Everyone is in the club having a good time; especially when Shaboozey is around – that’s why he’s BOSSIP’s Black Music Month selection for Fresh Face Friday.

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The Nigerian-American singer caught everyone’s attention when he featured on Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter album, but his presence in the country music scene dates back over ten years.

Shaboozey excels in the Alt-Country/Hip-Hop genre, and he mentioned to Billboard that his earliest musical memory was listening to Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” – a standout memory for the artist from Virginia, born Collins Chibueze, amidst the sounds of Kenny Rogers and Garth Brooks played by his dad.

Prior to his contributions on Beyoncé’s tracks “Spaghetti” and “Sweet * ­Honey * Buckiin,” Shaboozey gained widespread attention with his 2015 hit “Jeff Gordon.”

He recently shared in an interview with PEOPLE that he had the opportunity to meet the race car driver himself in Charlotte.

“I finished performing and someone mentioned, ‘You talked about Jeff Gordon. He’s here. He missed your performance but he wants to meet you. He’s eager to see you.’ I was like, ‘Jeff Gordon wants to meet me?’ I thought, ‘Jeff Gordon’s aware of that song? And he didn’t take legal action,’” he humorously recounted the surreal moment. “But it was fantastic. That was amazing.”

He also crossed paths with Beyoncé (at least musically), who expressed interest in his current track “A Bar Song (Tipsy)” – a country rendition of J-Kwon’s 2004 hit, leading to their collaboration.

“Someone within Parkwood or Beyoncé’s team came across [“A Bar Song”] while I performed it live and thought, ‘We must get him into the studio,’” Shaboozey, who is signed to Republic, shared with Billboard. “Then Beyoncé’s album dropped, and we realized, ‘It’s time. Let’s release it.’”

This track has been setting records, currently holding a spot in the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the fifth consecutive week and the seventh week overall. An official announcement disclosed that it reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Song of the Summer Chart, and has garnered over 400 million streams. Shaboozey recently celebrated its platinum status.

Furthermore, he and Beyoncé made history as the first duo of Black artists to dominate the chart with consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

With all eyes on him, he is promoting his album “Where I’ve Been, Isn’t Where I’m Going” which reportedly debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 album chart.


Source: Republic Records

The album promises to take listeners on a “cinematic road trip through the wilds of the American West, infusing a deeper storytelling element while further embracing the country/folk-inspired sound he has delved into in recent years.”

It’s been labeled as a “sophisticated self-help journey” with standout songs like “Let It Burn,” the emotionally intense “Anabelle,” and “Vegas,” a catchy single set in the Wild West.

Shaboozey’s star is ascending, and we’re raising a toast to his success.