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Ruger

Ruger in 2021
Background information
Birth name Michael Adebayo Olayinka
Born (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 23)
Lagos, Nigeria
Genres Afrobeats
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2020–present
Labels
  • Jonzing World
  • Columbia
  • Sony Music Entertainment
Musical artist

Michael Adebayo Olayinka (born 23 September 1999), popularly known as Ruger, is a Nigerian Afrobeat singer and songwriter Ruger came into lime-light 2021 after he signed a record deal with D’Prince “Jonzing world record” with a publishing and distribution deal with Columbia Records, and Sony Music Entertainment, UK division On 4 March 2021, he released his debut EP Pandemic

“Bounce”, became a major hit song from Pandemic EP, and debuted at number 39 on the Top 50 chart In the same year, it debuted at number 20, on the TurnTable End of the Year chart On 19 November 2021, he released his second EP, titled The Second Wave, and was led by “Dior” from the EP, which is the first to peak number 1 song in Nigeria 2022, along side Gambia, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Madagascar and other African countries) “Dior” also peaked number 32 on the Top 50 chart, and number 15 on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart

Early life

Michael Adebayo Olayinka was born on 23 September 1999, He is originally from Lagos State, Nigeria he is the only son of a family

Career

Michael started music at a very tender age, and was a member of his school music band as a teenager and also a member of his church choir He began composing songs and perform at shows and school functions After he was discovered by D’Prince, he was named “Ruger” by D’Prince himself In January 2021, D’Prince announced the signing of Ruger to Jonzing World and Sony Music Entertainment UK, in a joint venture with Columbia Records

He was introduced to the public by D’Prince, following the release of “One Shirt”, with Rema On 19 February 2021, he released Ruger, a self-titled single off his first EP project, titled PANDEMIC Pandemic was certified “Platinum in Sub-Saharan Africa” He achieved mainstream recognition with the release of his debut extended play and its hit track “Bounce”, which became his major hit, with over 45 million views on youtube music video and had reached number one on Apple Music in Nigeria, and other African countries Also number 2 most shazam songs of 2021 Nigeria and Number 3 Apple music top songs 2021 He also peaked number 1 top rising artiste on Boomplay 2021 On 19 November 2021, he released his second extended play titled The Second Wave, solely produced by Kukbeatz Which was led by “Dior” from the EP, becoming the first to peak number 1 song in Nigeria 2022, along side Gambia, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Madagascar and other African countries) “Dior” also peaked number 32 on the Top 50 chart, and number 15 on the UK Afrobeats Singles Chart 2021 AFRIMMA (African Muzik Magazine Awards) nominated RUGER for Best NewComer 2021 2021 AFRIMA (All Africa Music Awards) nominated Ruger for Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga or Dancehall and Most Promising African Artiste of the year AEAUSA (African Entertainment Awards USA) nominated Ruger for Best New Artist and Best Reggae or Dancehall Act of the year award RUGER was listed among the 22 Musicians Set To Rule 2022 by Vogue Magazine UK On 17 June 2022, he adds three songs (Girlfriend, WeWe, Warning) to the previous project titled The Second Wave Deluxe, all produced by Kukbeatz

In August 2021 RUGER signed a massive Entertainment Residency Endorsement Deal with Eko Hotel

In March 2022 RUGER was unveiled as brand ambassador for Tiger Beer

Discography

EPs

List of extended plays with selected details
Title EP details
PANDEMIC
  • Released: 4 March 2021
  • Label: Jonzing World, Sony Music Entertainment UK, Columbia Records
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
The Second Wave
  • Released: 19 November 2021
  • Label: Jonzing World, Sony Music Entertainment UK, Columbia Records
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
The Second Wave Deluxe
  • Release: 17 June 2022
  • Label: Jonzing World, Sony Music Entertainment UK, Columbia Records
  • Formats: Digital Download, Streaming

Singles

List of singles, with certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Certifications Album
“Ruger” 2021 PANDEMIC
“PANDEMIC” Platinum in Sub-Saharan Africa Non-album single
As featured artist
List of singles as featured artist, with certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Certifications Album
“One Shirt”
(Jonzing World featuring Ruger, D’Prince, & Rema)
2021 Non-album single
“Sidepiece”
(Projexx featuring Ruger)
Queen Hill
“Demon’s” (KO featuring Ruger ) 2022 SR3

SINGLES

“Ruger” (2021)

“Abu Dhabi” (2021)

“Bow” (2021)

“Bounce” (2021)

“Monalisa” (2021)

“Yekpa” (2021)

“Dior” (2021)

“Champion” (2021)

“Snapchat” (2021)

“Useless” (2021)

“Girlfriend” (2022)

“WeWe” (2022)

“Warning” (2022)

Other charted songs
List of charted songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NG
TurnTable
US
Afrobeats
UK
Afrobeats
“Bounce” 2021 39 PANDEMIC
“Dior” 32 39 The Second Wave
Snapchat 2021 The Second Wave
Girlfriend 2022 18 The Second Wave Deluxe
Wewe 2022 The Second Wave Deluxe

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Award description Nominee/Work Result
2021 AFRIMA Most Promising African Artiste Himself Nominated
Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga or Dancehall Himself Nominated
AFRIMMA Best New Comer Won
AEAUSA Awards Best New Artist Nominated
Best Reggae/Dancehall Act Nominated
2021 The Beatz Awards Song Writer of The Year RUGER (Bounce) Nominated
2021 Peace Legend Award Next Generation Artiste of The Year Nomination
2022 The Headies 2022 Next Rated class=”no table-no2″|Nominated

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