Era Istrefi Is Taking No 'Prisoner' on Reggae-Tinged New Single: Exclusive


Albanian singer Era Istrefi isn’t getting caught up in the chase on her new single “Prisoner,” releasing wide tomorrow (June 8) Ultra Music.

Fresh f her feature on the Diplo-produced 2018 World Cup Russia ficial song “Live It Up” with Will Smith and Nicky Jam, Istrefi is expanding her global reach further with a single that adds a Caribbean twist to the singer’s impressive pop repertoire.

“I grew up listening to reggae records, so when I heard a demo ‘Prisoner,’ written by Emily Warren and Scott Harris, I felt the song is so relatable to me, with just incredible melodies and lyrics I identify with,” Istrefi says. “It’s got emotional levels that take me to both happy and melancholy places, whilst being authentically reggae, which I love.”

Istrefi proves her versatility as she playfully teases out the clever cat-and-mouse wordplay from Warren and Harris, the powerhouse songwriting team behind hits from the likes The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes and more. For a rising artist that seems to be testing out every corner her potential, Istrefi has shown once again that her creative drive cannot be contained.

Get a first listen  “Prisoner,” exclusively on Billboard, below.