• Kizz Daniel Shows That Class is Permanent with the Debut of "Lie" at No. 1

Written by: Adeayo, Adebiyi

"Lie" debut at No. 1 represents a triumphant return to form for an artiste that has suffered somewhat of a dip on the charts

In the Nigerian music scene, the name “Kizz Daniel” is an instantly recognizable one that will jerk the memory and brings to mind hits like “Woju,” “Mama,” “Laye” amongst a host of other classics. However, as new artistes emerged and the Nigerian music scene saw the continuous evolution of sound, some artistes appear to suffer a dip in fame and followership, and Kizz Daniel can be said to be one of these artistes.

After enjoying a stellar 2014 Kizz Daniel was nominated for the Headies Awards Next Rated Artiste in 2015 alongside, Mavins Records duo of Reekardo Banks and Korede Bello, YBNL’s Lil Kesh, and Kingston Record’s Cynthia Morgan. Although he wasn’t considered a favorite, Kizz Daniel was in his element and his name was being thrown around as one of the next big artistes to conquer the music industry. After losing the controversy-laden award to Mavin’s Reekardo Banks, Kizz Daniel wouldn’t slow down and in 2016, he dropped his debut album New Era which enjoyed commercial acclaim.

When he released his second studio album No Bad Song in 2018, the album was received with mixed reactions and split opinions. What followed was a dip in fame and followership which appeared to increase as the music industry evolved in sound and new artistes emerged to spearhead the new sounds. It is important to note that Kizz Daniel has one of the best performing Nigerian songs on the global scene has his 2018 song "Nesesari" off the aforementioned No Bad Songs album is enjoying significant rise in streams due to popularity on Tik Tok. The song sits at No. 7 on the last issue of the Global Nigerian Songs of the Summer Chart - a summer themed chart published by TurnTable Charts and The Native to highlight the best performing Nigerian songs globally during the summer period.

What is rather interesting is that Kizz Daniel wasn’t alone in this unprecedented decline. In poetic fashion, all four artistes with whom he was nominated for the coveted Next Rated Prize all suffered a decline that will leave fans heartbroken and the industry robbed of exceptional talents.

As the class of 2015 continuous to attempt a comeback that will restore them to their previous positions, Kizz Daniel appears to be leading the charge and this week his latest single “Lie” defied all odds and debuted at the No. 1 spot on TurnTable Top 50. Added to this is the remarkable feat that sees Kizz Daniel’s “Lie” join Burna Boy’s “Kilometre” and Davido’s “FEM” as artistes to have debuted at No.1 on both streaming and radio charts – and joins Davido’s “Holy Ground” with Nicki Minaj, Teni’s “FOR YOU” and Burna Boy’s “Kilometre” as the only songs to debut atop the TurnTable Top 50.

“Lie” achieved this feat by claiming the top spot on Radio and Streaming Charts which combined to propel it to the top of the Top 50 and saw “Lie” record the fourth biggest week by a song on the chart’s history. Before the debut of "Lie," Kizz Daniel has four entries on the TurnTable Top 50 with the highest charting being the No. 13 debut and peak of "Flex." The song quickly fell off the chart as did the three previous singles too.

“Lie” is a reminder of Kizz Daniel’s quality and ability to dish out anthem-like singles that will be on every lip. “Lie” is a notice served on the industry by Kizz Daniel as a sign of his intention to reclaim his spot at the top. Above all, “Lie” is a reminder that class is permanent.

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