For his contributions to Drake’s mega-hit “One Dance,” which has sold over ten million units in the US, Nigerian megastar, Wizkid, has been awarded an RIAA diamond certification. Drake’s “Views” album includes the 2016 single, which also includes Wizkid and Kyla Reid. The song has gone on to accrue over 2.4 billion Spotify streams, making it a global success.
One Dance is a significant turning point in Wizkid’s career because it raised his visibility and helped him become one of Africa’s biggest stars. It was also a significant turning point for Afrobeats because the song introduced the genre to a wider audience. Wizkid receiving a diamond RIAA certification makes him the first musician from Nigeria to do so.
The platinum plaque for his international hit track “Essence” featuring Tems and Justin Bieber was the most recent RIAA plaque awarded to the Grammy winner. The song had sold a whopping 2M units in the United States. An Afrobeat song pulling such international weight is obviously not something that happens very often or often at all.
Wiz has really been deep in his bag as reports of what he made in one night from his MSG concert ticket sales was said to be slightly over a million dollars. Now that’s a big bag.