Wale Joins Forces with Warner Bros. Records for Upcoming Sixth Album
GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Washington, D.C. MMG superstar and culture iconoclast Wale announces his signing to Warner Bros. Records. The critically acclaimed, history-making rapper will unleash his sixth full-length album in 2018.
"I am delighted that Wale has joined Warner Bros. Records," says Tom Corson, Co-Chairman & COO, Warner Bros. Records. "He is a pillar in the hip-hop community and beyond; with his cultural relevance and lyrical prose, he continues to elevate the game. Wale is truly a force to be reckoned with and we look forward to a successful partnership for years to come."
"This is an exciting step for me. I am thrilled to be at a company that is willing to showcase my artistry, while supporting my entrepreneurial spirit," says Wale. "I felt their passion, commitment, and enthusiasm from day one. They believed in my vision whole heartedly, and I am ready to show and prove."
To celebrate the news, Wale drops a brand new track entitled "Black Bonnie"[feat. Jacquees]. He delivers one thought-provoking bar after another in homage to the females in his life as Jacquees turns up with a smooth and showstopping hook. It's yet another powerful anthem from the MC.
Wale remains one of the strongest and sharpest voices in the culture. The artist's deft wordplay and impressive knack for a hook shined especially bright in 2017. His most recent album, Shine touted a platinum smash in the form of"My PYT," while "Running Back" [feat. Lil Wayne] racked up a staggering 71 million Spotify streams and "My Love" [feat. Major Lazer, WizKid, and Dua Lipa] generated over 63 million. The album also marked Wale's fourth consecutive Top 20 debut on the Billboard Top 200. Shine garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, Billboard, Complex, XXL, HotNewHipHop, and more as he took the stage on ESPN's "First Take" alongside Lil Wayne for a much talked-about powerhouse performance of "Running Back." Additionally, Wale launched his biggest headline tour to date the Shine Tour.<
There's only one Wale. Since arriving in 2006, he has consistently gone against the grain. An old school lyricist with new school energy, otherworldly hooks, and a sense of irony tailormade for its own Seinfeld episode, he instantly set himself apart. 2008's inventive Mixtape About Nothing cemented him as a critical favorite and preceded the major label debut Attention Deficitin 2009. Bowing at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, the now-classic and gold-certified Ambition yielded the GRAMMY® Award-nominated platinum-selling"Lotus Flower Bomb." Two more blockbusters followed as THE GIFTED  and The Album About Nothing  both crashed the Billboard Top 200 at #1 back-to-back. Shine  gave the world "My PYT" as Wale continued dropping heat. Along the way, Wale covered magazines such as Complex,Billboard, XXL, and Vibe, to name a few and would receive honors at the BET Awards, BET Hip-Hop Awards, SOUL TRAIN Awards, and more. To date, Wale has achieved four platinum or multiplatinum singles, three gold singles, and two gold albums. Wale has over 6 million monthly listeners on Spotify and has reached over half a billion channel views on YouTube.
Wale also made history as "the first rapper to open the State Of The Union," gracing the stage with an unforgettable performance before President Obama's final STATE OF THE UNION Address. A regular guest of the First Family, he participated in First Lady Michelle Obama's "Reach Higher" initiative for higher education as well. Expanding his cultural influence, Wale teamed up with Villa for a limited-edition line of sneakers. These included the Asics "Bottle Rocket," the Timberland "Gift Box Set" and the VILLA x Wale x ASIC Gel Lyte III "IC Champion." Wale's label imprint, Every Blue Moon encompasses the scope of his creative vision with musicians, comedians, and screenwriters under its umbrella.