As forecasted last week, Gyakie’s “Forever (Remix)”, featuring Omah Lay, has made its way to the zenith of the TurnTable Top 50 chart. The Ghanaian singer’s popularity has been increasing amongst Nigeria since the beginning of the year, with the original version of her smash hit gaining widespread traction around Valentine’s period. Now signed to Sony Music West Africa, with international links to Sony Music UK and RCA Records in the U.S, Gyakie has her sights set on being a pan-African superstar, and the ongoing success of “Forever (Remix)” is indication that her ambitions are well within reach.
Omah Lay, who’s been dominant on the Top 50, brings his influence to bear on a song whose original previously peaked at No. 18. This feat makes Gyakie the first non-Nigerian and second lead female artist (third overall) to top the chart with a headlining song, replacing Teni, whose Davido-assisted “FOR YOU” stayed at No. 1 for five weeks straight. “FOR YOU” drops down to the second spot, even though its freemium streaming numbers increased, most likely an effect of the release of Teni’s superb debut album, ‘WONDALAND’. It is worth noting that women have held the top spot of the Top 50 throughout Women’s History Month, a remarkable feat considering how long it took for a female artist to reach that position.
DJ Kaywise and Phyno’s “High Way” continues its stunning run on the chart, coming in at No. 3 for this week’s edition, after seven non-consecutive weeks at its peak No. 2 position. On the back of radio airplay impressions, Justin Bieber’s “Loved By You”, featuring Burna Boy, debuts at No. 4 this week; it’s the second time the Grammy-winning African Giant is assisting a Non-Nigerian artist into the top 10 of the chart. Ajebo Hustler’s and Omah Lay’s “Pronto” rounds out this week’s top 5, falling two spots from its former peak position.
The rest of the top 10 features familiar songs that have dominated in the last few weeks, including Omah Lay’s bar-setting “Godly” (8), Bella Shmurda’s street banger “Rush” (6), Joeboy’s romantic “Focus” (7), and Rema’s “Bounce” is at No. 10, falling three spots down from its previous No. 7 peak. The only new entry in the lower half of the top 10 is Laycon’s “Wagwan”, which jumps twenty spots up to No. 9. It’s the second time the rapper—and former Big Brother Nigeria winner—enters the upper fifth of the top 50, indicating the sustained momentum of his star power.
You can check out the full rundown of this week’s TurnTable Top 50 here.
With “Forever (Remix)” reaching #1 on the TurnTable Top 50, @Gyakie_ becomes the first non-Nigerian lead artiste to top the chart
The +17 rise of the song is also the biggest jump to No. 1 in chart history
— TurnTable Charts (TTC) (@Turntable_HQ) March 29, 2021
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