Asake tops debut edition of the TurnTable Top 50 Album chart

More insight into music consumption in Nigeria

In the two-plus years since the beginning of its operations, TurnTable has purposefully expanded its purview in a bid to authoritatively reflect the reality of music consumption in Nigeria. The chart publication has done this by striking important partnerships with key stakeholders from labels to streamers and distributors, increasing the number of component charts, broadening the scope of its cumulative charts, and introducing new charts to better aggregate and present music data within the country.

In its latest move, TurnTable announced the launch of the TurnTable Top 50 Album chart earlier this week. It’s the last of the three standard music charts, alongside the singles chart (TurnTable Top 100) and the artist performance chart (Artist Top 100). In the last couple of years, Nigerian music has seen a renaissance in the prominence of albums, EPs and other forms of multi-song projects, with event releases happening at a remarkable pace. TurnTable’s new album chart will help to quantify project-listening culture in Nigeria, giving better insight into what Nigerians are listening to. Also, with the ongoing Number One Award initiative, there will also be bragging rights attached to projects reaching the top of the pack.

The TurnTable Top 50 Album chart employs a weighted system similar to the existing Top Streaming Songs chart, with a point-per-play system that assigns values to streams on different streaming platforms. Paid streams will be weighted as one point per play value, freemium streams will be weighted as 0.75 point per play, ad-supported video streams from YouTube will be weighted 0.66 point per play while ad-supported streams will be weighted 0.5 point per play. The chart will employ a single tier for on-demand audio streams, equating 1,500 streams as one album unit, and video streams will also contribute to the Top 50 Albums Chart.

For the debut week of the TurnTable Top 50 Album chart, tracking activity from October 28 to November 3, Asake’s mammoth debut album, ‘Mr Money With The Vibe’, leads the pack with 10,000 units, equalling 15 million on-demand streams. Bella Shmurda’s recent debut album, ‘Hypertension’, starts at No. 2 with 6,732 units, followed by Burna Boy’s ‘Love, Damini’, which logged 4,410 units. Rounding out the top five are two Chocolate City releases: Young Jonn’s ‘Love Is Not Enough’ at No. 4 with 3,681 units, and Blaqbonez’s ‘Young Preacher’ at No. 5 with 3,337 units.

From only two days of tracking activity, Seyi Vibez’s debut album, ‘Billion Dollar Baby’, debuts at No. 6 with 3,151 units, and the ongoing success of pre-released smash hit “+234” and album favourite “Chance (Na Ham)” gives it a real chance to snag the top spot in the next week’s chart edition. Mavin superstar Ayra Starr comes in at No. 7 with the recent deluxe edition of her debut album, ‘19 & Dangerous’, followed by Ghanaian rap artist Black Sherif’s ‘The Villain I Never Was’. Rounding out the top ten are Fireboy DML’s ‘Playboy’, which earns the No. 9 spot with 2,214 units, while Omah Lay’s ‘Boy Alone’ ranks No. 10 with 1,796 units.

You can go through the full TurnTable Top 50 Album chart here.