Yemi Eberechi Alade was born inÂ Abia State, Nigeria, to James Alade and Helen Uzoma. Her father is a police commissioner of Yoruba descent while her mother is of Igbo descent, resulting in her being referred to as the Yoruba-Igbo girl. A native of Ondo State, South West, Nigeria, Alade is the fifth born of seven children in her family. She went to St. Savior British Primary School and later attended Victory Grammar School inÂ Lagos. Alade studied Geography at theÂ University of Lagos.
2014â€“2016:Â King of QueensÂ andÂ Mama Africa
Alade’s debut studio albumÂ King of QueensÂ was released on October 2, 2014, by Effyzzie Music Group. Alade collaborated with producers such asÂ Selebobo, Sizzle Pro, Shady Bizniz, Philkeyz, Young D, GospelOnDeBeatz,Â DIL,Â OJB Jezreel, Mr Chidoo, Fliptyce, EL Mcee and Beat Nation. The album was preceded by three singles: “Johnny“, “Tangerine” and “Kissing”. It featuresÂ guest appearancesÂ and skits fromÂ Bovi,Â R2Bees,Â Phyno,Â Chidinma, DIL,Â SeleboboÂ andÂ Diamond Platnumz.Â Alade promoted the album by touring several African countries, including Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.Â The deluxe edition ofÂ King of QueensÂ was released in November 2014, and contains French versions of songs originally performed in English. Its cover art was unveiled on 21 October 2014.Â According to the music platform, A Nation of Billions,Â King of QueensÂ sold over 100,000 copies.
Alade’s second studio albumÂ Mama AfricaÂ was released on March 25, 2016, by Effyzzie Music Group. The album is the follow-up to her debut studio albumÂ King of QueensÂ (2014).Â It features guest appearances fromÂ P-Square,Â Sarkodie,Â Sauti Sol,Â Flavour N’abania, Rotimi Keys,Â DJ ArafatÂ and Selebobo. The album was produced by GospelOnDeBeatz,Â DJ Coublon,Â Selebobo, Philkeyz, BeatsByEmzo,Â Masterkraft, Rotimi Keys and Mr. Chidoo. It was supported by six singles: “Na Gode”, “Do As I Do”, “Ferrari”, “Kom Kom”, “Africa” and “Tumbum”.Â Mama AfricaÂ was made available for pre-order onÂ iTunesÂ a week before its official release.Â Alade announced that proceeds from the sale of the album will go to the Feed a Child charity initiative.Â The deluxe edition of the album was released on April 6, 2016, and features guest vocals from South African musiciansÂ BucieÂ andÂ AKA.
2017â€“present:Â Black MagicÂ andÂ Woman of Steel
Alade’s third studio albumÂ Black MagicÂ was released on December 15, 2017. The album features collaboration with artists such asÂ OlamideÂ andÂ Falz. Its production was handled by V-Tek,Â Krizbeatz, Young D, Sess, Fliptyce, I Am Beatz, Philkeyz, 2Kriss,Â Sarz, Echoand andÂ DJ Coublon.Â The album was made available for streaming on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and other digital platforms.
In July 2019, Alade became the first African female artist to reach one million subscribers on YouTube.Â Her song “Johnny” currently holds the YouTube record for the most watched African Female music video of all time.Â Alade was featured on “Don’t Jealous Me”, a track fromÂ BeyoncÃ©‘s soundtrack albumÂ The Lion King: The Gift. She appeared on the track alongsideÂ Mr EaziÂ andÂ Tekno.Â Rolling StoneÂ magazine revealed that Alade also recorded a verse for an earlier version of “My Power” in June.
Alade released her fourth studio album,Â Woman of Steel, in 2019. It features guest appearances fromÂ Rick Ross,Â AngÃ©lique Kidjo,Â Funke AkindeleÂ andÂ Duncan Mighty.
Yemi Alade has gone on three world tours following her studio albums:
Awards and nominations
MTV African Music Awards
WatsUp TVÂ Africa Music Video Awards
The Headies Awards