Rina Sawayama just wrapped up her tour with three NYC shows, the final show of which she closed out by teasing something new on the way, with signs reading "Rina Is Going To Hell." She's now announced her sophomore album, Hold The Girl, due out September 2 via Dirty Hit. It's the follow up to 2020's SAWAYAMA, and she made it with regular collaborators Clarence Clarity and Lauren Aquilina, as well as Paul Epworth and Marcus Andersson. See the cover art below.
She's also shared the first single, "This Hell," an upbeat pop track with a little country twang. "I had so much fun writing 'This Hell,'" Rina says. "The past couple of years I've been listening to lots of female country singers and wanted to write a euphoric and tongue-in-cheek country-pop song. Country music at its core to me represents comfort, brilliant storytelling and authentic expression of the writer's reality. I’ve been dreaming of working with Paul Epworth my entire career so I knew it was meant to be when we finished this song in a day. I put in as many iconic pop culture moments as I can, but the song is more than that.”