With Internet penetration expanding steadily across Nigeria, video streaming platforms, such as YouTube etc, are becoming an increasingly important medium for sharing, enjoying and appreciating Nigerian music….
Below are the top 10 latest most watched Nigerian music videos on YouTube.
10. Shekini – P-square
Over 67 million views
With a record 69 million views and still counting, “ Shekini ,” the 2014 hit song by the duo of Nigerian twins Peter and Paul Okoye, aka P-square is the 10th most viewed Nigerian music video on YouTube.
9. Psquare – Collabo
Over 72 million views
The video arguably is the biggest song off their album (double trouble), “Collabo”. Nothing short of a typical P-Square video, the video which features Don Jazzy was shot in South Africa and was directed by Clarence Peters and Jude Okoye. it currently has more than 60 million views on youtube.
8. Wizkid ft Drake – come closer
Over 80 million views
#Fact ‘Come Closer’ video is also Wizkid’s most viewed music video ever.
The clip got its first million views just 24 hours after it dropped. As of right now, the video has 80 Million views on youtube.
Wizkid started recording music at age 11 and managed to release a collaborative album with the Glorious Five, a group he and a couple of his church friends formed. In 2009, he signed a record deal with Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E). He rose to prominence in 2010 with the release of the song “Holla at Your Boy” from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011). “Tease Me/Bad Guys”, “Don’t Dull”, “Love My Baby”, “Pakurumo” and “Oluwa Lo Ni” were also released as singles from the Superstar album. In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter. Ayo, his self-titled second studio album, was released in September 2014. It was supported by six singles: “Jaiye Jaiye”, “On Top Your Matter”, “One Question”, “Joy”, “Bombay” and “Show You the Money”. Following the release of his second studio album and expiration of his 5-year recording contract, Wizkid left E.M.E.
In 2016, Wizkid achieved international recognition following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, “One Dance”, which reached number one in 15 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. In addition to his solo work, Wizkid has collaborated with several other artists and was featured on the hits “Girl” (with Bracket), “Fine Lady” (with Lynxxx), “Sexy Mama” (with Iyanya), “Slow Down” (with R2Bees), “The Matter” (with Maleek Berry), “Pull Over” (with KCee) and “Bad Girl” (with Jesse Jagz). Moreover, he became the first Afrobeats artist to appear in the 2018 Guinness World Records for his contribution to “One Dance”.
In July 2019, Wizkid was featured on “Brown Skin Girl”, a track from Beyoncé’s compilation album The Lion King: The Gift. He appeared on the track alongside Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy.
7. Korede Bello – Do Like That
Over 84 million views
As at the time this song was released, it was the most played song on both TV and radio.. Nominations garnered by ‘Do like that’ include; City People Music Award for Music Producer of the Year, City People Music Award for Popular Song of the Year.
Korede Bello started performing at the age of 7 and went by the stage name African Prince. While in primary school, Korede Bello went on to write his first song after forming a music group with a friend. He started music professionally by recording songs in the studio while in secondary school, and eventually released his first single “Forever”. He studied Mass Communication at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism and holds a Higher National Diploma certificate. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Information Management.
He got signed to Mavin Records On 28 February 2014, and then went ahead to record popular songs like “African Princess”, “Godwin” and “Do like that” (which is currently the 7th most viewed Nigerian music video on youtube). He is currently working on his first studio album.
6. Davido – If
Over 87 Million views
With a record view of over 87 million views, IF by Davido can be said to be one of his best songs so far. This song was so hot R-kelly just couldn’t resist jumping on it.
5. Runtown – Mad Over You
Over 91 million views
This here is the one song that propelled Runtown internationally. Back in 2017, this song was the most popular song in Nigeria.
Runtown was born on 19 August 1989 in Enugu but grew up partly in Abuja and Lagos, where he finished his primary education.
In 2014 he released “Gallardo”, a song which features vocals from Davido and was released as the first single off his debut studio album Ghetto University. Gallardo went on to win “Best Collaboration of the Year” at the 2014 edition of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. On 23 November 2015, Runtown released his debut studio album titled Ghetto University via MTN Music Plus through Eric Many Entertainment. The album generated over ₦35million on the music portal thus earning him a spot in the list of “Top 5 Most Streamed Artist”.
On 4 November 2016, Runtown released the ballad “Mad Over You”, which charted at number 38 on the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart. Joey Akan from Pulse Nigeria described the song as a “self-produced track that draws inspiration from the Ghanaian Alkayida sound”. Runtown told ‘The Fader magazine that the song was inspired by African beauty.
4. Personally – P Square
Over 91 million views
With a record 91 million views and counting, “ Personally ,” the 2014 hit song by the duo of Nigerian celebrity twins Peter and Paul Okoye, P-Square is the 3rd most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube.
P-Square used to be a Nigerian R&B duo of identical twin brothers Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye. They produced and released their albums through Square Records. In December 2011, they signed a record deal with Akon’s Konvict Muzik label. In May 2012, they signed a record distribution deal with Universal Music’s South African branch. On 25 September 2017, numerous media outlets reported that the group disbanded. Reports about a breakup surfaced after Peter reportedly sent a termination letter to the group’s lawyer. Prior to this report, the duo disbanded in 2016, supposedly over a disagreement about the role of their manager.
3. Tekno – Pana
Over 104 million views
Undoubtedly the greatest song of tekno’s career.. “Pana” till today remains Tekno’s biggest song, he released the song in 2016 and it was in no doubt the biggest song of that year. “Pana” after its release, became a major song not only in Nigeria but Africa and won Tekno a lot of awards. “Pana” will definitely be up there as one of the biggest afrobeats songs ever produced.
