CKay becomes second most streamed Afrobeats artist after surpassing 1.2 billion streams

The phenomenal star took the world by storm when his single ‘Love Nwantiti’ achieved global fame and became the most popular song in the world in 2021. This brought CKay global attention making him the Afrobeats artist with most monthly Spotify listeners.

Since ascending to a new height, CKay hasn’t looked back and his career has been on the rise. His latest single ‘Watawi’ featuring DavidoFocalistic, and Abidoza has been received with open arms.

CKay has promised to take Afrobeats to a new height with his next album and everyday keeps bringing up new reasons why fans should believe in CKay’s daring declaration.

Wizkid says that he wants to see Burna Boy and Davido win

On January 22, 2022, Grammy-winning Nigerian superstar, Wizkid, was captured in a video saying that he wants to see everybody win. He also notes that it’s a good look for Nigerians.

He said, “People haven’t seen [us show each other love]. There’s actually unity, these niggas are actually cool. We’re all friends, we’re all family, we all love each other… I want to see everybody win and I’m sure everybody feels the same about us.

“No matter how bad we feel about each other, we still want to see each other win. So we have to show the fans in the videos, collabs and shows… It’s very important, man. It’s important for our people at home sef, all those people fighting genocide, who want to kill themselves.”

There’s been a lot of love in the Nigerian music industry recently. Burna Boy and Davido recently settled their beef. Just like Wizkid and Davido were recently seen hugging it out at a club. Olamide was also seen in the studio with Wizkid and Davido recently.

Here are the top 7 positions of Nigerian albums on the Billboard 200

With it, Burna Boy created a new peak for Nigerian artists on the same charts. However, on September 6, 2021, Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos’ overhauled all before it and charted at No. 28 on the Billboard 200.

This then got Pulse Nigeria asking; what are the other Nigerian albums to have charted on the Billboard 200? We were able to find five and here they are;

7.) Davido – A Better Time

Year of release: 2020

Label: Columbia Records/Sony

Weeks on the chart: 1

Peak: 170 [November 27, 2020]

A sequel to Davido’s A Good TimeA Better Timefollowed a year of heavyweight album releases by Nigerian superstars and it entered the charts. It also became Davido’s only appearance on the chart.

6.) Sunny Ade – Juju Music

Year of release: 1982

Label: Mango/Island Records

Weeks on the chart: 29

Peak: 111 [September 17, 1983]

When the album was released, it was described by The New York Times as the week’s best new dance music. At the time, Sunny Ade was two years away from being touted to be the replacement for Bob Marley.

5.) WIzkid – Sounds From The Other Side

Year of release: 2017

Label: Starboy/RCA UK

Weeks on the chart: 1

Peak: 107 [August 5, 2017]

Wizkid‘s crossover had been given a massive jolt by his production, writing and feature credits of Drake‘s 2016 No. 1 single, ‘One Dance.’ Thus Wizkid immediately followed it up with an album that was called an EP at the time. The crossover didn’t quite pan out as we’d hoped but we will always have this moment.

4.) Burna Boy – African Giant

Year of release: 2019

Label: Spaceship/Bad Habit/Atlantic/Warner

Weeks on the chart: 1

Peak position: 104 [August 10, 2019]

In 2019, Burna Boy quickly followed his well-received Outside album with African Giant –

Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos’ to become Nigeria’s highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200

On September 6, 2021, it became known that Wizkid’s Made In Lagos, has risen to a new position of No. 28 on the Billboard 200.

This comes after a ‘Essence (Remix)’ with Justin Bieber – which rose to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 – and Made In Lagos (Deluxe).

With this new peak, ‘Made In Lagos’ becomes Nigeria’s highest charting album on the Billboard 200, surpassing Burna Boy’s Twice As Tallwhich peaked at No. 54. Last week, ‘Made In Lagos’ peaked at No. 58. When the album dropped in October 2020, ‘Made In Lagos’ peaked at No. 80.

In a review of ‘Made In Lagos (Deluxe),’ Pulse Nigeria noted that, “Made In Lagos’ has risen to No. 58 on the Billboard 200. The highest chart position for a Nigerian album on the chart is No. 54, by Burna Boy’s ‘Twice As Tall.’ With a deluxe version and surging success of ‘Essence,’ ‘Made In Lagos’ could rise even further on the charts.

Here is a list of other nigerian Albums that have entered the Billboard 200 :

Davido – A Better Time ( 2020 )

Sunny Ade – Juju Music ( 1983 )

Wizkid – Sounds From The Other Side ( 2017 )

Burna Boy – African Giant ( 2019 )

King Sunny Ade – Syncro System ( 1983 )

Burna Boy – Twice As Tall ( 2020 ).


