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Wizkid is 1st African Artist to Hit 8m Monthly Listeners on Spotify

Nigerian Afropop star, Ayodeji Balogun, also known as Wizkid, has become first African music artist to hit eight million monthly streams on Spotify.

According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the online music platform’s records on Monday, Wizkid’s popularity had soared, beating the previous record-holder, Congolese rapper and singer Maitre Gims who had seven million monthly listeners.

Spotify is an online music streaming platform that pays royalties based on the number of artistes streams as a proportion of total songs streamed.

This feat follows Wizkid’s recent collaboration with DJ Spinall and Tiwa Savage on ‘Dis Love.’

The singer also featured on ‘Like,’ a new single by British-Ghanaian rapper and singer, Kojo Funds.

The music star is also the first African artist to walk the runway at a Dolce and Gabbana fashion show while his music `Soco’ played at the background.

Wizkid started recording music at age 11 and managed to release a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed.

In 2018, he became the first African artiste to sell out Skyway Theatre. The only other artist who has achieved the same feat in Minnesota is Beyonce.

The ‘Sweet Love’ singer recently made Billboard entry for his collaboration with Beyonce on her ‘Lion King’-inspired album.

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