BENEE headed from her native New Zealand to Los Angeles to work on the track with Kenny Beats in his infamous production Cave late 2019. Bakar was lured onto the song to feature his stunning verse, recorded just prior to the world heading into 2020’s ongoing lockdown.
The session with Kenny Beats in his legendary LA studio The Cave was one of BENEE’s first experiences recording music outside New Zealand. “It was awesome working with him, he was so fast making the beat that it was also probably the fastest I have ever had to write a song ha ha!.”
Knowing she wanted a feature on the track, she turned to Bakar, who she says “has the coolest voice so I felt it would be sick to have him on it!”
The single follows on from the 20-year-old’s recent US television debut performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with her mega hit Supalonely ft. Gus Dapperton, which was quickly backed up with a performance on The Ellen Show. The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon hailed Supalonely the “summer breakout smash hit.” and BENEE was named MTV Push Artist for June—check out her stripped-back performance shot in New Zealand’s Auckland Art Gallery, HERE.
Supalonely feat. Gus Dapperton has amassed 1.3 billion streams to date and 4 million in global consumption sales. The song is now closing in on Platinum Certified in the U.S and is Platinum Certified in seven countries including New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Mexico. It peaked in the Top 10 on Spotify’s Global Top 50 Chart, as BENEE currently sits as “The 86th Most Listened To Artist In The World” on the platform. Supalonely continues to climb the U.S. Top 40 Radio Chart, currently charting at #13. Within a short time, BENEE has gone from canvasing Soundcloud with covers out of her teenage bedroom to rising on the charts and amassing over 1.7 billion streams across her catalogue.
This week, Apple Music announced BENEE as the newest Up Next artist, Apple Music’s monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent. The global campaign includes the release of a short film shot entirely on iPhone 11 Pro and a sit-down interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. The vast Up Next roster of past talent includes Grammy-nominated and critically lauded talent. BENEE’s Apple Music Up Next film is available to watch here: apple.co/upnextbenee
Recently, BENEE announced her return to touring with a headline tour across New Zealand, which includes a sold-out show and recently added second show at her hometown Auckland’s Spark Arena on October 16th and 17th.
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