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Billboard Ranks Burna Boy No. 1 Afrobeats Artist

Burna Boy captured the top spot thanks to a leading 26 entries during the 2023 chart year. Tems, Rema , Libianca & Wizkid also achieve notable year-end success.

  • Melony Akpoghene
  • 22nd November 2023
Burna Boy

African Giant, Burna Boy, received the No. 1 rank on Billboard’s 2023 year-end U.S. Afrobeats Artists chart. 


According to Billboard, “the global superstar captures the top spot thanks to a leading 26 entries during the 2023 chart year (Nov. 19, 2022 – Oct. 21, 2023) on the weekly U.S. Afrobeat Songs chart, which measures the top 50 Afrobeats songs based on a formula blending U.S. sales and streaming activity.”


Rema claims the second spot in the 2023 U.S. Afrobeats Artists rankings, propelled by the success of “Calm Down,” featuring Selena Gomez. Tems holds the third position due to her strong back catalog, particularly the track “Free Mind,” making her the leading female artist on the chart for the second consecutive year.


Libianca secures the fourth position with her hit “People,” spending an impressive 34 weeks at No. 2 on the U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart and reaching No. 80 on the Billboard Hot 100. Wizkid completes the top five, influenced by multiple tracks from his album More Love, Less Ego, especially “2 Sugar” featuring Ayra Starr and “Mood” featuring Buju, spending 47 and 42 weeks on the weekly songs chart, respectively.


In the U.S. Afrobeats Songs recap for 2023, Rema’sCalm Down” featuring Selena Gomez takes the lead, reaching No. 1 on the weekly chart and holding the position for a record-breaking 58 weeks. The remix significantly contributes to Afrobeats’ success across various Billboard charts, achieving a remarkable No. 3 on the Hot 100 and dominating the Radio Songs chart for 10 weeks. The track secures the sixth position on the 2023 Hot 100 review and the fourth position on the Radio Songs’ recap.


The second-place position on the year-end U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart is awarded to Libianca’s “People,” maintaining its residence as the longest-ranking song at No. 2. The song also achieves success on other charts, including the Global 200, Rhythmic Airplay, R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, and the Hot 100.



Tems’ “Free Mind” ranks third on the 2023 year-end chart, securing top positions on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Adult R&B Airplay lists. Wizkid’s “Essence,” featuring Tems and Justin Bieber, claims the fourth spot, showcasing enduring popularity, while Burna Boy’s “Last Last” concludes the top five with consistent performance since its eight-week rule in the summer of 2022.

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