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Adanna Duru: Revolutionizing R&B with “if i was a boy ;)”

Adanna Duru

In the vibrant landscape of modern R&B, Adanna Duru, a Nigerian artist raised in California, is making waves with her new single “if i was a boy ;).” Known for her unique blend of R&B, afrobeat, and a hint of pop, Adanna’s music is a refreshing splash in today’s music scene.

Produced by the talented Khris Riddick Tynes and Rob Bisel, known for their work on SZA’s “Snooze” and “Kill Bill,” “if i was a boy ;)” marks the beginning of an exciting phase for Adanna. The track leads into her upcoming EP “NAPPY HOUR II,” a follow-up to her debut “NAPPY HOUR,” which has already captivated global audiences with over 28 million streams.

With lyrics that humorously yet incisively comment on men’s failings in relationships, Adanna’s “if i was a boy ;)” resonates with listeners through its relatable content. This song draws inspiration from Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy” and Ciara’s “Like a Boy,” but with Adanna’s unique twist on common relationship struggles.

Adanna’s journey to this point has been nothing short of remarkable. From her early days as a contestant on The Voice and American Idol to amassing over 1.5 million new followers on TikTok in 2023, her journey has been fueled by her undeniable talent and charismatic personality. Her social media presence has attracted a vast following and garnered recognition from industry giants like Timbaland, Alicia Keys, and Ed Sheeran.

Adanna’s music is more than just sound; it’s a narrative of her experiences, heritage, and self-belief. “NAPPY HOUR” and the forthcoming “NAPPY HOUR II” testify to her growth, showcasing her vocal prowess and confidence in her identity as an artist. These EPs are a window into Adanna’s soul, offering a blend of fun, passion, harmony, and energy, and “if i was a boy ;)” is just the beginning. As she steps into this new career phase, Adanna Duru is not just an artist to watch; she’s a force to be reckoned with.



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