Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ Enters Hot 100: ‘Shoutout to Good Music Lovers Everywhere’


Before his new song with Tems, he broke through on Drake’s 2016 smash “One Dance.”
Wizkid returns to the Billboard Hot 100 after a two-year absence, and for the first time as the sole lead artist, as “Essence,” featuring Tems, debuts at No. 82 on the chart dated July 17. The Afrobeats/R&B-styled single, released in October, cracks the chart thanks to steady advances in radio airplay and streaming.

“Essence” gives the 30-year-old star, who hails from Nigeria, his third Hot 100 appearance. His breakthrough came as a guest artist on Drake’s “One Dance” (also featuring singer Kyla), which reigned at No. 1 for 10 weeks in 2016. He returned alongside Beyoncé and Saint JHN on “Brown Skin Girl” (featuring Blue Ivy Carter), which peaked at No. 76 in August 2019.

“I feel blessed to make music that touches people,” Wizkid tells Billboard in an emailed statement. “Big shoutout to all the fans and good music lovers everywhere.”

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