TEYANA “SPIKE TEE” TAYLOR WINS BEST DIRECTOR AT 2020 BET AWARDS
Riding high off her Best Director win at last night’s BET Awards, Tenaya Taylor captures the second #1 debut of her career today, as THE ALBUM takes the #1 spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. THE ALBUM enters the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart at #8, the highest debut of Teyana’s career.
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The strong critical and commercial reception for THE ALBUM is a sweet coda to Teyana’s special announcement two weeks ago of her and husband Iman’s pregnancy with their second child. Teyana revealed the news in her new video for “Wake Up Love” (premiered June 12th) featuring Iman, daughter Junie and their special guest.
With features from Erykah Badu, Missy Elliott, Future, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Quavo, Rick Ross, Big Sean, and others, THE ALBUM was tapped by Pitchfork as one of the “most anticipated albums of the summer.” In addition to “Wake Up Love,” Teyana’s masterpiece includes her new graduation anthem “Made It,” pegged by NPR as a “a triumphant, isolation-proof anthem for the Class of 2020,” as well as the Janet Jackson-approved viral sensation “Bare Wit Me,” the Kanye West-produced “We Got Love” featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, and “How You Want It? (HYWI?)” featuring King Combs.
THE ALBUM is the highly anticipated successor to K.T.S.E. (June 2018), Teyana’s second album, one of the five G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam albums produced by Kanye West during his 2018 sojourn in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. K.T.S.E. (acronym for Keep That Same Energy) set off an 18-month chain reaction for Teyana, starting with its summertime Top 10 R&B smash “Gonna Love Me.” She performed “Gonna Love Me” (in a medley with “Rose In Harlem,” another K.T.S.E.
K.T.S.E. spun off a hot new single and video for Teyana in early 2019, the explicit “WTP (Work This P***y).“ The video was nominated for “Best Dance Performance” at the 32nd annual BET Soul Train Awards. The third single from K.T.S.E. was the evocative “Issues/Hold On.” After slaying the audience with the song live on Ellen in April 2019, Teyana was surprised on-air when Ellen presented her with the RIAA gold award plaque for “Gonna Love Me,” bringing it all full circle.
Since the release of K.T.S.E., Teyana’s star has continued to rise; from her successful career as video director and continued investment in her production company, The Aunties, to her acting and modeling career, to a string of scintillating self-directed singles and videos, including “Morning” with Kehlani. THE ALBUM is poised to take Teyana to the next level.