Wizkid becomes first African artist to hit 8m monthly listeners on Spotify

Ayodeji Balogun, Afropop star better known as Wizkid, has become the first African artist to hit eight million monthly streams on Spotify. Spotify is an online music streaming platform that pays royalties based on the number of artistes streams as a proportion of total songs streamed.

The streaming records revealed Wizkid’s popularity on the platform on Monday. The previous record was held by Maitre Gims, Congolese rapper and singer, who had seven million monthly listeners.

This win follows Wizkid’s recent collaboration with DJ Spinall and Tiwa Savage on ‘Dis Love.’ The singer also featured on ‘Like,’ a new single by Kojo Funds, British-Ghanaian rapper and singer. The music star is also the first African artist to walk the runway at a Dolce and Gabbana fashion show while his music `Soco’ played at the background.

Wizkid started recording music at age 11 and managed to release a collaborative album with the ‘Glorious Five’, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed. In 2018, he became the first African artiste to sell out Skyway Theatre. The only other artist who has achieved same feat in Minnesota is Beyonce.

The ‘Sweet Love’ singer recently made Billboard entry for his collaboration with Beyonce on her ‘Lion King’-inspired album. Cable

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