“Not Another Love Song" marks the Grammy Award-winning artist’s first new music since her acclaimed 2018 debut, Ella Mai! The British R&B artist explained that the song “is about falling in love but not wanting to admit it, so it’s quite vulnerable but still has an edge to it," which sees production from Boi-1da, Jahaan Sweet, and The Rascals.

Ella Mai announced her return to music earlier this week via social media, where she shared a photo of herself in the studio with her pup.

“thierrys reaction when he found out new music is coming before scorpio season,” she captioned the post.

Ella Mai further explained the song during an interview with BET:

“I think we’ve all been in a place of trying to navigate the feeling of, ‘Am I in love? Am I not in love?’ If I say it too soon, will I mess things up? Or just, do I really want to admit that I’m in love? I sat down with one of my favorite writers who I wrote “Trip” with, Varren Wade, and we were just talking. ... We were like, “This is special.” So I’m really excited about it.” Presumably, this means that a sophomore LP isn’t too far into the distance.

Listen to the song below.

Mai’s captivating self-titled debut album was released in 2018, following EPs Time and Change (both 2016) and 2017’s Ready, which featured the singer-songwriter’s Grammy Award-winning hit, “Boo’d Up.” The multi-platinum-selling song put Mai on the map, peaking at No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Hot R&B Songs chart (making Mai the first British artist to hit No.1 on the US chart since 1992). A remix, featuring Nicki Minaj and Quavo, soon followed.

The DJ Mustard protégé followed with single “Trip,” off her full-length. The song once again hit No.1 on Billboard’s R&B chart and peaked at No.11 on the Hot 100. The album, which featured appearances by John Legend and H.E.R., among others, was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Revisit the album here.

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