Wizkid’s Essence featuring Tems cracks top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.
The song marks Wizkid’s second appearance on the top 20 charts and this time as lead artist, after ‘One Dance’ famously hit No. 1 in 2016 and spent 36 weeks.
On July 12, 2021, Nigerian superstar, Wizkid’s song, ‘Essence’ became the first Nigerian song to crack the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
This comes after the song cracked the Billboard Bubbling Under Charts for the first time.
This marks a remarkable achievement for Wizkid and Tems, who are signed to the same label and for African music as a whole.
However, after spending 7th weeks on the chart, Essence climbs to 16 jumping 24 spots on the chart.
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Wizkid also appears on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts simultaneously for the seventh week in a row, Essence featuring Tems at 16 and Made in Lagos album at 58.
“Made in Lagos” spends its eighth week on the Billboard 200 chart at #58 [+87], extending its record as the longest-charting Nigerian album this century and the first afrobeat artistes to spend multiple weeks, prior to Nigerian jùjú singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist King Sunny Ade 29 weeks on the chart.
Made in Lagos also spent 41st weeks on the chart, as it peaks 1 for the first time, tying Burna Boy’s twice as tall as the only Nigerian album to go number 1 in billboard world album chart.
Also setting another record of the longest-charting Nigeria album on the US Billboard world album chart this decade with 41 weeks and counting.
Also, “Essence” featuring Justin Bieber and Tems peaks at #28 [+59] this week on Billboard’s Global 200 chart, It is Wizkid’s first entry on this chart and also the first Nigerian song to achieve this feat, comfortably seating at the top 100 for the second week on the chart.
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Made in Lagos is the fourth studio (and second major label) album by Nigerian singer and songwriter Wizkid.
It was released on 30 October 2020 by Starboy Entertainment and RCA Records. It features guest appearances from British artists Skepta and Ella Mai, American R&B singer H.E.R., Jamaican artists Projexx and Damian Marley, and Nigerian artists Burna Boy, Tay Iwar and Terri, and Tems, the latter of whom features on the international-charting song “Essence”