After achieving more than 350 million plays on the platform, Nigerian artist, singer, and composer Adedamola Adefolahan, better known by his stage name Fireboy DML, was presented with an award by the music streaming service Audiomack.
In 2019, the Afro-pop sensation and crooner of “Peru” released his debut album Laughter, Tears, and Goosebumps, which racked up 153 million streams, and his sophomore album “Apollo,” which had instant hits like “Champion” and “Tattoo,” also gathered 154 million plays on Audiomack. Both albums were released in 2019. The remaining streams were all produced from singles, which is what tipped the scales in favor of Fireboy’s eligibility to win this award.
Recently, at the Audiomack headquarters in New York City, Jason Johnson, who is the Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy for Audiomack, handed Fireboy DML the plaque that he had been awarded.
The comment that Johnson provided was as follows: “In less than four years, Fireboy has left a mark in both the local and worldwide music industry, and we are very thrilled to commemorate the tremendous accomplishment of over 350 million streams on Audiomack.”
At Audiomack, we believe in recognizing and rewarding talents for the milestones they have achieved in streaming, and our goal is to highlight the hard work that artists are putting into their careers digitally as well as the contributions of supporting stakeholders such as management teams, fans, and industry players like Audiomack. “We believe in acknowledging and awarding talents for the milestones they have achieved in streaming.”
Fireboy DML’s Biography
Adedamola Adefolahan, better known by his stage name, Fireboy DML, was born in Nigeria on February 5, 1996. He is a singer. He is a member of the YBNL Nation roster, which is a record company established by Olamide, a rapper from Nigeria. 2019 saw the release of his first full-length studio album, titled Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps. At the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival, he was honored with the Listener’s Choice award and received a nomination for Song of the Year for “Jealous.”
Fireboy DML spent his childhood in Abeokuta, which is located in the state of Ogun, and was active in the choir at his local church. While he was attending classes at Obafemi Awolowo University, he began to take an interest in music.
His breakout track “Jealous” was originally published on YBNL Nation’s collaboration album YBNL Mafia Family (2018). It was later re-issued on March 25, 2019, after being previously available only on the album.
The riffs on the guitar, traditional drums and percussion, and African harmonies are all brought together in this song, which also incorporates elements of country and soul music. Cracker Mallo is responsible for producing “Jealous,” which is a song that focuses on love and the various sentiments that come along with it. Director K was in charge of putting together the visuals for “Jealous.”
The heartfelt song “What If I Say” was released as a single by Fireboy DML on June 14th, 2019.
Pheelz was the one responsible for the production of it, and he used a variety of percussion instruments, ambient synth harmonies, and a drum riff in the production. TG Omori is the director of the music video for the song “What If I Say.” On August 1, 2019, Fireboy DML released another track titled “King.” I
n the song, he brags about his accomplishments to the person he has his sights set on. TG Omori is the director of the music video that goes along with “King.” It features shots of Fireboy and his love interest in a rose-petal-studded Rolls Royce. Additionally, it features images of him performing during a fashion event where models walk on a runway.
Fireboy DML calls the style of his music “Afro-Life,” and he claims that he writes songs that listeners can identify with in some way.
His music has been described as “slow-groove pop” by Alphonse Pierre of Pitchfork, who also noted that it “tells stories about love with the predictable framework of a Hallmark Christmas romance.”
He has pointed to Jon Bellion, Passenger, and Wande Coal as some of the most significant modern artists who have influenced him.