AFRO-POP star, Ayodeji Balogun, who goes by the sobriquet Wizkid, has become the first African-Nigerian artiste to hit eight million listeners on Spotify’s monthly streams.
Spotify is an online, music streaming platform that pays royalties based on the number of artistes’ streams as a proportion of total songs streamed.
Reports say that streaming records revealed Wizkid’s popularity on the platform on Monday. The previous record was held by Congolese rapper and singer, Maitre Gims. He had seven million monthly listeners.
This win follows Wizkid’s recent collaboration with DJ Spinall and Tiwa Savage on ‘Dis Love’. The father of two 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 a group called, the Glorious Five. Additionally, in 2018, he became the first African artiste to sell out Skyway Theatre. The only other artiste, 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.