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Wizkid’s “Essence” Becomes First Nigerian Song To Hit Billboard Hot 100

Wizkid’s “Essence”, a song which features Tems, has debuted at No 82 on Billboard Hot 100 chart.Wizkid's "Essence" Is First Nigerian Song To Hit Billboard Hot 100

Billboard Hot 100 broke the news in a tweet on Monday, 12th July 2021.  Making the cut with “Essence’”, Wizkid becomes the first Nigerian to score a Billboard Hot 100 entry. This earns Tems her first career entry on the chart.

This is Wizkid’s third appearance on the charts, after he and Drake’s “One Dance” hit number 1 in 2016.

Billboard Hot 100 rankings are based on sales physical and digital, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

“Essence” is one of the tracks of “Made In Lagos”, Wizkid’s last studio album released in October last year.

The 14-track project features global heavyweights like Damian Marley, Skepta, H.E.R, and Ella Mai alongside Burna Boy.

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Just last week, Wizkid announced his “Made In Lagos” tour on Instagram. The Grammy award-winning artist made the announcement on Tuesday 6th July 2021.

The tour will see Wizkid visit major cities in the United States and Canada. The dates begin 10th September in Boston and continue until 12th October in Atlanta.

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In March, Wizkid won his first Grammy for his performance in Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl” from her 2019 “The Lion King: The Gift”album.  In the same month, the project also secured Wizkid his second consecutive NAACP Image Award.


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Charis Ebiaghian

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