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Fireboy DML
Fireboy DML in 2019
Background information
Birth nameAdedamola Oyinlola Adefolahan[1]
Born (1996-02-05) 5 February 1996 (age 28)
Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria
GenresAfrobeats, R&B, Afropop
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2014–present
LabelsYBNL Nation, Empire Distribution

Adedamola Oyinlola Adefolahan (born 5 February 1996),[2][3] who is known professionally as Fireboy DML, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He is signed to YBNL Nation, a record label founded by rapper Olamide.[4] His debut studio album, Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps, was released in 2019.[4] He won Listener's Choice and was nominated for Song of the Year for "Jealous" at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.[3]

Early life[edit]

Fireboy DML was born and raised in Abeokuta, Ogun state, and was a member of his church choir.[5] He developed interest in music while studying at Obafemi Awolowo University.


2018-2020: Debut and Apollo[edit]

His breakthrough single "Jealous" first appeared on YBNL Nation's collaborative album YBNL Mafia Family (2018), before being re-released on 25 March 2019.[6][7] The song is composed of guitar riffs, traditional drums and percussion; it combines African harmonies with elements of country and soul music.[6][5] "Jealous" was produced by Cracker Mallo and is centered around love and the complicated feelings that go along with it.[5] The visuals for "Jealous" were directed by Director K.[6]

In June 2019, Fireboy DML released the romantic single "What If I Say".[8] It was produced by Pheelz, who incorporated a mix of percussion, ambient synth harmonies, and a drum riff into the production[9] and plugged by Olaitan[10] The visuals for "What If I Say" was directed by TG Omori.[9] On 1 August 2019, Fireboy DML released another single titled "King", in the song, he declares his worth to his love interest.[11][12] The accompanying music video for "King" was directed by TG Omori; it contains images of Fireboy and his love interest in a rose petal embellished Rolls-Royce, as well as images of him singing at a fashion show where models walk on a runway.[12]

Fireboy DML released his debut studio album Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps on 29 November 2019. It was initially scheduled for release on 25 November.[13] The album's music is a brand of R&B that combines love and social issues with empirical songwriting.[13] LTG comprises 13 tracks and doesn't feature any guest artist; it amassed over 6 million streams on Spotify three days after its release.[14][15] It received generally positive reviews from music critics, but was criticized for being labeled an "Afro-Life" record instead of an R&B album. LTG was supported by the previously released singles "Jealous", "What If I Say" and "King".[16] The single "Vibration" was a fan favourite.

On 17 August 2020, Fireboy released the tracklist to his sophomore album, Apollo.[17] Ivie Ani of Pitchfork gave the album an 8.3 rating out of 10, calling it "the peak of his vision so far, a melodious, detailed, and effortless album of feel-good pop and R&B."[18] NotJustOk wrote: "At the base of his writing is a deep-seated knack for introspection, the desire to be himself and a whole others like himself, spinning personal and borrowed accounts of existential crisis, ambition, love, lust and depression."[citation needed]

In 2021, Fireboy released the single "Peru," which Music in Africa wrote "affirms [his] Afrobeats intelligence."[19] He was featured on Ladipoe's hit "Running"[20] and WSTRN's single "Be My Guest",[21] and Cheque's single "History." He made a musical appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performed a medley of the songs "Vibration," from Tears, Laughter and Goosebumps, and "Champion," from Apollo.[22]

On 24 December 2021, he released a version of Peru with Ed Sheeran which debuted on the United States' Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at number 2 on the United Kingdom's Official Singles Chart in 2022.[23][24][25]

2022-present: Collaborations and Playboy[edit]

On 3 March 2022, Fireboy was featured on the Sickick remix to Madonna's 1998 single "Frozen".[26] The official music video was filmed on the same day. On 6 July 2022, Fireboy announced via his official Twitter account that his third studio album titled "PLAYBOY"[27] would be out by 5 August 2022. In 2024, Fireboy was featured on the Justin Timberlake song "Liar".[28][29]


Fireboy describes his sound as "Afro-Life" and said he writes songs that audiences can relate to.[5] Alphonse Pierre of Pitchfork characterized his sound as "slow-groove pop" and said it "tells stories about love with the formulaic structure of a Hallmark Christmas romance".[30]

He has cited Jon Bellion, Passenger and Wande Coal as his key contemporary influences.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2020, Fireboy DML gained media coverage in Nigeria when his hit single "Champion" was used by FC Bayern Munich for their UEFA Super Cup celebrations.[31]

His song "Scatter" from his debut album Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps was included in the FIFA 21 game soundtrack.[32]

In November 2022, his song, "Coming Back For You," was included on the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.[33]


Studio albums and EP[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps[35]
  • Released: 29 November 2019
  • Label: YBNL Nation
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
  • Released: 20 August 2020
  • Label: YBNL Nation
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
  • Released: 5 August 2022
  • Label: YBNL Nation
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download, streaming


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


"Jealous" 2018 Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps
"What If I Say" 2019
"New York City Girl" 2020 Apollo
(with D Smoke)
(solo, with Ed Sheeran, or with 21 Savage and Blxst)
2021 37 40
7 35 31 2 13 53 2 34 Playboy
(with Ladipoe)[52]
"Beauty & the Madness"
(with Rexx Life Raj and Wale)[53]
2022 Non-album single
"Playboy"[54] Playboy
"Someone"[55] 2023 Someone
Everyday[56] 2024 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Frozen (Fireboy DML remix)"
(Madonna vs Sickick featuring Fireboy DML)
2022 12 Non-album single
"Me and My Guitar"
(Jax Jones featuring Fireboy DML)
2023 TBA
"Drink Water"
(Jon Bellion featuring Jon Bellion and Fireboy DML)[58]
Non-album single

Album appearances[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(Justin Timberlake featuring Fireboy DML)
2024 Everything I Thought It Was

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award ceremony Prize Recipient Result Ref
2019 The Headies Next Rated Himself Nominated [59]
Viewer's Choice Nominated
Song of the Year "Jealous" Nominated
City People Music Awards Most Promising Act of the Year Himself Won [60]
Best New Act of the Year Nominated
Revelation of the Year Nominated
2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival Song of the Year "Jealous" Nominated [61]
Listeners' Choice Fireboy DML for "Jealous" Won
Best New MVP Himself Nominated
The Headies Album of the Year Apollo Won [62][63]
Best Pop Album Won
Best R&B Album "Tears, Laughter and Goosebumps" Won
Best R&B Single "Tattoo" Won
Headies Revelation Fireboy DML Won
2021 African Entertainment Awards USA Song of the Year "Peru" Nominated
All Africa Music Awards African Fan's Favourite Himself Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding International Song "Peru" Nominated [64][65]
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music (Endowed by Infinix) Himself Nominated [66]
2022 The Headies Best Songwriter of the Year "Peru" Nominated [67]
Best Afrobeat Single (Nigeria) Won
Song of the Year Nominated
Viewer's Choice Himself for "Peru" Nominated
BET Awards Best International Act Himself Nominated [68]


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External links[edit]

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