Aya Nakamura

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Aya Nakamura
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Nakamura in 2019
Background information
Birth nameAya Danioko
Born (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 24)
Bamako, Mali
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2015–present
Labels

Aya Danioko (French pronunciation: ​[aja danjɔko]; born 10 May 1995), known by her stage name Aya Nakamura (/ˈə ˌnækəˈmʊərə/, EYENAK-ə-MOOR), is a French[1] pop singer of Malian origin. Nakamura was born in Bamako but immigrated to France with her family and grew up in Aulnay-sous-Bois.[2] Coming from a family of griots (West African storytellers, praise singers / poets of oral tradition), she is the oldest of five siblings. She studied fashion at La Courneuve. She later launched into music with the stage name Aya Nakamura, after the character Hiro Nakamura of the NBC Heroes science fiction drama series.[1]

Nakamura published her music online, gaining a following with "Karma" and "J'ai mal". Dembo Camara, a long-time friend, became her producer and manager. Notably, her song "Brisé", composed by Christopher Ghenda, garnered 13 million views on YouTube, and a duo with rapper Fababy "Love d'un voyou" resulted in her charting in France. She released her debut album with a number of collaborations. She also had a big concert at the Modibo-Keïta stadium in Bamako, where she opened for the Nigerian star Davido. She is best known for her number one[3] song "Djadja" that has more than 450 million views on YouTube.

Biography[edit]

Childhood and youth[edit]

Born Aya Danioko in Bamako, Mali on May 10, 1995 from a family of griot (west African storytellers, praise singers/ poets of oral traditions) she was the oldest of five siblings. At an early age, her family came to France and moved to Paris Northern suburbs in Aulnay-sous-Bois. She took the name Nakamura after the character Hiro Nakamura of the NBC science fiction drama series Heroes.

Debut and first sucess with Journal intime (2014-2017)[edit]

In 2014, at the age of 19 she released her first single Karma, on Facebook. With the help of the producer Seysey, she composed a break-up song, J’ai mal, with a zouk type of melody. The song's video reached more than 1 million YouTube views by that time. An old time friend, Dembo Camara, became her producer and artistic agent.

In 2015, she made the song Brisé with the composer Christopher Ghenda, and the video clip reached 13 M YouTube views. Then she released another song Love d’un Voyou, featuring the rapper Fababy and it received even more support on YouTube.

As a tribute to her cultural heritage and roots, she did a concert at the Modibo-Keïta stadium in Bamako, opening for the American-Nigerian star Davido. And she dedicated a song to one of the most famous Malian singer Oumou Sangaré, who was born in Bamako just like her.

In January 2016, the singer signed a deal with Rec. 118, a label from Warner music France. During the same year, she kept on doing collaborations and she released her second single Super Héros, featuring the rapper Gradur.

On August 25, 2017 she released her debut album named Journal Intime, led by her first Platinum hit, ‘Comportement’.  

The album was certified Gold in France. On September 23, 2017, she participated to La Nuit du Mali in Bercy organized by the Wati-Boss, Dawala in order to celebrate the Independence Day of Mali in Paris. She shared the stage with Oumou Sangaré and other Malian artists such as Cheick Tidiane Seck, Lassana Hawa or Mokobé among others.[4]

Nakamura (2018)[edit]

In April 2018, Aya Nakamura released Djadja -  the first extract of her sophomore album - which stayed 2 consecutive weeks at #1 French single charts and was later certified Diamond.[5]

The song quickly became a summer hit in France and soon became an international hit. She became the first French female artist #1 in the Netherlands since Edith Piaf with "Non je ne regrette rien" in 1961.[6]

Djadja was also the first Francophone song since 2009 to reach the n°1 position in the Dutch charts, the last one being Alors on danse from Belgian artist Stromaé.[7]

Djadja then conquered charts and radios all over Europe (Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland...)[8][9][10][11][12][13]

The following single Copines released in August 2018 entered #4 in French single charts before climbing to #1 in November 2018, and is also certified Diamond.

On November 2, 2018, Aya Nakamura released her sophomore album Nakamura. She became the first female artist to charts 7 album tracks in the French top 10 single simultaneously .

Nakamura prompted her second #1 single, Copines.[5]

In January 2019 she won the European Music Moves Talent Award for Best Urban album.[14]

In February 2019 she is Nominee for Song of the Year & Best Urban Album at France Music Awards

In April 2019, she released the video for Pookie, which became the most viewed French video in 2019.[15] It has gained over 150 Million views to date while the song became her third Diamond-certified single.

Those heralded her first sold-out headline tour starting March 2019, including an Olympia Paris Hall sold out in less than 2 hours, followed by a Zenith tour in the Fall 2019.

