Jhené Aiko drops star-studded deluxe version of LP 'Chilombo', thrilled fans say her 'music is for the soul'
Jhené Aiko has released the deluxe version of her critically-acclaimed album 'Chilombo' on July 17. The new version of her third studio album includes a generous addition of nine brand-new tracks with stellar guest appearances from Kehlani, Snoop Dogg and other artistes.
Since its release in March, the initial 'Chilombo' LP has skyrocketed to over 1.5 billion streams worldwide, marking her biggest release to date. It has debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units in the US, becoming her fastest-selling album. The album also has also broken records as the highest album debut from a female R&B singer after Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' album released in 2016.
To crank up the already-existing fan excitement over the LP, the 32-year-old singer has now added numerous star-studded tracks to the deluxe edition. Kehlani features on one of its fan-favorite tracks 'BS' for the remix version, Chris Brown and Snoop Dogg feature on the remix for 'Tryna Smoke', Wiz Khalifa enters on the all-new 'Down Again' and Mila J on 'OTW'.
Fans are in a meltdown over the deluxe version and have already listed out their favorite tracks. "In conclusion, Jhene Aiko delivered once again," said a fan while another wrote, "Jhene Aiko really never lets me down , she know wtf she doinggggg... omg." One fan said, "Jhene Aiko's Music is for the soul." Another fan said, "Jhené Aiko is really the baddest b***h out there, lemme just say she could get it ALLLLLL." A fan shared, "I'm in love all over again."
Some fan-favorites on the new version include 'OTW', Down Again' and 'Summer 2020' which is a followup to the interlude version of the same track found on the original LP. "The full Summer 2020???????!!" wrote a fan and another replied, "This is what we’ve been waiting for because that little snippet was not enough lol."
In a February interview with Billboard, Aiko described 'Chilombo' as an "eruption." "In a sense, I am like a volcano, and this album is an eruption. It starts with 'Triggered' and there's a lava flow with all these songs where it's a free-flowing jam session. And then it settles — and became this beautiful land where there's new life."