Launching on November 9 Turntable, yesterday, recorded their second Top 50 chart which saw Davido’s “FEM” seize the number one spot from Wizkid and Burna Boy’s “Ginger”, which has now moved down to number four. Releasing his latest album, ‘A Better Time‘ on Friday (a day after this week’s counting closed, so ‘ABT‘ numbers will appear on chart), the lead single from the album, “FEM” rose from position number 17 to number 6 on Turntable’s Top Streaming Chart, and has remained at number one on the Top Airplay Chart for a record-extending nine weeks, also holding onto its top five position on Turntable’s Top TV Songs chart.
.@davido’s “FEM” leads this week’s TurnTable Top 50— making it the No. 1 song in Nigeria this week
It’s also the second No. 1 song ever on the chart
— TurnTable Charts (TTC) (@TurntableCharts) November 16, 2020
Whilst streams for both “FEM” and “Ginger” have decreased since last week, where “FEM”‘s streaming number have seen a decline of 10.48%, “Ginger” is down a whopping 50% on streaming platforms, though is up nearly 25% in number of airplays, boosting the record from 11 to 4 in the Top Airplay Charts. Wizkid’s second single in the top 10, “No Stress”, rests at position 9, down five places since last weak’s peak at 4.
Arriving the same Friday as End SARS protests grew in traction over the country, Olamide’s ‘Carpe Diem‘ received relatively little attention in its first weeks, but since Buhari’s sinister threat to Nigerians not to protest, the rapper’s eleventh studio album is deservedly picking up. Debuting at position 7 and 17 respectively, this week, Olamide’s “Infinity” featuring Omah Lay, and the Bella Shmurda-assisted “Triumphant” clench the two spots between “FEM” and “Ginger”.
Patoranking joins the usual suspects in the top five with his ‘Three‘ single, “Abule”. An ode to the streets, it is no surprise that “Abule” has reigned in the Top Airplay Charts, spending 12 weeks in the top ten, the second longest tenure behind Rema’s 14 weeks with “Woman”.
Debuting at position five last week, Cheque’s “Zoom”, drops only one place to six, whilst Tems’ “Damages” (previously at seven) drops two places to number eight. Bella Shmurda, Zlatan and Lincon’s “Cash App” take the number seven spot for this week. With DJ Neptune’s “Nobody” featuring Joeboy and Laycon rounding off the top ten, unfortunately, for a second week in a row, Tems remains the only woman in the top ten.
Beside that blatant androcentrism however, there is a rather diverse mix of Nigerian musicians in the top ten, and in the top 50 overall. High ranking appearances from Omah Lay, Olakira, Tems, speak to Nigerians’ increased variance in taste, as we enjoy the diverging sounds of our mainstay musicians in the top five alongside rising stars who are equally doing their own thing. With only five Western songs making it to the top 50, the highest ranking being Drake and Lil Durk’s “Laugh Now, Cry Later”, we are also seeing clear evidence of Nigeria’s preference for home-grown talent when it comes to musicians. Ours is one of the few music markets in which our local content is consumed at rates far exceeding the consumption of globally dominant American music. In a time our faith in Nigeria is tested time and time again, it is warming to see that we never fail to support our own.
Check out the full list of Turntable Top 50 here.
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