Singer-songwriter Queen Naija released her debut studio LP, Missunderstood, on October 30. The set opened at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart with 34,000 first-week units.
Missunderstood also debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Album rankings. This gives Naija her first chart-topping project. The Detroit-bred vocalist celebrated her accomplishment with a post on Instagram. She wrote:
Getting pregnant right after signing.. people predicting my failed career, recording songs and trashing them out of anger because it wasn’t good enough, dropping two songs I hated, sleepless nights away from my kids and my man..giving up a stream of income (youtube) hearing mad people compare me to other artists saying how I’m trash and nobody listens to my music, dealing with rumors about my character, in fear that it would ruin my career.. the RULES changing for sales SOON as I release .. all to end up right here in the number one spot first week of my debut album. Listen y’all.. I couldn’t be more happy. I love you all who listened to me, who waited on me, who still believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself!!! This is ONLY the beginning. We still got work to do! Now I have to outdo myself this sophomore album!! Let’s get it #1#missunderstood
Queen Naija launched her career as a YouTuber in 2015. A year before that, she appeared on the singing competition television series American Idol where she made it to the Hollywood round before being eliminated.
Missunderstood followed 2018’s 5-track Queen Naija EP. The full-length album includes contributions from Lil Durk, Lucky Daye, Russ, Mulatto, Jacquees, and more. Naija took inspiration from artists such as Erykah Badu, DeBarge, and 2Pac for records on the LP.