Artist Information for Burna Boy

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Name: Burna Boy

Followers: 9,075,890

Monthly Listeners: 15,812,980

Top Cities:

  • Lagos, NG (749,958 listeners)
  • London, GB (651,122 listeners)
  • Amsterdam, NL (361,120 listeners)
  • Abuja, NG (316,335 listeners)
  • Paris, FR (309,203 listeners)

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Biography:
With his fusion of dancehall, reggae, Afrobeat, and pop, Burna Boy is one of Nigeria's best-known stars. The LeriQ-produced 2012 single "Like to Party" proved to be his breakout track and paved the way for his full-length debut, L.I.F.E, a year later. Over the next five years, Burna released two more albums and collaborated with a variety of artists, from J Hus and Skales to Fall Out Boy and Lily Allen. His international exposure widened with 2018's Outside, which hit number three on the Billboard Reggae chart and won the Nigeria Entertainment Award for Album of the Year. 2019's African Giant and 2020's Twice as Tall were both widely acclaimed and charted in several countries. After becoming the first Nigerian to headline a show at Madison Square Garden, he released his hit sixth album, Love, Damini, in 2022, followed a year later by the Grammy-nominated I Told Them.... Burna Boy was born Damini Ogulu in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, in 1991. He began making music at just ten years old when a fellow classmate at school gave him a copy of the production software FruityLoops. Armed with these means, he began to create his own beats on an old computer. After he graduated, he moved to London to attend university, but he dropped out after two years and moved back to Nigeria. In 2010, the 19-year-old Ogulu traveled to Nigeria's southern coast, where a mutual acquaintance, producer LeriQ, had some studio space. This marked a period when he began to connect to the music of his native country, having spent most of his youth immersed in American acts like DMX. He delved into the dancehall and reggae music his father listened to and explored the Afro-beat music preferred by his grandfather (who had also been Fela Kuti's first manager). As a result of his new discoveries, Ogulu created a confluence of genres that would become his signature sound. With production by LeriQ, Burna Boy created "Like to Party," which marked his rise to prominence and generated a local buzz along the way. 2013 saw the release of his debut studio album; featuring guest slots from Wizkid, Timaya, 2face, and M.I., L.I.F.E drew favorable reviews from the music press. For his sophomore effort, 2015's On a Spaceship, Burna parted ways with both his record company and LeriQ, and delivered a record even more diverse than his first. In 2017, he teamed up with producer Juls for the single "Rock Your Body." A host of singles followed throughout the year, including "GBA," "Streets of Africa," "Koni Baje," and "Sekkle Down," featuring J Hus. After releasing the Lily Allen-aided single "Heaven's Gate" in early January 2018, Burna delivered his third album, Outside, later that month. He returned a year later with the single "Killin Dem," a collaboration with Zlatan. Along with additional singles like "Dangote" and "On the Low," it was later included on his fourth album, African Giant, which saw release in July 2019. The LP was nominated in the Best World Music Album category of the 62nd Grammy Awards. In August 2020, Burna issued the full-length Twice as Tall, which became his highest charting album to date, reaching number 54 on the Billboard 200 and faring even better in Europe and Canada. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album. Featured on the album were guest appearances by Youssou N'Dour, Naughty by Nature, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and others. "Rotate," a collaboration with Becky G, arrived in 2021, as did the solo single "Kilometre." Burna performed a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden in April 2022, becoming the first Nigerian artist to headline a show at the famed New York venue. Led by the Toni Braxton-sampling hit "Last Last," his sixth album, Love, Damini, was released on July 2, his 31st birthday. Another guest-heavy effort, the album boasted a typically eclectic roster of collaborators ranging from South African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo to British star Ed Sheeran. It also charted well around the world, including a number 14 spot on the Billboard 200. Along with a high-profile show in Istanbul as part of the UEFA Champions League Final Kick Off Show, Burna released a series of singles in 2023, including the hit "Sittin' on Top of the World." A later remix of the song featured 21 Savage and was featured on his seventh studio album, I Told Them..., released that August. The album continued his global dominance, charting throughout Europe where it reached number one on the U.K. charts. In the U.S. the album earned Burna a record-setting four Grammy nominations. ~ Bekki Bemrose, Rovi


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Top 10 Albums

Redemption Album Image Redemption
Label: Spaceship Entertainment
Release Date: 2016-09-23
Track Count: 7
Total Play Count: 0
Name On It Album Image Name On It
Label: EMI
Release Date: 2018-06-14
Track Count: 6
Total Play Count: 0
Question (feat. Don Jazzy) Album Image Question (feat. Don Jazzy)
Label: Spaceship/ Bad Habit/Atlantic Records
Release Date: 2021-08-24
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Lenu (Remix) Album Image Lenu (Remix)
Label: Spaceship Entertainment Ltd.
Release Date: 2020-04-16
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Redemption Album Image Redemption
Label: Spaceship Entertainment
Release Date: 2016-09-23
Track Count: 7
Total Play Count: 0
Talibans II Album Image Talibans II
Label: Spaceship/ Bad Habit/Atlantic Records
Release Date: 2023-07-19
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Odogwu Album Image Odogwu
Label: Spaceship/ Bad Habit/Atlantic Records
Release Date: 2020-02-21
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Mandem Album Image Mandem
Label: Burna Boy LTD
Release Date: 2016-12-24
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0
Best of Burna Boy Album Image Best of Burna Boy
Label: Indie
Release Date: 2017-07-04
Track Count: 15
Total Play Count: 0
Streets of Africa Album Image Streets of Africa
Label: Bad Habit/On A Spaceship/Atlantic
Release Date: 2017-11-24
Track Count: 1
Total Play Count: 0

Top 10 Tracks

Location (feat. Burna Boy) Track Image Location (feat. Burna Boy)
Playcount: 541,186,395
Duration: 04:01
Own It (feat. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy) Track Image Own It (feat. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy)
Playcount: 349,131,730
Duration: 03:36
Be Honest (feat. Burna Boy) Track Image Be Honest (feat. Burna Boy)
Playcount: 314,999,817
Duration: 03:27
Enjoy Yourself (feat. Burna Boy) - Remix Track Image Enjoy Yourself (feat. Burna Boy) - Remix
Playcount: 201,441,247
Duration: 03:17
Enjoy Yourself (feat. Burna Boy) - Remix Track Image Enjoy Yourself (feat. Burna Boy) - Remix
Playcount: 201,441,247
Duration: 03:17
My Oasis (feat. Burna Boy) Track Image My Oasis (feat. Burna Boy)
Playcount: 176,596,817
Duration: 02:59
My Oasis (feat. Burna Boy) Track Image My Oasis (feat. Burna Boy)
Playcount: 176,596,817
Duration: 02:59
My Oasis (feat. Burna Boy) Track Image My Oasis (feat. Burna Boy)
Playcount: 176,596,817
Duration: 02:59
City Boys Track Image City Boys
Playcount: 152,289,860
Duration: 02:33
Alone Track Image Alone
Playcount: 139,990,703
Duration: 03:41

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