Raye quits social media after sharing ‘pain’ over record label feud

Raye at the MTV EMA 2020

Raye will be taking time offline for a while (Picture: Getty Images)

Raye has announced that she’ll be taking a break from social media after claiming her record label has refused to release her debut album. 

The 23-year-old singer was scheduled to be promoting her new single, Call On Me, this month but will instead be taking a break from social platforms like Twitter and Instagram.

In a tweet shared on Sunday, Raye said: ‘I am supposed to be in Call On Me promo mode but I just don’t have the strength to promote this record right now. 

‘I am leaving this for a while, and I’m leaving my phone behind.’ 

She added: ‘Keep streaming and sharing this song for me. I love you.’ 

It comes after Raye, full name Rachel Agatha Keen, explained that she was ‘feeling so alone’ and alleged that she was waiting for confirmation from her bosses that she was ‘good enough’ to put out her first album should Call On Me perform well on the charts.

Breaking her silence in a series of tweets, Raye said: ‘I have been signed to a major label since 2014…and I have had albums on albums of music sat in folders collecting dust, songs I am now giving away to A list artists because I am still awaiting confirmation that I am good enough to release an album.

For context, in order for an album to be created, the label has to release money for songs to be finished, fees for producers, mixes, masters and marketing support etc… I have waited 7 years for this day and I am still waiting.’

In another post, Raye continued: ‘So now I’m being told if Call On Me does well then I can do my album but there can’t be a green light until…. imagine the PRESSURE of me waking up every day frantically looking at numbers and stats hoping that I can just make MY BLOODY FIRST ALBUM.

‘I know this is the kind of thing I’m suppose to keep behind closed doors, but I have worked and waited and hustled and given EVERYthing I have and if I am going to suffer I am NOT going to do it in silence anymore.

‘I have been on a 4 ALBUM RECORD DEAL since 2014 !!! And haven’t been allowed to put out one album. ALL I CARE ABOUT is the music. Im sick of being slept on and I’m sick of being in pain about it this is not business to me this so personal.’

Raye also posted a selfie of herself in tears to the social media platform, alleging she had been waking up in tears for the past week.

A Polydor spokesperson said: ‘We were saddened to read Raye’s tweets last night and have reached out to her management team to discuss and offer our full support.’ 

The musician shot to fame in 2016 when she featured on Jonas Blue’s single You Don’t Know Me and By Your Side by Jax Jones, the latter peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart.

A year later, she was short-listed for the BBC Music Sound of… award and was named in third place.

In 2019, she co-wrote Beyonce’s song Bigger for The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack. She’s also enjoyed success with the songs Decline with Mr Eazi, Check featuring Kojo Funds and Cigarette with Mabel and Stefflon Don.

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