Ahead of the release of her highly-anticipated sophomore album Hold The Girl due this Friday via Dirty Hit, British-Japanese pop sensation Rina Sawayama shares the final single “Hurricanes.” Premiering as BBC 1’s Hottest Record, “Hurricanes” is an anthemic pop-rock track about conquering and enjoying the challenges life throws at you. The new single arrives on the heels of Rina’s New York Times and Pitchfork features where she speaks about growing up in London, the genesis of Hold The Girl, and her blossoming career.
In October Rina will embark on her UK and Ireland tour, where multiple dates are already or nearly sold out, like her O2 Brixton Academy date, marking a legendary moment in the pop star’s career. This week Rina played a limited capacity intimate show with Banquet Records, Kingston and will play another intimate show at London’s Village Underground on September 18th. Tickets are on sale now HERE.
Hold The Girl follows Rina’s critically acclaimed debut SAWAYAMA and will see Rina once again juxtapose intimate storytelling with arena-sized songs creating another ambitious and original album to excite fans and critics alike. Written and recorded over the last year and a half, Rina teamed up with long-term collaborators Clarence Clarity and Lauren Aquilina as well as enlisting help from the likes of the legendary Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence & the Machine), Stuart Price (Dua Lipa, The Killers, Madonna) and Marcus Andersson (Demi Lovato, Ashnikko) for their magic touch. The product of Rina and these collective minds coming together is an album that melds influences from across the pop spectrum and is a bold and honest statement of Rina’s personal evolution; coming to terms with her own past and the jubilation of turning to the future.
In 2020, Rina’s debut album SAWAYAMA became one of the most critically acclaimed albums that year landing on over 50 album of the year lists, including the New York Times (#2), The Guardian (#3) and Rolling Stone (#6). The last 18 months have seen Rina Sawayama achieve a magnitude of milestones including changing the Mercury Prize and BRITs eligibility rules which meant Non-British artists could apply if they have been a permanent resident in the UK for more than 5 years. In 2021 Elton John joined forces with the pop star to release a special rendition of “Chosen Family,”a powerful and emotional ode to her LGBTQ+ family. Elsewhere Rina injected new life into Lady Gaga’s instant club classic “Free Woman.” 2023 will see Rina in her film acting debut as she stars in John Wick 4 alongside Keanu Reeves.
Listen to Hold The Girl above, see upcoming live dates below and stay tuned for more from Rina Sawayama coming soon.
RINA SAWAYAMA LIVE
12th Oct 2022 – Glasgow, Scotland – SWG3
13th Oct 2022 – Glasgow, Scotland – SWG3
15th Oct 2022 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland – Olympia Theatre
16th Oct 2022 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland – Olympia Theatre
18th Oct 2022 – Nottingham, England – Rock City
20th Oct 2022 – Manchester, England – Manchester Academy
21st Oct 2022 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy Birmingham
23rd Oct 2022 – Brighton, East Sussex, England – Brighton Dome
26th Oct 2022 – London, England – O2 Academy Brixton
1st Nov 2022 – New York City, Brooklyn Mirage
4th Nov 2022- Boston, Roadrunner
5th Nov 2022 – Maryland, The Fillmore Silver Spring
6th Nov 2022 –North Carolina, The Fillmore Charlotte
8th Nov 2022 – Atlanta, The Eastern
9th Nov 2022 – Nashville, Marathon Music Works
11th Nov 2022 –Dallas, House Of Blues
12th Nov 2022 – Austin, Emo’s
13th Nov 2022 – Houston, White Oak Music Hall
16th Nov 2022 –Phoenix, The Van Buren
18th Nov 2022 –San Diego, SOMA
19th Nov 2022 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium