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Olamide’s Album ‘Ikigai’ EP Debuts At No. 13 On Billboard World Albums Chart

Olamide, a Nigerian music sensation, has achieved another worldwide success. His latest EP, “Ikigai (生き甲斐), Vol. 1,” debuted at number 13 on the Billboard World Albums chart.

This news was released on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, and demonstrates Olamide’s expanding prominence in global music.

This is the seventh time Olamide’s music has appeared on this key list. It demonstrates that he continues to make a significant effect and propel Nigerian music to new heights around the world.

“Ikigai” startled fans when it was released. Listeners all across the world have embraced its eclectic combination of sounds and topics. The title is derived from a Japanese concept that means “a reason for living,” demonstrating Olamide’s growth as an artist and businessman.

This success adds to Olamide’s record of shattering musical barriers. He continues to inspire new musicians with his unique approach and passion for music. This has resulted in many devoted fans and accolades from music critics.

“Ikigai” joins previous successful Olamide ventures that have made it to the Billboard World Albums top. These include: “Carpe Diem,” “999,” “Uy Scuti,” “Lagos Nawa,” “The Glory,” and “Eyan Mayweather.”

Olamide’s latest breakthrough solidifies his status as a major figure in Nigerian music, with a rising global appeal.

In other news, Popular Nigerian singer, Sarah Aderibigbe popularly known as Ayra Starr has become the most streamed Nigerian artist on Spotify globally.

This achievement was announced by Phiona Okumu, Spotify’s Head of Music for Sub-Saharan Africa, during a press conference in Lagos.

Ayra Starr’s collaboration with Rauw Alejandro on “Santa” and her solo tune “Comma” earned the top two slots, with Tems’ “Love Me Jeje” came in third, highlighting Nigerian musicians’ talents on the music streaming site.

According to Spotify’s 2024 music global impact list, Luciano and Omah Lay’s duet “Another Vibe” ranks fourth, while 21 Savage, Burna Boy, and Metro Boomin’s “Just Like Me” ranked fifth.

Tyla and Tems’ “No.1” secures sixth place.

According to the Spotify CEO, the platform’s 2024 music global impact list focuses on the 30 artists with the greatest worldwide reach and streaming success.

She said:

“Spotify has unveiled its global Impact List in Nigeria, recognising the top 30 tracks from Nigeria with the biggest global impact on Spotify over the first half of 2024.

“The list recognises Nigerian tracks that have had the most listens from outside Nigeria in the first half of 2024, and were released between January 1 and June 30.

“Usher and Pheelz’s Ruin is the seventh Nigerian most streamed across the globe, Reis B and Tempoe’s Pretty Girl came eighth and TitoM, Yuppe, Burna Boy and S.N.E’s Tshwala Bam, clinched the ninth position.

“Ayra Starr and Giveon’s Last Heartbreak Song is the tenth, Victony’s Everything came 11th, Aya Nakamura and Ayra Starr’s Hype emerged 12th most streamed while Tems and J.Cole’s Free Fall, came 13th.

“Nigerian music, especially Afrobeats, has captivated global audiences with its infectious rhythms, compelling storytelling, and innovative sound fusions.

“Its ability to transcend cultural and geographical boundaries is truly remarkable. At Spotify, we are thrilled to witness and support the continued evolution of this vibrant scene”.