Following on from last year's "Heavyweight Champion Of The World", 23-year-old Nilüfer Yanya has kicked off her new year with news of her debut album.

To announce her first album, the hotly-tipped singer/songwriter has shared lead single "In Your Head". Explaining the track in more detail, Yanya offers, "Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me and I get trapped. There’s the things I need disguised as things I think I only want, things I think I’m choosing out of choice not necessity. Sometimes this only becomes clear in retrospect, or maybe it will never become clear. Some people may call that being paranoid. I think that’s what I wrote the song about, but what’s interesting to me, and what I think I was trying to get at, is the illusion of freedom."

Miss Universe features 17 tracks, and was largely recorded in a remote Penzance studio where she used to jam in with her uncle Joe. She's even recruited her old guitar teacher Dave Okumu (The Invisible's) as a co-producer alongside her live bandmates, and producers John Congleton, Oli Barton-Wood, Will Archer, and M.T. Hadley.


  2. In Your Head
  3. Paralysed
  4. Angels
  5. Experience?
  6. Paradise
  7. Baby Blu
  8. Warning
  9. Heat Rises
  10. Melt
  11. “Sparkle” GOD HELP ME
  12. Safety Net
  13. Tears
  14. Monsters Under The Bed
  15. The Unordained
  16. Give Up Function
  17. Heavyweight Champion of the Year
"In Your Head" is out now. Miss Universe lands 22 March via ATO / PIAS. Nilüfer Yanya goes on tour with Sharon Van Etten, and will play a headline show at London's EartH on 9 April. Find out more.