Artist Information for Erykah Badu

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Name: Erykah Badu

Followers: 2,898,539

Monthly Listeners: 4,542,248

Top Cities:

  • London, GB (112,099 listeners)
  • Los Angeles, US (102,323 listeners)
  • Chicago, US (72,067 listeners)
  • New York City, US (68,195 listeners)
  • Brooklyn, US (62,788 listeners)

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Biography:
She grew up listening to '70s soul and '80s hip-hop, but Erykah Badu drew more comparisons to Billie Holiday upon her breakout in 1997, after the release of her first album, Baduizm. The grooves and production on the album are bass-heavy R&B, but Badu's languorous, occasionally tortured vocals and delicate phrasing immediately removed her from the legion of cookie-cutter female R&B singers. A singer/songwriter responsible for all but one of the songs on Baduizm, she found a number 12 hit with her first single, "On & On," which pushed the album to number two on the charts. Born Erica Wright in Dallas in 1971, Badu attended a school of the arts and was working as a teacher and part-time singer when she opened for D'Angelo at a 1994 show. D'Angelo's manager, Kedar Massenburg, was impressed with the performance and hooked her up with the singer to record a cover of the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duet "Precious Love." He also signed Badu to his recently formed Kedar Entertainment label, and served as producer for Baduizm, which also starred bassist Ron Carter and members of hip-hop avatars the Roots on several tracks. The first single, "On & On," became a number one R&B hit in early 1997, and Baduizm followed it to the top of the R&B album charts by March. Opening for R&B acts as well as rap's Wu-Tang Clan, Erykah Badu stopped just short of number one on the pop album charts in April. Her Live album followed later in the year. In 2000 she returned with her highly anticipated second studio album, Mama's Gun, which was co-produced by Badu, James Poyser, Bilal, and Jay Dee and contained the hit single "Bag Lady." Worldwide Underground, a loose affair billed as an EP despite being longer than many full-lengths, was released in 2003. Her next step, 2008's New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War, was a heavy and abstract release featuring collaborations with the members of Sa-Ra and Georgia Anne Muldrow; it reached number two on the Billboard 200 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh, looser and more playful than Pt. 1, followed in 2010. Appearances on Flying Lotus' Until the Quiet Comes (2011), Robert Glasper's Black Radio (2012), Tyler, The Creator's Wolf and Bonobo's The North Borders (both 2013), brought the artist to 2015, when she released the official mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone on the Motown label. ~ John Bush, Rovi


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Top 10 Albums

Honey (Remixes) - Single Album Image Honey (Remixes) - Single
Label: Prescription Classic Recordings
Release Date: 2007-01-01
Track Count: 2
Total Play Count: 0
Baduizm - Special Edition Album Image Baduizm - Special Edition
Label: Motown (Kedar)
Release Date: 1997-02-11
Track Count: 20
Total Play Count: 0
Love Of My Life (Ode To Hip Hop) Album Image Love Of My Life (Ode To Hip Hop)
Label: Motown (Kedar)
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Track Count: 2
Total Play Count: 0
Tempted Album Image Tempted
Label: Yep Roc Records
Release Date: 2019-06-03
Track Count: 2
Total Play Count: 0
New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh Album Image New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh
Label: Motown
Release Date: 2010-03-30
Track Count: 11
Total Play Count: 0
Worldwide Underground Album Image Worldwide Underground
Label: Motown (Kedar)
Release Date: 2003-09-16
Track Count: 11
Total Play Count: 0
New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) Album Image New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
Label: Motown
Release Date: 2007-02-26
Track Count: 11
Total Play Count: 0
But You Caint Use My Phone (Mixtape) Album Image But You Caint Use My Phone (Mixtape)
Label: Erykah Badu
Release Date: 2015-11-27
Track Count: 11
Total Play Count: 0
On & On Album Image On & On
Label: UNI/MOTOWN
Release Date: 1996-12-10
Track Count: 5
Total Play Count: 0
Apple Tree (Vol. 1) Album Image Apple Tree (Vol. 1)
Label: UNI/MOTOWN
Release Date: 1997-01-01
Track Count: 4
Total Play Count: 0

Top 10 Tracks

On & On Track Image On & On
Playcount: 199,515,816
Duration: 03:49
On & On Track Image On & On
Playcount: 199,515,816
Duration: 03:46
On & On Track Image On & On
Playcount: 199,515,816
Duration: 03:49
On & On Track Image On & On
Playcount: 199,515,816
Duration: 03:45
You Got Me Track Image You Got Me
Playcount: 161,804,857
Duration: 04:19
You Got Me Track Image You Got Me
Playcount: 161,804,857
Duration: 04:19
Didn't Cha Know Track Image Didn't Cha Know
Playcount: 149,066,909
Duration: 04:02
Didn't Cha Know Track Image Didn't Cha Know
Playcount: 149,066,909
Duration: 03:58
Next Lifetime Track Image Next Lifetime
Playcount: 66,852,252
Duration: 06:30
Next Lifetime Track Image Next Lifetime
Playcount: 66,852,252
Duration: 06:26

Top 10 Collaborating Artists (Tracks)

Common Artist Image Common
Collaborations: 11
Janelle Monáe Artist Image Janelle Monáe
Collaborations: 8
will.i.am Artist Image will.i.am
Collaborations: 7
Sérgio Mendes Artist Image Sérgio Mendes
Collaborations: 7
Eve Artist Image Eve
Collaborations: 6
Robert Glasper Artist Image Robert Glasper
Collaborations: 6
The Roots Artist Image The Roots
Collaborations: 6
DRAM Artist Image DRAM
Collaborations: 5
Jill Scott Artist Image Jill Scott
Collaborations: 5
Rocket Juice & The Moon Artist Image Rocket Juice & The Moon
Collaborations: 4