Nigerian superstar, Ayo Balogun, aka Wizkid has continued in his wining streak as his 2020 album ‘Made In Lagos’ was certified Gold in the United States of America.
On Monday, August 29th, 2022, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAM) announced the Gold Certification of Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos’ album after it sold over 500,000 copies in the United States.
This giant stride earns Wizkid the singular honour of being the only Nigerian and African artist to have his album sell above 500,000 copies in the United States.
As expected, fans, admirers, colleagues, and media personalities have showered Ayo “Wizkid” Balogun with praises for once again putting Nigeria and Africa on the map while also setting the pace for other artists.
The American popularity of ‘Made In Lagos’ is driven by the hugely successful ‘Essence’ which enjoyed significant patronage in the US. ‘Essence’ remix featuring American Pop star Justin Bieber peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is two-time platinum.
In June, Billboard, the official music chart of the United States, announced Wizkid as the longest-charting African artiste and his song. Wizkid’s fourth studio album ‘Made In Lagos’ was also confirmed as the longest-charting African album. And together they combined to make Wizkid the longest-charting African artist.