Justine Skye

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Justine Skye
Skye on Cntrl+Alt+Delete in 2018
Skye on Cntrl+Alt+Delete in 2018
Background information
Birth nameJustine Indira Skyers
Born (1995-08-24) August 24, 1995 (age 25)
Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, United States
GenresR&B, pop, hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • model
  • actress
  • dancer
  • rapper
LabelsAtlantic, Roc Nation (former), Mosley Music Group, Nynetineth (current)
Associated acts
Websitejustineskye.com

Justine Indira Skyers, also known as Justine Skye (born August 24, 1995), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress and model. Skye, whose initial fame was from Tumblr, found a career in the music industry and signed with Atlantic Records at the age of 19.[1]

Early life[edit]

Skye was born August 24, 1995, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, to Jamaican parents. Her mother Nova Perry, an entertainment lawyer,[2] is of Afro-Jamaican and Indo-Jamaican descent and her father Christopher Skyers, a corporate merchandiser VP[3] is Afro-Jamaican[4][5] Skye first gained notoriety in her teens when she tagged along with her mother to a music panel held by performance rights organization BMI. During the Q and A, Skye stunned the panel by asking to sing. She performed a cover to Sam Sparro's "Black and Gold".[6]

Career[edit]

Justine Skye in 2015

Justine got her start at a professional singing career when she performed songs to go with the book “Rules To Rock By”. She is known for having made a cover about "Headlines" by Drake which received 2 million views on YouTube. In 2012 she released her very first mixtape Skye High. On the mixtape, her song "Trippin" got her a significant amount of exposure. She was also known for being Tumblr famous at the time with her then boyfriend Glyn Brown who pursued fashion. They would have meet ups in the New York area in which those who were a part of their fanbase would show up and show support for their events. As she continued on her rise to fame, her debut seven-track EP, Everyday Living, helped her land a deal with Atlantic Records in 2013. Her song "Hard Work" landed on BET's 106 & Park Top 10 and she also performed on an episode. She released the album Emotionally Unavailable in 2015. During that time she made the song, produced by DJ Mustard, "Collide" that featured the rapper Tyga.[1] In October 2015, she performed at TIDAL10X20, an event created by Jay-Z and at a Tommy Hilfiger show in Brazil. She has also made television appearances including an appearance on the final episode of House of DVF.

In 2016 she left Atlantic and signed to Roc Nation[7] and Republic Records. In December 2016, she released her EP 8 Ounces, which featured artists such as Wale.

In October 2017, she was the source of controversy when she kneeled down during a portion of her singing of the National Anthem at the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, New York at a Brooklyn Nets game.

Her debut album Ultraviolet was released on January 18, 2018. The album featured the singles "U Don't Know" (featuring Wizkid), "Back for More" (featuring Jeremih) and "Don't Think About It". The music video for "Don't Think About It" was released on the same day as the pre-order, December 8, and the song "Good Love" became available with the album pre-order.

In October 2018, Skye shared the video for "Build" on Instagram with an accompanying message that described an unnamed abuser who hurt her mentally and physically. At the time, Skye explained that she did not reveal her abuser's name because it would not matter to most people.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Along with having a huge following from being "Tumblr Famous" and having a song with rapper Tyga, she moved to Los Angeles and met A-list celebrities who later became friends such as Jaden and Willow, as well as Kylie Jenner and Kendall. From then on, Justine attended fashion shows, parties and other events with her above friends and others, although her own media persona was not fully established yet. She later recounted, in detail, how she met her famous friends in an interview with Fader.[8] On November 19, 2018, Justine did a second interview with The Breakfast Club where she spoke on what she has been doing thus far in her career and also brings up that she was in a relationship where domestic violence had been occurring, but never stated with whom said relationship was. On February 12, 2019 Justine went on Twitter to accuse rapper Sheck Wes of being her abuser, and was attacked by him and his friends.[9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums
Title Details
Ultraviolet
Bare With Me (The Album)
  • Released: June 17, 2020[10]
  • Label: Nynetineth
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

EPs[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
R&B/HH

[11]
US
R&B

[12]
US
Heat

[13]
Everyday Living 44 23 22
Emotionally Unavailable
  • Released: June 23, 2015
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: Digital download
37 14 13
8 Ounces
  • Released: December 23, 2016
  • Label: Republic
  • Format: Digital download
Bare with Me
  • Released: August 27, 2019[14]
  • Label: Nynetineth
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Space & Time Sessions
with Timbaland

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Everyday Living" 2013 Everyday Living
"Hard Work"
"Collide"
(featuring Tyga)
2014 Non-album single
"Bandit" 2015 Emotionally Unavailable
"A Train"
"U Don't Know"
(featuring Wizkid)
2016 Ultraviolet
"Back for More"[15]
(featuring Jeremih)
2017
"Don't Think About It"
"Build"
(featuring Arin Ray)
2018 Non-album single
"Maybe" 2019 Bare with Me
"Confident" 2020 Non-album single
"No Options" Bare With Me (The Album)

As a featured artist[edit]

List of songs as featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US R&B/HH
"Beautiful Day"
(TheGoodPerry featuring Lil Yachty, Kylie Jenner, Justine Skye and Jordyn Woods)
2016 Burberry Perry
"Overtime"
(Schoolboy Q featuring Miguel and Justine Skye)
50 Blank Face LP
"Bad Habit"[16]
(Far East Movement featuring Justine Skye and Air)
2019 TBA
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Meet Justine Skye, The 19-Year-Old That Leveraged Tumblr Fame Into A Music Career". The Fader. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  2. ^ "Justine Skye bio" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Skyers named VP of corporate merchandising at Wakefern".
  4. ^ "Talking Texture With: Justine Skye".
  5. ^ "Roc Nation's New Signee, Justine Skye, Is Ready for Her Close-Up".
  6. ^ "Justine Skye | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  7. ^ "Roc Nation Signs Singer Justine Skye". BallerStatus.com. March 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "Meet Justine Skye, The 19-Year-Old That Leveraged Tumblr Fame Into A Music Career". The Fader. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  9. ^ "Justine Skye Accuses Sheck Wes of Abuse, He Denies Allegations". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  10. ^ "BARE WITH ME (The Album) by Justine Skye". Apple Music. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  11. ^ "Justine Skye Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "Justine Skye Chart History: R&B Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  13. ^ "Justine Skye Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  14. ^ "BARE WITH ME – EP by Justine Skye". Apple Music. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  15. ^ "Back for More (feat. Jeremih) by Justine Skye on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  16. ^ "Bad Habit (feat. Justine Skye and Air) – Single by Far East Movement". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved December 19, 2019.

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