Spotify Nigeria: Olamide’s ‘Ikigai’ Makes History with Biggest Opening Week

Nigerian superstar Olamide, For more than a decade, has captivated audiences with his music, solidifying his reputation as one of the greatest Nigerian artists of the contemporary era.

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In an impressive achievement, the EP has broken the record for the most opening week streams by a project on Spotify Nigeria in 2024.


In the news published by Nigeria’s foremost chart publication TurnTable Charts on July 5, 2024, it was reported that ‘Ikigai’ garnered 7.92 million streams in its opening week, surpassing Shallipopi’s ‘Shakespopi,’ which totaled 5.7 million streams.

The surprise EP, released on June 27, 2024, has been warmly received by listeners, and its impressive first-day numbers reaffirm Olamide’s status as the most streamed African rapper on Spotify.

He also holds the record for the most streamed album by a Nigerian rapper on Spotify with his 2020 project ‘Carpe Diem’.

On ‘Ikigai,’ Olamide features YBNL superstars Fireboy and Asake on track 3 ‘Uptown Disco’. He also teamed up with former YBNL associates Pheelz, Young Jonn, and Lil Kesh for track 7 titled ‘Synchro System’. The project becomes Olamide’s 10th solo project and 15th total project which further stretches his discography as one of the biggest in Nigerian mainstream music since 1999.

‘Ikigai’ becomes Olamide’s first biggest opening week stream on Spotify surpassing the 5.8 million streams of his 2023 album ‘Unruly’. It also places him behind Davido’s ‘Timeless’ (14.4M), Burna Boy’s ‘I Told Them’ (9.4M), and Asake’s ‘Work Of Art’ (8.3M), as the fourth biggest streaming week for a project on Spotify Nigeria.





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