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Tems

About

Temilade Openiyi (born 11 June 1995), known professionally as Tems, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer. She rose to prominence after she was featured on Wizkid's 2020 single, "Essence", which reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 after the release of a remixed version with an additional feature from Justin Bieber, and earned her a Grammy Award nomination. That same year, she was featured on Drake's song, "Fountains".

On 25 September 2020, she released her debut extended play, For Broken Ears. Tems released her second extended play, If Orange Was a Place (2021), after being signed to RCA Records. In 2022, Tems' vocals from her song "Higher" were sampled by Future on his single, "Wait for U", which led to her being credited as a featured artist on the song. It debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first African artist to debut at number one and the second Nigerian artist to top the chart.

Tems covered Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" for the Marvel movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack, released in July 2022 and in the same month her song "Free Mind" from her debut EP debuted on the Hot 100.

Throughout her career, Tems has received multiple award nominations, winning two NAACP Image Awards, two BET Awards and a Soul Train Music Award.

Articles

August 12, 2022

Wizkid & Tems’ ‘Essence’ Hits a Historic Year in Top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart

The Afrobeats smash sets a new mark, while Tems' "Free Mind" also hits the top 10.

www.billboard.com

August 11, 2022

SZA, Usher, Rosalía, H.E.R., Mariah Carey, Tems, and More to Perform at 2022 Global Citizen Festival

Global Citizen announced the lineup for its 10th anniversary festival, which will take place September 24 in New York City and Accra, Ghana.

www.complex.com

July 27, 2022

Wizkid Leads 2022 Headies Awards Nominees: See Complete List

Tems, Ayra Starr, Davido and Adekunle Gold are this year's other leading nominees.

www.billboard.com

July 26, 2022

Barack Obama Is Listening to Beyoncé, Rosalía, Harry Styles, Bad Bunny & More This Summer: See His 2022 Summer Playlist

The former president's playlist includes everyone from Kacey Musgraves and Tems to Amber Mark and Omar Apollo.

www.billboard.com

July 26, 2022

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ EP Released f/ Tems’ “No Woman, No Cry” Cover From Comic-Con Teaser

In an extended joint statement, composer Ludwig Göransson and director Ryan Coogler called the newly released EP an "aural first glimpse" of the film.

www.complex.com

July 26, 2022

Hear Tems’ cover of ‘No Woman No Cry’ from new ‘Wakanda Forever Prologue’ EP

The rendition first appeared in the film's recent trailer The post Hear Tems’ cover of ‘No Woman No Cry’ from new ‘Wakanda Forever Prologue’ EP appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

July 19, 2022

Even Fame & Stardom Can’t Take Away Tems’ Peace of Mind

"I didn't magically transform into a God overnight, but I am going to be the best I can possibly be in this life," says the 27-year-old singer-songwriter in her new interview with Billboard.

www.billboard.com

July 7, 2022

Future Ends 5-Year ‘Wait’ for Next R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay No. 1

The new champ is his third leader, while Tems is back for a second time and Drake extends his record yet again.

www.billboard.com

July 6, 2022

Alaysia Sierra Joins Spotify as Head of R&B

Sierra spent over five years with Apple Music, playing a crucial role in the careers of artists like Summer Walker, Giveon and Tems.

www.billboard.com

June 23, 2022

Tems’ ‘Free Mind’ Hits No. 1 on U.S. Afrobeats Songs Chart

The singer's resurgent 2020 hit makes her the first woman to lead the three-month-old list.

www.billboard.com

June 15, 2022

The Best Songs of 2022 (So Far)

The Complex Music staff counts down the 50 best songs of 2022 (so far), from Kendrick Lamar's "N95" to Future, Drake, and Tems' "Wait For U."

www.complex.com

June 8, 2022

Tems Tops Emerging Artists Chart for First Time, Chase McDaniel & Dehd Debut in Top 10

Tems places 10 songs on the latest U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart.

www.billboard.com

June 7, 2022

Toronto’s Manifesto Festival Announces 2022 Lineup f/ Jazmine Sullivan, Tems, Amaal, and More

Toronto's Manifesto Festival celebrates its 16th edition this summer with a lineup of performers like Jazmine Sullivan, Tems, Dylan Sinclair, Amaal, and more.

www.complex.com

May 30, 2022

Listen to Jay-Z's New Curated Memorial Day Playlist on Tidal

Jay-Z has shared a new playlist on Tidal, featuring appearances from Babyface Ray, 42 Dugg, EST Gee, Lil Durk, Gunna, Drake, Tems, Future, and more.

