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2023 Best musicians in Nigeria



these are the best musicians in Nigeria.




1. Burna Boy


Burna Boy is also the first African artist to get RIAA certifications for songs from three different albums, cementing his position as the best musician in Nigeria.



The continent's most streamed artist, Burna Boy stands alone atop any ranking of Nigeria's best musicians. Since his 2018 breakthrough with Ye, the Grammy-winning artist has independently flown the flag and set the standard for afrobeats.






Burna Boy is the first African musician to sell out the

  • 13,000-capacity 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, twice,

  • 15,000-capacity Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland,

  • 16,000-capacity Avicii Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.



 

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2. Asake


Asake is the second-best musician in Nigeria.

One of Asake's most notable accomplishments is his consistent performance in both feature and solo songs. Since the publication of his album in September 2022, no artist has had a bigger proportion of tracks on Spotify's "Top 50 Nigeria" playlist than Asake, certifying him as one of the best musicians in Nigeria.




Asake's hit single "Terminator" is the second most played song by Nigerians on Spotify in a single day, behind only "Bad To Me" by Wizkid.





3. BNXN (formerly Buju)



Daniel Benson (born 14 May 1997), known professionally as Bnxn (pronounced as Benson) and formerly known as Buju





His 2022 project, "Bad Since '97," received the most first-day plays of any EP on Spotify Nigeria in 2022 and was the fifth most streamed project on BoomPlay.


Being one of the best musicians in Nigeria, BNXN has featured on the Billboard Global Album Chart and was included on the FIFA 23 official soundtrack.





4. Victony


Anthony Ebuka Victor (born 5 January 2001), known professionally as Victony is a Nigerian singer, rapper and songwriter.





2022, Victony is the fourth best musician in Nigeria. The singer received his first entry into the US Apple Music Top Songs with Different Sizes (by Burna Boy) that same year.


Victony's Soweto was one of the most popular Afrobeats sounds on TikTok, and he was famously endorsed by Ed Sheeran during Fireboy DML's November 2022 OVO Arena Wembley show.




5. Fireboy DML


Adedamola Adefolahan (born 5 February 1996),known professionally as Fireboy DML, is a Nigerian singer. He is signed to YBNL Nation.





Fireboy DML is the first Nigerian artist to perform at the BET Mainstage Awards, a feat that solidifies his status as one of the country's best musicians.


Fireboy's Playboy is the sixth Afrobeat album to surpass 400 million listens on Spotify, certifying the musician as one of the best in Nigeria.





6. Rema


With his megahit "Calm Down ft. Selena Gomez" surpassing Ckay's Love Nwantinti Remix as the country's most-viewed music video on YouTube, Rema is the 3rd-best musician in Nigeria.



Calm Down, his performance with Selena Gomez and the most played Nigerian song on Spotify in 2022, won Rema his first entry into the Billboard Hot 100 charts and made him the first African to get three million YouTube views in twenty-four hours for a music video. Rema is also the first Afrobeat performer at the international hip-hop music festival Rolling Loud.


The singer was picked as one of three performers for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game halftime performance, as America's most popular sport recognised him as one of the best musicians in Nigeria.






Rema's "Rave & Roses" is the first debut album by an African talent to garner a billion plays across all digital streaming platforms, establishing him as one of the best musicians in Nigeria.


In addition, Rema is the Nigerian musician with the most monthly listeners on Spotify, with nearly twice as many as second-placed Burna Boy and ranking 61st globally.




7. Kizz Daniel


Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe (born 1 May 1994), better known by his stage name Kizz Daniel, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.







With his EP "Barnabas," the first project to achieve 100 million plays on Boomplay, Kizz Daniel is the seventh-best musician in Nigeria. The vocalist is the second-most-played artist on BoomPlay and the first to have two songs reach 150 million streams on the platform.





8. Davido


David Adedeji Adeleke (born November 21, 1992), popularly known by his stage name Davido, is an American-born Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer.




The first African artist to get over a million hashtagged posts on Facebook, Davido is the eighth-best musician in Nigeria. In 2022, the iconic singer became the first Nigerian musician to be featured on a FIFA World Cup soundtrack before performing in the Qatar-held closing ceremony of football's elite tournament.






Stanley Omah Didia (born 19 May 1997), known professionally as Omah Lay, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.


Two of Omah Lay's songs, Bad Influence and Godly, are in the top seven of Africa's most streamed songs on Audiomack, making him, along with Kizz Daniel, the only artist with multiple entries.



With Boy Alone achieving the fifth most first-day album listens on Spotify Nigeria in 2022, Omah Lay is the ninth-best musician in Nigeria. Attention, his collaboration with Justin Bieber, is also the first single by a Nigerian to reach a million Spotify streams on the day of its release.



As well as being one of the best musicians in Nigeria, Omah Lay is the fifth most streamed artist on BoomPlay and the fourth most streamed African on Audiomack.




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