Burna Boy’s ‘Twice as Tall’ Has The Biggest Opening Weekend Ever For an Album in Africa on Apple Music

Burna Boy's new album 'Twice As Tall' has the biggest opening weekend for an album on Apple Music to African audiences.

Twice as Tall, Burna Boy's aptly titled new album, continues to break records. It recently got announced that the album officially has the biggest opening weekend ever for an album (local or international) on the African continent (Sub-Saharan Africa markets).

Twice as Tall, which was released two weekends ago on the 14th of August, also has the biggest opening weekend ever for an African artist album on Apple Music globally.

While the actual numbers the album did weren't shared by Apple Music, to date, Twice As Tall has hit number 1 on the overall album charts in 56 countries including the UK, South Africa, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius and of course Nigeria.

Twice As Tall is Burna Boy's third studio album since he became an international super star and one of the biggest artists on the continent when he released 2017's Outside, which he followed up with African Giant in 2019.

Twice As Tall, which features Chris Martin, Stormzy, Sauti Sol, Yossou N'dour and Naughty By Nature, received mixed reviews upon release on Twitter, with some fans expressing they weren't moved. The album incorporates more western influences than his previous projects, and the adjustment has been a bit jarring for some listeners.

In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 on the day of the album's release, the Nigerian superstar admitted to the project being different. He said:

"It's just very different because I've never really sat and been stuck in one place and had to make an album in that one place before," said Burna Boy during the interview with Zane Lowe on the Beats 1 show New Music Daily. "So this is a new experience. It's a challenge and it was a triumph. It's a challenge because it's something I'm not used to and it's not really my comfort zone to be in one place. I feel like I'm probably like a traveller. A proper caravan."

Stream Twice As Tall on Apple Music and Spotify.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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