Francis Leblanc,[1] known professionally as Fridayy, is a Haitian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2022, he signed with Def Jam Recordings and guest performed on the hit songs "Forever" by Lil Baby and the title track of DJ Khaled's album God Did (2022). The songs both reached the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart,[2][5] with the latter garnering him three Grammy Award nominations. Fridayy is best known for his single "When It Comes to You", which also charted on the Billboard Hot 100.[6]

Fridayy
Fridayy in 2023
Fridayy in 2023
Background information
Birth nameFrancis Leblanc[1][2]
BornPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.[3]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2014–present[3]
LabelsDef Jam[3]

Early life edit

Leblanc started playing instruments including piano, the bass, and the guitar at the age of 6. His father is a pastor and he credits his passion for music to his days in the church sanctuary. Leblanc is of Haitian descent which he mentions on his Twitter account and the remix of his song "Blessings".[3]

Career edit

In 2014, Fridayy created his first track alongside his cousin Leo. In June 2022, he landed production credits for Chris Brown's album Breezy. In October 2022, Fridayy's debut single "Don't Give Up On Me" was made available.[7] Also in October 2022, he appeared on Lil Baby's album It's Only Me on the track "Forever", which peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.[5] Again in October 2022, his debut EP Lost in Melody became available with a sole guest appearance from Vory.[8] In November 2022, Fridayy received three Grammy Award nominations as a featured artist on DJ Khaled's song "God Did" at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards in 2023.[9]

In June 2023, the song "Don't Give It Away", featuring Chris Brown, was released through Def Jam Recordings as the lead single from Fridayy's self-titled first album.[10]

Artistry edit

Fridayy sings in a baritone voice, mostly performing over self-produced instrumentals, as well as mixing R&B with hip hop, gospel, and Afrobeats.[11] According to American Songwriter, "Fridayy brought a more R&B, gospel-inspired sound to a crop of acts mostly involved with rap".[12]

Discography edit

Albums edit

Album, with selected details
Title Album details
Fridayy[13]

Extended plays edit

Extended play, with selected details
Title EP details
Lost in Melody
  • Released: October 21, 2022
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
  • Label: Def Jam, Lost in Melody

Singles edit

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[6]
US
R&B/HH

[14]
"Don't Give It Away"
(with Chris Brown)
2023 Fridayy
"When It Comes to You" 97 29

Other charted songs edit

List of other charted songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[15]
US
R&B/HH

[16]
US
Rap

[17]
CAN
[18]
UK
[19]
WW
[20]
"God Did"
(DJ Khaled featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend, and Fridayy)
2022 17 6 3 29 50 24 God Did
"Forever"
(Lil Baby featuring Fridayy)
8 3 2 61 43 23 It's Only Me

Guest appearances edit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"God Did" 2022 DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend God Did
"Forever" Lil Baby It's Only Me
"Lies" 2023 Moneybagg Yo Hard to Love
"No One Else" Chris Brown 11:11

Production credits edit

2022 edit

Rae Sremmurd

  • "Denial" (produced with Fortune, Bizness Boi and Kofo)

Chris BrownBreezy

Wiz KhalifaMultiverse

  • 4. "1000 Women" (featuring They) (produced with Hitmaka and Jae Roc)

DJ KhaledGod Did

Lil BabyIt's Only Me

  • 8. "Forever" (featuring Fridayy) (produced with Fortune and Bizness Boi)
  • 9. "Blessings (Remix)" (featuring Asake)[21]

Fridayy – Lost in Melody

  • 1. "Blessings" (produced with Chris Washington and Edgar Cutino)
  • 2. "Empty Stomach" (produced with Chris Washington, Edgar Cutino, Blvck and Dinuzzo)
  • 3. "God Sent" (featuring Vory) (produced with Chris Washington, Edgar Cutino and Dylan Graham)
  • 4. "Dont Give Up on Me" (produced with Chris Washington and Edgar Cutino)
  • 5. "Know the Truth" (produced with Chris Washington, Edgar Cutino, Gabriel Lambirth, Patrick Collier and Mombru)
  • 6. "Come Through" (produced with Chris Washington, Edgar Cutino, Tom Levesque, Danes Blood and Ben10k)
  • 7. "Momma" (produced with Chris Washington and Edgar Cutino)

Fridayy – Fridayy

Awards and nominations edit

Award Year Nominee Category Result Ref.
Grammy Awards 2023 "God Did" (featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend and Fridayy) Song of the Year Nominated [9]
Best Rap Song Nominated [9]
Best Rap Performance Nominated [9]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Information on Fridayy's songs in ASCAP ACE database". ASCAP. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Hot 100 First-Timers: Fridayy Scores First Chart Hit With DJ Khaled Collab 'God Did'". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Break Presents: Fridayy". XXL. November 7, 2022. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  4. ^ https://www.billboard.com/business/management/fridayy-manager-edgar-cutino-management-company-1235524293/amp/
  5. ^ a b "Billboard 100 Week of October 29, 2022". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Billboard Hot 100: Week of February 3, 2024". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2024.
  7. ^ "Fridayy Releases Debut Single "Don't Give Up On Me"". HotNewHipHop. October 8, 2022. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  8. ^ "Fridayy Delivers Debut EP "Lost In Melody" Ft. Vory". HotNewHipHop. October 21, 2022. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d "Grammy Nominations 2023: The Full List". Billboard. November 15, 2022.
  10. ^ "Don't Give It Away - Apple Music". Apple Music.
  11. ^ http://stylemagazine.com/news/2023/jul/21/fridayy-unveils-captivating-music-video-when-it-co/
  12. ^ https://americansongwriter.com/fridayy-releases-new-single-when-it-comes-to-you-speaks-on-upcoming-album/
  13. ^ "Fridayy interview". One37PM.
  14. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: Week of January 20, 2024". Billboard. Retrieved January 17, 2024.
  15. ^ Peaks on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart:
  16. ^ Peaks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart:
  17. ^ Peaks on the Hot Rap Songs chart:
  18. ^ Peaks on the Canadian Hot 100 chart:
  19. ^ Peaks in the United Kingdom:
  20. ^ Peaks on the Billboard Global 200 chart:
  21. ^ "Fridayy – Blessing (Remix) ft. Asake". Legit9ja. December 9, 2022. Retrieved December 10, 2022.

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