Summer Walker Named Apple Music's First "Up Next Artist" Of 2019

Ebro declares, "Summer Walker represents all the great qualities of R&B."

(AllHipHop News) Not that long ago, some music pundits were ready to write the obituary for R&B. Thankfully, the genre has seen a resurgence in recent years. Summer Walker is one of the fresh voices carrying Rhythm & Blues into the next decade.

Apple Music recognized Walker's talent and potential. The streaming service selected the LVRN/Interscope Records signee as its first "Up Next Artist" of 2019. Walker said, "I'm really humbled that Apple considered me for this campaign, it's very appreciated and exciting."

Walker's breakout single “CPR” has collected over 18 million streams on Apple Music and the follow-up single "Girls Need Love" has totaled over 56 million streams on the platform. She dropped her Last Day of Summer album on October 12, 2018.

"Summer Walker represents all the great qualities of R&B,” declared Ebro Darden, Apple Music’s Global Editorial Director for Hip-Hop and R&B. “I was introduced to Summer Walker’s magic courtesy of Alaysia Sierra at Apple Music who has continued to make sure R&B is handled correctly in our eco-system.” 

Apple Music's exclusive Up Next short film - shot entirely on iPhone XS - debuts on January 22, and Walker is the cover star for the "Up Next" playlist which will be spotlighted throughout the month. The Texas-born, Atlanta-based vocalist also sat down with Beats 1 anchor Julie Adenuga for an interview.

"Summer is a beautifully introverted soul who perfectly expresses herself through the music she chooses to make exactly the way she wants to make it," stated Adenuga. “I love her truth."