The global music scene is currently witnessing a seismic shift, with Afrobeats taking center stage. The genre, which originated from West Africa, has seen a staggering 550% growth since 2017, with over 13.5 billion streams per year, according to Spotify. This surge in popularity has led to the creation of a dedicated website by Spotify, tracking the success and growth of Afrobeats.
In a recent revelation, Spotify ranked “Calm Down Remix” by Rema and Selena Gomez as the number one Afrobeats song of all time. The song leads the pack in the list of top 10 Afrobeats songs, which is based on the number of streams on the platform. Other notable entries include CKay’s “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” and its remix, British rapper Dave’s “Location” featuring Burna Boy, and Wizkid’s “Essence” featuring Tems.
The list also features Cameroonian star Libianca’s “People”, Burna Boy’s “Last Last”, Fireboy and Ed Sheeran’s “Peru”, and Wizkid’s “Essence Remix” featuring Justin Bieber and Tems. However, the list saw the absence of some prominent Afrobeats artists like Davido, Tiwa Savage, Kizz Daniel, and Olamide.
In addition to the top songs, Spotify also revealed the most prominent female Afrobeats singer. Tems topped the list, with other stars like Ayra Starr, Darkoo, Tiwa Savage, Simi, Yemi Alade, Gyakie, Labianca, Fave, and Amaarae making the top 10.
The rise of Afrobeats is not just a trend but a testament to the genre’s global appeal and the talent of its artists. The genre’s growth is projected to continue, with the Nigerian music industry expected to rake in about $44 million by 2023.
In related news, Rema’s “Calm Down” has also become the most played song on American radio, further cementing Afrobeats’ global dominance. The genre’s influence is also evident in the music charts, with Afrobeats artists consistently topping charts worldwide.
As Afrobeats continues to resonate with audiences globally, it’s clear that the genre is not just a passing trend but a significant player in the global music industry. The world is indeed dancing to the rhythm of Afrobeats.