1. A BETTER TIME – DAVIDO
American-born, Nigerian artist Davido has managed to remain both hopeful and greatfull.
The 27-year-old Afrobeats star Davido demonstrated this in his third studio album appropriately titled A Better Time. The 17-track project—the follow-up to 2019’s A Good Time—includes the Napji-produced protest anthem “Fem” as well as guest appearances by U.S. and African artists. We’re talking heavy-hitters like Lil Baby, Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, Nas, Tiwa Savage, Bella Shmurda, Sho Madjozi, and more.
Davido, who executive-produced A Better Time, spoke about the project during an interview with Complex several weeks ago. He explained he had no intention to record an album in 2020, as he was originally scheduled to be on tour; however, the global health crisis squashed that plan, and Davido found himself under lockdown at home with plenty of time to create.
“The pandemic had a lot to do with it because I was on tour, which I had to stop,” he said. “If I was on tour, I’m not sure I would’ve had time to really record but being in Lagos, at home, I was recording and recording so many songs and it ended up being really good. It took about two or three months but when I first started recording it, I had no plan, I just wanted to have fun with it.”
2. TWICE THE TALL – BURNA BOY
Burna Boy’s highly anticipated album Twice As Tall finally arrived on Thursday (Aug. 13) and fans worldwide are here for it. The Nigerian megastar has had a fruitful year in 2019 with the release of his fourth studio album, African Giant, and this new LP only serves as another flawless victory in his book. The album couldn’t have came at a better time than now as this seems like the most fitting time to release new music. If you’re one of the individuals that has slept on Burna Boy over the years, now would be the ideal time to join the party.
To shed a little light on Burna Boy’s talent, one of his biggest fans is none other than Beyonce. The legendary entertainer featured a solo record from him (“JA ARA E”) on her latest effort The Lion King: The Gift. If you get a solo feature on a Beyonce project, that’s for sure an automatic win.
Burna Boy definitely has a classic on his hands with Twice As Tall not only because the music is that damn good, but it is executive produced by legendary music mogul and REVOLT’s Chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs — the ultimate cheat code. Diddy brought in the likes of Anderson .Paak and Timbaland to work on the album, providing drums and production for tracks “Alarm Clock” and “Wetin Dey Sup” respectively.
3. MADE IN LAGOS – WIZKID
At 12:11 AM last night, Wizkid (real name Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun) dropped his long-awaited album, Made In Lagos across all streaming platforms and reactions are pouring in on Twitter.
The 14 track album features various talented artists including Burna Boy on Ginger, Skepta on Longtime, H.E.R on Smile, Damian Marley on Blessed, Ella Mai on Piece of Me, Tems on Essence and Terri on Roma. Other songs on the album include Grace, Gyrate, Sweet One, True Love, No Stress, Mighty Wine and Reckless.
Since its release a few hours ago, Wizkid’s Made In Lagos has been topping the music charts across the world. In the UK, the star-studded album tops the charts over albums dropped the same day by Sam Smith and Ariana Grande.
Made in Lagos has also reached #3 on US iTunes top albums making it the highest peak for any Nigerian artist on the US iTunes albums chart.
Also, the album has peaked at #1 in 16 countries on Apple Music.
As is with albums of Nigeria’s faves, the Made in Lagos is also gathering conversations on Twitter with the hashtag #MadeInLagos sitting comfortably on the Nigerian Twitter trends.
@CaptDanky tweeted, “Wizkid is the only artist in Africa with 4 great albums and no bad songs. Not 2Baba, Olamide, Davido nor Burna boy has achieved this!”
@itzbasito tweeted, “Wizkid #MadeinLagos topping UK album chart over Ariana Grande and Sam Smith is a big flex, that explains the quality of the album.”
4. EXPRESS – YEMI ALADE
Empress is the fifth studio album by Yemi Alade which was released through her label Effyzzie Music Group on 20 November 2020. The album features guest appearances from two french singers Dadju and Vegedream, her colleagues from Nigeria, Patoranking and Rudeboy while others are British Grammy winning singer Estelle and Mzansi Youth Choir from South Africa.
musically the album is an afrobeat record with 15 tracks that incorporates elements of gospel music, couple decale, soul, pop, dancehall and highlife; all afro. Alade released “Boyz” and “True Love” as leading singles from the album. The album has been given generally positive reviews as it has also been described as an album that has given Alade her throne back as the queen of Afrobeats.
WHICH OF THE ARTIST DID YOU ENJOY HIS/HER HIT ALBUM MOST??