It is a new era. This week saw the launch of the first official of the UK Afrobeats charts – a new top 20 weekly rundown spotlighting the fast rising afrobeats scene in the UK initiated by celebrated festival, Afronation, and compiled by the Official Charts Company. Understood to be one of the first official chart for the genre, the chart will be compiled using UK sales and streaming data from over 9,000 outlets, collating numbers from physical sales, downloads, audio streams and video streams.
The first ever Official Afrobeats Chart was unveiled with a special show on BBC Radio 1xtra hosted by Eddie Kadi, Shopsy Doo, Danai Mavunga and P Montana. The chart is described as a landmark moment for a genre whose impact on porpular music culture is exploding right across the globe driven by growing community of independent and major label artistes with huge influence from London.
But how important is this chart to the talent themselves. the Official Charts Company spoke to two of Ghana’s biggest Afrobeats artistes, Camidoh and KiDi to ask what this initiative means to them.
According to Camidoh, this chart is not only important for the creatives in the UK but rather important for the Afrobeats talents and African continent at large. He explained that, since Afrobeats is now accepted as an African Genre, it would serves as a point to take African music to the world and also the chart being initiated is going to expand the room for genre crooners to showcase their talents to music populace.
NSG claimed the first Number 1 on the first ever Official Afrobeats Chart with Grandad. The summer jam, which features on the East London group’s debut mixtape Roots (released in June), is officially the UK’s biggest Afrobeats track this week. Celebrating the landmark Number 1, NSG told OffcialCharts.com: “Thank you for the recognition of our impact on the scene. We appreciate it and all fans of NSG, more hits to come.”
NSG score a second entry on the new Top 20 with Lupita at Number 5. The six-piece group unveiled new visuals for the track earlier this week. Rising star Darkoo opens at Number 2 with her latest track, the uplifting, feel-good Kryptonite – the follow-up to her massive breakout hit Gangsta with One Acen. Read our new interview with the South London star here. WizKid’s brand-new song Smile ft. H.E.R opens at Number 3, and Burna Boy’s celebratory Wonderful is at Number 4.
Elsewhere in the first-ever Top 20, Nigerian singer and rapper Rema boasts two entries with Woman (6) and Ginger Me (10), Tiwa Savage opens at 11 with Dangerous Love, and Naira Marley’s As E Dey Go is at 16.
RUMORS: Spotify To Launch In Ghana – 2021
Spotify, previously available in only 5 African countries, will now be accessible in one additional African country. According to UNCONFIRMED REPORTS reaching the desk of www.gbafrica.net, Ghana – one of the thriving creative ecosystem on the second-largest and second-most populous continent will be the next hub of Spotify’s African office, after the Swedish-based audio streaming and media services provider launched in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia.
According to the reports, the launch will open the door for millions of fans to start discovering new music from around the world on Spotify, and for artistes in the region to reach the increasingly connected global audience of fans. It added that, the launch in Ghana will be an important moment in Spotify’s journey, especially as they welcome fans and artistes in growing music markets like Ghana, where streaming is being widely adopted and where they see a significant opportunity for Spotify.
For African music stars, the availability of more music streaming services locally is a boon for their revenue models. Rampant piracy has previously meant musicians on the continent earn little from actual music sales in local markets and have, instead, relied on live shows and brand endorsements as the major revenue streams. With restrictions on large gatherings in most African cities for the foreseeable future many artists will focus more on maximizing streaming revenue, Apple Music reported earlier.
Musicians and songwriters have previously criticized Spotify for being unfairly compensated. Boller responded, “Spotify globally really wants to help artists live off their art.” In 2018, the streaming giant made its African debut after launching in South Africa. The company is making its services available at a time when smartphone use is becoming more widespread. Spotify now operates in over 60 countries and is the most popular streaming service in the world.
Spotify has 159-million users worldwide, of which 71-million pay for the premium service. It has 35-million songs and 2-billion playlists. It grew its premium users by 46% in 2017, according to its filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission when it announced its plans for an initial public offering on the New York Stock exchange last month. This will value the Swedish firm at $23-billion.
It says it controls 42% of the global music streaming market, which is double that of its closest rival Apple Music. Spotify grew its revenue to $4.99-billion last year, an increase from $3.6-billion in 2016. However, its operating losses grew from $426-million in 2016 to $461-million last year.
Yemi Alade Drops Her Fifth Studio LP – Empress [STREAM HERE]
Following a fruitful 2019 which came paired with her fourth compilation, ‘Woman of Steel’, and multiple features on the Beyoncé-led compilation project, ‘The Gift’, Yemi Alade has returned with her fifth studio LP, ‘Empress’. The album had two previously released singles advancing the fullset. The thumping, South African house-influenced “True Love”, which also serves as the opening track, and “I Choose You”, which features French pop superstar, Dadju.
Stream here: smarturl.it/YemiAlade.Empress
‘Empress’ comprises fifteen tracks in its entirety, and according to the liner note on Apple Music, it “represents Yemi Alade stamping her mark on the genre while growing her sound”. The project shows off a versatility only she can bring. Continuing her pan-African outlook, she taps into dancehall with Patoranking on “Temptation”, delivers smooth R&B alongside Estelle on “Weekend” and sings gospel with the Mzansi Youth Choir on “Rain”.
Zanli Announces New Song, “Toli” – Drops On November 30
Emerging Ghanaian Singer and Producer, David Kofi Aduteye known in showbiz as Zanli readies his song titled “Toli” produced by prolific Ghanaian Music Producer, Beatz Dakay which is scheduled to go live on November 30. Kindly Pre-Save “Toli” by Zanli here: https://ffm.to/tolibyzanli
The Singer cum Producer took to his official Instagram page to announce the release of his new song “Toli” which is scheduled to be release on November 30th under “The Justice Experience”. Check original post below;
The “Alte Cruise” songwriter on his debut release after signing onto “The Justice Experience”, an independent record label owned by DJ Justice, hints on touching on stressing political issues bothering Ghana and the continent Africa as a whole. With influences of daily events, the crooner creates music with subtle activism and details life experiences through the craft of music making.
With versatility, the artiste creatively crafts his stories to educate and caution the masses on sensitive issues faced by the community.
“I create music to correct and empower society” – Zanli mused at the end of our conversation.
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Omah Lay ‘Layers’ His Rhythmic Expressions On New EP – “WHWD”
Omah Lay; Nigerian singer-songwriter and record producer has unfold a new 5-track compilation dubbed ‘What Have We Done’ (WHWD)on November 20. This project which serves as a successor to sensual debut EP, ‘Get Layd’ becomes his debut body of work after signing on to Atlantic Records few weeks ago. Stream here: https://omahlay.lnk.to/whathavewedone
On this project, silky-voiced Omah Lay layers his rhythmic expressions with candid observations. The EP finds him pondering newfound fame and fortune (“Can’t Relate” and “Godly”) while revealing inner secrets on “Confession”. Coupled with a duet with 6LACK on “Damn”, these tracks crystallise the thoughts of a maturing artist on the rise.
On November 19, the singer became the first African artiste to be selected in the Audiomack’s #UpNow series and the second musician featured in the intitiative since it was launched in April. He will be a beneficiary of the streaming company’s specialised marketing, editorial programming, social promotion, playlisting, custom videos and experiential events.
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