Music is fun and one of the elements of satisfaction and enjoyment especially for the African man. It was a really good year in Nigeria music industry and also we had fantastic artistes who really rocked the music world in 2018.
Let’s take look at the top 5 for 2018. You can also check out our 2017 top 5 Artist list.
Just like the first day of the year, Olamide is here again and if the first half of the year is split into two, then Olamide was a force in its opening quarter.
His single, ‘Science Student’ became the go-to record to start a party. It was the song with which Genevieve Nnaji displayed her ‘shaku shaku’ skills and one that birthed an endless catalogue of viral videos as fans jumped on the wave.
The rapper/pop star rode on this momentum for a while and just when it was about fizzling out, he returned with ‘Motigbana’ (which literally means, I have caught fire) and another dance craze was birthed.
Other singles like ‘Kana’, ‘Criteria’, ‘Bugle’, ‘Poverty Die’ and the ‘’YBNL Family Mafia’’ album all add up to Olamide again becoming one of the most influential names this year.
Also he has different awards which caps up a really wonderful year for the ‘WO’ crooner and also he has 7 nominations for the Headies awards which is set for January.
4. Mr Eazi
Mr Eazi redefined the art of marketing music in 2018.
Is there a more tactful, artistically disciplined, and technically accomplished Nigerian artist on the global stage this year than Mr Eazi?
‘Dedicate’ was the word most used to define Mr Eazi this year and part of his magnificence is purely based on statistics and careful planning.
Mr Eazi built a strong team around himself and followed the data in making his moves. Every step of his was calculated, he identified his audience and catered to their desires passionately.
This helped Eazi to forge a base in the UK and saw him performing on major stages globally. He rounded up the year with the impressive release of his sophomore project ‘’Lagos To London’’, which, by day way, is gathering some explosive streaming numbers, also, he recently set up a platform ‘’Empawa’’ to help artists get their music out. His recent release like ‘Surrender’ is really on top of different charts and also really groovy.
Davido continued his 2017 run with a successful 2018.
The question asked by many was, how will Davido top the sort of year he had in 2017? And he gave a loud and befitting response, if not in exactly delivering the type of hit songs that were nationwide anthems, his power moves globally and relentless effort through singles and collaborations were enough to make him the big deal yet again.
Davido sold out concerts in cities Nigerians never knew existed like Suriname and Mayotte, rocked the stage at the Wireless Festival and Jay-Z’s ‘Made in America’ concert, had a successful tour of the United States.
He also appeared on the Breakfast Club, gave us hits like ‘Assurance’, ‘Nwa Baby’, ‘Aza’ and ‘Wonder Woman.’
Davido turned his label into a force through their collaborative hits like ‘Mind’ and ‘Aje’ and also won the award for ‘Best African Act’ at the 2018 BET, becoming the first artist in the category to be presented with his plaque on stage. Even though he had a really great year, Davido takes the number 3 spot on the list. Hope to see more of Davido in 2019.
What a year 2018 has been for Wizkid. The Starboy has been ripping up stages worldwide, dropping banging records, sealing lucrative deals, walking on runways and consistently becoming a trending topic all year long.
In May 2018, Wizkid sold out the 20,000 capacity O2 Arena, in one of his most iconic feats, while also performing at the Reading Festival, UK.
His influence this year spread outside the music circles, as he also impacted immensely on Pop culture, from walking the Dolce and Gabbana Runway alongside top model, Naomi Campbell to hanging out with Diddy at his US home, featuring as one of the ambassadors for the Super Eagles World Cup jersey branded by Nike, having an official ‘Wizkid Day’ declared in his honour by the US State of Minnesota and many more.
His hits this year include, ‘Fake Love’, ‘Fever’, ‘Gucci Snake’ and ‘Bad Energy’ with Skepta. He, like Davido, also brought the other members of his record label with the hit track ‘Soco’. As if that was not enough, in 2018, according to Google, the most searched word on the famous search engine Google is Wizkid’s single SOCO It was a really good year for Wizkid who drastically improved from 2017 and so takes the number 2 spot.
1. Burna Boy
“Oluwa Burna” as he is popularly known as the artist of the year. From a tumultuous 2017 where he was at the end of a long string of negative publicity, Burna fought his way back to positive reckoning and it all began with the release of his ‘’Outside’’ album in January.
The album had early stand out records like ‘Heaven’s Gate’ but it wasn’t until a few months later that ‘Ye’ turned out to become the one song that would define Burna’s year.
When videos started surfacing of Burna Boy performing ‘Ye’ during his ‘Life On The Outside’ tour of the United States, the online community went hype with the way the fans reacted to the song. And little by little, ‘Ye’ continued to grow into a hashtag and then a movement.
Afterwards, it has been killer features and more hits in ‘Gbona’ and ‘On The Low’ from an artist who has somehow become focused, re-energized and altogether fascinating. Burna boy’s year ended with his first ever Nigerian concert which was sold-out within days. What a year it has been for him. He also dominated nominations for the Headies awards coming up in January 2019 and is favorite to win multiple awards especially the “Artiste of the Year” award
2018 has without doubt been the best year in the career of the Don Gorgon.
What do you think about this list, who should be here or shouldn’t?
Written by Anjola John.
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