Tekno Miles was first signed under K-Money Entertainment. His first single titled “Holiday” was released under the imprint. With featured vocals from Davido, “Holiday” was positively accepted and gained massive airplay.
In 2012 while in Abuja, Tekno Miles was spotted by renowned Nigerian comedian Julius Agwu at an event after Tekno Miles received a standing ovation following the performance of a song titled “Onye Ne Kwu”, his remix of Ice Prince’s “Oleku”. It was at the same event he met Iyanya and Ubi Franklyn, the manager of Made Men Music Group who he became friends with. Ubi and Iyanya eventually encouraged Tekno Miles to move to Lagos to further his music career.
On October 5, 2013, he signed a recording contract with Made Men Music Group under which he released singles like “Dance” and “Anything” which won him a nomination in the “Best New act of the Year” category at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. On June 18, 2015, Tekno Miles released his hit single titled “Duro” which was positively received both in Africa and in the USA. The remix which featured Phyno and Flavour N’abania was released on November 16, 2015. “Duro” was produced by DJ Coublon. It topped several charts in Nigeria and on the international scene, it peaked at #5 on Capital XTRA’s “Afrobeats Chart: Top 10” for September 2015. On November 20, 2015, Tekno Miles released a single titled “Wash”. The song was produced by DJ Coublon with the video directed by AJE Filmworks
2. Johnny – Yemi Alade
Over 106 million Views
Yemi made her debut in the music scene in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2013 that she released this song and everyone was just blown away. The hit song ‘Johnny’ currently holds YouTube record for the most watched African female video of all time. And the second most watched Nigerian video of all time.
Yemi Alade’s debut studio album King of Queens was released on October 2, 2014, by Effyzzie Music Group. Alade collaborated with producers such as Selebobo, Sizzle Pro, Shady Bizniz, Philkeyz, Young D, Mr Chidoo, Fliptyce, EL Mcee and Beat Nation. The album was preceded by three singles: “Johnny”, “Tangerine” and “Kissing”. It features guest appearances and skits from Bovi, Chidinma, DIL, Selebobo and Diamond Platnumz. Alade promoted the album by touring several African countries, including Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. The deluxe edition of King of Queens was released in November 2014, and contains French versions of songs originally performed in English. Its cover art was unveiled on 21 October 2014. According to the music platform A Nation of Billions, King of Queens sold over 100,000 copies.
Alade’s second studio album Mama Africa was released on March 25, 2016, by Effyzzie Music Group. The album is the follow-up to her debut studio album King of Queens (2014). It features guest appearances from P-Square, Sarkodie, Sauti Sol, Flavour N’abania, Rotimi Keys, DJ Arafat and Selebobo. The album was produced by GospelOnDeBeatz, DJ Coublon, Selebobo, Philkeyz, BeatsByEmzo, Masterkraft, Rotimi Keys and Mr. Chidoo. It was supported by six singles: “Na Gode”, “Do As I Do”, “Ferrari”, “Kom Kom”, “Africa” and “Tumbum”. Mama Africa was made available for pre-order on iTunes a week before its official release. Yemi Alade announced that proceeds from the sale of the album will go to the Feed a Child charity initiative. The deluxe edition of the album was released on April 6, 2016, and features guest vocals from South African musicians Bucie and AKA.
In July 2019, Alade was featured on “Don’t Jealous Me”, a track from Beyoncé’s compilation album The Lion King: The Gift. She appeared on the track alongside Mr Eazi and Tekno. Rolling Stone magazine revealed that Alade also recorded a verse for an earlier version of “My Power” in June.
1. Davido – Fall
Over 138 million views
This song here was the one song that propelled Davido internationally. The song currently has a whopping 138 million views on Youtube and it is not just Davido’s most viewed video ever, it is the most viewed Nigerian Music Video on YouTube and the 5th most viewed African music video on Youtube.
Fall was produced by Kiddominant who was also behind hits like “Fela in Versace” and “the Money” Ft. Olamide.
Born in Atlanta and raised in Lagos, Davido made his music debut as a member of the music group KB International. He studied business administration at Oakwood University before dropping out to make beats and record vocal references. Davido rose to fame in 2011 with the release of “Dami Duro”, the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo (2012). The album also contains six additional singles: “Back When”, “Ekuro”, “Overseas”, “All of You”, “Gbon Gbon”, and “Feel Alright”. In 2012, Davido won The Headies Award for Next Rated. Between 2013 and 2015, he released the hit singles “Gobe”, “One of a Kind”, “Skelewu”, “Aye”, “Tchelete (Goodlife)” featuring Mafikizolo, “Naughty” featuring DJ Arafat, “Owo Ni Koko”, “The Sound” and “The Money” featuring Olamide.
In January 2016, Davido announced on Twitter that he signed a record deal with Sony Music. His announcement was met with mixed reactions. The record label put out a press release to confirm the deal. Few months after signing with Sony, Davido founded the Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) record label. Dremo and Mayorkun are currently signed to the label. In July 2016, Davido signed a record deal with Sony’s RCA Records. He released the 5-track EP Son of Mercy in October 2016, supported by the singles “Gbagbe Oshi”, “How Long” and “Coolest Kid in Africa”. The EP features guest appearances from Simi, Tinashe and Nasty C. Davido revealed to Pulse Nigeria in April 2017 that he renegotiated his contract with Sony due to creative control issues. He released five singles in 2017 after restructuring his contract, including “If” and “Fall”. The former generated worldwide social media activity, while the latter became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history.
His most recent project “Blow my Mind”, features American pop-star Chris Brown.
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