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If there’s one thing that globalisation has been good for in the music industry, it’s giving opportunities to artists who might have never been able to have their material played overseas. These days, people in England, Australia, America and China are able to enjoy Wizkid’s music; someone who might have never heard of Afrobeats can now learn the words to a Diamond Platnumz song.
This is good for music, and African music in particular. Commercial success overseas can only lead to the growth of our industry back home. When last week’s chart figures were released, it was interesting to note a smattering of African artists making a big impact in two of the biggest industries in the world: the US and UK.
USA – Billboard Charts
Wizkid is no stanger to the Billboard charts after featuring on Drake’s #1 hit, “One Dance”. However, he also managed to crack the singles chart with his new song, “Shabba”.
Adekunle Gold also managed to maintain his top 10 spot on the Billboard World Album chart for his debut release, “Gold” . (Screenshot attached)
UK – BBC A + C List
Once again, Wizkid is the name on the chart list and he features on BBC One Extra’s A List twice for his song, “Shabba” and his single with Tinie Tempah, “Mamacita”.
Diamond Platnumz and PSquare also make their debut on the C List for their track, “Kidogo”.
We’re looking forward to seeing many more African artists featuring in this week’s charts