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Davido's 'Fall' Goes Gold

It's 2020 and Davido's 'Fall' is still claiming new titles.

Davido's "Fall" continues to break records even three years after its release. The track is now certified gold in the US and Canada as of Wednesday.

According to Pulse Nigeria, the song has sold 40,000 and 800,000 in Canada and the US respectively. The track is a standout single from the artist's 2019 sophomore album A Good Time.

Davido took to Twitter to excitedly share the news, posting a screenshot of an email from Sony, and stating that he had "predicted this [a] couple days ago."


The song has been a major success for the artist since its release, and the accolades continue to pour in. The music video for "Fall" became the most streamed on YouTube back in 2018, and it currently stands at 169 million views on the video platform.

The artist recently appeared on the cover of Billboard Magazine for their "Africa Now" issue, along with fellow Nigerian artists Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage. He spoke to the magazine about how African music has gone global in recent years:


The music is amazing. The feeling you get from Afrobeats and African music is just different. When I was in school in America and would play African music, people would say, "Yo, what's that? That shit's hard." They didn't understand what the artists were saying, but the feeling they got [from the music] was just crazy. People have always loved African music, but we didn't have the avenues to go worldwide. Back then, you actually had to have an African friend or come to Africa to experience it.

While the song continues to capture new listeners in North America, it is already certified platinum in South Africa. It is also the longest running Nigerian song on the Billboard digital single chart.

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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