God Said No (White Vinyl + Poster)



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Release Date: 28th June 2024

"One of the most exciting young musicians on the planet" – COMPLEX
"The pop of tomorrow" – Rolling Stone
"'Ivory' goes beyond thinking outside the box: It’s as if the box were never even there to begin with” – Pitchfork
“Apollo cannot be kept in a box” – Variety
Omar Apollo announces that his second studio album, God Said No, will be released on June 28th via Warner Records. Along
with the announcement, Apollo offers a preview of what is to come on the album with the new single ‘Dispose of Me,’ which
arrives with an accompanying live performance video of the song featuring a 14-piece ensemble. Apollo and the band put a
new spin on ‘Dispose Of Me’ as they're surrounded by Omar's closest friends and collaborators.
God Said No was executive produced by Teo Halm and features musician Mustafa and actor Pedro Pascal. The album title is
Omar’s interpretation of “lo que sera, sera” which translates to “whatever will be, will be” or “it is what it is.” The phrase
embodies the album with Omar’s tongue-in-cheek humorous outlook on the suffering that comes from surrendering and
accepting whatever is thrown at you by life, a relationship or lover.
Arriving a little over two years after the release of his critically acclaimed debut album Ivory which earned Apollo a Best New
Artist nomination at the 2023 Grammys, God Said No was born out of the whirlwind that followed his debut and nonstop
touring, on his headline tour, in support of SZA’s SOS arena tour along with Billie Eilish’s Latin American stadium tour. Apollo
booked a three- month stay in London that fall, where he ruminated on walks down rain-soaked cobblestone streets and mined
the poems of Mary Oliver, Victoria Chang, and Ocean Vuong for inspiration. Speaking on musical inspirations with Rolling
Stone in the May issue, Omar cited artists like Kate Bush, Labi Siffre, Giorgio Moroder, Beyoncé, and Lana del Rey as being in
heavy rotation during that time in London.
Camped out in London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios with his trusted collaborators, producers Halm, Carter Lang, and Blake
Slatkin, Apollo built the bones of his melodrama. The 14-track album is a survey of the emotional wreckage that followed the
end of a torrid love affair. Apollo borrowed the title from something his friend said while processing the relationship. “I gave it
my everything,” Apollo says, “And God said ‘no.’” What began during that London trip resulted in his most soul-bearing and
immediate body of work, fine-tuned across studios in Los Angeles, NY, and Miami towards the end of 2023.
‘Dispose of Me’ follows the album’s lead single ‘Spite’, which was released last month to fanfare alongside an iconic David
Heof-directed music video shot in Mexico City. Just last week, Omar made a splash during his Met Gala debut, wearing a
custom suit by LOEWE that earned him Best Dressed nods from The Cut, Vogue, and WWD, among others.