Tyla recently scored her first Billboard Hot 100 hit with "Water."
Born and raised in South Africa, she's toured with Chris Brown and wants to work with Drake.
Here are 11 things you need to know about the 21-year-old star.
Tyla was born and raised in South Africa.
Tyla, real name Tyla Laura Seethal, was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The 21-year-old is the middle child of five and is of Indian, Zulu, Mauritian and Irish descent.
"I'm very passionate about my country, our culture and music; I really believe in it," she told i-D in July.
She dropped out of university to pursue music.
"I was actually studying Mining Engineering," Tyla told Native in March 2021.
She told the magazine that shortly after she began the course, she realized her passion for music and decided to commit to it full time.
She made her name on TikTok.
According to Native, Tyla amassed a following on TikTok during the COVID-19 pandemic by performing dance routines and sharing song covers.
She released her debut song, "Getting Late" with Kooldrink, in late 2019. The track became an instant hit, with its music video quickly amassing millions of views.
"It really took off when we did the video, like crazy, past all my expectations," Tyla told i-D of her debut song. "It was like zero to one hundred."
She cites Aaliyah and Rihanna as influences.
"I really looked up to '90s singers like Aaliyah, also Rihanna and Cassie. They were artists whose concerts I watched constantly and imagined myself being one day," Tyla told Rolling Stone in September.
Tyla said her sound has also been influenced by "a lot of South African artists."
"I loved Freshlyground because I couldn't believe they were on a song — 'Waka Waka' — with Shakira," she said.
She made history with "Water."
Tyla, who signed to Epic Records in 2021, released "Water" as the lead single from her upcoming debut album in July.
The song went viral on TikTok the following month when Tyla posted videos of herself doing a dance to it choreographed by South African dancer Lee-ché Janecke.
"Water" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 67 in early October, becoming the first solo song by a South African musician to appear on the chart since Hugh Masekela's "Grazing in the Grass" in 1968.
She's supported Chris Brown on tour.
In February, Tyla was named as the support act for Chris Brown's Under the Influence European tour.
"Surprise lol," Tyla captioned an Instagram post announcing the news.
She likes to paint.
Speaking to Notion in April, Tyla revealed that when she isn't working on her music, she indulges in other artistic hobbies.
"I like painting and I love to draw," she said.
The South African star added that she also loves spending quality time with her family and friends.
"Even going to a movie, ice skating or theme parks. That's what I love doing," she said.
She wants to collaborate with Drake.
In her interview with i-D, Tyla listed Drake and Doja Cat as her bucket list collaborations.
"Her father's South African so she can't say no," she said of Doja.
Tyla also said she'd love to one day work with DJ Khaled.
"I'd love him to scream on one of my songs," she said.
She has a strange ick.
In an interview with Apple Music's "The Dotty Show" in October, Tyla said her "biggest ick" is "seeing a guy's crack."
"No way. Like why is your crack showing?" she said. "I can't. It's just like, why can't you feel the breeze? Do you not know that your whole crack is out?"
Her debut is dropping soon.
Though Tyla's debut EP has no name or release date yet, she told "The Dotty Show" that fans can expect the project to drop "very soon."
"I'm ready to show everyone, for real," she said. "'Water' is killing it, and I just want people to have more music out that's my sound and vibe so they can get to know me as an artist."
"I don't wanna just be a song, so I'm very excited," she added.
She's got her eyes set on world domination.
"I really would love people to be able to say the biggest artist right now is from Africa. You know like born and raised, what the heck? We haven't had that," Tyla told i-D.
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