Raye took to Twitter Tuesday night to call her label, Polydor, apparently preventing her from releasing music for seven years.
The singer, 23, said she was “fed up with sleeping” in a series of tweets that showed her frustration.
Raye has claimed that she is awaiting confirmation that she can release a full LP if her new single “Call On Me” hits the charts.
‘I’m tired of sleeping on it’: Raye, 23, took to Twitter Tuesday night to call her record company, Polydor, apparently preventing her from releasing music for six years
Frustrated: The musician suppressed her emotions of not being able to release her debut album apparently caused by her label
She kicked off the Twitter thread, “Hey darlings so in the past 7 days I woke up crying, not wanting to get out of bed and feeling so lonely.”
She continued, “These are emotions we usually hide from social media and I became an expert at hiding my tears and pain and wanted to talk about it today.”
The musician posted a selfie of herself in tears with the caption, “Holding it inside and pretending I’m 100% fab will only hurt more.” So this is it. Today, I feel like I’m in the bathroom. I’ll be brave and talk about it.
Show courage: Raye told her subscribers ‘you are not alone’ after admitting she was upset with her record company
Upset: The singer tweeted saying she had “woken up crying” [her] wide-eyed âand that sheâ became an expert at hiding my tears and my pain â; photographed in June 2021
She is ready: her latest track “Call On Me”, which will appear on the long-awaited debut album, is dedicated to the singer’s sister; photographed in June 2021
She added: “You are not alone, we can talk about our worries and our tears. It’s not embarrassing to talk, it’s brave #callonme. ‘
The following tweet read ‘Imagine this pain, I signed with a major label since 2014 … and I have had albums on music albums placed in dust collecting folders, songs that I now give to A list artists because I’m still waiting for confirmation that I’m good enough to release an album. ‘
She explained to her followers: “For the context, for an album to be created, the label must release money for the songs to be completed, fees for producers, mixes, masters and marketing support. etc … I have waited 7 years for this day and I am still waiting.
She continued, “So now I’m being told that if Call On Me works fine I can do my album, but there can’t be a green light untilâ¦ imagine the PRESSURE of me waking me all up. the days frantically looking at numbers and statistics hoping I can make MY FIRST BLOODY ALBUM. ‘
Collecting dust: singer Raye claimed she must have given songs to other artists
Background: The singer explained the album release protocol on Twitter
Obsessed: Says She Constantly Checks The Numbers From Her Latest Single “Call On Me”
Smile through frustration: Raye learned his album could only come out if his latest single ‘Call On Me’ hit the charts
Continuing the thread, “I know this is the kind of thing I’m supposed to keep behind closed doors, but I worked and waited and shoved and gave ALL I got and if I have to suffer I don’t will NOT do it silently anymore.
She tweeted: ‘I’ve been on a 4 album deal since 2014 !!! And were not allowed to release an album. ALL I CARE is music. I’m sick of falling asleep and sick of hurting about it, it’s not such a personal matter for me.
“I did everything they asked me, I changed genders, I worked 7 days a week, ask anyone in the music game, they know. I’m done. to be a polite pop star. I want to do my album now, please that’s all I want, “the singer posted.
To conclude the thread, she wrote: âSometimes we don’t speak out of fear, we stay silent. I’m really glad I spoke today. Whatever the tmrw consequences, today you made me feel heard.
She speaks out: Raye decided to call her record company
In pain: she takes this situation to heart and explains that “it is not such a personal matter for me”
Bend over backwards: A spokesperson for Polydor told NME: “We were saddened to read RAYE’s tweets last night”
Feeling relieved: Raye appeared to have a weight lifted after admitting the allegations
Support: Many artists have proposed their union with the songwriter, including British musician Ray Blk
A spokesperson for his record company told NME: “We were saddened to read RAYE’s tweets last night and reached out to their management team to discuss and offer our full support.”
Many artists have proposed their union with the songwriter, including British musician Ray Blk.
Blk tweeted: ‘This is so brave of you. So brave to speak out against the machine. You are too talented to be silenced. Free album ‘with a chain of red love hearts.
British artist MNEK, among others, replied to his thread: “I just tried calling you @raye but I’m going to tell everyone here the exact same thing. Raye is one of the best PERIODs. of our country There is no reason for her light to be dimmed or for her to be made to feel that her HARD WORK is in vain.
In this set: MNEK called on the music industry for blocking the release of Raye’s debut album
His fans also came to his support with a tweet, “People have to stop controlling the work of others.”
And others commented, “almost as if a pandemic isn’t tough enough in it,” referring to the fact that lockdowns have been tough on musicians with hall closures leaving them unable to tour.
Raye released singles with the label, including âDistractionâ and âAmbitionâ and a nine-track EP âEuphoric sad songsâ last November.
Support: His fans also came to his aid with kind words of solidarity
Faithful fans: the pandemic has hit musicians hard with room closures preventing them from touring
Her latest track “Call On Me”, which will appear on the long-awaited debut album, is dedicated to the singer’s sister.
The singer has signed with the label since the age of 17 and has been ready to release an album for seven years.
The record company represents many famous names, including pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish.
Feeling defeated: The singer has signed with the label since the age of 17, and she has been ready to release an album for six years
Among others: Polydor records represents pop sensation Billie Eilish, 19; photographed in June 2021
Also listed: Olivia Rodrigo, 18, is another Polydor registered star; photo May 2021