Burna Boy tops Afrobeats artists chart.


Burna Boy has achieved the No. 1 rank on Billboard’s 2023 year-end U.S. Afrobeats Artists chart.

The global superstar captures the top spot thanks to a leading 26 entries during the 2023 chart year (Nov. 19, 2022 – Oct. 21, 2023).

The chart measures the top 50 Afrobeats songs based on a formula blending U.S. sales and streaming activity.

Diving into Burna Boy’s year of highlights, the Nigerian powerhouse’s hit single “Last Last,” which topped U.S. Afrobeats Songs for eight weeks in July-August 2022, consistently ranked high even after vacating the summit, remaining in the top 10 each week of the chart year.

Six more top 10 hits arrived this year – the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack release “Alone” (No. 2), plus five tracks from his I Told Them… studio album: “Big 7” (No. 5); “Cheat on Me” (No. 7); “City Boys” (No. 2); “Sittin’ on Top of the World” with 21 Savage (No. 4); and “Talibans II” with Byron Messia (No. 3).

Billboard says “Sittin’ on Top of the World” and “Talibans II,” expanded Burna Boy’s reach into the U.S. market thanks to their huge radio receptions.

For the U.S. Afrobeats Songs recap for 2023, there was only going to be one winner: Rema’s “Calm Down,” featuring Selena Gomez.