Ayra Starr
Ayra Starr

Nigerian star Ayra Starr has released her much-anticipated sophomore album, “The Year I Turned 21”, alongside the new single ‘Last Heartbreak Song’ ft. Give on'

“The Year I Turned 21” is Ayra Starr’s coming of age record, showcasing her most personal storytelling, alongside infectiously empowering anthems. Themes of growth, love, heartbreak and realizing your power permeate the record, powered by a newfound artistic maturity that came from the whirlwind year the Gen Z singer-songwriter has had.

Speaking about the second album, she said that “this is a coming of age story. The rollercoaster of emotions and genres intertwined tells the story of a 21-year old African girl and superstar.”

She added "21 isn’t just an age, it’s a moment of change in your life. A time of necessary growth, hurt, realizing your power, love. Not everybody’s “21” happens at 21. Whenever it is for you; learn from it, feel through it.. that’s what matters.

The masterful body of work features ‘Commas’, the feel-good bop which has exceeded 100 million streams across all platforms in just two months and spent 5 weeks on top of the UK Afrobeats Chart, the soulful love song ‘Rhythm & Blues’, and the most recent single ‘Bad Vibes’ ft. Seyi Vibez, spotlighting Ayra Starr’s wise and mature nature alongside her signature, self-assured Afrobeats roots.

 ‘Birds Sing of Money’ is an audacious intro to Ayra Starr’s coming of age story, heralded by a spellbinding Oriki that encapsulates the superstar’s almost divine aura. Bolstered by a 90s hip hop type beat,  ‘Birds Sing of Money’ showcases Ayra at her cockiest-she is in fine form, daring and untouchable.

The focus track for the album, ‘Last Heartbreak Song’, features US R&B heavyweight Giveon, who brings his distinctive vocal tone to this fiercely-independent anthem, alongside magnetic new tracks like ‘Warm Up’ ft. Asake and ‘Woman Commando’ (ft. Anitta & Coco Jones). 

Album highlights include’ ‘The Kids Are Alright’ - the singer’s most personal song to date, written for her late father who passed away before she became ‘Ayra Starr’. It features voice notes from her siblings and mother.

Other stand out tracks include ‘Jazzy’s Song’, which features a groovy interpolation of Don Jazzy and Wande Coal’s iconic classic ‘You Bad’ and ‘21’, a poignant RnB track that perfectly expresses what it’s like to be a woman in her early twenties.