Blessed, might be one word to describe ‘Everything’ singer Elijah Blake.
Arriving on the scene courtesy of cuts penned for other artists, last week saw the 22 year old take the net by storm with the release of the critically acclaimed mix tape, ‘Bijoux 22‘, by way of Roc Nation and Def Jam Recordings.
Now, less than four days after launch, the release has etched his name into the label’s history books.
Exciting details below…
Less than 24 hours after debut, ‘Bijoux’ pulled in a cool 20,000 downloads from music lovers across the globe, helped in part by its lead single ‘XOXO‘, featuring Common.
Today, just five days later, it now sits pretty at 36,000 downloads- making him the fastest downloaded R&B act at the label, and the first piece of any genre to pull in numbers this quickly since Young Jeezy‘s ‘It’s The World’, hosted by DJ Drama earlier this year.
In honor of the mixtape’s success, today saw Def Jam CEO Joie Manda dedicate his personal Twitter handle to Blake with the following:
— Joie Manda (@Joeyie) December 16, 2012
On learning of his record, Blake told That Grape Juice.Net:
“This record for me represents freedom and liberation in the sense that this EP is literally something we put together with no structure no formula just went off of feeling and against everything that’s expected from R’n'B males today and the people welcomed it. That’s all you can ask for.
This is why I do it.
Even before I knew what publishing was and the money that could be made I just wanted to sing and share my story with the world so for that to finally be coming into fruition is the greatest reward ever. I’m greatful and thankful first and foremost to GOD for allowing me the platform . I just wanna say a big thank you to the fans and you guys for supporting me.”
Fans can expect the star’s debut album to drop at the top of the year, until then…