Celebrity Milestone Birthdays that have happened this year

Turning a certain age especially round figures is a big deal to a lot of people and Nigerian celebrities are not left out. Milestone ages are wildly and largely celebrated on and off social media, and for most people, it is a transition to the best years of their lives yet. Here is a list of 5 Celebrities that have turned a milestone age in the year 2021.

1. Banky W Popular singer, Banky W clocked 40 in March and he was celebrated by fans and colleagues. To mark the special occasion, a party was thrown for him.


2. RMD Veteran actor, Richard Mode-Damijo turned 60 on July 6 and it was a big deal for him because none of his parents lived till that age. You can be sure that he still has solid plans to live life to the fullest.

3. Burna Boy The Grammy award-winning artiste was definitely excited to climb the 30th floor and he was well celebrated by fans, family and other superstars. He got a special gift from Manchester United star, Pogba, and his mum carried him on her back.

4. Temi Otedola The billionaire daughter and fashion influencer clocked 25 in style and she was well celebrated by fans and colleagues. Her musician boo, Mr Eazi took her to a private island to celebrate the special occasion.

5. Timi Dakolo The Iyawo Mi crooner climbed the 4th floor in January with excitement and he was well celebrated by fans and colleagues. A beautiful surprise dinner was thrown for the singer by close friends and colleagues.…

Burna Boy says he will pick Nasty C over almost any American rapper in new video

During the conversation, Burna Boy was keen to clarify to his interviewer that Africa is more than Afrobeats. He said, “Yeah, everything is not afrobeats. Nasty C is a rapper. And because he’s from Africa now, you’re going to say afrobeats? Nah, he’s a rapper. Brah, I’ll put my money on Nasty C over almost any American rapper.

His interviewer also agrees that Africa is more than Afrobeats. You can watch the conversation below:


Burna Boy wins BET’s Best New International Act award

For the third time in a row, Burna Boy took him the plaque after he was named the winner at the 2021 BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The 29-year-old beat fellow Nigerian singer Wizkid, Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania and other artistes to win the award.

He was present at the ceremony and collected the award himself after he missed the opportunity in 2019.

“I made it this time to collect my award myself,” he said before he taught the audience a bit of Pidgin English.

I want to teach you guys a little bit about where you are all really from,” he said with his mum standing beside him before urging them to speak a phrase in Pidgin English.

Buju: I want to make positive impact with my music

AFRO-FUSION artiste, Daniel Benson aka Buju has said his mission statement is to push the new generation into conversation on making good music.

According to the 22-year-old vocalist, he is one artiste who wants to be known for the impact he made via music.

“What sets me apart from other artistes is that I am conscious of whatever material I’m putting out. I am one artiste who wants to be known for the impact he made via music,” he said.

The Akwa-Ibom-born singer disclosed that he is influenced by the good works of talented artistes including Burna Boy, Drake, Buju Banton, Damian Marley, and J Hus amongst others.

“My love for music started from junior secondary school where I developed the skills of writing music and doing a few rap songs, later proceeding to joining the choir and doing solo performances at Valedictory services. The love continued up to the university level and ever since my love and passions for music have grown.”

Buju released his first solo single in 2018 titled ‘Catch a Vibe’ and has gone ahead to release other materials that include ‘A Day in Lagos’, ‘Spiritual,’ L’Enu amongst other songs.…

Burna Boy, Wizkid Both Nominated For International Act category at the BET Awards

Both superstars got nominated in the Best International Act category. French singers, Aya Nakamura and Youssoupha; Tanzanian superstar, Diamond Platnumz; Brazilian act, Emicida; British acts, the rapper Headie One and the duo Yung T and Bugsey are all nominated in the category as well.

Burna Boy has won in the last two years and Wizkid won it in 2012, when the category had two divisions for Africa and the UK. Earlier in the year, Wizkid and Burna Boy won the Best Music Video and Best Global Music Album categories respectively at the 2021 Grammy Awards. In 2020, Wizkid also won the BET HER Award for ‘Brown Skin Girl.’

Wizkid and Burna Boy also featured together in Wizkid’s video for ‘Ginger,’ which dropped earlier in the year.

According Business Wire, internationally, the show will simulcast on BET Africa at 2 am CAT and MTV Brazil at 9 pm BRT on June 27th, followed by international broadcasts on MTV UK on June 28th at 9 pm BST, BET France on June 29th at 8:45pm CEST.