New Around the World: Nigeria’s CKay Launches on Global Charts With ‘Love Nwantiti’

A year after the launch of the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. and Billboard Global 200 charts, we may have found the most global hit yet. Nigeria’s CKay debuts on both lists at Nos. 21 and 30, respectively, with “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah).”

The Afrobeat sleeper hit drew 27.8 million streams and sold 1,200 downloads worldwide in the week ending Sept. 16, up 257% and 404%, respectively, according to MRC Data. The bursts follow two years of buzzing interest on the back of several international collaborations and remixes.

Since its arrival on CKay’s set CKay the First in August 2019, the song has flown around the world and back, with official North African, East African and South African remixes, plus versions in German, French, Spanish and Italian, all featuring collaborators from each corresponding region or country.

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