www.complex.com

May 14, 2022

Future on Why Tems is Credited as a Featured Artist on His and Drake's Chart Topping "Wait for U"

With "Wait For U" debuting at No. 1 on the Hot 100, Future took to Twitter to reveal why Tems, who's sampled on the song, is credited as a featured artist.

www.complex.com

May 9, 2022

Future Sends All 16 Songs From ‘I Never Liked You’ Onto Billboard Hot 100

"Wait for U," featuring Drake and Tems, leads Future's haul as it blasts in at No. 1 on the Hot 100.

www.billboard.com

May 9, 2022

Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’ Tops Billboard Global Charts For Fifth Week, Future & PSY Debut

Future's "Wait for U," featuring Drake & Tems, soars in at No. 2 on the Global 200 and PSY's "That That," featuring SUGA, of BTS, launches at No. 2 on Global Excl. U.S.

www.billboard.com

May 9, 2022

Future's "Wait For U" f/ Drake and Tems Debuts at No. 1

Future’s “Wait For U” with Drake and Tems, taken from the Atlanta rapper's new album 'I Never Liked You,' debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

www.complex.com

May 9, 2022

Future, Drake & Tems’ ‘Wait For U’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Future adds his second No. 1, Drake scores his milestone 10th & Tems achieves her first.

www.billboard.com

May 5, 2022

Drake Stars as a Knight in Shining Armor in Video for Future Collab "Wait for U" f/ Tems

Following the release of 'I Never Liked You,' Future has shared the video for “Wait for U” featuring Drake as a knight in shining armor atop a horse.

www.complex.com

May 4, 2022

Here Are the Lyrics to Future’s ‘Wait For U’ Featuring Drake & Tems

Follow along with the lyrics to Future's 2022 collaboration with Drake and Tems.

www.billboard.com

April 29, 2022

Future Releases New Album ‘I Never Liked You’ Featuring Gunna, Ye & Drake: Stream It Now

The 16-track project also features Young Thug, Tems, EST Gee and Kodak Black.

www.billboard.com

April 29, 2022

Future Releases New Album I Never Liked You Featuring Kanye and Drake: Listen

Tems, Young Thug, Gunna, and more also appear on the rapper’s ninth solo studio LP

pitchfork.com

April 25, 2022

Managers To Watch: The Rising Execs Helping Baby Keem, Tems, Remi Wolf & More

These managers and management teams have set the bar for what it takes to successfully break new talent.

www.billboard.com

April 7, 2022

Afro Nation Comes to Puerto Rico: Big Dreams, Canceled Sets, and Growing Pains

No-shows by Burna Boy, Tems, and more left fans disappointed, but festival organizers hope to redouble their commitment to celebrating Afrobeats' global reach

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April 3, 2022

Arooj Aftab Wins Best Global Music Performance for “Mohabbat” at the 2022 Grammys

The Pakistani composer takes the prize ahead of Femi Kuti, Wizkid, Tems, Angélique Kidjo, Burna Boy, and Yo-Yo Ma

pitchfork.com

March 31, 2022

Apple Music 1 Launches New ‘Leading Vibe Radio’ Show With Tems

The biweekly show will debut April 2 on the streaming service.

www.billboard.com

December 9, 2021

Watch Wizkid perform ‘Essence’ live on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Tems

The Afrobeats stars took over an empty arena for the clip The post Watch Wizkid perform ‘Essence’ live on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Tems appeared first on NME.

www.nme.com

December 8, 2021

Watch Wizkid and Tems Perform “Essence” on Fallon

The song recently received a Grammy nod for Best Global Music Performance

pitchfork.com

December 8, 2021

Wizkid & Tems Deliver Their ‘Essence’ From an Empty Stadium for ‘The Tonight Show’: Watch

Complete with sultry dance moves and stellar vocals, their live rendition was just as raw as the recorded track.

www.billboard.com

Discs

WAIT FOR U (feat. Drake & Tems)

April 27, 2022

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WAIT FOR U (feat. Drake & Tems) [Instrumental]

April 26, 2022

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If Orange Was A Place

September 14, 2021

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Crazy Tings

September 10, 2021

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Found (feat. Brent Faiyaz)

September 9, 2021

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Interference (Coke Studio Session)

September 3, 2021

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Essence (feat. Justin Bieber & Tems)

August 13, 2021

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Essence (feat. Tems)

October 28, 2020

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For Broken Ears

September 25, 2020

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Damages

September 18, 2020

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These Days

May 19, 2020

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Try Me

August 7, 2019

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Looku Looku

January 22, 2019

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Mr Rebel

July 18, 2018

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