Remixes were the Biggest Winners in the First Part of the Year
Five songs reached No. 1 in Nigeria during the q1 period and each of these songs made history with its ascension to the top; Fave’s “Baby Riddim” became the first song off a debut project to reach No. 1 as well as the first song to reach No. 1 without topping any of radio, streaming and TV charts. Kizz Daniel’s “Pour Me Water” became the second song off the Barnabas EP to reach No. 1 in Nigeria – and only the second project to have multiple No. 1 entries; Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran’s “Peru” recorded the longest climb to No. 1 as it took the song 23 weeks to reach the summit of the chart (aided by the Ed Sheeran remix but more on that later).
Skiibii & Davido’s “Baddest Boy (Remix)” debuted at No. 1 with the biggest total chart points ever and spent five weeks at No. 1, the longest of 2022 so far; however, the record for the biggest total chart points ever now belongs to the fifth No. 1 song of the Q1 period, Pheelz & BNXN’s “Finesse.” Sandwiched between “Baddest Boy (Remix)” and “Finesse” is Asake’s “Omo Ope” with Olamide which spent a week at No. 1 to become the second song off a debut project to reach the summit of the chart in Nigeria. But one of the trends that stood out during the Q1 period in Nigeria is the success of remixes and multiple versions of songs. Taking a look at the biggest songs, Fireboy DML’s “Peru” and Skiibii & Davido’s “Baddest Boy (Remix)” lead the pack.
“Peru” got a timely boost at the beginning of the quarter with the release of the remix with Ed Sheeran. The song would go on to top the TurnTable Top 50 (aggregate chart of airplay and streaming) for four consecutive weeks and eight weeks atop the radio chart in the country.
The song was further aided by the release of a Hip-Hop remix with 21 Savage & Blxst as well as an acoustic version. With four different versions, the song was able to coast to a healthy lead as the No. 1 song of 2022 – despite being released in the third quarter of last year.
Similarly, “Baddest Boy” by Skiibii got a huge boost with the announcement and release of the remix with Davido – it recorded the biggest total activity ever in its debut week. Another version titled “Baddest Boy (US Remix)” with Tory Lanez was also released , further aiding the song as it became the No. 2 song of 2022.
A further look into the top ten entries during the first quarter shows how hugely successful remixes were during the period. 18 songs reached the top ten for the first time during the quarter – five of them were remixes.
“Peru” already reached the top ten before Q1 2022, peaking at No. 3 on the chart but it only reached the top in 2022. Also, Reekado Banks’ “Ozumba Mbadiwe (Remix)” reached No. 3 during the period but similar to “Peru,” it reached the top ten before that. Compared to previous four complete quarters in which data has been recorded (TurnTable Charts began combining airplay and streaming data into the aggregate TirnTable Top 50 chart in November 2020), Q1 2022 stands out.