Raye clinches first UK No. 1 of 2023 with “Escapism”

Raye has clinched her first UK No. 1 of 2023 for her song “Escapism”, which is also the first of her career.

According to Billboard,  based on early chart data, “Escapism” is heading for a second week in the box seat, though Lewis Capaldi could stage an upset.  

Featuring US rapper 070 Shake, the outlet adds, “Escapism” leads the Official Charts Company’s First Look survey, which ranks singles based on the first 48 hours in the cycle.

“Escapism” is lifted from Raye’s upcoming debut album My 21st Century Blues, alongside “Hard Out Here,” “Black Mascara” and “The Thrill Is Gone,” and is released independently through Human Re Sources, after she cut ties with Polydor, part of Universal Music Group, in 2021.


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