This is a ranking of artists who have maintained relevance since starting their career, and by that I mean; artists who have been releasing hits after hits since they came into the music industry. Well, the ranking is judged based on how many hit tracks they’ve got and how big the songs were within the last 5 years and not forgetting the number of albums.
The Kokomaster started in year 2004 and dropped his debut album in year 2005. D’banj got Nigerians attention so fast and ever since remained relevant. As of 2015 he has 5 albums already. D’banj is quite known for dropping singles a lot some are hits and some are not. D’banj is best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist”, an uptempo dance fusion of Afrobeat and electronic dance music that topped the African charts in 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching No. 2 on the UK R&B chart. Although, D’banj has been recently judged by many as irrelevant in the industry.
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A rapper/Afro-Pop artist to be specific, Ice prince is one of the most consistent Rappers in Nigeria. The singer started in 2010, dropped his debut album in 2011 and his sophomore in 2013, dropped an EP in 2015. Ice prince is known for dropping hit singles on hit singles every year. In 2015 he showed to the world he is not just a rapper but a singer too.
Flavour started in 2005 when he released his self titled album, but came into limelight in 2010 after the release of his sophomore album. Flavour at the moment already has four albums to his name. Flavour has sold out a lot across Nigeria and Africa as a whole. He is one of the most unique artists in the industry. He does not drop too much singles but the little he drops are always a hit.
She is often referred to as the queen of Nigeria’s music industry and truly she is. The singer came into the industry in 2010 with the release of her hit single Kele Kele Love, and she kept releasing hit singles till she dropped her debut album in 2013 under Mavin records, she dropped her sophomore in the year (2015) an album which have broken several records already. Tiwa Savage is believed to be the most successful Nigerian female pop star ever.
Well, this singer is becoming a legend when it comes to Dance-hall music in Nigeria. He started as far back as 2007 after dropping his debut album titled “True Story” and as of 2016 the music star has got 6 albums to his name. He drops singles that always become hits every year. The singer has managed to keep his fans entertained by dropping the kind of songs they want. He also has a Grammy nomination for a song he was featured on.
Davido the wonder kid is definitely one of Africa’s best artist at the moment and unbelievably he’s only got just an album and one EP. The singer has managed to stay relevant by dropping hit singles every year and most of his songs go far beyond Nigeria. He signed a global deal with Sony Music last year. Davido’s music videos are among the most viewed videos on YouTube Nigeria. Kudos to the HKN boss, he’s shown he is a hard working musician.
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So much to talk about the star boy, but I will keep it simple. Coming into the industry in 2010 and getting signed to EME by Banky W, Wizkid is arguably the biggest artist in Nigeria at the moment. He . ropped his debut album in 2011 and his sophomore in 2014. Wizkid is quite known for his continuous release of hit singles. His Ojuelegba track have been said by many to be his biggest song ever. Despite the competition in the industry, the singer has managed to stay at the top of his game.
The wonderful album and singles dropper Olamide Baddo is sure one of the most consistent in the industry. Came into the music industry in 2010 and has been making waves ever since. The rapper has been concluded by many media outlets the biggest Nigerian Rapper ever. Olamide in 5years has got five albums- never done in Nigeria before. Olamide in 2015 proved he is not just a rapper but a singer as well with the release of songs like; “BOBO”, ‘Lagos Boys” and more..
With no doubts, a lot of people would agree the P-square band has been the most consistent in the industry for so long. Maybe because they are two but the thing is they are the only and the most successful Duo in the music industry. Their journey started as far back as 1997, and they released their debut album in 2002. Since then it’s been hit singles on hit singles every year not to mention that the duo have got 6 albums to their name already. P-Square’s music videos rules YouTube Nigeria, they’ve got the most viewed videos on YouTube Nigeria. But it is so sad that the duo as gone their separate ways now.
Formerly 2face, 2Baba is regarded as a legend in the music industry, he is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa. He is also one of the most bankable artists in Africa. Started as far back as 1994, dropped his debut album in 2004, and as of 2016 the singer has got 6 studio albums. He releases hit singles every year and has managed to remain relevant till the present moment. 2face’s 2014 Ascension album is according to iTunes the best selling Nigerian album on iTunes.
Below are artistes who are not on the list above but are worthy of note considering all the work and effort that they have put in through the stretch of their careers.
– Banky W
– Yemi Alade
– Sound Sultan