Top 5 longest Nigerian Albums on Billboard

By: Feranmi / September 23, 2021 / 33 Views

‘Made In Lagos’ is No. 1 on this list because it will inevitably pass Fela’s incredible milestone on the chart.

Burna Boy and Wizkid Burna Boy and Wizkid

On September 13, 2021, news broke that Grammy-winning Nigerian superstar, Wizkid’s album, Made In Lagos had tied Fela’s The Best of Black President as the album with the longest run on Billboard’s World Music Albums chart.

Released as a posthumous album in 1999, The Best Best of Fela Kuti is a 2-CD compilation album released by MCA Records. It was issued in the United States in 2000 as part of a reissue series of Kuti’s albums. On the other hand, ‘Made In Lagos’ was released in 2020 by RCA Records.

Both albums have spent a total of 45 weeks respectively on the chart. While Wizkid’s album peaked at No. 1, Fela’s album peaked at No. 3.

5.) Burna Boy – Twice As Tall

Year of release: 2020

Label: Spaceship/Bad Habit/Atlantic/Warner

Weeks on the chart: 12

Peak position: 1 [August 28, 2020]

Burna Boy releases new album, 'Twice As Tall.' (Instagram/BurnaBoy)

On August 14, 2020, Nigerian singer, Burna Boy released his album, Twice As Tall. In its first week, the album became the first Nigerian album to have one million pure YouTube streams from Nigeria. It also debuted on the UK albums chart at 11, France at 29 and The Netherlands at 10.

But the biggest coup of all was charting at No. 54. A new record for Nigerian albums.

4.) Davido – A Good Time

Year of release: 2019

Label: Columbia Records/Sony

Weeks on the chart: 25

Peak: 6 [December 1, 2019]

Davido releases sophomore album, 'A Good Time.' (Instagram/DavidoOfficial)
Davido's ‘A Good Time’ lives in its cohesion [Album Review]. (YouTube/Davido)
Davido's 'A Good Time' hits a billion streams on all platforms, (Sony)

A Good Time is arguably Davido’s best album yet. Containing around six hit records, the album was released on November 22, 2019.

3.) Burna Boy – African Giant

Year of release: 2019

Label: Spaceship/Bad Habit/Atlantic/Warner

Weeks on the chart: 36

Peak position: 6 [August 9, 2019]

Allbum art for 'African Giant' by Burna Boy. (Spaceship)

In 2019, Burna Boy quickly followed his well-received Outside album with African Giant – named after his infamous rant at the organizers of Coachella. The Grammy-nominated album was celebrated as a refreshing development from Africa.

2.) Fela – The Best of Black President

Year of release: 1999

Label: MCA

Weeks on the chart: 45

Peak position: 3 [January 22, 2010]

Fela – The Best of Black President. (MCA)
Released as a posthumous album in 1999, The Best Best of Fela Kuti is a 2-CD compilation album released by MCA Records. It was issued in the United States in 2000 as part of a reissue series of Kuti’s albums.

1.) Wizkid – Made In Lagos

Year of release: 2020/2021

Label: RCA/SONY

Weeks on the chart: 10.

Peak position: 28 [September 6, 2021]

Wizkid – Made In Lagos Deluxe. (SONY/RCA/STARBOY)

With this new peak, ‘Made In Lagos’ becomes Nigeria’s highest charting album on the Billboard 200, surpassing Burna Boy’s Twice As Tall, which peaked at No. 54. Last week, ‘Made In Lagos’ peaked at No. 58. When the album dropped in October 2020, ‘Made In Lagos’ peaked at No. 80.

‘Made In Lagos’ is No. 1 on this list because it will inevitably pass Fela’s incredible milestone on the chart.

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