Ahmed Ololade, better known by his stage name Asake, is a Nigerian singer who finished the year with yet another success under his belt.
Asake was named the 2022 Artiste of the Year by the international music streaming service Audiomack, who also provided a career stats reel.
This information was presented in a press release that the company published on its website on December 15, 2022.
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According to Audiomack, Mr Money With The Vibe, his debut record, has received over 300 million plays.
The streaming service also disclosed that the YBNL signee’s debut album made a record for being the highest-charting album by a Nigerian musician.
The streaming site also revealed that the debut album by the YBNL signee set a record for being the highest-charting album by a Nigerian artist.
The statement reads; “In September, Asake released his debut album, Mr Money With The Vibe, a 30-minute bombardment of party-starters which amassed over 330 million streams on Audiomack, making its debut at No. 66 on the Billboard 200.
Mr Money With The Vibe set the record as the highest-charting debut album from a Nigerian artist ever.
The fuji-amapiano fusion attracted Burna Boy to hop on a remix in March, Re-Upped in April by Audiomack. The cosign from Burna Boy elevated Asake to another plane, and stamped him as Nigeria’s first big breakout of 2022. It was a lofty achievement at the time, but more was to come.
Asake’s tone centres on using his journey as a case study for overcoming the struggles of young Nigerians. Prior to this year’s breakthrough, he spent many years toiling in the entertainment space.
By the time he broke into the scene, it seemed like streaming and local radio charts were waiting for him to take his place at the top, which his songs did.
Asake’s achievements quickly became superfluous, with crooners such as “PBUY,” “Bandana” with Fireboy DML, and then a deal with independent juggernaut EMPIRE, to sing “Terminator.”
This year, Asake redefined what it means to be a breakout artist. Amidst an explosion of amapiano, and West African music’s continued global rise.
Asake has conquered cross-cultural fusion like no one else, to the point of putting South African music heavyweights on notice.”
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