Wizkid’s Essence makes history as first African song to reach Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 chart

Essence, the song by Wizkid, Tems and Justin Bieber has made history as the first African song to reach the Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

This is Wizkid’s second Billboard Hot 100 top 10 with Essence, following his featured turn with Kyla, on Drake’s 10-week 2016, number one song, One Dance. 

According to Baller Alert, this news is not only a celebratory moment for Tems and WizKid — who has now secured his first top 10 as a solo artist and second hit since Drake’s 2016 smash “One Dance” — but for Nigerian music as a whole. “Essence” is reportedly the first Nigerian song in history to reach the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

While several of WizKid and Tems’ fans are excited for the artists to, many of them have expressed disappointment in the Justin Bieber-assisted remix getting the big push on the Billboard charts. “Even tho that song didn’t need no other body,” one user wrote in response to Baller Alert’s report. “Bravo,” another user wrote, congratulating Tems and WizKid before criticizing Justin Bieber’s involvement. “I prefer the original version that’s been Gentrified with Bieber.”

This comes after it was announced that Wizkid’s groundbreaking album, Made In Lagos, had hit one billion streams across all streaming platforms.


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