The first-ever American Afrobeats chart has been announced by Billboard.
“Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” by Nigeria’s CKay, which was released in 2019 and has lately been boosted by a slew of international remixes that have helped ignite a burst of virality on TikTok, is at the top of the inaugural list, which was announced on April 2.
According to Luminate, formerly MRC Data, the track received 4.7 million official U.S. streams during the tracking week of March 18 to 24.
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Fireboy DML and Ed Sheeran’s “Peru,” at No. 2; Wizkid’s “Essence,” featuring Justin Bieber and Tems, at No. 3; Omah Lay and Bieber’s “Attention,” at No. 4; and Tems’ “Free Mind,” at No. 5 round out the first Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs top five.
Ghana’s Nektunez, Black Sherif, and Kelvyn Boy made it into the top 50 Afrobeat songs ranking, which is dominated by Nigerian singers.
Ameno Amapiano (You Wanna Bamba), a collaboration between Nektunez and Goya Menor, debuted at number 7 and remains one of the continent’s most popular songs.
Down Flat by Kelvyn Boy reached number 22 on the chart, while Always, a Black Sherif-assisted track, debuted at number 34.
Billboard announced its alliance with global Afrobeats brand Afro Nation on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
The list rates the top 50 most popular Afrobeats songs in the country using a weighted algorithm that includes official streams from prominent audio and video music services on both subscription and ad-supported tiers, as well as download sales from top music shops.
The whole inaugural Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart can be seen here.
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