Afrobeats Gets a UK Singles Chart

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Afrobeats Gets a UK Singles Chart
The UK's Official Charts Company has announced the launch of Britain's first-ever Afrobeats singles chart. The image shows Burna Boy performing during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 21, 2019 in Indio, California.

By Toyin Owoseje, CNN

(CNN) — The UK’s Official Charts Company has announced the launch of Britain’s first-ever Afrobeats singles chart.

The move recognizes the genre’s rising popularity in the UK and growing influence on popular culture across the globe.

According to the announcement, the new Top 20 weekly rundown will spotlight artists including Burna Boy and Wizkid making strides in the Afrobeats scene using data from downloads, physical sales and audio and video streaming.

The inaugural chart will be unveiled in a special The Official UK Afrobeats Show on BBC Radio 1Xtra on July 26, featuring a range of hosts and artists from around the world.

In future, the Afrobeats chart will be published every Sunday at 2 pm via a weekly Spotify Official UK Afrobeats Chart playlist.

According to Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes at BBC Radio 1Xtra, the Afrobeats chart was “long overdue.”

“1Xtra has been committed to championing the Afrobeats scene since our formation and we’re excited to support the launch of the first-ever UK Afrobeats Chart,” he said.

Afrobeats — not to be confused with Afrobeat, the genre pioneered by the late Fela Kuti — has struck a chord with youth in West Africa and beyond the continent.

In 2012, D’Banj’s hit “Oliver Twist” reached number nine in the UK charts.

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