Top 10 Most-streamed Nigerian Music Artists In 2020.

The Nigerian music industry faced significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but artists rose to the occasion and used the limitations to their advantage. They utilized the immobility caused by the pandemic to focus on their craft and release new music. This allowed them to experiment with new sounds and styles, resulting in a diverse range of music being released in 2020. Despite the difficulties, Nigerian artists showed resilience and determination, proving that creativity knows no bounds.

10. Tiwa Savage

According to Spotify, the most streamed artist of 2020 was Nigerian singer and songwriter Tiwa Savage. She topped the list with over 80 million streams, making her the first African female artist to achieve this feat. Her music, which blends Afrobeats, R&B, and pop, has gained international recognition and has solidified her status as one of the most influential artists in Africa.

9. Rema

According to Spotify, Rema was one of the top streamed artists in 2020. His unique blend of Afrobeats and R&B catapulted him to the top of the charts, making him a household name in the music industry. With hits like “Dumebi” and “Woman”, Rema captured the hearts of listeners around the world and solidified his position as a rising star in the music scene.

8. Fireboy DML

According to Spotify’s annual Wrapped data, Fireboy DML was one of the top streamed artists in 2020. With his unique blend of Afro-life and R&B music, the Nigerian singer and songwriter gained a global following and became a household name in the African music scene. His hit songs “Vibration” and “Scatter” were among the most played tracks on the streaming platform, solidifying Fireboy DML’s position as one of the hottest artists of the year.

7. Wizkid

According to Spotify’s annual Wrapped report, Wizkid was the most streamed artist on the platform in 2020. With over 1.8 billion global streams, the Nigerian singer and songwriter beat out other popular artists such as Drake, J Balvin, and Bad Bunny. This achievement highlights the growing popularity and influence of African artists in the global music industry.

6. Olamide

Olamide’s fans were still hopeful for the upcoming album, anticipating his unique blend of rap and afrobeat. When “Carpe Diem” was finally released in October, it received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. Many praised his versatility and growth, while others felt that it lacked the raw energy and lyricism of his earlier works. Despite the mixed reactions, the album still debuted at number one on the Billboard World Albums Chart, proving Olamide’s enduring popularity and talent as an artist.

Over the past year, Bella Shmurda has consistently released hit songs that have taken the Nigerian music industry by storm. From his breakout single ‘Vision 2020’ to his latest track ‘Loading’, Bella has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. Each song showcases his unique style and infectious energy, solidifying his position as one of the hottest artists in the game right now. And with more collaborations and solo projects in the works, it’s safe to say that Bella Shmurda’s bangers are just getting started.

5. Simi

Simi’s popularity and success in the music industry has been undeniable, especially with hit songs like ‘Know You’ and ‘Duduke’. However, towards the end of 2020, her momentum slowed down despite releasing an amazing EP, Restless II. While her song ‘Be There For You’ is gaining traction on social media, it has not yet reached the level of success as her previous hits.

However, despite all of Simi’s achievements in 2020, it is still a mystery to many people how she did not receive a nomination for a MOBO Award. Her incredible year included having a baby and being out of the country since January, yet she still managed to release a smash hit with LadiPoe and her song ‘Duduke’ became an anthem on the streets of Nigeria. Additionally, Simi announced a deal with Platoon and received multiple nominations for the prestigious Headies awards.

4. Burna Boy

Burna Boy’s music career has been on the rise, his 2020 has been met with mixed results. Despite his success and recognition in the Nigerian music industry, his single “Odogwu” did not perform as well as anticipated. And although he lost a Grammy category, he still holds the title of “Odogwu” in the eyes of his fans. It remains to be seen how his 2020 will affect his long-term career, but one thing is for sure, Burna Boy is not one to be underestimated.

3. Mayorkun

However, despite his potential and early success in 2020, Mayorkun’s momentum seemed to have slowed down as the year progressed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns, he was unable to release a body of work as initially planned. This may have hindered his chances of becoming the hottest Nigerian act of the year. Nonetheless, his confident attitude and growth as an artist were still evident.

2. Davido

Despite the challenges and limitations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Davido still managed to have a successful and eventful year. He released his album “A Better Time” and several hit singles including ‘FEM’ which became an anthem for the EndSARS protests in Nigeria. He also collaborated with other artists on popular songs such as ‘Betty Butter,’ ‘Barawo (Remix),’ and ‘Maserati (Remix).’ Despite not being able to tour, Davido continued to stay relevant in the music industry with his releases and features.

1 Omah Lay

Omah Lay is experiencing a level of success that is almost unprecedented for a rookie in the music industry. His hit song ‘Damn’ and the current Slo Mo Challenge have catapulted him to all-star status, winning over fans on Instagram, TikTok, and Triller. With his talent, charisma, and hard work, Omah Lay is sure to continue dominating the music scene and taking home the MVP title for the all-star game.


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