Ananya Birla Joins Forces With Sean Kingston For ‘Day Goes By’

Rising pop sensation Ananya Birla and multi-platinum Jamaican/American hitmaker Sean Kingston have released their highly anticipated infectious anthem titled “Day Goes By” via Universal Music/Island Records. Co-written by Sean and Ananya and self-produced, “Day Goes By” marks one of the first major pop collaborations between the US and Indian artist.

This latest single arrives with a magnetic video directed by Mike Ho, who has previously worked with the likes of Chris Brown, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj, and sees Kingston’s trademark reggae-RnB fusion blend perfectly with Ananya’s unmistakable pop vocals as the duo trade verses on seduction and infatuation. The video features Ananya and Sean performing the song amidst flashy surroundings, both separately and together with some background dancers to give a sexier edge to the video.

Singer-songwriter Ananya, who is based between Mumbai, London and Los Angeles, is the first homegrown artist to go Platinum with an English language track in India – something she has now done five times, breaking the dominance of Bollywood music on the Indian music scene. Since signing with Universal Music India in 2016, the self-taught santoor and guitar player has reached over 200m combined streams and collaborated with major artists such as Afrojack, Jim Beanz, and Mood Melodies. She has also performed at major Indian concerts including Global Citizen, Oktoberfest, and Sunburn, Asia’s biggest electronic music festival, and is currently opening for Wiz Khalifa in India.

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Sean Kingston first took the world by storm with his debut single “Beautiful Girls,” back in the year 2009. He first linked up with Ananya when they shared the stage for his 2018 worldwide tour. Their mutual artistic admiration led them to the studio in LA for their first creative collaboration. Working with Sean on the new single “Day Goes By” was a very organic experience for Ananya which is what she wanted to reflect in the official music video for the track.

The two met while Sean was touring in India and vibed along really well. He said, “Let’s get in the studio when you’re in L.A. next.’ I said, ‘Yes, that would be awesome. A couple of months later we were in the studio recording and shooting a music video. It was a great experience.” Sean’s forthcoming album titled, Made In Jamaica, is set to feature Chris Brown, Tinashe and Justin Bieber. Talking about the latest release, he said:

“It was so beautiful and easy to work with Ananya. We linked up in India and she played me a few of her records and immediately I knew our sound together would be dope!!”

Speaking about how the single came about, Ananya added,

“Day Goes By is for anyone who’s lost their mind in love. It’s been brewing for a little while now. Sean and I knew we wanted to make something that captures that intoxicating feeling, and also make it super fun– something that people could dance to. When we got into the studio it all came together so quickly and organically. Sean’s an amazing collaborator and there was always such a positive vibe. I’m so excited to share it with the world!”

It has been a big year for both artists. Where Sean just finished a sold-out world tour and released his latest track “Peace of Mind” in April, Ananya has dropped her debut EP “Fingerprint” in May which includes the hit single “Blackout” feat Vector and Wurld. Earlier this month, she opened for Wiz Khalifa on his India tour. Ananya was also recently named as one of GQ’s most influential Young Indians.

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Written by Khushboo Malhotra

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