From New York City billboards to Michelle Obama’s Spotify playlist, Malaysian sweetheart, Yuna, has not only captured the hearts of regular American citizens but also the wife of former US president, Barack Obama.
The Harvard-law school graduate, attorney and best-selling author shared her new Spotify playlist of her favourite artists on Twitter. The playlist includes songs that were featured on her ‘Michelle Obama Podcast’ and songs that were inspired by the topics discussed in the podcast.
Excited to share with you a new @Spotify playlist inspired by the first season of my new podcast. It’s filled with incredible new artists and a whole lot of #BlackGirlMagic. I hope you’ll give it a listen. #MichelleObamaPodcast https://t.co/jsJS30UVqp pic.twitter.com/b1QeAwHe99
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) August 7, 2020
Other than Yuna, the playlist also features Nao, Beyonce, Ari Lennox, Chloe x Halle and Jhene Aiko, who are all heavy hitters within the R&B genre. For Michelle Obama to include Yuna in this repertoire of critically-acclaimed musicians is a massive feat for the homegrown singer.
Yuna has proven her talent multiple times as an international singer. Not only has she collaborated with many beloved mainstream musicians such as G-Eazy, Jhene Aiko and Tyler the Creator but she has also been invited to major music festivals such as Coachella and Camp Flog Gnaw.
The song Michelle Obama was particularly fond of was ‘Pink Youth’, which also features British rapper, Little Simz.
The track tells the tale of Yuna’s journey towards female empowerment amidst her experiences with gender discrimination. The coinciding cyberpunk music video, which portrays the singer as a kickass crime-fighting vigilante, was conceptualised by her husband Adam Sinclair, who also previously directed the music video for her single, ‘Forevermore’.
Watch the video below: