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Ne-Yo Says He Wishes He Wrote “Essence”, Talks About Respect For Wizkid

American RnB singer, Ne-Yo says he wished he was the one who came up with Wizkid’s hit song, “Essence”.

The “Miss Independent” singer said this in a recent interview with American entertainment magazine, NME while discussing the songs he liked.

Ne-Yo Says He Wishes He Wrote "Essence" As He Talks About Respect For Wizkid
Ne-Yo

When asked about a song he wish he had written, he responded with Wizkid’s “Essence“.

According to him, “Essence” is one of those records that just makes sense and he wishes that he had thought of it first.

Ne-Yo also mentioned that he was proud of Wizkid’s moves, adding that he was one of the new generation artists he respects.

“Essence is one of those records that just makes sense. They could run it back 17 times and you wouldn’t say nothing. I wish that I’d have thought of it first.

“I met him once, real quick guess he wouldn’t remember but I’m super proud of that dude for making the moves that he’s making. He’s one of the new generation that I can genuinely say I respect.”

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“Essence” is the 11th track off “Made In Lagos”, Wizkid’s fourth studio album, which was released in October 2020 and features Tem.

Ne-Yo Says He Wishes He Wrote "Essence" As He Talks About Respect For Wizkid
Wizkid and Tems

In August, “Essence” became the most searched song on Shazam in the US. In a post on its Instagram page on Monday 30th August 2021, the music application said the mid-tempo track has become the most “Shazamed” song in the US.

The track has so far enjoyed widespread acceptance from music lovers and also became the highest-charting Nigerian song on the Billboard Hot 100.

After four weeks, “Essence” recorded another leap, climbing by 23 spots on the Hot 100 to achieve 59th place.

Following a surprise remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, the hit track climbed to 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This record-breaking feat makes it the first Nigerian song to be certified Platinum in America.

 

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