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Burna Boy’s ‘Love, Damini’ Becomes The First Nigerian Album In History To Debut At No. 14 On The Billboard Hot 200

 

Burna Boy keeps the wins coming as his label, Atlantic Records, just announced that his latest album, Love, Damini, has become the highest charting Nigerian album of all time.

In a press release, Atlantic Records states that Love, Damini debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 Chart, #1 on the UK’s official album chart and #1 on Apple Music in 47 countries.

Its lead single “Last Last” has also been putting up numbers as its made it onto the Billboard 100 Chart and is #1 on Billboard’s U.S. Afrobeats Songs Chart. The new music video for the Ed Sheeran-featuring “For My Hand” is also trending across 15 countries.

With this accomplishment, Burna Boy surpasses Wizkid’s Made In Lagos, which had previously been the highest charting Nigerian album on Billboard 200 history with a debut at #28.

Burna Boy recently kicked off his Love, Damini Summer 2022 Tour in Barbados. The tour will now take him to the United States for dates in Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, and others (full dates below).

Love, Damini Will Be Out July 2 On Spaceship Via Atlantic & Warner

Like its predecessors — 2019’s African Giant and 2020’s Twice as Tall — Love, Damini will be released on the Burna-founded label Spaceship Records in conjunction with Atlantic and Warner Music. To the point of Spaceship Records, in a 2020 interview with Music Week, he described his quest for independence and individualism in the music industry.

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“For me to consider myself part of an industry would mean I have to dance a certain tune or act a certain way to be able to excel,” he said. “I believe I’m an individual who has a message and puts his message in his music and just lets everything else just be everything else. Being part of an industry would mean there are people I’m competing with, none of that applies to me. I’m just me, I’m here on my own. I look left and all I see is me. That’s not really an industry, is it?”

Burna Boy Calls Love, Damini “A Personal Body Of Work”

In a tweet on April 29, Burna Boy painted a picture of what global music fans would be getting with the new album.  “Love, Damini is a personal body of work,” he stated. “It’s about the ups and downs, the growth, the L’s and W’s. I’m excited to share this journey and roll out with you all.”

The hashtags included emoji hearts with Ds in them — which would seem to be a reference to his first name, driving home that we’re getting music from deep inside this unique artist.

The Cover Of Love, Damini Shows Burna Boy Signing His Name

True to his quote in Billboard, Burna Boy added a personal touch to the album cover with his signature. (Check out the way his Ls and Os loop!) And on Burna Boy’s official website, you see the still image in action.

Burna Boy Is Hitting The Road In Support Of Love, Damini

In mid-May, Burna Boy announced he’d be hitting the road in the summer of 2022 behind Love, Damini. The tour begins at the Tipsy Life Beach Party in Bridgetown, Barbados, and moves stateside for gigs in the Midwest, South and East Coast.

LOVE, DAMINI SUMMER 2022 TOUR

July 21, 2022 – Detroit, MI – Aretha Franklin Amphitheater

July 22, 2022 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory

July 23, 2022 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

July 24, 2022 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center

July 27, 2022 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

July 29, 2022 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion

July 30, 2022 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga (Festival)

July 31, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena

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