Trailblazing Punjabi lyricist, rapper and singer Karan Aujla makes history as his album Making Memories debuted at #5 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, the highest charting Punjabi album debut ever. In its first week, Making Memories earned 7.5 million streams in Canada alone, while globally it garnered over 24 million streams. What’s more, each of the eight songs from Making Memories charted in the Top 200 in both India and Canada.
Making Memories was executive produced by Ikky, and debuted at #3 on the Spotify Global Top Albums chart and hit #1 on the Apple Music charts in India and Canada.
The album’s lead single “Admirin’ You” welcomed another historic moment as Aujla became the first Indian artist to cover Apple Music’s New Music Daily global playlist with an exclusive interview on the Zane Lowe show. Aujla also became the first artist to get a #1 track placement and coversimultaneously on Spotify’s biggest Punjabi playlist Punjabi 101 on day of release.The single became the #1 trending track on Instagram Reelsglobally within the first week; inspiring over one million creations on Snapchat in less than two weeks. The success expanded to TikTok and landed on the platform’s viral charts. The official music video surpassed 11.3 million views in 24 hours, reaching #1 trending on YouTube in Canada and Australia and hit the top 20 trending chart in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Pakistan, and the UAE.
Making Memories is available as a special limited-edition, orchid purple vinyl now on sale here.
Next up for Aujla is his Making Memories headlining tour in October with eight stops across the United States.
About Karan Aujla
Karan Aujla was born and raised in the village of Ghurala in Northern Punjab amidst the rural and farm lifestyle. At a young age, both of Aujla’s parents passed away and creating rhymes and writing was a pacifier and escape for Karan. When he discovered Punjabi folk music after his parent’s death, he was ultimately inspired to delve into the world of songwriting and realized that he had a unique talent with the pen. Karan Aujla relocated to British Columbia, Canada and during his high school years, he was sought out by many Punjabi artists as a songwriter and would go on to write several singles for the most prominent Punjabi artists at the time. With fate at work, one of Karan’s songs as a full-fledged artist rather than writer garnered international buzz in the Punjabi community worldwide. His debut album, BacTHAfuKUP (B.T.F.U.), released in 2021, highlights his vocal prowess in unison with trance-like Punjabi folk production. This album solidified his place as a global ambassador of Punjabi music worldwide, with a hundred million streams across streaming platforms, and #6 placement on Spotify’s Global Chart. That same year, Karan was dubbed India’s most prominent artist as he was ranked #38 on the Global Digital Artist Ranking. Karan has over 3 billion official video views, has garnered over 1 billion audio streams and 13 million followers across his channels. Equipped with a love of traditional folk Punjabi music and an affinity for melodic hip-hop and trap R&B from moving to Canada – Karan’s sonic essence elevated to uncharted heights. His cumulative musical experience has resulted in a fusion of Punjabi and North American sounds, where Karan serves as a cultural bridge.