Nigerian artists on Billboard

Nigerian Artists on Billboard Chart

Nigerian Artists on Billboard

Here is a list of Nigerian Artists that have debuted on Billboard Chart (Past and Present)


Nigerians usually think Billboard Hot 100 is the only thing it means to be on Billboard. Meanwhile, Billboard is a Chart system that tracks songs.

Billboard Hot 100 is only a category of that Chart. There are several other charts that Billboard owns that other Nigerian Artists have debuted on.

The fact that they are not on Billboard Hot 100 does not mean they don’t have Billboard debuts on other charts.

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Nigerian Artists on Billboard

Wizkid, Fireboy DML, Ckay, Tems, Rema and Burna Boy, are the only Nigerian Artists to have debuted on Billboard Hot 100 Chart.


1) Tems

Tems is the Only Nigerian Female Artist with the most entries on Billboard Hot 100. She is also the first African Artiste ever to debut on top the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Nigerian Artists that have charted on Billboard


This was done with Future’s collaboration with her and Drake on a song titled “Wait for you”. “Wait for you” was a sampling of Tems’ original song titled “Higher”.

The song peaked at Number 1 on Billboard Hot 100. Tems is a Nigerian Artist on Billboard and here are her entries on the chart

  • “Wait for You”- No 1 (Tems, Drake, Future)
  • “Free Mind”- No 90 (Tems)
  • “Essence”- No 9
  • “Fountains”- No 26 (Drake, Tems)


2) Wizkid

Talking about Nigerian Artists on Billboard, Wizkid is reportedly the first artist to debut on the chart with Drake’s collaboration, on the song “One Dance”.

Nigerian Artist on Billboard Hot 100


He has also debuted his own song “Essence” on the chart. Wizkid’s entries on Billboard Hot 100:


  • “One Dance”- No 1 (Drake, Wizkid, Kyla)
  • “Essence”- No 9 (Wizkid, Justin Bieber, Tems)
  • “Call me Everyday”- No 76 (Chris Brown, Wizkid
  • “Brown Skin Girl”- No 76 (Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, Wizkid, Saint John)


3) Burna Boy

Nigerian singers on Billboard

Burna Boy

Give it up for Odogwu! Burna Boy is a Nigerian Artist on Billboard Hot 100 with two songs on the chart. Here are his entries:

  • “Last Last”- No 72 (Burna Boy)
  • “Loved by you” N0 87 (Justin Bieber, Burna Boy)


4) Ckay 

Nigerian songs on Billboard


The Love Nwantiti crooner has gone a long way after his song went viral through TikTok. Ckay is a Nigerian Artist on Billboard Hot 100 with majorly one entry- Love Nwantiti.

  • “Love Nwantiti”- No 26 (Ckay)


5) Fireboy DML

Nigerian songs on Billboard

Fireboy DML

Fireboy joins the league of Nigerian Artists that have debuted on Billboard Hot 100 with the remix of his song “Peru” featuring Ed Sheeran. Here is his entry:

  • “Peru” – No 53 (Fireboy DML, Ed Sheeran)


Nigerian Artists on Billboard Hot 100

1) Tems

2) Wizkid 

3) Fireboy DML 

4) Burna Boy 

5) Ckay

As mentioned, other Nigerian Artists have definitely had their debut on other Billboard Charts and not necessarily Billboard Hot 100. The list is endless. There is the Billboard Top Triller Global, World Digital Song Sales, and Next Big Sound.


Here is the list of other Nigerian Artists on Billboard:


6) Davido

  • Fall (No 25), Hot R&B Songs
  • Billboard 200 (No 170), A Better Time


7) Tiwa Savage

  • Celia (15), World Albums
  • World Digital Song Sales (7 songs)
  • Top Triller Global (3 songs)


8) Olamide

  • World Digital Song Sales (7 songs)
  • World Albums (4 Albums)


9) Yemi Alade

  • World Digital Song Sales (1 song)
  • Top Triller Global (5 Songs)
  • Next Big Sound (No 4)


10) Asa

  • World Albums (2 Albums}


11) Ayra Starr

  • Next Big Sound (No 4)


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Billboard is an American music and entertainment magazine published weekly by Penske Media Corp.

The magazine provides music charts, news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style related to the music industry. Its music charts include the Hot 100, the 200, and the Global 200, tracking the most popular albums and songs in different genres of music. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

November 16, 2019, cover featuring Paul McCartney and highlighting the magazine’s 125th anniversary

Billboard was founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters. Donaldson later acquired Hennegan’s interest in 1900 for $500.

In the early years of the 20th century, it covered the entertainment industry, such as circuses, fairs, and burlesque shows, and also created a mail service for travelling entertainers.

Billboard began focusing more on the music industry as the jukebox, phonograph, and radio became commonplace.

Many topics it covered were spun-off into different magazines, including Amusement Business in 1961 to cover outdoor entertainment, so that it could focus on music.

After Donaldson died in 1925, Billboard was passed down to his children and Hennegan’s children, until it was sold to private investors in 1985, and has since been owned by various parties.

Billboard publishes a news website and weekly trade magazine that cover music, video and home entertainment. Most of the articles are written by staff writers, while some are written by industry experts.

It covers news, gossip, opinion,and music reviews, but its “most enduring and influential creation” is the Billboard charts.

The charts track music sales, radio airtime and other data about the most popular songs and albums.

The Billboard Hot 100 chart of the top-selling songs was introduced in 1958. Since then, the Billboard 200, which tracks the top-selling albums, has become more popular as an indicator of commercial success.

Billboard has also published books in collaboration with Watson-Guptill and a radio and television series called American Top 40, based on Billboard charts.

A daily Billboard Bulletin was introduced in February 1997and Billboard hosts about 20 industry events each year

Billboard is considered one of the most reputable sources of music industry news.

The website includes the Billboard Charts, news separated by music genre, videos, and a separate website. It also compiles lists, hosts a fashion website called Pret-a-Reporter, and publishes eight different newsletters.

The print magazine’s regular sections include




Posted by Olayiide Bolaji

Olayiide Bolaji is a writer at The Scoove Africa whose interests span in music and movies. He is also a freelance A&R personel.

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