In a week where one afrobeat artist has given the genre bad publicity, another has scored another first for the blossoming genre. With his music, Wizkid is one of the celebrities spearheading the global export of Afrobeats, having sold out venues and won multiple international awards. Wizkid’s unique sound and infectious beats have captivated audiences worldwide, propelling Afrobeats into the mainstream music scene. His collaborations with renowned artists like Drake and Beyoncé have further solidified his influence and brought the genre to new heights of popularity.
In another incredible achievement, Wizkid has extended his African record by surpassing 6 billion Spotify streams as a lead artist. Since 2015, his hit song “Ojuelegba” became well-known worldwide, Wizkid has been at the forefront of exporting African music. His unique blend of afrobeats and collaborations with international artists have helped him gain a massive global following. Wizkid’s success showcases his talent and paves the way for other African artists to break into the mainstream music industry.
Wizkid achieved worldwide prominence after Drake featured him on the massive hit song “One Dance” in 2016. The song became the first to reach the billion-stream milestone on Spotify. With his music getting listeners worldwide, Wizkid has emerged as one of the world’s most commercial artists since appearing on Drake’s “One Dance.”
His fourth album, “Made in Lagos,” was released in 2020 and featured the hit song “Essence” featuring Timbs. The remix featured Justin Bieber and peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. The first Nigerian album to receive an RIAA Gold certification is “Made in Lagos,” while “Essence” has received three platinum certifications. He has worked internationally with big names like Drake, Major Lazer, and Beyoncé, which has helped him receive massive streams and become the most streamed Afrobeats artist on Spotify overall. Wizkid’s collaboration with Drake on the hit song “One Dance” became a global sensation, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016. His feature on Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl” also earned him a Grammy Award for Best Music Video in 2021.