Hold The Girl melds influences from across the pop spectrum and is a bold and honest statement of British-Japanese pop sensation Rina Sawayama’s personal evolution; coming to terms with her own past and the jubilation of turning to the future.
Hold The Girl follows Rina's critically acclaimed debut SAWAYAMA and once again finds her juxtaposing intimate storytelling with arena-sized songs, creating another ambitious and original album to excite fans and critics alike. Written and recorded over the last year and a half, Rina teamed up with long-term collaborators Clarence Clarity and Lauren Aquilina as well as enlisting help from Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence & the Machine), Stuart Price (Dua Lipa, The Killers, Madonna) and Marcus Andersson (Demi Lovato, Ashnikko) for their magic touch.
Hold The Girl features the current single "Hurricanes," an anthemic pop-rock track about conquering and enjoying the challenges life throws at you, which got it’s premiere on BBC 1's Hottest Record show. In addition to “Hurricanes,” Hold The Girl includes the previously released tracks "Phantom," "This Hell," (which was debuted via a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), "Catch Me In The Air" and the title track "Hold The Girl", which comes with an Ali Kurr-directed video.
In 2020, Rina’s debut album SAWAYAMA became one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year landing on over 50 album of the year lists, including the New York Times (#2), The Guardian (#3) and Rolling Stone (#6). The last eighteen months have seen Rina achieve a magnitude of milestones including changing the Mercury Prize and BRITs eligibility rules which meant Non-British artists could apply if they have been a permanent resident in the UK for more than 5 years. In 2021 Elton John joined forces with the pop star to release a special rendition of “Chosen Family," a powerful and emotional ode to her LGBTQ+ family. Elsewhere Rina injected new life into Lady Gaga’s instant club classic “Free Woman.” If that wasn’t enough, next year you can see Rina in her film acting debut as she stars in John Wick 4 alongside Keanu Reeves.
Rina will be heading out on her North American headline tour this November. The thirteen-show run includes Rina playing iconic venues like the Great Hall at Avant Gardner in New York City, Roadrunner in Boston, The Eastern in Atlanta, and the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Rina's North American tour follows her UK and Ireland dates this October, where multiple dates are already sold out, like her O2 Brixton Academy date, marking a legendary moment in the pop star's career.