This enlists the Nigerian artists with RIAA certification in the biggest music market.
Over the years, Nigerian music has been widely accepted and Nigerian artists are now rated high all over the world as the music giants of Africa now because of afrobeat globalization, hence the RIAA certification records.
In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. Other countries have similar awards.
Certification is not automatic; for an award to be made, the record label must request certification.
- Gold: 500,000 units
- Platinum: 1,000,000 units
- Multi-Platinum: 2,000,000 units (increments of 1,000,000 thereafter)
- Diamond: 10,000,000 units
These are Nigerian artists with RIAA certifications in USA across all credits
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Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun known professionally as Wizkid rose to prominence after releasing “Holla at Your Boy”, the lead single from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011).
“Tease Me/Bad Guys”, “Don’t Dull”, “Love My Baby”, “Pakurumo”, and “Oluwa Lo Ni” were also released as singles from the Superstar album. Ayo, his self-titled second studio album, was released in September 2014.
Wizkid has scored RIAA certified Gold: 500,000 units records for fourth times, one featured, one co-owned, and 2 original songs (one dance, brown skin girl, come closer and essence).
David Adedeji Adeleke popularly known as Davido, is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer.
Davido rose to fame after releasing “Dami Duro”, the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo (2012).
Davido has 2 original songs certified RIAA Gold: 500,000 units in the US (Fall, If)
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In 2012, Davido won the Next Rated award at The Headies.
Between 2013 and 2015, he also released a number of hit singles and in January 2016 he signed a record deal with Sony Music.
Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu known professionally as Burna Boy is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, rapper, and dancer. He is one of the biggest and most successful African artists
He rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013).
In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States and Warner Music Group internationally.
Burna Boy has one original song certified RIAA Gold: 500,000 units in the US (Ye)
Temilade Openiyi, better known as Tems, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer.
She is known for featuring on fellow Nigerian artist Wizkid’s single Essence.
Tems scored her first record RIAA Gold: 500,000 units certified record (Essence)