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Fireboy DML Scores A Spot On the FIFA 21 Official Soundtrack

Fireboy DML's "Scatter" will be featured on the official EA Sports FIFA 21 soundtrack, while the likes of Burna Boy, Rema and Ms Banks will be included in the game's Volta soundtrack.

Nigerian singer-songwriter Fireboy DML has just landed what we imagine to be a dream of many young gamers and football fans across the world. Every time one of his friends plays EA Sports' latest installment of the FIFA franchise, they'll be hearing his hit single "Scatter," as its earned its spot on the coveted gaming soundtrack.

The career highlight comes through negotiations by EMPIRE Publishing & YBNL. Even without the gaming giant backing, "Scatter" has amassed millions of streams since its release on his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps.

FIFA 21 will have two soundtracks. Fireboy DML is featured on the main in-game soundtrack, while the additional Volta soundtrack (which will play when using the game's Volta feature) will also include Burna Boy's "Location," Rema's summer track "Beamer (Bad Boys)," and Ms Banks.

FIFA 21 is set for worldwide launch on October 9 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Watch Fireboy DML perform "Scatter" live at FIFA 21's World Premiere here.


Fireboy DML - Scatter (Live Set) | FIFA 21 World Premiere www.youtube.com

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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