Grammy award-winning Nigerian singer Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulum popularly know as Burna Boy has made history as the first African artist to achieve over 100 million streams on Spotify, – a Swedish audio streaming and media services provider.
Burna Boy’s last three albums; ‘African Giant,’ ‘Outside’ and ‘Twice As Tall’ had each hit 100 million on the said platform according to local reports.
“@burnaboy is the first African artist to have three albums with at least 100 million streams each on Spotify (African Giant, Outside & Twice As Tall),” @chartdata tweeted.
.@burnaboy is the first African artist to have three albums with at least 100 million streams each on Spotify (African Giant, Outside & Twice As Tall).
— chart data (@chartdata) May 9, 2021
The news got the attention of Burnaboy’s fans and was greeted with excitement. In a reply tweet, one fan had spoken of the importance of the feat for representation and other African artists.
Making africans proud!! we need more african artists representation from all countries
— 🧈⁷ إيمان🌙🇵🇸 (@hereforallu) May 9, 2021
He's currently the biggest music export from Africa… It's no surprise that he's achieving all of these incredible records effortlessly.💫🦍
— Rock $tar (@Spotless360_) May 9, 2021
This comes barely a day after Burna Boy’s mother and manager, Bose Ogulu, was named as one of the 2021 International Power Players by Billboard.
Ogulu co-executive-produced, released and promoted the “Twice As Tall” album by her son Burnaboy.
Twice As Tall won best global music album at this year’s Grammy Awards. Bose has set up a publishing company through Spaceship Collective to enable Africans to own their own catalogs so that the authenticity of our stories, our glory, our culture is sustained, and we are empowered,” Billboard said of Bose.