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Jhené Aiko Takes Fans on a Mystical Journey with Release of New Album, TRIP

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Jhené Aiko Takes Fans on a Mystical Journey with Release of New Album, TRIP


22-Song Masterwork of Love, Loss & Discovery is Accompanied by Autobiographical Short Film Written, Co-Directed and Starring Jhené as well as a Forthcoming Poetry Book


22 September 2017 (Toronto, ON) - Grammy-nominated, multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko wowed her legion of fans today with the surprise release of TRIP, her life-affirming new album arriving today via Def Jam Recordings/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.  A masterwork more than a decade in the making – when Jhené first began writing the poetry that would evolve into the lyrics for this album - TRIP is accompanied by a short film of the same name, which Jhené wrote and directed with help from her friend, screenwriter Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip).  View the film HERE. Jhené has also released a touching “mission statement,” that details the inspiration for and intent of this massive project:

“In sharing this... I hope to inspire others to share their own mistakes,

imperfections and fears,” Jhené writes. “I believe in doing so we can understand

each other better and realize we are more alike than different… I hope to inspire

others to share their grief and pain because I believe suffering can be alleviated

when we understand we are not going through any of it alone.”


TRIP will take listeners through the unique odyssey of love and loss, heartbreak and discovery that Jhené has experienced over the past decade, witnessed closely by her loyal fans. Recorded in her native Los Angeles over the course of four years, the album comprises 22 astonishing songs and clocks in at 90 minutes, with guest appearances by Big Sean, John Mayer, Swae Lee, Kurupt, Chris Brown, and Brandy, among others. 

The album has already been characterized as nothing less than the artist’s magnum opus, a fascinating once-in-a-career project.  Her fans have stood beside Jhené through the changes that have rocked her life and career these past years – the tragic loss of her brother to cancer in 2012 and her journey to try to manage her grief through relationships, substances, and art. TRIP evolves into a psychedelic soul opus, a tone poem on love, loss and self-discovery. 

TRIP is the long-awaited follow-up to Jhené Aiko’s critically hailed debut album Souled Out, which entered the R&B Albums chart at #1 upon its release in 2014. “Jhené Aiko transforms heartbreak, tragedy and existential crises into a dreamy escape,” raved TIME magazine, with Pitchfork declaring, “[the album] surges with a lush, aquatic gravitas, distinctly R&B but never confined to genre conventions.” The LP’s first single and video, "The Pressure" has over 11.1 million YouTube views to date.

Souled Out took flight on the strength of Jhené’s phenomenal #1 debut EP, Sail Out (2013), the biggest-selling EP in Def Jam history.  Sail Out contained Jhené’s sizzling #1 crossover hit "The Worst" (over 108 million combined YouTube views to date); "Bed Peace" featuring Childish Gambino (over 35 million combined YouTube views); "3:16am" (over 13.5 million combined YouTube views); and collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples.

Jhené Aiko was already more than a decade deep in the music game before releasing Sail Out having been featured on singles, albums, and mix tapes by A-listers Kendrick Lamar, Wale, Big Sean, Logic, J. Cole, Drake, and many more. Jhené made history when Sail Out became the biggest-selling EP in Def Jam history with her sizzling BET Award-winning and Grammy-nominated #1 Platinum crossover hit "The Worst". The momentum kept up when she joined Drake on his 39-city North American Would You Like A Tour?.

In 2016, Jhené collaborated with multi-platinum superstar Big Sean on their debut duo project, TWENTY88. The ’70s-centric concept album delved into the highs and lows of the relationship between a famous fictional couple, with insights into conflict, memories, love, sex, and more.


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Jhené Aiko – TRIP

  1. LSD
  2. Jukai
  3. While We’re Young
  4. Moments feat. Big Sean
  5. OLLA (Only Lovers Left Alive) feat. Twenty88
  6. When We Love
  7. Sativa feat. Swae Lee
  8. New Balance
  9. Newer Balance (freestyle)
  10. You Are Here
  11. Never Call Me feat. Kurupt
  12. Nobody
  13. Overstimulated
  14. Bad Trip (Interlude)
  15. Oblivion (Creation) feat. Dr. Chill
  16. Psilocybin (Love In Full Effect) feat. Dr. Chill
  17. Mystic Journey (freestyle)
  18. Picture Perfect (freestyle)
  19. Sing To Me feat. Namiko Love
  20. Frequency
  21. Ascension feat. Brandy
  22. Trip feat. Mali Music