11 Nigerian Artistes Who Have Hit Over 1 Billion Streams on Spotify

Nigerian artists are making a global impact, with their music reaching millions of listeners. Spotify, a renowned music streaming site, has emerged as a substantial cash generator for the business, demonstrating Nigerian musicians’ enormous talent and popularity.

Afrobeat musicians’ revenue skyrocketed in 2023, with Nigerian music’s total revenue increasing by 63% from 2021 and 2022. This expansion is mirrored in the number of Nigerian musicians who have crossed 1 billion Spotify streams, demonstrating their global reach and appeal. Let us have a look at some Nigerian performers that have reached this milestone.

1. Wizkid – 7 billion streams

Wizkid, also known as Ibrahim Ayo Balogun, has the most Spotify streams (7 billion). He has become a global ambassador for Afrobeat, achieving international fame and selling out big venues across the world. His collaboration with Drake on ‘One Dance’ was a historic milestone, as it became the first song to reach one billion Spotify streams. Wizkid’s smashes ‘Essence,’ ‘Fever,’ and ‘Joro’ have all contributed to his high streaming figures.


2. Burna Boy – 6 billion streams

Burna Boy, also known as Damini Ogulu, follows closely behind with 6 billion streams. His distinct Afro-fusion sound has garnered him Grammy nominations and the distinction of most streamed musician in Sub-Saharan Africa on Spotify in 2023. Burna Boy’s hits ‘Last Last,’ ‘Ye,’ and ‘On the Low’ have captivated fans around the world, solidifying his status as an African music powerhouse.


3. Rema – 3.2 billion streams

Rema, 21, has quickly emerged as one of Nigeria’s brightest talents, with 3.2 billion Spotify streams. His successful songs ‘Calm Down,’ ‘Soundgasm,’ and ‘Dumebi’ highlight his distinct sound and charismatic personality. Rema’s duet with Selena Gomez on ‘Calm Down’ made history by being the first African artist-led single to join Spotify’s Billion Club.


4. Tems – 2.1 billion streams

Tems, born Temilade Openiyi, has achieved 2.1 billion Spotify streams. Her contributions on Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ and collaborations with artists such as Drake and Future catapulted her to international stardom. Tems is recognized as Africa’s most streamed female artist on Spotify and continues to break down barriers in the music industry.


5. CKay – 2.1 billion streams

CKay’s path to popularity exemplifies the power of social media, as his song ‘Love Nwantiti’ went viral on TikTok. This song, along with successes like ‘Emiliana,’ has helped him surpass 2.1 billion Spotify streams. Listeners all around the world have embraced CKay’s unique blend of Afrobeat, pop, and R&B music.


6. Davido – 1.7 billion streams

Davido has been a constant hitmaker in the Afrobeat arena, with 1.7 billion Spotify streams. His album ‘Timeless’, as well as hits like ‘Fall’ and ‘If’, have all contributed to his streaming popularity. Davido’s ability to combine Afrobeat with pop and R&B has earned him a following among music enthusiasts.


7. Mr Eazi – 1.6 billion streams

Mr Eazi, noted for his distinctive blend of Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian chord progressions, has 1.6 billion Spotify streams. His successes ‘Leg Over’ and ‘Pour Me Water’ established him as a notable personality in the Afrobeat genre. Mr. Eazi’s influence extends beyond music; he is also the CEO of the Empawa music record company.


8. Fireboy DML – 1.2 billion streams

Fireboy DML, signed to YBNL Nation, has amassed 1.2 billion Spotify streams. His album ‘Playboy’ and songs like ‘Peru’ and ‘Vibration’ highlight his vocal skills and captivating melodies. Fireboy’s success on Spotify demonstrates his expanding global popularity.


9. Omah Lay – 1.2 billion streams

Omah Lay’s accessible lyrics and distinct style have earned him 1.2 billion Spotify streams, establishing him as a youth voice. His album ‘Boy Alone’ and songs like ‘Godly’ and ‘Understand’ have struck a chord with fans, cementing his place as a standout musician in the Afrobeat genre.


10. Ayra Starr – 1 billion streams

Ayra Starr’s debut album, ’19 & Dangerous,’ has swiftly become a force in the music industry, with 1 billion Spotify streams. Her popular single ‘Bloody Samaritan’ and distinct style have established her as one of the most promising new musicians in Nigeria’s music landscape.


11. Asake – 1 billion streams

Asake, a rising artist in the Afrobeat genre, has quickly acquired popularity with his distinct sound and dynamic performances, surpassing 1 billion Spotify streams. His debut album “Mr. Money with the Vibe” shattered records and cemented his status in the music industry. Songs like “Sungba” and “Omo Ope” have become anthems, demonstrating his ability to combine traditional Yoruba music with modern sounds.


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