10 Records in the African Music Industry That Only Wizkid Holds
One of the most famous African performers of all time is the Nigerian musician Wizkid.
He has established and broken countless records throughout the course of his 12-year career, having a huge impact on the African music landscape.
We shall highlight 10 records Wizkid has in African music in this blog article.
First African artist to reach no. 1 on Billboard Hot 100
In 2016, Wizkid made history when he appeared at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart as the lead artist on Drake’s hit single ‘One Dance’. Not only did he make his mark on the chart, but he also co-wrote and co-produced the song.
First African artist to appear in Guinness Book of World Records
In 2018, Wizkid became the first African artist to be included in the Guinness World Book of Records, thanks to his collaboration with Drake on ‘One Dance’. The song became the most streamed in Spotify history, earning Wizkid his place in the record books.
First and only African artist with a gold-certified album in the US
Wizkid’s fourth studio album, ‘Made In Lagos’, was certified gold in the US in 2022, making it the first African album to reach this status. With over 500,000 units sold in the States, the album remains the only gold-certified African album in America.
Best-selling African artist of all time on Spotify
Wizkid holds the record for being the most streamed artist on Spotify in Africa, with over 5 billion streams to his name.
First African artist to surpass 1 billion streams on Apple Music
In 2022, Wizkid became the first African artist to surpass 1 billion streams on Apple Music, further solidifying his status as a major player in the music industry.
Most awarded African artist in 2021 (Top 10 in the world)
In 2021, Wizkid was ranked among the top 10 most awarded artists in the world, and was the only African artist to make the list. He received a staggering 55 awards that year alone.
Most awarded African artist in MOBO Awards history
Wizkid holds the record for being the most awarded African artist in MOBO Music Awards history, with a total of 6 awards to his name.
Most awarded African artist in Billboard Music Awards history
Wizkid is also the most awarded African artist in Billboard Music Awards history, with 3 awards to his name – the most of any African act.
First and only African artist to sell out the iconic 02 Arena in 12 minutes
In 2021, Wizkid sold out his performance at London’s 02 Arena in just 12 minutes, putting him in the same league as legends such as the Spice Girls and the Rolling Stones. He remains the only African act in history to achieve this feat.
Longest charting African album of all time on Billboard World Album Chart
The Billboard World Album Chart saw Wizkid’s fourth album, “Made In Lagos,” spend more than 100 weeks there, making it the longest-charting African album of all time.
In conclusion, it is impossible to overestimate Wizkid’s influence on the African music landscape.
He has left a lasting impression with these ten records and will go down in history as one of the finest African musicians ever.
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