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Spotify has released its annual data-led review, Wrapped 2023, providing a fascinating insight into how people across the globe have been listening to music and podcasts on the platform.

Most Streamed Artists in Sub-Saharan Africa

Drake takes the crown as the most streamed artist in Sub-Saharan Africa, followed closely by Burna Boy, who holds the title of the most streamed African artist in the region for the second consecutive year. Nigerian artists Asake, Davido, and Omah Lay also feature in the top ten, demonstrating Nigeria’s dominance in the music scene across the continent. Ayra Starr, although narrowly missing the top ten, lands at number 11 and is the top streamed female artist in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Top Streamed Artists in SSA

Rank Artist
1 Drake
2 Burna Boy
3 Asake
4 Davido
5 Omah Lay
6 The Weeknd
7 Rema
8 Chris Brown
9 Travis Scott
10 21 Savage

Top Tracks in the Region

Ruger’s ‘Asiwaju’ is the track that the whole region can agree on, followed by Ayra Starr’s ‘Rush’. Other Nigerian tracks making the list include Asake’s ‘Lonely At The Top’, which is the most streamed track in Nigeria this year. South African artist Tyler ICU makes an appearance with ‘Mnike’, featuring DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Ceeka RSA & Tyron Dee. Libianca’s ‘People’ is still making waves almost a year after its release, landing it in the eighth spot.

Top Streamed Tracks in SSA

Rank Track
1 Ruger – Asiwaju
2 Ayra Starr – Rush
3 Tyler ICU – Mnike (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Ceeka RSA & Tyron Dee)
4 Asake – Lonely At The Top
5 Omah Lay – soso
6 Davido – FEEL
7 Davido – Unavailable ft. Musa Keys
8 Libianca – People
9 Burna Boy – Last Last
10 Bnxn – GWAGWALADA ft. Kizz Daniel, Seyi Vibez

Most Streamed Albums

Davido’s album ‘Timeless’, released earlier this year, is the most streamed album in Sub-Saharan Africa. Two tracks from the album, ‘Feel’ and ‘Unavailable’, featuring Musa Keys, are among the top ten most streamed tracks in the region. Asake, who was relatively unknown a few years ago, now has two of his albums, ‘Work of Art’ and ‘Mr. Money With The Vibe’, in the top streamed list in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Top Streamed Albums in SSA

Rank Album
1 Davido – Timeless
2 Asake – Work of Art
3 Omah Lay – Boy Alone
4 Rema – Rave & Roses Ultra
5 Burna Boy – Love, Damini
6 Asake – Mr. Money With The Vibe
7 SZA – SOS
8 Burna Boy – I Told Them…
9 Metro Boomin – HEROES & VILLAINS
10 ODUMODUBLVCK – EZIOKWU
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Top Exported Artist

The top exported artist in Sub-Saharan Africa is Rema, thanks to the popularity of ‘Calm Down’, featuring Selena Gomez, which is also the most exported track from the region. For the first time ever, an African artist-led track not only gained 1 billion streams on Spotify, but it is also the eighth most streamed track globally.

Top Exported Artists

Rank Artist
1 Rema
2 Burna Boy
3 Tems
4 Ayra Starr
5 Wizkid
6 CKay
7 Omah Lay
8 Fireboy DML
9 Asake
10 Davido

Top Exported Tracks

Rank Track
1 Rema – Calm Down with Selena Gomez
2 Rema – Calm Down
3 Ayra Starr – Rush
4 Ckay – love nwantiti (ah ah ah)
5 Burna Boy – Last Last
6 Oxlade – KU LO SA – A COLORS SHOW
7 Burna Boy – For My Hand (feat. Ed Sheeran)
8 Amaarae – SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY Remix (feat. Kali Uchis and Moliy)
9 Ckay – love nwantiti (feat. Dj Yo! & AX’EL) – Remix
10 Davido – Unavailable ft. Musa Keys

Female Artists

Even though Ayra Starr leads in the top streamed female artists list, the only other African female artist in the top ten is Tems, with the rest of the list being occupied by American artists.

To further showcase local listening trends from around the world, Spotify has introduced Wrapped Mapped, showing which songs have soundtracked the year since January 1, all across the globe.

Top Streamed Female Artists in SSA

Rank Artist
1 Ayra Starr
2 SZA
3 Rihanna
4 Taylor Swift
5 Beyoncé
6 Nicki Minaj
7 Billie Eilish
8 Tems
9 Summer Walker
10 Doja Cat

Accessing Wrapped 2023

Eligible users can access their personalized 2023 Wrapped experience exclusively in the Spotify mobile app (iOS and Android) and also this year, via web view on mobile or Desktop by heading to spotify.com/wrapped.

Wrapped Creator Experience

Additionally, Spotify has launched its Wrapped creator experience for podcasters and artists. With access to their own individualized Wrapped microsite experience, creators can dive into all how their fans listened this year. Check out Spotify for Artists and Spotify for Podcasters to learn more.

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