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AKA’s Latest Album Has Been Illegally Downloaded More Than 360,000 Times

"Technically, I'm quadruple triple double platinum," says AKA.

AKA's latest album Touch My Blood has been out for more than a month (it dropped on the 15th of June). The album has been downloaded more than 365,674 times on the free file hosting site DataFileHost alone. The numbers are obviously higher. This instance is from one upload. There are also other websites like Fakaza which are popular for making albums available illegally.

TMB went gold (15,000 copies sold) within its first week of release. But the rapper feels these numbers don't add up. In a Twitter rant yesterday, Supa Mega questioned why he has more than 3 million followers on Twitter, but struggles to move serious numbers in album sales.


The rapper went all out marketing what he says is his last album. He encouraged his fans to design the cover of TMB, in the #TouchMyBloodChallenge, a few months prior to release. Then there were billboards hanging over some of Joburg's busiest roads, and then he did a media run prior to release.

Low sales are not an issue that's unique to AKA. His rival Cassper Nyovest, whose three albums have all sold at least platinum (30,000 copies) also has millions of followers across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, but he has never sold six figures (just like most popular artists in SA). Kwesta has the best-selling hip-hop album of all time in South Africa—his 2016 double album DaKAR II moved an impressive 210,000 copies (7 times platinum).

House music deity Black Coffee, speaking at an event in which he was introducing a new platform for up-and-coming artists yesterday, questioned why mega stars like Brenda Fassie and Zahara have never sold their albums in millions. Just like most of us, the DJ and producer doesn't have the answers.

So, AKA is not alone in this struggle. There are a lot of factors leading to low sales in South Africa. The most obvious one is, of course, poverty—55.5% of South Africa's population lives below the poverty line; surviving on less than R1000 a month. An album is R100… you do the math.

Supa Mega took a lot of flack from some tweeps who called him out for entitlement, while the Megacy (as his fanbase is known) tweeted pics of their hard copies of Touch My Blood.

Touch My Blood was one of the most anticipated albums of 2018 in South Africa. It featured the likes of OkMalumKoolKat, Yanga Chief, JR, Kiddominant, L-Tido and Stogie T, among others. Revisit our coverage of the album here.

Read: 'Touch My Blood' Is AKA's Most Layered Album

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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