Top 7 Records Broken By Wizkid
On the 16th of July, 2021, Starboy Wizkid turned 31 and it was a celebration of high-profile achievements. Born in July 1991, Ayodeji Balogun Ibrahim better known as Wizkid and more recently Big Wiz is arguably the biggest music star to come out of Nigeria in the 21st century. Stepping up mainstream in the Nigerian music industry in 2009, Starboy has come a long way, and as He is being celebrated across the world, there are lots of groundbreaking paces he’d set that are tailing him to this day. From multiple awards to records broken, Wizkid has been everything and phenomenal.
We look at the Top 7 Records Broken By Wizkid in the Wake of his 31st Birthday.
1. Becoming the first Nigerian to hit the Billboard Hot 100 Chart
Now this is the most recent of his records which happened barely 96 hours to his birthday. Wizkid became the first Nigerian to have his song “Essence” chart at the Billboard Hot 100 at number 97 position. The song was from his 2020 album dubbed “Made In Lagos” and he featured rising songstress, Tems on the single. The video was released not too long ago and has been met with massive views on YouTube that are about to break another record.
2. Wizkid is the First Nigerian to Top the Billboard Charts
In 2016, Wizkid became the first Nigerian of the 21st century to appear at the top of the Billboard 100 Chart. He was featured by Drake in the single “One Dance” and the song charted above every other song released in the season, occupying the number one spot with Wizkid’s name carefully engraved in the sands of history. But that wasn’t all, the song charted at the coveted number one spot from week 1 to week 18. On charting top in the biggest billboard in the world, the song became international household audio that charted in 15 different countries including Germany, United Kingdom, and Canada among other countries.
3. Wizkid Became the Youngest African Artist to Receive a Grammy Nomination in 2016
At 26 years of age, Wizkid became the youngest African music star to be nominated for the Grammy Awards after he featured in Drake’s 2016 album which he also co-produced. It was also in the album that the song “One Dance” was released to critical global acclaim and charting top at the Billboard 100. The song also occupied several top 10 positions in numerous countries across the globe.
4. He Became the First Afro-Pop Artist to Appear in the Guinness World Book of Records
Still, on the “One Dance” with Drake, the song became the most played song on Spotify earning it a place in the World Guinness Book of Records. The song had over 1 billion streams making it the most played song in history. Now you might want to say it’s Drake’s single, but Big Wiz contributed to the songwriting and co-produced it. So it was more of a collaborative effort and he deserves all the credits for his work on the song.
5. Wizkid is the Only Nigerian Artist with Most Nominations
Wizkid has been nominated for numerous awards that it’s difficult to keep tabs on all of them. Asides from the substantial list of awards that he’s won, he’s been nominated a whopping 157 times on different awards both locally and internationally. He’s won 43 of those awards and the only artist that comes close is D’banj with 87 nominations followed by Davido with 74 nominations. He’s also won more awards than the duo of Dbanj and Davido with D’banj having 29 and the same goes for Davido.
6. He is the First African to Have 7 Billboard Nominations
In all of his numerous nominations, Wizkid became the first African to be nominated 7 times in 7 different categories at the Billboard and at the same time. In 2017 at the Billboard Music Awards, Wizkid was nominated for the Top R&B Collaboration, Top Hot 100 Song, Top Selling Song, Top Streaming Song (Audio), Top Radio Song, Top Collaboration, and Top R&B Song. What a feat.
7. Wizkid is the First African Superstar to Sell Out the Royal Albert Hall London
Wizkid is the first African artiste to perform at the Royal Albert Hall London and as if that was not enough, it was a sold-out show and we are talking about London’s most esteemed and prestigious event center. He was a headliner at the concert alongside international stars like Adele, Elton John, and the Beatles. Tickets for the concert were sold out within 72 hours.