Artist Information for Wizkid

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Name: Wizkid

Followers: 5,454,128

Monthly Listeners: 9,297,905

Top Cities:

  • Lagos, NG (521,501 listeners)
  • London, GB (339,597 listeners)
  • Abuja, NG (202,979 listeners)
  • Port Harcourt, NG (163,536 listeners)
  • Amsterdam, NL (139,532 listeners)

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Biography:
Singer/songwriter Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (aka Wizkid) is one of Nigeria's biggest R&B crossover acts, having worked with Drake, Skepta, and Chris Brown, among others. He first found regional success in 2011 with the massively popular single "Holla at Your Boy," which appeared on his debut album, Superstar. Wizkid went global in 2016 after his collaboration with Drake, "One Dance," soared to number one in 15 countries, resulting in a multi-album deal with RCA, which issued his Caribbean-influenced major-label debut, Sounds from the Other Side, in 2017. The acclaimed Made in Lagos followed in 2021, featuring the internationally charting hit single "Essence." Just one year later, Wizkid followed up with his fifth album, More Love, Less Ego. Balogun began his career in music when he was just 11 years old. His first record, Lil Prinz, was recorded in 2001 in collaboration with Glorious Five, a group consisting of Balogun and his friends from church. In 2006, he started pursuing music full-time, first collaborating with various Nigerian pop acts including OJB Jezreel, Naeto C, and Banky W. By 2011, he was ready to record his debut studio album as a solo artist; Superstar was released by Empire Mates Entertainment (EME for short) to great critical and public acclaim across Africa, propelling Wizkid to stardom in his home country. After multiple delays and label disagreements, he released his sophomore studio album, Ayo, in 2014. The record featured a multitude of guest appearances, including a spot from Femi Kuti. It also featured Balogun's global breakthrough track "Ojuelegba." Not only did the single cement his status as one of Nigeria's biggest pop acts, it was also picked up and remixed by Drake and Skepta, thrusting Wizkid into the international spotlight. In return, he appeared on Drake's 2016 smash single "One Dance." In March 2017, Wizkid signed a major-label deal with RCA and Sony International, which would release his third LP, Sounds from the Other Side, later that year. A handful of singles appeared in advance of the album, including "Sweet Love" and the Drake-assisted "Come Closer." In October 2018, Wizkid issued a pair of singles, "Master Groove" and "Fever," to mark Nigeria's Independence Day. The following year, he joined Beyoncé and Saint Jhn for The Lion King: The Gift track "Brown Skin Girl" and released his own single, "Joro." The EP Soundman, Vol.1 was issued by Balogun's Starboy Entertainment imprint in 2019. Following his involvement in the successful protests to scrap Nigeria's controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Wizkid's fourth album, Made in Lagos, arrived in October 2020. Featuring collaborations with H.E.R., Damian Marley, Burna Boy, and several others, the Grammy-nominated set was a critical and commercial success, appearing on numerous year-end album lists and reaching number 15 on the U.K. album charts. The record's fifth single, the Grammy-nominated "Essence" (featuring Tems), became a worldwide hit, reaching number 17 in the U.K. and even becoming the first Nigerian song to chart in the Billboard Hot 100. After the track became a hit, a remix featuring Justin Bieber was released. Wizkid kicked off 2022 with "Bad to Me," the lead single from his fifth album, the P2J-produced More Love, Less Ego. Featuring guests like Ayra Starr, Shenseea, Don Toliver, the album was released in November of that year, earning chart success around Europe and hitting number 59 on the Billboard 200. ~ Liam Martin, Rovi


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Top 10 Albums

Loju (feat. Wizkid) Album Image Loju (feat. Wizkid)
Label: TheCAPMusic, Inc./Epic
Release Date: 2023-06-30
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Arizona Album Image Arizona
Label: SJW Entertainment Distributed By Dapper
Release Date: 2020-01-31
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Smile (feat. H.E.R.) Album Image Smile (feat. H.E.R.)
Label: Starboy/RCA Records
Release Date: 2020-07-16
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Essence (feat. Justin Bieber & Tems) Album Image Essence (feat. Justin Bieber & Tems)
Label: Starboy/RCA Records
Release Date: 2021-08-13
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Eledumare Album Image Eledumare
Label: Starboy Entertainment
Release Date: 2013-12-17
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
On Top Your Matter Album Image On Top Your Matter
Label: Empire Mates Entertainment Ltd.
Release Date: 2014-01-01
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Tokyo Album Image Tokyo
Label: Legacy Life Entertainment under license to Banku Music
Release Date: 2018-12-07
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
To The Max Album Image To The Max
Label: NPAP
Release Date: 2018-08-24
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Like This Album Image Like This
Label: Spinnin' Records
Release Date: 2016-08-05
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Thank You Album Image Thank You
Label: Empire Mates Entertainment
Release Date: 2012-12-07
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0

Top 10 Tracks

One Dance Track Image One Dance
Playcount: 3,202,085,399
Duration: 02:53
One Dance Track Image One Dance
Playcount: 3,202,085,399
Duration: 02:53
Essence (feat. Tems) Track Image Essence (feat. Tems)
Playcount: 242,423,051
Duration: 04:08
Essence (feat. Tems) Track Image Essence (feat. Tems)
Playcount: 242,423,051
Duration: 04:08
Essence (feat. Tems) Track Image Essence (feat. Tems)
Playcount: 242,423,051
Duration: 04:09
Boom Track Image Boom
Playcount: 168,556,022
Duration: 03:06
Boom (feat. MOTi, Ty Dolla $ign, Wizkid & Kranium) Track Image Boom (feat. MOTi, Ty Dolla $ign, Wizkid & Kranium)
Playcount: 168,556,022
Duration: 03:06
Boom (feat. MOTi, Ty Dolla $ign, Wizkid & Kranium) Track Image Boom (feat. MOTi, Ty Dolla $ign, Wizkid & Kranium)
Playcount: 168,556,022
Duration: 03:06
My Love (feat. Major Lazer, WizKid, Dua Lipa) - Spotify Single Version Track Image My Love (feat. Major Lazer, WizKid, Dua Lipa) - Spotify Single Version
Playcount: 146,359,964
Duration: 03:48
My Love (feat. Major Lazer, WizKid, Dua Lipa) Track Image My Love (feat. Major Lazer, WizKid, Dua Lipa)
Playcount: 146,359,964
Duration: 03:48

Top 10 Collaborating Artists (Tracks)

Banky W. Artist Image Banky W.
Collaborations: 13
DJ Tunez Artist Image DJ Tunez
Collaborations: 11
Major Lazer Artist Image Major Lazer
Collaborations: 11
E.M.E All Stars Artist Image E.M.E All Stars
Collaborations: 10
StarBoy Artist Image StarBoy
Collaborations: 10
Chris Brown Artist Image Chris Brown
Collaborations: 10
R2Bees Artist Image R2Bees
Collaborations: 9
Burna Boy Artist Image Burna Boy
Collaborations: 9
Wale Artist Image Wale
Collaborations: 8
Runtown Artist Image Runtown
Collaborations: 8