This feat led to Wizkid having a day, October 6th named as Wizkid day in the state of Minnesota. With 2018 coming to his final months, several artists and songs are already standing out as contenders for the end of the year honours and there haven’t been many surprises to the names at the top.
Another area where Nigerian artists have fully flourished this year is on tours, concerts and performances, especially outside the country with a number of them comfortably selling out arenas and concert venues.
Here are 5 artists who have sold out concerts this year.
Wizkid – 20,000 capacity O2 Arena
One of the biggest feats recorded this year in the industry was when Wizkid sold out the AfroRepublik concert held at the 20,000 capacity auditorium of the iconic O2 arena in London on Saturday, May 26, 2018.
Not many artists globally can command a crowd that huge, not to talk of one from Africa.
After selling out the 5,000 capacity Royal Albert Hall, London late in 2017, Wizkid had set his sights on the bigger ground and barely six months later, he was able to make that dream come true.
It remains an unforgettable moment in the career of the Starboy and one of the most defining acts this year.
Davido – 10,000 in Suriname
When the news initially broke that Davido had performed before a crowd of 10,000 fans in Suriname, a South American state, the first set of questions on the lips of many was, where exactly is Suriname? how come 10,000 people in a small city know Davido’s music?
But it was no joke, as pictures and videos have since proven, the sovereign state of Suriname in South America, with a population of slightly over half a million and their official languages being Dutch and Sranan, an English based creole language had turned out massively for Davido and sang along to every word of his hit songs.
This was another game-changing moment, one that the likes of the high-life singer, Flavour would replicate later in the year and it served as the biggest confirmation that Nigerian music was indeed global and not just restricted to Nigerians in disapora, main European cities or the United States.
Davido was to later perform at the Wireless Festival in the UK, which witnessed a crowd of over 40,000 in attendance, including sold out concerts at smaller arenas during his ”Locked Up” tour of the United States.
Tiwa Savage – Indigo at the O2 Arena
On Friday, August 24th, Mavin first lady, Tiwa Savage headlined her first major UK concert at the 3,000 capacity Indigo at the O2 Arena and days before the event, tickets were already sold out as fans were eager to catch a sight of one of the biggest names on the scene.
It was a thrilling night for the singer, one that was preceded by the opening of her pop-up store in the UK.
Yemi Alade – Melkweg centre, Amsterdam
A number of Yemi Alade’s achievements this year largely went under the radar until thecontroversial interview where she stated that she was as huge as the likes of Wizkid and Davido, if only people would take time to check the numbers and this we did and discovered that the grounds for her statement was built on a fairly strong foundation.
Yemi Alade is without doubt one of the artists from the continent who have toured the most this year.
Earlier in the year, Yemi Alade went on a tour of Europe that saw her and her band hold successful concerts in major cities including selling out the 1,500 capacity Melkweg centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The ground is regarded as a unique venue for established acts only and Yemi Alade performing before a mixed crowd held her own and created a moment out of it.
Burna Boy – Brixton Academy
Burna Boy is enjoying 2018 like no other, since the release of his ”Outside” album early in the year.
The hit single ‘Ye’ continues to grow popular with every passing month, going from a cult hit in a national record and the reaction of the crowd as he stepped on stage at his sold-out Brixton Academy ”Life on the Outside” tour on Sunday, October 7, is a testament to Burna’s status as one of the biggest players in the game presently.