Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ continues to blaze a trail in the US

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By Shingai Darangwa Time of article published

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Afrobeats star Wizkid has been on a rollercoaster journey over the previous few months.

It all started when his good R&B-influenced single, “Essence” ft. Tems started to catch hearth on US radio round May, simply after the music video got here out.

Before lengthy a number of celebrities, together with the likes of Alicia Keys, Ciara, Megan Good, Lori Harvey, and Toni Braxton, started posting movies of themselves vibing to the track on Instagram tales.

The single has since gone viral, sparking a host of dance challenges and broadening Wizkid’s worldwide presence.

Originally launched in October 2020, as a a part of his “Made In Lagos” album, Essence rapidly emerged as a fan favorite earlier than being pushed as a single.

Since it started charting on the Billboard 100 in July, the track has steadily made its approach up the charts week in week out.

Now, following the latest launch of the massively standard Justin Bieber-assisted remix, the track has entered the prime 10 on the prestigious chart, making Wizkid the first ever Nigerian artist to obtain the feat.

This week, the single additionally reigned atop the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart for the tenth consecutive week and “Made In Lagos” additionally at the moment occupies the prime spot on the Billboard World Albums chart, the place it has been charting for 48 weeks now.

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These new milestones come after the single was licensed platinum final week, for exceeding gross sales of over 1 million items throughout the US, thus making it the first ever African track to go platinum in the nation.

As he was introduced with the plaque, Wizkid took the alternative to thank his followers and co-collaborators.

“We have a platinum document … I simply need to say thanks to all concerned in this. From Tems to the producers P2J, Legendary beats, these are my brothers from approach again.

“I would like to say we made a good beat. Thanks to the complete staff from believing in the desires from early. To my followers, I respect you all. I pray God blesses you all.”

Journalist and publicist, @sav_britt predicted this Billboard milestone again in June. “The incontrovertible fact that I do know @wizkidayo “Essence” is gonna hit prime 10 Billboard this summer time is loopy. The after impact of its preliminary launch is loopy!”

@thecypherkid remarked: “Billboard Hot 100 Top 10!! Wizkid did that❤️🦅 First Afrobeat Artist! to run it up🔥”

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One fan, @antigravitylite lauded the single for its replay worth, saying: “Let us not forget that Wizkid’s Essence debuted the Billboard sizzling 100 at #82 n rose to prime #10.

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“This is pure magic🔥🔥🔥 The replay worth is 200%”

@sakpo0007_ added: “5 years in the past, Wizkid bagged his first Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Hit working with Drake on the chart topping single ’One Dance’.

“Today, Wizkid acquired his first Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Hit as a Lead Act, along with his OWNED track, off his Record Breaking ALBUM!

“Dreams do come true 🙏🥺🐐😭”

“’Essence’ by WizKid has turn out to be the first Nigerian track to rank in the prime 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart,” posted @UberFacts.

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@goldmyneTV lauded Big Wiz’s achievement. “Wizkid has made Billboard Hot100 his dwelling!”

@malikgcfr identified one other spectacular accomplishment: “Wizkid entered billboard prime 10 two days in the past. Man turns into first African artiste to get 300 million streams for an Album on Audiomack as we speak. As FC, we dey count on one thing hooj on a regular basis 🦅❤️”

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