TurnTable Top 50: Omah Lay’s “Understand” debuts at No. 1

AV's "Big Thug Boys" is in the top five & "Essence" makes history

Considering his utter dominance of the TurnTable Top 50 since its launch, it was only a matter of when Omah Lay would return to the pinnacle of the chart. The Port Harcourt-raised singer’s latest single, “Understand,” debuts at No. 1 on this week’s edition of the TurnTable Top 50, recording 46.9 million in radio airplay impressions and 3.04 million equivalent streams.

This chart points makes “Understand” the most popular song ever in a week. Combining with Tempoe, the producer behind “Godly”—which spent eleven weeks at No. 1—the lilting heartbreak song leans into Omah Lay’s knack for creating music with a lived-in essence.

After topping the charts for four non-consecutive weeks, Ladipoe and Buju’s “Feeling” is at No. 2, and it remains the most popular song on the radio for the eighth week. Olamide’s “Rock” and Rema’s “Soundgasm” are at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, slipping one position from their previous positions. Rounding out this week’s top 5 is “Big Thug Boys” by nascent singer AV, which gained its initial round of attention on Tiktok. Globally, creative short-form video platforms have become important in the determination of hit songs, a trend that’s primed to properly catch up in Nigeria. “Big Thug Boys” made its top ten debut last week, and its chart points have improved since then, scoring 23% and 16% increases in radio reach and equivalent streams, respectively.

Descending two spots from its peak position, Ruger’s smash hit “Bounce” continues its top ten run at No. 6 this week. Adekunle Gold’s “Sinner,” featuring American R&B singer Lucky Daye, debuts at No. 7, matching the position of his highest-charting song yet. Patoranking’s “Celebrate Me” moves three places to No. 8 for this week, while Joeboy’s “Show Me” descends two places to No. 7. Continuing its astounding run in the top ten, Wizkid and Tems’ “Essence” is at No. 10, making it the first song to spend 30 weeks in the top fifth of the charts.

You can check out the full breakdown of this week’s edition of the TurnTable Top 50 here.

@dennisadepeter is a staff writer at the NATIVE.