Within the field of music, there are many charts. These charts let which artist is hot for the time being and, per their location on the charts, precisely how hot they are.
In Nigeria, house to contemporary Grammy winners Burna Boy and Wizkid, the unusual charts vary from radio and TV charts that present you what’s popular on a particular space or channel to charts on audio streaming services and products esteem Apple Song that let what of us able are being attentive to the most.
Following within the footsteps of Billboard, publishers of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, two Nigerian music enthusiasts appreciate space out to place Nigeria’s ‘one chart to rule all of them.’
Ayomide Oriowo and Similoluwa Adegoke are co-founders of TurnTable Charts, a carrier that combines airplay and streaming data to produce Nigerians with a staunch illustration of what the nation is being attentive to for the time being.
Their Top Airplay Chart, launched in July 2020, marked the beginning of what this writer considers a essential contribution to documenting Nigerian music history.
Right this moment time, a Google search tells me that Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ peaked at number 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Charts on the 12th of February, 1983. This is data I don’t appreciate for the Nigerian music alternate even supposing Nigerian musicians esteem King Sunny Ade had been very popular and gracing Billboard charts themselves within the identical year.
Whereas the Top Airplay Chart marked a beginning, it became once handiest covering radio airplay. A combination of data from TV stations and streaming services and products as well to radio airplay would birth what’s now called the TurnTable Top 50 Charts.
So who’s topping the charts and the arrangement discontinue all people knows this?
The answer to your first ask is “For You” by Teni that includes Davido and it’s been at the discontinue for four consecutive weeks now.
For the 2nd ask, on a name with Oriowo and Adegoke, they outlined to me how this works. Following a partnership with a carrier called Radio Video display, TurnTable Charts began receiving TV and radio airplay data from within Nigeria.
This is then blended with data from Apple Song’s weekly charts and streams on services and products esteem Audiomack, Boomplay, and YouTube.
Oriowo says they’ve plans to originate up alongside side data from Spotify by subsequent quarter and finally encompass other platforms esteem Deezer and Tidal.
Having all this data on hand to them, the team at TurnTable Charts alongside with WeTalkSound, Nigeria’s biggest music neighborhood, determined to place the Recording Certification of Nigeria (RCN).
What’s the RCN?
It’s no longer uncommon to hear foreign musicians focus on going platinum or double platinum in reference to their music. ‘Platinum’ is with out doubt some of the certifications given by established bodies in a number of worldwide locations to demonstrate how indispensable a tune or album has been streamed or purchased.
Within the U.S. this body is called the RIAA, in South Africa, the RISA. Right this moment time, for the principle time, Nigeria has its beget, called the RCN.
The body exists to demonstrate the achievements of Nigerian musicians within Nigeria by certifying them per space requirements.
The RCN will likely be certifying music videos, streams from freemium audio services and products (FAS) and paid audio services and products (PAS).
At this time, the principle focal level is on music video certifications as that data is easier to come relieve by. For Paid Audio Services and products, artistes and labels can submit their backend data exhibiting their streams and enable RCN to certify their songs. This is what their requirements look esteem:
With TurnTable Charts and the RCN, we must be seeing extra descriptors esteem ‘chart-topping’ and ‘platinum-promoting’ in Nigerian music writing going ahead.
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