Wizkid becomes Africa most streamed artiste
Hits Four Billion On All Digital Platforms
Fans Express Disappointment Over Ghetto Love
Pop singer and later day Afrobeat act, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, well known as Wizkid is not only the most-streamed Nigerian artiste but also the most-streamed African artiste
The Caro singer and Starboy Record gang leader clinched the position with a total of 4 billion streams, which cuts across streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal, Deezer and SoundCloud.
According to a tweet by Africa Facts Zone @AfricaFactsZone, Africa’s biggest facts brand and the world’s most up-to-date facts platform, the Ghetto Love crooner hit a total four billion streams, making him the Most Streamed African Artiste ever.
Meanwhile, fans of the Starboy have expressed disappointment, over his new single, Ghetto Love. The fans reactions and comments were on every platform the song was talked about, including Twitter to Instagram and Facebook.
Wikzid released Ghetto Love last Friday, September 13, and by Monday, comments began pumping in from various angels criticising the song.
Entertainment journalist, Joey Akan, on his Twitter handle @JoeyAkan, noted that fans are not just disappointed in the song but sad fact that the musician has not morphed into something better than who and what he was, a fact many fans agree to as they made their thoughts about the song and the artiste known.
In another development, the superstar on Wednesday, September 18, took to his social media handle to appeal to kids in the younger generation to stay off substance abuse.
In a short and concise post shared on the microblogging platform, Twitter, the Soco crooner pleaded with them to stay away from substance abuse. “Stay off drugs kids! Pleaseeee,” he wrote.
Wizkid warned other celebrities to be careful of their utterances during the delicate period because people are dying and it may lead to more deaths.
But shortly after, some twitter users feasted on the message in the comment section, commending him for using his platform to spread a socially conscious message.
Iyá Lájè Of Lagos @newscantell wrote: “He’s passing across an important message. He’s going through a lot and probably don’t want y’all to go through the same.”
However, there were other followers on the platform that charged the celebrity star to lead by example, especially as some of his music videos and lyrical content lean towards what he is preaching against.
Omoseebi Aderemi @remite4love wrote: “You smoke weed, shisha, and cigarettes. But when it’s time to help your mum cook with firewood you say you don’t like smoke. May fire fall on you.”
Dr smile @DOKTOHSMILE on his handle wrote: “Na you them dey follow… After you dn take your drugs finish na to dey write trash lyrics.”
For Opeyemi Ayinde AOJ @AOJ_Benzo: “How can you convince them to stop? Cause they emulate it from most videos from you guys,” he wrote.
Recalled that Wizkid, who turned 29 on July 16, 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 2009, he signed a record deal with Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E). He rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of the song Holla at Your Boy from his debut studio album, Superstar, which he released in 2011. He followed with Tease Me/Bad Guys, Don’t Dull, Love My Baby, Pakurumo and Oluwa Lo Ni, which were also part of the Superstar album.
In February 2014, he became the first Nigerian musician to have over one million followers on Twitter. His second studio album, Ayo, which he titled after his name was released in September that year. Six singles — Jaiye Jaiye, On Top Your Matter, One Question, Joy, Bombay and Show You the Money, supported the album.
Following the release of his second studio album and expiration of his five-year recording contract, he left E.M.E. In 2016, he achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, One Dance, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
In March 2017, the Ojuelegba crooner signed a multi-album deal with RCA Records, and released his third studio album Sounds from the Other Side with the label.