The Malaysian born singer/songwriter, Yuna, has always been a storyteller. Her two studio albums, “Nocturnal” and “Decorate” have both been poetic musical storybooks, about her, her friends and love interests. In her latest single “Places You Go,” done in collaboration with DJ Premier, Yuna continues with the stories. But, this story it’s a little different. In this track, there is a sense of adulthood and some of its attendant emotions. “Places To Go” is the first single from her upcoming album “Chapters.” Yuna has also announced dates for a spring tour in Europe and America.

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The production of Places To Go, sonically leans heavily on hip-hop in it’s 90’s form. An element provided by hip-hop producer DJ Premier. Along for the ride, down the rebellious and counter-cultural lane, are Yuna’s lyrics. But, only in a mild sense, as far as she dares venture. Sultry and silky, Yuna vocally intones “acting like they feel my pain.” In a way, the song is cathartic, as well as dismissive of haters.

‘Places to Go’ is a song about when you’re growing into the person that you’re meant to be. Sometimes you go through all these things that will change you as a person and you find it hard to deal with all of these challenges,” Yuna told The FADER over email. “I was truly honored to work with legendary DJ and producer DJ Premier. I still can’t believe I have a track with Premier, it really is one of the best songs I’ve written in a long time.

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Yuna’s new album, Chapters is her third studio album. It will be out on May 20, 2016, to be released by Verve Records. She signed with Verve in early 2013, following a stint at Fader Label. She was introduced to the American music industry by Indie-Pop, her management company. Yuna’s new album is said to comprise of contemporary pop, acoustic folk and soulful R&B sounds. Other than the first single “Places To Go,” it doesn’t appear it will be much of a departure from the wildly popular “Nocturnal.”

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Here is the tracklist for “Chapters,”

1. MANNEQUIN (3:34)
2. LANES (3:13)
3. CRUSH FEATURING USHER (4:02)
4. UNREQUITED LOVE (4:07)
5. BEST LOVE (4:49)
6. USED TO LOVE YOU FEATURING JHENÉ AIKO (3:29)
7. TOO CLOSE (4:12)
8. BEST OF ME (3:52)
9. YOUR LOVE (4:37)
10. ALL I DO (3:34)
11. PLACES TO GO (3:33)
12. POOR HEART (4:15)
13. TIME (3:26)

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To coincide with this new album release, Yuna is once again hitting the road, in the Spring. She’ll start out first in Europe, doing what she does best, in Berlin on April 21, then on to Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and wrap up the Europe leg in London on April 27. Yuna will begin the American leg of the tour In Washington D.C. on April 29, and wrap up for the summer in Los Angeles on May 19. See dates below:

  • 4/29/2016, U STREET MUSIC HALL, WASHINGTON, D.C.
  • 4/30/2016, CODA, PHILADELPHIA, PA
  • 5/1/2016, HIGHLINE BALLROOM, NEW YORK, NY
  • 5/2/2016, THE SINCLAIR, BOSTON, MA
  • 5/4/2016, MARBLE BAR, DETROIT, MI
  • 5/5/2016, MOD CLUB, TORONTO, ON
  • 5/6/2016, LINCOLN HALL, CHICAGO, IL
  • 5/8/2016, THE CEDAR, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
  • 5/11/2016, CHOP SUEY, SEATTLE, WA
  • 5/12/2016, DOUG FIR LOUNGE, PORTLAND, OR
  • 5/14/2016, MYSTIC THEATRE, PETALUMA, CA
  • 5/15/2016, GAMH, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
  • 5/17/2016, THE CATALYST, SANTA CRUZ, CA
  • 5/18/2016, CASBAH, SAN DIEGO, CA
  • 5/19/2016, EL REY, LOS ANGELES, CA

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