Here are 10 records only Wizkid holds in African music.
Nigerian artist Wizkid is unarguably one of the biggest African artists of all time. He has broken many records and has set more records in his 12-years-and-counting career.
This following list highlights 10 records Wizkid holds in African music.
1. First African artist to reach no. 1 on Billboard Hot 100
In 2016, Wizkid shocked the world when he appeared at number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist on Drake’s record-breaking single ‘One Dance’. He also co-wrote and co-produced the song.
2. First African artist to appear in Guinness Book of World Records
In 2018, Wizkid became the first African artist to be mentioned in Guinness World Book of Records. He earned the record as a result of his collaboration with Drake on ‘One Dance’, which became the most streamed song in Spotify history.
3. First and only African artist to have a gold-certified album in the US
On August 29, 2022, Wizkid’s fourth studio album ‘Made In Lagos’ became the first African album to be certified gold in the US, having sold over 500,000 units in the States. It remains the only gold-certified African album in America.
4. Best-selling African artist of all time on Spotify
In Africa, Wizkid is the most streamed artist on Spotify with over 5 billion streams.
5. First African artist to surpass 1 billion streams on Apple Music
On May 30, 2022, Wizkid surpassed one billion streams on Apple Music, becoming the first African artist to do so.
6. Most awarded African artist in 2021 (Top 10 in the world)
In 2021, Wizkid ranked among the top 10 most awarded artists in the world. He was the only African artist in the top 10. He received 55 awards in 2021 only!
7. Most awarded African artist in MOBO Awards history
Wizkid is the most awarded African artist ever in the history of MOBO Music Awards. He has a total of 6 awards.
8. Most awarded African artist in Billboard Music Awards history
Wizkid is also the most awarded African artist in Billboard Music Awards history. He has a total of 3 awards, the most by any African act.
9. First and only African artist to sell out the iconic 02 Arena in 12 minutes
In 2021, Wizkid sold out his first performance at the London’s 02 Arena in just 12 minutes, placing him alongside legends such as the Spice Girls and the Rolling Stones who have sold out the venue in under 13 Minutes. He remains the only African act in history to do such.
10. Longest charting African album of all time on Billboard World Album Chart
‘Made In Lagos’, Wizkid’s fourth album has spent more than 100 weeks on the Billboard World Album Chart. It remains the longest charting African album of all time on the