Nigeria – Burna Boy’s latest album African Giant this week made its entry into the UK Albums Top 40 Chart at No 16, making it the highest ranking African album ever, according to various media outlets.
The feat was announced by Official Album Charts through its official Twitter account. “Check out this week’s Official Albums Chart, featuring the Top 40 debut of @BurnaBoy with African Giant,” it said.
The Official Charts, which are compiled by the Official Charts Company, tabulate the relative weekly popularity of songs and albums in the UK, separating them into the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart.
Burna Boy scored his first entry in the UK charts through his appearance on British artist Dave’s ‘Location’. African Giant also debuted at No 104 on the Billboard’s 200 chart, solidifying the Nigerian artist’s global recognition.
In April, he performed at Coachella in the US alongside Mr Eazi and subsequently named his album African Giant.
Apart from winning the most trophies at the 2019 Soundcity MVP Awards, Burna Boy also won the BET Best International Act Award in June.
Last month, he was the only African Artist included on the Apple Music’s Up Next programme, which is geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising star talent. July’s Up Next programme also featured J Balvin (Colombia), Octavian (UK/France), Maisie Peters (UK), King Princess (US), Khalid (US) and Tenille (Canada).
His Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance, which went out to millions of viewers, was also part of the streaming platform’s punt.