How “Love Nwantiti” became popular
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How “Love Nwantiti” became popular

How “Love Nwantiti” became popular

In 2021, the world went agog as Ckay’s 2019 smash hit; “Love Nwantiti” began to make waves on the social media tik tok app. People all over the world danced and vibed to the song.

“Love Nwantiti” which was originally released as part of Ckay’s 8-track E.P became one of the best performing songs on the E.P and earned itself a remix with afro pop star Joeboy and Ghanaian singer Kuami Eugene which was released in 2020 and became a big hit all over the world.

It took almost a year later when DJ Yo– a DJ from Mauritius remixed the original song and made it a sound on tik tok, it had positive receptions and it became a viral tik tok sound.

But questions arose on who actually owned the song and it wasn’t until Ckay made a 34 seconds video of the acoustic version on tik tok before the deserved credit was attributed to him.

It became the most shazamed song in September 2021 over Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber’s ‘Stay’ and Elton John’s remix of ‘Cold Heart’ ft. Dua Lipa. It has garnered over 15 billion views on tik tok. Ckay’s spotify monthly listeners also rose to as much as 32 million, he’s the first African artist to reach this milestone.

It also became the most certified Afrobeats song in the world. It’s safe to say Ckay made a masterpiece which has gone on to be one of the most, if not the most, successful afrobeats song ever.

“Love Nwantiti” blew up suddenly and became an instant media sensation on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube

The song has been remixed two times featuring Kuami Eugene and Joeboy, and another one with North African singer El Grande Toto. The reason for “Love Nwantiti” becoming famous is not far-fetched, the lyrics are relatable, the percussions are dreamily rhythmic, and the song is a pleasant listen.

The combination of these has made it peak #1 on Billboard Triller Global. Below is the peak position of “Love Nwantiti” on charts (Past & present chart positions)

■No 8 in Australia.
■1 in France
■6 in Germany
■1 in Netherlands
■1 In Norway
■No 1 in Sweden
■No 3 in the Uk and
■31 in the US
■Argentina (Argentina Hot 100) 58
■Australia (ARIA) 8
■Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 4
■Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders 8
■Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 10
■Brazil (Top 100 Brasil) 97
■Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 5
■Colombia (Promúsica) 19
■Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 9
■Denmark (Tracklisten) 6
■France (SNEP) 1
■Germany (Official German Charts) 6
■Global 200 (Billboard) 2
■Greece (IFPI) 4
■Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 36
■Hungary (Single Top 40) 6
■Hungary (Stream Top 40) 7
■Iceland (Plötutíðindi)[31] 19
■India (IMI)[32] 1
■Ireland (IRMA) 5
■Italy (FIMI) 20
■Latvia (EHR)22
■Lithuania (AGATA) 12
■Malaysia (RIM) 8
■Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1
■Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1
■New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2
■Norway (VG-lista) 1
■Portugal (AFP) 1
■Singapore (RIAS) 5
■Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 60
■Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 6
■South Africa (RISA) 2
■Spain (PROMUSICAE) 46
■Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 4
■Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
■UK Singles (OCC) 3
■UK Indie (OCC) 1
■US Billboard Hot 100 31
■US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 27
■US Rhythmic (Billboard) 2
■US Rolling Stone Top 100 9
■US World Digital Song Sales (Billboard) 1
■France (SNEP) 183

Currently, the song has the following streams on YouTube alone:

“Love Nwantiti” ft. Joeboy and Kuami Eugene148M
“Love Nwantiti”182M
“Love Nwantiti” (North African Remix)44mM

Ckay’s music career started around 2014 when he signed to “Loopy music”. However, when “Loopy music” was merged with popular record label “Chocolate city”, Ckay officially joined “Chocolate city” and has been with them ever since.

Ckay had released two singles “Container” (2019), and “Way” (2019) before releasing his international hit single “Love Nwantiti” in 2019.

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Different people from various countries and continents have made several covers of the song on TikTok. After spending 11 weeks on Billboard Top Triller Global, “Love Nwantiti” finally peaked as number one on the chart.

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Love Nwantiti lyrics:

Tu tu tu
Uh tu uh tu tu tu
Tu tu tu
Uh tu uh tu tu tu
Yeah

My baby, my Valentine (yeah)
Girl, na you dey make my temperature dey rise
If you leave me, I go die, I swear
You are like the oxygen I need to survive
I’ll be honest
Your loving dey totori me
I am so obsessed
I want to chop your nkwobi

Ule, your body dey gbakam isi
Ule, open am make I see
Ule, nyem love nwantiti
Wey fit make a bad man sing, oh yeah

Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn

Baby girl, where you from come? Yeah
Your body na follow come, yeah
No be silicon
Baba God e finish work, ah ah ah ah
Without you, I go fit lose my mind
Without you, I go fit fall and die
Without you, I go give all my life
Without you, without you

Ule, your body dey gbakam isi
Ule, open am make I see
Ule, nyem love nwantiti
Wey fit make a bad man sing, oh yeah

Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn
Ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn ahn, ahn ahn ahn

You mean the world to me
You’re my living fantasy
I I I, I love you
I I I, no one above you
Lover, don’t give this love to nobody
Lover, don’t call another nigga “honey”
Lover, lover
I wanna be your lover forever, forever”

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