The UK’s Official Charts Company has recently announced the launch of Britain’s first-ever Afrobeats singles chart in collaboration with Afro Nation.
The new Top 20 weekly chart will spotlight artists in the genre and this week’s include Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Tekno, Naira Marley and Rema who have been making strides in the UK Afrobeats scene in the past 12 months.
British rapper J Hus heads up the power list, as he lands his first Number 1 on the UK’s Official Albums Chart while Burna Boy is in second place, according to Official Charts, his biggest Afrobeats track of the period is “Ye“.
The inaugural chart will be unveiled in a special The Official UK Afrobeats Show on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Sunday, July 26, featuring a range of hosts and artists from around the world, a post on their official Instagram reads.
According to Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes at BBC Radio 1Xtra, the Afrobeats chart was “long overdue.” He said, “1Xtra has been committed to championing the Afrobeats scene since our formation and we’re excited to support the launch of the first-ever UK Afrobeats Chart”.
Speaking of the new chart, Kofi ‘Funkz’ Kyei of MOVES Recordings, part of the team that created the new chart, says: “It has been amazing to witness over the past decade the sheer growth in African music being welcomed by the UK and the international market. A scene that defines a culture, a people and countless generations, its music has soundtracked underground culture for years, being the go-to sound in clubs, parties and communities in a way that’s shaped our very culture.
For too long, Afrobeats artists have had to work tirelessly to get their voices heard and now African music/Afrobeats is finally being seen as a leading sound that global superstars turn to on a regular basis.
The Official UK Afrobeats Chart will help open up the culture to new audiences, giving emerging artists the opportunity to be heard whilst celebrating the sound of a continent that has gone global. Its importance can’t be measured and I look forward to celebrating the biggest and best tracks each and every week.”
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This is it, the Official UK Afrobeats Chart is here! 💥 To be compiled weekly by the Official Charts Company, a countdown video will be shared every Sunday at 2pm (GMT) via Afro Nation and the Official Charts socials, with the full chart published on OfficialCharts.com and Spotify. The first chart will be unveiled in a special ‘The Official UK Afrobeats Chart Show’ on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Sunday 26th July from 1pm-3pm. Join @adesope.olajide, @comeddiekadi, @lovemavunga @dj_pmontana as we celebrate the launch with music, discussions, artist interviews and more. #AfrobeatsChart
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