Nigerian songs that have received platinum certification in the US

Nigerian Songs with platinum certification in the US.

Nigerian songs that have received platinum certification in the US
Nigerian songs that have received platinum certification in the US

These are the biggest songs that have bagged Platinum Certification in the US.

The Nigerian music industry is witnessing a revolution in how music from the country is consumed not just locally but internationally.

Over the years, the ‘Afrobeat to the word’ movement has seen Nigerian artists as its biggest pushers with most of the songs now competing with foreign songs on charts and streaming platforms.

certifications are a bragging point among Nigerian artists whose songs continue to dominate globally.

Wizkid, Davido and a few others made history after their songs bagged Gold certifications from the RIAA, one of the world’s biggest certifying boards.

Now Some Nigerian songs have broken the barrier by stepping into the realm of platinum certifications.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA, which advocates for music recorded or disseminated in the United States, as well as the people and companies who generate it, certification defines success in the recorded music industry.

Artists receive an RIAA Platinum certification if their single or sells at least 1,000,000 copies as records, cassettes, or compact discs.

While each physical and digital count as one “unit” when sold, the RIAA values 100 permanent track downloads at 1,500 streams, whether they be audio or video.

in this article, we draw out Nigerian songs that have been certified Platinum in the US.


Essence- Wizkid ft Tems

Nigerian songs that have received platinum certification in the US
Wizkid and Tems

On October 5, 2021, ‘Essence,’ Wizkid and Tems’ summer banger became the first African song to be certified platinum in the US.

The song had previously Gold Status in the US on September 2, 2021. By November 2022, the song was latter declared by the RIAA to have bagged 3x Platinum certifications in the country after selling 3 Million units.

Love Nwantiti- Ckay


Love Nwantiti became the second Nigerian song to bag Platinum status in the US.

It had initially been certified gold in the United States after selling over 500,000 copies, and in just less than ten months, it had been propelled to the status of platinum after selling over a million copies in the United States.

In 2023, it made history as the first African song to go 4 times platinum in the United States. The song is also the most streamed Afrobeats single of all time surpassing a billion streams on Spotify and YouTube.

‘Love Nwantiti’ went platinum in January 2022 before going double platinum in September of the same year.

Fall- Davido

Nigerian songs that have received platinum certification in the US

Six after its release, Davido finally joined the platinum gang in Nigeria.

The song had been one of the earliest Afrobeat songs to gain Gold status setting a standard for other Nigerian songs.

The song, which was created by renowned music producer Kiddominant, is the second of a string of four incredible hits from 2017—”IF,” “FALL,” “Like That,” and “FIA“—that have gained popularity both in the UK and the US.


Ye- Burna boy

Burna boy

Burna Boy recently added another certification to his growing list of plaques after his 2018 song, “Ye“ bagged a Platinum certification in the US.

Ye received its gold certification on the 3rd of May 2021 and has received Gold certifications in three countries, (Canada, France and the UK).

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