Malaysian pop artist turned international superstar, Yuna, has finally released her long-awaited album, Rouge.
Born in Kedah, Malaysia and raised primarily in Kuala Lumpur, Yuna now splits her time between Malaysia and Los Angeles, where she recorded the new album.
“I’m a Muslim singer-songwriter, but I never saw myself as that,” she explains, “That label became more obvious to me as I moved to LA…it was really cool that everyone I met supported the fact that I do my own thing and don’t sacrifice my identity for the music.”
Rouge follows 2016’s critically acclaimed Chapters.
Yuna describes her new album, noting that “the whole album is about how I am with myself: I’m comfortable with my relationship, with my focus on my career. It’s the colour of becoming this woman I am.”
This is evident, as explored through the album track ‘Pink Youth’, featuring Little Simz.
“When I was writing ‘Pink Youth’, I wanted to celebrate being a girl,” explains Yuna, “When I was younger, I remember a lot of people didn’t believe in me just because I was girl trying to do something amazing… this song is for all the girls out there, who never got the encouragement & support they deserve.”
ROUGE – TRACKLIST
1. Castaway (feat. Tyler, the Creator)
2. Blank Marquee (feat. G-Eazy)
3. (Not) The Love of My Life
4. Teenage Heartbreak (feat. MIYAVI)
5. Pink Youth (feat. Little Simz)
6. Forget About You
7. Likes (feat. KYLE)
8. Amy (feat. Masego)
9. Does She (feat. Jay Park)
11. Tiada Akhir
Rouge is available now.
Photo Credit: Steve Taylor