Rina Sawayama's new single 'Cherry' is the follow up to 'Valentine (What's It Gonna Be)' released on 88 Rising earlier this year and the second single since 2017's mini-album RINA. The new single is a full on, unashamed, pop rush (produced by friends and collaborators Hoost and Clarence Clarity) but is also Rina's most personal and political song to date.
Rina: “I've always written songs about girls. I don't think I've ever mentioned a guy in my songs, and that's why I wanted to talk about it. For me there's still a lack of representation. I just think the reason why I wasn't so comfortable with my sexuality was because there was no one on TV or anywhere that I could point at and go, "Look mum! This person is what I was talking about!"”
So far in 2018 Rina has teamed up with Shamir on her track 'Tunnel Vision', has appeared with Charlie XCX at her Pop 2 London show and has recently announced Autumn US dates for her Ordinary Superstar tour finishing with a homecoming London show at Heaven on October 19th.
Listen to 'Cherry' below:
'ORDINARY SUPERSTAR’ autumn tour dates:
12/9 Brooklyn, NY Elsewhere
13/9 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
14/9 Chicago, IL SubT
15/9 Toronto, ONT Velvet Underground
18/9 Los Angeles, CA Teregram
20/9 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
19/10 London, UK Heaven