Wizkid's 'Essence' receives 4X RIAA platinum in the United States


Multiple award-winning singer, Wizkid continues to soar to new heights in his musical career as his hit song Essence featuring Tems achieves yet another milestone, receiving a 4X RIAA platinum plaque for surpassing four million units in sales in the United States.

This was revealed in reports posted online on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

The song, featured on Wizkid's fourth album Made In Lagos, has enjoyed immense international success, solidifying its position as one of Afrobeats' most prominent exported tracks.

Since its debut in 2020, Essence has garnered widespread commercial acclaim, particularly in the United States, where it reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, propelled by a remix featuring Justin Bieber. The song's popularity soared further when it was hailed as the "greatest song in the history of music" by influential rapper, Kanye West.

At the 2021 BET Awards, Essence clinched the Collaboration of the Year award and received a nomination for Best Global Song Performance at the 64th Grammys, showcasing its impact on the global music scene.

Notably, Essence also catapulted Tems into the international spotlight, marking her as the first Nigerian female artist to debut a song on the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, her collaboration with Future on Wait For U secured her the distinction of being the first Nigerian artist to debut at No. 1 on the chart and the first Nigerian female artist to win a Grammy.

The success of Essence reflects its enduring popularity and cultural significance, cementing its legacy as a standout track in the realm of contemporary music.