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Elaine, pictured above in the music video for "You're the One" music video.

Elaine is the Most Streamed South African Woman Artist

Elaine secures the number-one position on all three of Apple Music's 'Top Mzansi Females' charts.

Elaine continues to go from strength to strength and with good reason. The artist recently secured the top streaming positions on Apple Music's "Top Mzansi Female Artists of 2020", "Top Mzansi Female Albums of 2020" and "Top Mzansi Female Singles of 2020" charts. Moreover, several tracks featured on her debut EP Elements snatched seven spots on the "Top Mzansi Female Singles of 2020" chart. The stellar achievement comes shortly after having been announced as one of Apple Music's "Visionary Women" Campaign at just 21-years-old.

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The sensational trap-soul songstress shot to fame with "You are the One" which brought the heat on Apple Music charts in 2019. The single went viral and saw a piano cover by soulful artist Loyiso Gijana. The evocative "You are the one" music video dropped in April of this year with crisp visuals celebrating Black girls and a twist on 90s' aesthetics. The highly-anticipated song carried visuals that captured the intimacy between Elaine and her lover.

"My EP, Elements, means so much to me," Elaine explains in an interview. She goes on to add that, "I gave it all my love and passion, and to receive it tenfold from those who love and appreciate me and my music, is the greatest gift I could ever ask for. I am grateful, humbled and excited for the future. Thank you to every shining star that has been streaming my project, and thank you Apple Music for your love and constant support!"

At the beginning of lockdown, Elaine shared her 'At Home With' playlist for fans to cope with the blues of being cooped up indoors. Her curation is filled with mood-shifting music that'll have you feeling that everything will work out just fine.

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Stream Elements on Spotify.


Top Mzansi (South African) Female Artists of 2020:

1. Elaine

2. Sha Sha

3. Lebo Sekgobela

4. Amanda Black

5. Ami Faku

6. Zonke Dikana

7. Bucy Radebe

8. Demi Lee Moore

9. Ntokozo Mbambo

10. Simmy


Top Mzansi (South African) Female Albums of 2020:

1. Elements by Elaine

2. Blossom EP by Sha Sha

3. Imali by Ami Faku

4. Power by Amanda Black

5. Spiritual Encounter by Busy Radebe

6. Country by Demi Lee Moore

7. Restored (Live) by Lebo Sekgobela

8. Tugela Fairy by Simmy

9. L.O.V.E. by Zonke Dikana

10. Hymns & Worship (Live) by Lebo Sekgobela


Top Mzansi (South African) Female Singles of 2020:

1. "You're The One" by Elaine

2. "Risky" by Elaine

3. "Tender Love (feat. DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small)" by Sha Sha

4. "Umlilo (feat. Mvzzle & Rethabile)" by DJ Zinhle

5. "Changes" by Elaine

6. "I/You" by Elaine

7. "When We're Alone" by Elaine

8. "Say It" by Elaine

9. "I Just Wanna Know" by Elaine

10. "Uzugcin'impilo Yam'" by Bucy Radebe

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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