In recent times, It is becoming somewhat normal to hear creatives/artists truthfully tell their audience that a track that they are “feeling” wasn’t as highly regarded until its release. Sometimes, after putting in the work on a project, it is often common to see that the least expected songs most times become the fan-favorite. This goes to emphasize the fan’s power in making any song a hit song.
In a recent podcast interview with Joey Akan of Afrobeat Intelligence, the hit singer admitted that she wasn’t sure about her single “Rush” and didn’t think it would be popular. She acknowledged that although the team persuaded her to give it a shot, she was apprehensive about releasing it. However, when the song was released and began to gain popularity, she recognized its potential and gained confidence. Then, again, she had doubts, but the song ended up being one of her biggest hits and cemented her reputation as one of Nigeria’s most promising new performers.
"I wasn't sure of "Rush" when I recorded it. I had to play it for Rema and Crayon…" — Ayra Starr.
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) April 27, 2023
The vocalist played the song for Rema and Crayon to gain candid opinions. She insisted that Rema, known for being brutally honest on the team, was the first to say that the song was a hit. Crayon, however, remained silent when she played the music for him and danced through it, indicating that it was a jam.
Released in September 2022, “Rush” swiftly became one of Ayra’s most popular songs thanks to its captivating lyrics and contagious beat. Millions of times have listened to the song on various music streaming services, and its popularity has cemented Ayra’s position as one of Nigeria’s most promising young singers.
On Spotify, the song has since accumulated over 100 million streams. The singer will be the first female act in the Nigerian music industry to have a solo single achieve this milestone. And now, in spite of her initial reluctance, her willingness to take a chance on “Rush” paid off and has turned into a fan favorite. Fans will be eager to see what Ayra comes up with next as she develops as an artist and continues improving.