In May 2019, she was portrayed by the New York Times, as “one of the most important act in Europe now, musically and socially”.[16]

In June 2019, she earned her first nomination at BET Awards 2019 as Best International Act,[17] and crossed the 1 Billion YouTube channel views.

In Summer 2019 she gains momentum with a new international smash Pookie (+150 Million YouTube views to date),

including high-profile international versions with multi-platinum rapstars Capo Plaza (#1 Spotify Italy) and Lil Pump (US).[18]

In August her YouTube channel becomes the most viewed ever for a French female artist (1.4 Billion views to date).

In September 2019, Djadja rise back again at #25 in Shazam worldwide charts, and Top 10 in Shazam Spain and Latin America, while Pookie enters Shazam worldwide charts at #80

She thus locks 2 tracks in Shazam Global 100 simultaneously.

In October, Djadja goes Platinum in Spain [19] and Portugal while Pookie goes double Platinum in Italy.[20]

On October 25, 2019, Aya Nakamura released a re-issue of the now 2xPlatinum ‘Nakamura’ with five new songs, including the Top 5 single ‘40%’ .

In December year-end recaps,  she was named Most Watched French female artist in 2019 by YouTube, and Most Streamed French female artist in 2019 by Spotify.[21]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Units Certification
FRA
[5]
BEL
(FL)

[22]
BEL
(WA)

[10]
NLD
[23]
SPA (str)
[24]
SWI
[25]
Journal intime 6 143 34
Nakamura
  • Released: 2 November 2018
  • Label: Rec. 118, Warner Music France
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
3
[27]
29 8 10 92 20
  • SNEP: 2×Platinum[30]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Units Certification Album
FRA
[5]
BEL
(FL)

[31]
BEL
(WA)

[32]
GER
[9]
ITA
[33]
NLD
[23]
POR
[12]
SPA
[8]
SWE
[11][13]
SWI
[25]
"Super héros"
(featuring Gradur)
2016 34 Journal intime
"Comportement" 23 40
"Oumou Sangaré" 65
"Djadja"

(solo or featuring Loredana)

2018 1 16 16 43 1 37 23
[19]
72 32
  • FRA: 24,900 (sales)[34]
  • NLD: 120,000[29]
Nakamura
"Copines" 1 74 7 46 60
"Pookie"
(solo, featuring Lil Pump or featuring Capo Plaza)
2019 5
[42]
18 9 2 [A] 55
"Soldat"[45] 6
[46]

Featured in[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Certification
FRA
[5]
BEL
(WA)

[10]
"Love d'un voyou"
(Fababy featuring Aya Nakamura)
2015 9 37*
(Ultratip)
"Sorry"
(Abou Debeing featuring Aya Nakamura)
2016 188
"Bad Boy"
(Fally Ipupa featuring Aya Nakamura)
2017 68
"Moi je vérifie"
(Naza featuring Dadju and Aya Nakamura)
171
"Pourquoi tu forces"
(DJ Erise featuring Aya Nakamura)
2018 177
"Comme ci comme ça"
(Tour 2 Garde featuring Aya Nakamura)

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Certification Album
FRA
[5][47]
BEL
(WA)

[10]
SWI
[25]
"Oublier" 2016 96 Journal intime
"Fuego"
(feat. Dadju)
2017 85
"J'ai mal (Part 2)" 109
"Problèmes"
(feat. MHD)
118
"Jalousie"
(feat. Lartiste)
121
"Karma" 146
"Orphelin"
(featuring KeBlack)
151
"La dot" 2018 3 32 71 Nakamura
"Sucette"
(featuring Niska)
4
"Oula" 5
"Pompom" 8
"Ça fait mal" 13
"Whine Up" 15
"Gangster" 18
"Faya" 21
"Gang"
(featuring Davido)
35
"Dans ma bulle" 40
"40%" 2019 4
[48]
30 Nakamura (deluxe edition)
"Claqué" 45
"Idiot" 65

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2018 Aya Nakamura W9 D'OR - Female Artist most listened[49] Won
2019 Aya Nakamura Music Moves Europe Talent Awards - Publlic Choice Awards[50] Won
2019 Aya Nakamura BET Awards 2019 - Best International Act:France[51] Nominated
2019 Aya Nakamura AFRIMA 2019 - Best Female West Africa[52] Won
2019 Aya Nakamura AFRIMA 2019 - Crossing Boundaries with Music Award Nominated
2019 Aya Nakamura AFRIMA 2019 - Artist of The Year Nominated
2019 Aya Nakamura AFRIMA 2019 - Best Collaboration Nominated
2019 "Sucette" ft Niska AFRIMA 2019 - Best Collaboration Nominated
2019 "Pookie" AFRIMA 2019 - Song of The Year Nominated
2019 Aya Nakamura AFRIMA 2019 - Best Francophone Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Pookie" (Remix) did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 14 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[43]

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