10 Records Only Wizkid Holds In African Music Industry

by Peter Friday
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Throughout his 12-year career, he has set and broken numerous records, making a significant impact on the African music scene. In this blog post, we will highlight 10 records Wizkid holds in African music.

First African artist to reach no. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

In 2016, Wizkid made history when he appeared at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart as the lead artist on Drake’s hit single ‘One Dance’. Not only did he make his mark on the chart, but he also co-wrote and co-produced the song.

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First African artist to appear in Guinness Book of World Records

In 2018, Wizkid became the first African artist to be included in the Guinness World Book of Records, thanks to his collaboration with Drake on ‘One Dance’. The song became the most streamed in Spotify history, earning Wizkid his place in the record books.

First and only African artist with a gold-certified album in the US

Wizkid’s fourth studio album, ‘Made In Lagos’, was certified gold in the US in 2022, making it the first African album to reach this status. With over 500,000 units sold in the States, the album remains the only gold-certified African album in America.

Best-selling African artist of all time on Spotify

Wizkid holds the record for being the most streamed artist on Spotify in Africa, with over 5 billion streams to his name.

First African artist to surpass 1 billion streams on Apple Music

In 2022, Wizkid became the first African artist to surpass 1 billion streams on Apple Music, further solidifying his status as a major player in the music industry.

Most awarded African artist in 2021 (Top 10 in the world)

In 2021, Wizkid was ranked among the top 10 most awarded artists in the world, and was the only African artist to make the list. He received a staggering 55 awards that year alone.

Most awarded African artist in MOBO Awards history

Wizkid holds the record for being the most awarded African artist in MOBO Music Awards history, with a total of 6 awards to his name.

Most awarded African artist in Billboard Music Awards history

Wizkid is also the most awarded African artist in Billboard Music Awards history, with 3 awards to his name – the most of any African act.

First and only African artist to sell out the iconic 02 Arena in 12 minutes

In 2021, Wizkid sold out his performance at London’s 02 Arena in just 12 minutes, putting him in the same league as legends such as the Spice Girls and the Rolling Stones. He remains the only African act in history to achieve this feat.

Longest charting African album of all time on Billboard World Album Chart

Wizkid’s fourth album, ‘Made In Lagos’, spent over 100 weeks on the Billboard World Album Chart, making it the longest charting African album of all time on the chart.

In conclusion, Wizkid’s impact on the African music scene cannot be overstated. With these 10 records, he has made a lasting impact and will go down in history as one of the greatest African artists of all time.

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