by Diana Wilson
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Today RAYE, Spotify’s Equal Artist of the Month for November, releases the powerful video for the track Escapism.’ from her upcoming album, ‘My 21st Century Blues’, alongside the announcement of her 2023 M21CB tour.

In the visual, RAYE showcases another side of her musical journey, underscoring how diverse her upcoming album will be. A trip-hop-inspired song about heartbreak, loneliness, and escaping those emotions, the track features New Jersey rapper 070 Shake, who also appears in the video.

Watch the compelling video below.

The global M21CB tour, which follows October’s ‘The Story So Far…’ performances, will see RAYE perform across the UK, Europe, the United States, and Canada in February and March 2023.

To get priority pre-sale access to the UK tour dates, you can pre-order the album in any format from the RAYE store (rayeofficial.com) before 23:00 GMT Tuesday, November 15th, to receive an exclusive ticket pre-sale code. The UK pre-sale begins at 10:00 AM GMT Wednesday, November 16th. Top fans across the UK, Europe, and the US who follow RAYE on Spotify can also look out for an email on Thursday, November 16th, for special tour access. The General On-Sale begins at 10:00 am Local Time Friday, November 18th.

The musician is having a phenomenal year after being nominated for Ivor’s Songwriter Of The Year and returning this summer with the hard-hitting, critically acclaimed single ‘Hard Out Here.’ Added to BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra playlists, with PAPER Magazine describing the track as “outrageous, honest, and incredibly vulnerable.”

She secured the R1 Brits List and released her follow-up Black Mascara which she performed for BBC Live Lounge alongside her incredible rendition of Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill.’ ‘Escapism’ and ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ was part of her on BBC Two’s Later… with Jools Holland performance.

The South London artist is currently Spotify UK & IE EQUAL artist of the month, the campaign highlights and celebrates the achievements of women in music across the globe, and RAYE will receive billboards in London and Times Square, New York, over the next two weeks. On February 3rd, 2023, she will release her debut ‘My 21st Century Blues. It’s RAYE on her terms. It’s the RAYE of old but reloaded. These are songs made by RAYE, for RAYE, but within that, they’re for everyone who has faced and overcome adversity. They’re also anthems for other women in the industry or stuck in a cycle of misogyny.

Purchase your tickets to see Raye on tour here.

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