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Wizkid becomes First African to Reach 8 Million Monthly Listeners on Spotify

August 21st, 2019 | by Jesse Ifeanyi
Wizkid becomes First African to Reach 8 Million Monthly Listeners on Spotify
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Although Wizkid is still to release an official single for this year, he’s been on a great run in terms of some dope collaborations. Beside working on the Lion King: The Gift album with Beyoncé and their subsequent epic collaboration on “Brown Skin Girl”, arguably one of this year’s biggest anthems, the talented Nigerian artist has also hopped onto a number of tracks alongside GoldLink, Kojo Fundsand Skepta. After having been nominated for the 2019 Afrikan Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA)and performed at the inaugural Afro Nation Festival in Portugal earlier this month, it comes as no surprise that he’s recently made history on Spotify as the first African artist to reach 8 million monthly listeners on the streaming platform.

While fans are awaiting in anticipation for Wizkid’s “Joro”, a single he’s been promising to drop since June but hasn’t officially done so as yet, the artist is reportedly working on his fourth studio album entitled Made in Lagos.

This year has certainly seen the rising popularity of African artists, especially Nigerian artists, and their music in the mainstream. Just last month, Davido set the record for the most viewed Nigerian artist on YouTube with a whopping 500 million views across his music videos. Additionally, Burna Boy‘s monster album, African Giant, ranked 16th on the UK charts—the highest ranking ever for an African album. Honestly, we’re definitely here for all these boss moves.

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