for it by name. By 2018, the buzzing DJ Mustard-pro­duced sin­gle was rack­ing up streams on Spo­tify, and by sum­mer, it was in­escapable. “This has been an amaz­ing year and it’s crazy be­cause it’s just the be­gin­ning,” she says. So what’s next for the 23-year-old? “Trip,” Mai’s fol­low-up to “Boo’d Up,” dropped this month and boasts a sim­i­lar, sultry feel. A full al­bum is ex­pected this fall and the singer is no longer the open­ing act: Mai’s Boo’d Up Tour is cur­rently un­der­way across Amer­ica, with nearly all dates sold out. Adds Mai: “I can’t wait for all the fans that have been with me from the be­gin­ning to hear the new mu­sic I’ve been work­ing on for so long.”

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