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Spotify 2020 Wrapped: Most Streamed Nigerian Albums

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2020 gave us music. Everything went south since the infamous Covid-19 hit centre stage and in no due time broke the record, becoming the most sold and shutdown show ever in human history. But if there was something that at least stood the test of times this difficult year, it is our Nigerian music industry continually chuning out hits, classics and music that will forever be dear to us – the fans and listeners.

Spotify, one of the most used music streaming platforms in the world, despite not having a branch in Nigeria and the website being inaccessible in the country (unless you use VPN of course) favoured our Nigerian music industry and its artistes.

Spotify released their yearly “Wrapped” report, detailing the most streamed artistes, albums, singles etc. by numbers and Nigeria music industry found some light of success on the platform.

Off the dome, anyone could have guessed which artiste would come out victorious with the most streamed album for the year to be Burna Boy for his “Twice As Tall” album. Burna boy recorded a stunning 64 million streams; a 31 million streams spacing of second placed Wizkid’s fourth studio album “Made In Lagos” which recorded 33 million streams on Spotify.

Nigeria’s first lady in the music industry, Tiwa Savage comes in third position with her “Celia” gathering an impressive 15.1 million streams, although still a wide gap between second placed MIL.

Fast rising R&B act, Omah Lay would secure the fourth place with his debut EP “Get Layd” amassing a nice 10 million streams (not bad for a newbie). The next 3 ranked albums will only be separated by decimals difference as Adekunle Gold’s “Afropop Vol. 1” got 9.6 million streams to close the Top 5 most streamed Nigerian albums on Spotify for 2020.

2Baba’s “Warriors” – 9.18 million streams; OBO Davido’s “A Better Time” with 9.15 million streams. Both albums ranked at the sixth and seventh position respectively on the list.

The closing three albums, eight to tenth would also be ranked based on difference in decimals with Pop and R&B star, Fireboy leading the pack in eight position with 7.93 streams garnered by his sophomore album “Apollo”. Kizz Daniel’s “King Of Love” and Queen of Naija’s In-House music, Niniola’s “Colors & Sounds” raking in 7.69 and 7.61 streams respectively to close the Top 10 most streamed Nigerian albums on Spotify for 2020.

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Elton John is the greatest songwriter—Fireboy DML

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Award-winning English singer, songwriter, pianist and one of the best selling artists of all-time, Elton John has been tagged “the greatest songwriter” by Nigerian new-school face of R&B—Fireboy DML.

Fireboy played the over/under game with Pitchfork where guests are told to rate certain objects, things, persons and whatnot whether they are overrated or underrated. On his episode, the first to be rated turns out to be Sir Elton John on which Fireboy’s opinion was solicited, he replied: “Elton John is like the greatest songwriter to me. He’s a legend [laughs]. I don’t think he should be under that tag [of being overrated or underrated]. Let’s just leave him up there on that pedestal.”

Fireboy DML whose latest “Peru” release has fastly gone up the charts goes further to give his verdicts regarding ‘tiny spoons’, ‘love letters’, ‘sad songs’, ‘sunglasses’; even calling saxophones overrated because “there are so many more instruments that convey emotions better than saxophones.” Watch the full video below:

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“Meaningful and conscious songs are missing today in the music industry”—African China

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Nigerian music veteran, African China, famous for tackling the government with his music like in the case of the evergreen “Mr President” and making situational love songs e.g “If You Love Somebody” says the lyricism that comes with the finely produced songs in today’s Nigerian music sector has gone down the drain. Saying he is “disappointed” with how artistes of today approach the lyrical aspect of their music. This he told The Guardian (Nigeria) in an interview.

African China (real name—Chinagorom Onuoha) was asked “What do you think about the music of today?” with regards to the Nigerian music industry, he answered: “I won’t say that I’m sad; I am only disappointed.” he begins with, reckoning “It is either the artistes don’t understand what they are singing or they don’t care about what they serve the public.” Although he gave nod to “Chike and a few others” for taking it upon themselves to produce good music with solid lyrical content. African China even admitted he does not allow his kids listen to the mainstream music from Nigeria because “they are not relevant.”

Meaningful and conscious songs are missing today in the music industry.” African China emphasize while admonishing artistes of this generation to make music with a view of the future as their future kids will definitely listen, beckoning on artistes to improve in their lyricism just like the production has gone up a notch.

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You can’t box me in, I’m versatile—Blaqbonez says about his music

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Emeka Akumefule, known as Blaqbonez was the guest on Nancy Isime’s Trending show which airs on HipTV. On the daily entertainment show, he speaks about his career path and the kind of music he makes.

When asked what his music entails, the rapper and singer answered: “I pride myself in being versatile, every time I come out [with a new song], I try to make sure it’s different from the last thing.” Blaqbonez says while citing Drake as his biggest inspiration in the music industry worldwide.

Nancy Isime went further to ask Blaqbonez what his thoughts are about being labelled the “touch bearer of rap in Nigeria” to which he gave the reply: “I honestly I’m not trying to get boxed in, so anytime there’s any rap conversations, I don’t care about that. . . I’m versatile.” Blaqbonez goes further to say the era of championing himself as the “Best Rapper in Africa” or BRIA (for short) is over, that he only went with the vibe because of the response he got from saying those words in one of his songs and since people cared much about what he had to say, he used the BRIA tag to his advantage, taking his music to the mainstream forefront; even testifying to the fact that many rappers call themselves ‘the best’ on their songs but no one really pays attention.

You can catch up with the interview where Blaqbonez said this and more here:

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