Apple Music lists Odumodublvck & Seyi Vibez among it's fast rising artistes.
With the rapid international popularity of Afrobeats, new artists are surfacing with distinctive styles that are drawing fans from all over the world.
Five Nigerian musicians that are on the rise have been listed on Apple Music. Hip-hop superstar ODUMODUBLVCK, street-hop phenom Seyi Vibez, and gospel performer Victor Thompson are all on the list.
1. “Seyi Vibez”
With his postmodern interpretation of Apala, a traditional Yoruba-rooted genre that incorporates elements of Fuji, Amapiano, Hip-Hop, and Afro-soul music, Seyi Vibez has begun to captivate listeners around the world.
The 23-year-old has seen more than 50 tracks chart in 20 different nations since the debut of 2021’s “God Sent,” which was his first single to do so on Apple Music’s Daily Top 100.
With the release of his album “Billion Dollar Baby” in November of last year, Seyi Vibez reached new heights. Subsequent successes include his first No. 1 on Nigeria’s Daily Top 100 and a guest appearance on Burna Boy’s star-studded “I Told Them.” In the past year, Seyi Vibez’s stream count has increased by a factor of more than five (+435%).
Odumodublvck is one of the hottest rappers coming out of Nigeria, with a sound that veers between Drill, Grime, Afrobeats, and more.
His November single, “Picanto,” earned his first track to enter the Daily Top 100 in Nigeria after receiving a co-sign from Skepta and signing with NATIVE Records.
However, his streams truly began to climb after the release of his March song, “Declan Rice.” The song made it to the top of the charts in 11 additional nations in addition to Nigeria, where it became his first song to do so. The number of streams for Odumodublvck on Apple Music increased by more than 3,500% in the last year.
Thanks to his popular Afrobeats hit “Elon Musk,” Shallipopi has had an eventful year. The song originally gained traction in March when it became Shallipopi’s debut song to enter Nigeria’s Daily Top 100.
In addition to sending seven other songs to the top of the charts in 12 other nations this summer, he was named an Apple Music Up Next artist in Nigeria, joining artists like Khaid, Pawzzz, and Novemba. This summer saw him get his first No. 1 in Nigeria with “Ex Convict.”
Late in June, Afrobeats superstar Fireboy DML joined a remix of “Elon Musk,” which sent Shallipopi’s streaming up 467% globally and 508% in Nigeria in a single week.
4. Anthony Thompson
Nigeria and other African countries consistently outperform other countries in terms of listening to Christian and Gospel music, with the genre accounting for a higher percentage of listening and more songs making it into the Daily Top 100.
The growth of musicians like gospel singer-songwriter Victor Thompson, who achieved success in January with “This Year (Blessings),” has been facilitated by it.
The song has been Thompson’s biggest chart hit to date, peaking at number 10 in ten different nations out of the 58 that it has charted in. Overall, streams of Thompson’s songs have increased by 244% globally compared to last year.
Nigerian and American artists are collaborating more frequently each year, and they are also moving up the charts at an ever-increasing rate. ‘Ta Ta Ta,’ however a collaboration between American pop musician Jason Derulo and Nigerian singer Bayanni, is a prime example.
Derulo joined a remix of the song in the spring, which helped it grow into an even bigger international smash after it was first. Made available on Bayanni’s 2022 self-titled EP and began getting traction in the latter part of last year. In 54 nations, including 20 where it peaked at number 10, “Ta Ta Ta” made it to the. Daily Top 100.