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South Auckland TikTok song producer signs up with major label

Joshua Nanai, better known as siren song producer Jawsh 685, has officially nabbed a record deal with Columbia Records.

Speaking with NZME, the 17-year-old Manurewa High School student revealed the news, saying he was “focusing on all the positive things to come and getting Manurewa 67 on the map”.

Earlier this week, it was reported Pop singer Jason Derulo had been accused of using Nanai’s 2019 track Laxed (Siren Beat) without the producer’s permission. Nanai’s fans took to Jason Derulo’s social media pages to express their disappointment the singer had not initially credited Nanai for the track.

While Nanai is “feeling thankful for all of the support so far”, his fans can now rest assured – Nanai also revealed to NZME he has in fact been paid for his hard work.

The Samoan/Cook Islander shot to social media stardom when his 2019 track Laxed (Siren Beat) went viral on TikTok, becoming the song of choice for the TikTok Culture Challenge and has amassed over 8 million views on Youtube and over 5 million streams on Spotify.

Check out Nanai’s full musical repertoire here: Jawsh 685 [ L A S ]

Watch Jason Derulo’s Savage Love below:

by Alice Lolohea


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