Released by newly signed Columbia Records artist/producer ayokay, featuring vocalist and longtime-collaborator Quinn XCII (also signed to Columbia), “Kings of Summer” has blazed a nearly year-long path to buzz-track-royalty. Currently soaring past 25 million streams on Spotify, it’s topped Spotify’s Viral Chart in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to topping the Global Viral 50 Chart. A just-released new edit with added verses from Quinn kicks off a new chapter in the infectious track’s epic journey.
“Kings of Summer” floats ayokay’s languid production over Quinn’s hazy chorus – ‘jumping off the porch like mom’s not home’ – the hypnotic refrain capturing listeners’ imaginations. This season, Texas Rangers star Ian Desmond uses the track as his walk up song when stepping up to the plate, lighting up Shazam and iTunes with “Kings of Summer,” as the popular song continues to blow up into one of this summer’s breakout anthems.
This weekend, Quinn XCII will perform at Billboard’s Hot 100 Festival at Nikon Jones Beach Theatre in New York, where he will be joined by ayokay. Both ayokay and Quinn XCII will hit the road for a fall headline run, kicking off October 13 in Lansing, MI, home to Michigan State University and coincidentally Quinn XCII’s alma mater. Come November, both artists join Louis The Child for a handful of dates. The tour hits Ann Arbor, MI November 18, home to the University of Michigan and ayokay’s alma mater, sure to stir-up the age-old college rivalry between both guys. Stay tuned as more dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
ayokay, Quinn XCII On Tour:
8/21 – Billboard Hot 100 Fest – Long Island, NY
10/13 – The Loft – Lansing, MI ^
10/17 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN ^
10/20 – Brick Street – Oxford, OH ^
11/2 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge ^
11/3 – Dallas, TX – Three Links ^
11/4 – Republic – New Orleans, LA *
11/5 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA *
11/6 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC *
11/11 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC *
11/13 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA *
11/16 – Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QB *
11/18 – The Bling Pig – Ann Arbor, MI *
11/23 – The Loft at Skyway – Minneapolis, MN *
11/26 – Metro – Chicago, IL *
^ ayokay, Quinn XCII headline dates
* supporting Louis The Child