Tems, Queen of Self-Belief, Set to Rule 2024

In a meteoric rise to stardom, Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems is claiming her crown. Billboard has named her their 2024 Breakthrough Artist, and it’s easy to see why. With her self-assured spirit and soulful sound, she’s inspiring legions of fans and taking the music world by storm.

 

“I refused to sell myself short,” Tems tells Billboard in an exclusive interview ahead of tomorrow’s Women in Music Awards. This unwavering determination propelled her decision to leave a stable job and pursue her passion.

 

That daring leap paid off with chart-topping hits and a Grammy win. This success isn’t just about talent–Tems approaches music with a fearless curiosity. “[I thought] is it possible to make this type of music even though I’m Nigerian?” She proved the answer is a resounding yes.

 

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Her name itself, an abbreviated form of “Temilade,” translates to “the crown is mine”, a sentiment echoed in her self-belief. “It feels manifested,” she admits, reflecting on the trajectory of her life.

But Tems’ impact extends far beyond her own accomplishments. “It’s inspiring to know that I’ve inspired others,” she says. “It just encourages me to keep going.”

 

And keep going, she will. After teasing fans for months with hints of an upcoming album, Tems finally confirmed in her Billboard interview: “It is 1,000% coming out this year.”

 

Fans worldwide await the album, eager to see what musical magic Tems will unleash next. With Tems, it’s clear that her reign is just beginning.

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Ntianu Obiora is a versatile creative professional with over a decade of experience in publishing, marketing, communications, and digital strategy. She is the Online Editor at THEWILL DOWNTOWN

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Ntianu Obiora is a versatile creative professional with over a decade of experience in publishing, marketing, communications, and digital strategy. She is the Online Editor at THEWILL DOWNTOWN

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