Ckay Makes History, Becomes Africa’s Best Global Selling Artist After Raking Over N2.6bn

Nigerian singer, Chukwuka Ekweani aka Ckay has become Africa’s best globally selling musician.

The Love Nwantiti according to a report by Business Day has raked in $5 million (N2.6bn) in streaming revenues.

The singer is arguably the best-selling African artist with 8 platinum certifications under his belt. All coming from just one track.

Ckay’s staggering number across all streaming platforms gives him a total of N1.5bn streams from 6 versions of the smash hit song.

Spotify seems to have the biggest numbers as the versions of the song have over 824.9 million streams on the platform. Various streaming royalty calculator sites with updated ‘average pay per stream’ numbers bring the earnings of the song on Spotify to $3.3 million which converts to N1.3 billion.

Apple music recorded a total of 100.08 million streams which converts to $500,400 which gives N208.2 million when converted to naira.

Locally, Boomplay reportedly pays artists from N20 to N50 per stream, and with a cumulated 24.3 million streams, Ckay is to earn on average over N607.5 million or $1.5 million dollars. Audiomack numbers for the song have reached 33.2 million streams and with an average pay of N1.65, it will earn the singer N54.8 million or $131,654.

Video versions of the song streamed on YouTube have amassed 559.3 million streams and according to streaming Royalty calculators, the song has made him over N407.2 million ($978,775).

The success of the hit song which was certified gold in the UK last week among other global certifications has trickled down on his other works such as Emiliana which has over 26 million streams on Spotify alone.

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