With the popular uprise in the demand for African sounds, many Nigerian artistes have doubled their efforts in their quest to break into the international market. In the 2010s, Nigerian music industry has recorded huge successes with amazing collaborations with American and European acts.
Days ago, Pulse NG released their top 10 best artistes of the decade.
Their criteria were on commercial success, impact, discography, critical acclaim, awards and international acclaim (as an added advantage). Motolani Alake of Pulse NG compiled the list giving out the number one spot to Starboy Entertainment boss Wizkid. According to Pulse NG, the top 10 hottest artistes in the 2010s are
- 10. Yemi Alade
- 9. Phyno
- 8. Tiwa Savage
- 7. Sinach
- 6. 2baba
- 5. Burna Boy
- 4. Psquare
- 3. Davido
- 2. Olamide
- 1. Wizkid
Despite the fact Davido has the lowest numbers in terms of his discography; he has actually surpassed Wizkid and Olamide in other criteria. The DMW boss has single handedly groomed an artiste in Mayorkun to shut down his first show in London. That’s an impact Wizkid and Olamide cannot boast of in the last decade.
Davido has over 152 million views on a single video “Fall”, that’s almost a half of Wizkid’s all time views on Youtube (391,643,001 views). He is the first Nigerian to hit 2 million views in less than 24 hours and the First Nigerian to receive BET awards on the live main stage only to mention but a few.
Davido popped to fame after releasing "Dami Duro", the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo (2012) a year after Wizkid’s debut hit “Holla at your boy”. Despite the difference in age and a year advantage, Davido has effortlessly worked his way to the top, bagged several awards, and made a huge impact including his friendship with football star Cristiano Ronaldo. Wizkid has been great over the past ten years, but Davido is obviously the artiste of the decade.
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Article Written by Dat Kulqee (@iam_kulgee)