Wizkid climbs to #1 with ‘Essence’ ft. Tems


Having already asserted its strength at mainstream R&B/hip-hop radio, Wizkid’s “Essence,” featuring Tems, duplicates its success with the adult R&B market as the single tops Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart dated Oct. 16.

The track ascends from No. 2 with a 13% boost in plays in the week ending Oct. 10, according to MRC Data, to become the week’s most-played song at the radio format’s monitored U.S. stations. Plus, the double-digit percentage gain is the week’s largest improvement among all the chart’s 30 titles.

“Essence” secures Wizkid’s first Adult R&B No. 1 on his third appearance. He previously registered with a featured role on Drake’s “One Dance,” also with guest Kyla, which rose to No. 17 in 2016 and alongside Beyonce and SAINt Jhn on “Brown Skin Girl,” featuring Blue Ivy Carter, which peaked at No. 23 in 2019.