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Spotify celebrates first year in Nigeria

reveals how fans streamed Nigerian music locally and globally

It’s been one year since music streaming giant, Spotify launched in 40+ new markets across the continent, including Nigeria. 365 days in, we’re already seeing Nigerian music lovers discovering more music, local artists finding a megaphone for their work, and Nigerian genres getting exported across the globe.

As Nigerians have become more familiar with Spotify, they’ve used the platform more – and broadened their tastes. Since launch, the average number of artists streamed per user has grown by 60%, and Nigerian music fans have created 1.3 million user-generated playlists.

Below is a breakdown of how Nigerians have listened for the past year:

  • Nigerian artists dominated the local music scene, with artists such as WizKid, Burna Boy, DaVido, Buju  (now known as BNXN) and Olamide topping the list of five most-streamed local artists.

  • Some local artists have found a megaphone for their work, and the top exported local artists are Ckay, followed by WizKid, then Burna Boy. Tems is the fourth top exported local artist and Mr Eazi rounds off the top five.

  • Coming in as the most streamed song in Nigeria is Fireboy DML’s Peru, followed by Monalisa by Lojay and Sarz, then Feeling by Buju and LADIPOE in third. Omah Lay’s Understand was the fourth most streamed track, with High by Adekunle Gold closing off the top five local songs.

  • Of the 10 exported songs, nine are collaborations with local and international hitmakers – proof that Nigerian music is attracting worldwide popularity. Love Nwantiti  by CKay is the top exported song, followed by Essence, a collaboration between WizKid and Tems. Next is a remix of Love Nwantiti and Essence by CKay and WizKid with international artists such as Justin Bieber, DJ Yo, and Axel. Most of the plays of the exported songs have come from countries such as the Czech Republic, India, Canada, Ghana, Morocco, Tanzania, and the UK.

  • Since launch, there have been 20,935 songs added to the Spotify platform by creators. This places Nigeria as the country with the second most streams after Pakistan, with Kenya third in the ranking.

  • On user generated playlists, the Spotify playlist that Nigerians showed the most love is Hot Hits Naija, which really portrays the fact that Nigerians love homegrown music.

  • Lagos, the entertainment capital of Nigeria is still  living up to its title as the top city where Nigerians streamed from. Other cities are Kano, FCT, Niger, and Rivers.

  •  Goya Menor claimed the top spot on the list of emerging artists, while the most popular local genre is Afropop from Nigeria.

  • Worldwide, Nigerian music is growing in popularity, too. Data on local genres being exported across the globe reveals that 30% of the Nigerian Alte genre is being streamed in the US, with a growth of more than 200% over the past year. Additionally, over 40% of Afropop from Nigeria is streamed in the US, UK and France.



The full breakdown of the top lists is below.


Most streamed Nigerian artists                                                                                                  

  1. WizKid

  2. Burna Boy

  3. DaVido

  4. Buju

  5. Olamide

  6. Fireboy DML

  7. Joeboy

  8. Tems

  9. Rema

  10. Omah Lay

Most streamed Nigerian songs                               

  1. Peru – Fireboy DML

  2. Monalisa – Lojay, Sarz

  3. Feeling – Buju, LADIPOE

  4. Understand – Omah Lay

  5. High – Adekunle Gold

  6. Bounce – Ruger

  7. Bloody Samaritan – Ayra Starr

  8. Outside – Buju

  9. Sip – Joeboy

  10. Holy Father – Mayorkun, Victony


Top exported Nigerian artists

  1. Ckay

  2. WizKid

  3. Burna Boy

  4. Tems

  5. Mr. Eazy

  6. DaVido

  7. Rema

  8. Joeboy

  9. Fireboy DML

  10. Omah Lay


Top exported Nigerian songs


  1. Love Nwantiti – CKay

  2. Essence – WizKid, Tems

  3. Love Nwantiti – CKay, DJ Yo!, AX’EL

  4. Essence – Justin Bieber, Tems, WizKid

  5. Love Nwantiti – CKay, Joeboy, Kuami Eugene

  6. Love Nwantiti  – Ckay, ElGrandeToto

  7. Location – Burna Boy, Dave

  8. Nobody – DJ Neptune, Joeboy, Mr. Eazi

  9. Loved By You – Burna Boy, Justin Bieber

  10. Falling For You – Blaq Jerzee, Harmonize, Mr. Eazi


Emerging/breakout artists

  1. Goya Menor

  2. Mizzle

  3. Lojay

  4. Psycho YP

  5. SGaWD

  6. Jaywillz

  7. Ria Sean

  8. Victony

  9. Dai Verse

  10. Soundz


Top locally curated Spotify playlists

  1. Hot Hits Naija

  2. African Heat

  3. Gbedu

  4. Traffic Jams Naija

  5. Today’s Top Hits

  6. Afropop

  7. Party Dey!

  8. Bubblin

  9. New Music Friday Naija

  10. Afro Party Anthem

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