Ayra Starr’s sophmore album debuts on France charts


Ayra Starr has become the first female Nigerian artist to debut an album on the France official albums chart.

She did this with her sophomore release The Year I Turned 21. The album entered the chart at a remarkable #72 position. The Year I Turned 21 is a deeply personal coming-of-age story that showcases Ayra Starr's versatility. She intertwines emotions and genres to tell the tale of a 21-year-old African girl navigating love, loss, and self-discovery. 

The album also features a surprise appearance by Starr's brother Milar on the reflective track 1942. And sports collaborations with artists like Giveon on the smooth breakup anthem Last Heartbreak Song.

How did Ayra Starr get to this level of stardom?

Ayra Starr has been making waves in the music industry, becoming the first Nigerian female artist to reach 20 million monthly listeners on Spotify earlier this year. Her debut album 19 & Dangerous paved the way for her historic achievement as the first solo female artist in Nigeria to dominate the TurnTable Top 50 chart with the viral hit Bloody Samaritan.

The success of Rush, a single from 19 & Dangerous, catapulted Starr to international fame, earning her a Grammy nomination for Best African Music Performance at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards.

As she continues to make history, Starr's debut on the France albums chart is a significant milestone that showcases the growing influence of Nigerian music on the global stage.