This year, the music industry broke many records and has continued to rise to global dominance. Different sounds have emerged each day, and different artists have set out on a path to greatness. The PGM Club has thus curated a list of notable events, performances, recognitions, and releases that have lifted the Nigerian music industry this year. These moments have made us proud of our African heritage, and we couldn’t be prouder of our artists.
Billboard chart for Afrobeats.
In March 2022, America’s music chart publication, Billboard, announced that it would launch a weekly Afrobeats Chart in partnership with Afronation, which will rank the top 50 African songs in America. With the way Afrobeats penetrated the global scenes this year, making a music chart dedicated to the sound was the icing on the cake. In all honesty, this chart is quite tempting and brings one genre of music to the global stage. However, this chart will box much African music. What happens to Amapiano, Rap, Drill, RnB, Fuji, Apala, and many other genres? Do they cower and migrate to Aftobeats, or do they continue to push their sounds with the hope that they might peak as high as Afrobeat?
Some artists who have dominated the Afrobeats charts this year include Tems, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Ckay, Fireboy, Asake, and many others. This new chart triggered different reactions from music lovers and nailed two points. One, Afrobeats is going to dominate the music world. Two, African music needs to move away from placing Afrobeats as the number sound because it is detrimental to the growth of other genres. Afterall, African music is beyond Afrobeats.
Tems the leading vibe
Nigerian singer and songwriter, Tems has been in the news for the right reasons. The singer who rose to prominence in 2018 with “Mr. Rebel” has continued to stun fans with her achievements and artistry. Here are a few of her accomplishments for the year:
- Tems became the first Nigerian female artist to win the Best International Act category at the 2022 BET awards. Her acceptance speech touched many souls and inspired many young girls to believe in their dreams. She also accepted the Song of the Year award for her contribution to “Essence.”
- Tems has been nominated for a Golden Globe award in the Best Original Score in the Motion Picture category. alongside Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, and Lugwid Goransson for their collaboration on the song “Lift Me Up” off the movie, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
- Tems featured on Future’s sixth studio album; I Never Liked You, a 22-track project that housed Tems’ vocals on “Wait For You,” earning Tems her first No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 appearance.
- Tems took home the Favorite RnB Song category for Wizkid’s “Essence,” and she also won the Favorite Hip-Hop Song for her contribution to Future’s Wait For You at this year’s American Music Awards.
- Tems scored writing credits on Beyonce’s Renaissance.
- Tems featured on the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” album.
- Tems won the Best New Artist at this year’s Soul Train Awards.
- Tems won two awards at the 2022 edition of the BMI London awards.
- In addition to her plethora of awards, Tems also received an award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. The O2 Silver Clef Awards is Nordoff Robbins’ annual fundraising event to support its music therapy work.
- Tems became the first Nigerian female artist to be awarded a Gold certification by the RIAA for her song “Free Mind.”
Afrobeats meets football
This year, Nigerian artistes, Davido and Kizz Daniel performed at the just concluded world cup. Kizz Daniel gave a stellar performance at the FIFA fan festival in Qatar, while Davido gave a befitting closing ceremony performance. Also, Davido became the first Nigerian artiste to be featured on the world cup official song “Hayya Hayya (Better Together),” alongside Aisha and Trinidad Cardona.
Mavin Records continues to shine.
Mavin Records has been known to groom some of the best artistes in Nigeria. From Tiwa Savage to Reekado Banks, Di’ja, LadiPoe, Johnny Drille, Ayra Starr, Crayon, Bayanni, Magixx, and Boyspyce, the record label has exported some of the best talents Africa has ever seen. This year, the record label was tagged the fastest-growing entertainment company in Africa by the Global Brand Magazine. To commemorate their tenth anniversary, Mavin Records released a compilation album titled “Chapter X.”
CKay the first
After getting everyone’s attention with “Love Nwantiti,” CKay has continued to raise the bar and shut out everyone who tagged him as a one-hit-wonder. This year, CKay became the second most streamed Afrobeats artist after surpassing 1.2 billion streams. Also, CKay is the only Nigerian artiste with a US platinum certification on a song without a feature.
- CKay is the first and only Nigerian/African artiste to get UK platinum, gold, and silver certifications.
- CKay is the only Nigerian artiste with a US platinum certification on a song without a feature.
2022 Spotify Wraps
This year’s Spotify Wraps were as exciting as the previous editions. Spotify Wrapped is a highly anticipated annual round-up of the top artists and music of the year as streamed by users worldwide. According to statistics, Nigerians listened to local music more this year than they did last year, with a 291% increase in local music consumption. This year, some artists that ruled the charts include Burna Boy, who claimed the number-one spot as the most streamed artist in Nigeria. His hit single “Last Last” also clinched the title for the most streamed song. Check out the full list here.
Asake’s Brixton tragedy.
In recent years, concerts have become potential threats to artists, fans, and show promoters. Last year, over eight people died, and many were injured during Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival performance. The same tragic incident happened at the Brixton Academy, London, during Asake’s show. During the artist’s sold-out show in London, Asake had to cancel the show because many fans had forcefully gained access to the show. It was reported that many people were stamped, lost their belongings, and the academy was vandalised. According to reports, eight people were hospitalized, and two lost their lives. Rebecca Ikumelo and Gabrielle Hutchinson are the latest victims of human selfishness. During a Twitter space, a witness said some security guards allowed people without tickets to enter the event in exchange for cash. People’s lives were at risk; lives were lost, and the people who caused this incident still roam free. In Asake’s official statement, he gave his condolences to Rebecca’s family members and urged witnesses to come forward with any helpful information.