NIKI RELEASES NEW ALBUM NICOLE OUT NOW VIA 88RISING
Jakarta-born, LA-based singer-songwriter, and producer NIKI unveils her latest album Nicole, out now via 88rising.
Stream/download Nicole HERE.
Nicole sees NIKI where she shines, returning to her singer-songwriter roots in a carefully crafted coming-of-age juncture that sees present-day NIKI meet with her teenage self. The album contains archived songs from NIKI’s past that have been re-imagined for the album, in addition to a number to brand-new tracks. Throughout the 12 songs on the project, NIKI uses her innate and detailed storytelling abilities to expertly explore themes of love, heartbreak, and every emotion in between.
On the release of Nicole, NIKI shares “During the pandemic, I did a deep dive of the archived videos from the YouTube channel I started in middle school and realized that these songs are where my heart is. We made most of the songs in my collaborators’ garages and living rooms, and the whole process felt so carefree and energizing, like being a kid at the playground. With this record, I learned to trust my gut and have real confidence in myself as a songwriter and producer, and it was so freeing and so much more fun.”
Fully written by NIKI, Nicole features production from Jacob Ray (Alison Wonderland, Evan Giia) Tim Anderson (Halsey, BANKS), Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers, Remi Wolf), and Jacob Reske (Vince Staples, Trippie Redd), with additional production from NIKI.
NIKI most recently released “High School in Jakarta,” which has already amassed nearly 4 million streams. The track’s music video surpassed 3 million views since its release last Friday, becoming NIKI’s fastest video to ever reach this milestone. “High School in Jakarta” follows previous single “Oceans & Engines,” a heart-wrenching ballad on surrendering to a broken relationship that serves as an impassioned moment of clarity and demonstrates NIKI’s songwriting ability. In the short time since its release, the track has amassed over 13 million streams and 2 million views on the music video. NIKI first announced Nicole with the release of lead single “Before,” a reflective nostalgia-tinged record that upon release, received acclaim from NME, UPROXX, and Teen Vogue who praised that the record “perfectly highlights NIKI’s songwriting prowess.” All three tracks appear on Nicole.
Earlier this summer, NIKI announced her first ever North American headlining tour “The Nicole Tour,” which nearly sold-out during the presale and within the first 3 hours of general on sale. The run kicks off in Vancouver, BC on September 8th and stops in major cities including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and more before wrapping at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on October 22nd. For more information, please visit nikizefanya.com, and see below for the full list of tour dates.
This spring, NIKI became the first Indonesian artist to ever perform at Coachella, alongside Rich Brian. NIKI will follow up her Coachella appearance with a performance at 88rising’s 2022 Head in the Clouds Festival later this month at Brookside at the Rose Bowl. NIKI previously headlined at the 2021 Head in the Clouds Festival last November with a striking set that received acclaim from MTV, Flaunt, and The AV Club who hailed her a “goddamn superstar.” Watch her full performance at the festival HERE.
To date, NIKI has accumulated over 1.8 billion streams across all platforms. Her hit single “Every Summertime” from the soundtrack of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings went viral earlier this year, reaching Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits and currently has over 220 million streams and climbing. The track, written and produced by NIKI and longtime collaborator Jacob Ray – is an exuberant love song with a throwback sound reminiscent of classic R&B and soul. Stream the track HERE.
Listen/stream Nicole and keep an eye out for more from NIKI soon.
The Nicole Tour Dates
September 8 – Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl
September 9 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
September 10 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
September 13 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
September 14 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
September 15 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
September 17 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
September 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
September 22 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
September 23 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
September 24 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
September 27 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
September 28 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
September 30 – Washington, D.C. – The Howard
October 2 – Boston, MA – Royale
October 4 – Nashville, TN – Eastside Bowl
October 5 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
October 6 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
October 8 – Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
October 9 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
October 11 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
October 12 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
October 14 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
October 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – The Grand
October 18 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
October 22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Since breaking through with her 2018 EP Zephyr, NIKI has made a powerful imprint on the pop scene, amassing a devoted global fanbase with over 1.8 billion streams to date and making history as the first Indonesian artist ever to perform at Coachella. But after delivering her critically acclaimed debut album MOONCHILD, the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter felt compelled to completely reexamine her artistic process—a move that found her revisiting the vast catalog of unfiltered and indie-folk-leaning songs she’d created in high school. As she returned to the stream-of-consciousness approach to songwriting that defined her earliest material, the 23-year-old musician soon arrived at her sophomore album Nicole: a boldly self-possessed body of work written entirely by NIKI, spotlighting her finespun storytelling and warmly expressive vocals more fully than ever before. With the album’s first half comprised of new or never-before-heard songs and its latter half featuring her favorite tracks from her widely beloved YouTube channel, NIKI imbues her songs with the kind of lived-in specificity that immediately reconnects the listener with the rush and devastation of their own first love. Nicole is out now via 88rising.