No doubt, 2019 has been a year of fantastic music from Nigerian artistes. Burna Boy delivered a wonderful album earlier this year, we’ve had great music from Davido, Wizkid and many more. But one thing that was oddly striking this year is that compared to the last 5 years, a lot of artistes have dropped and still plan on dropping albums before the year runs out.
Beginning of this year, Falz dropped his forth studio album tagged “Moral Instruction”. The album caught the attention of most Nigerians and the rest of the world as it tackled Nigeria’s ills, vices and problems. It was a revolutionary album that has not sufficed in Nigeria since the times of Fela. Fast-forward to 7 months later, Burna boy releases “African Giant”. Another revolutionary album for Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. This again caught the attention of the world.
Back in March, Don Jazzy and his team did the impossible. They unveiled their new artiste, ‘Rema’, by premiering him with an EP tagged “Rema EP”. The EP was a success and took rema to different heights. Three months later, Rema releases another EP tagged the “Freestyle EP”. The album again took him to a much more greater height as he appeared in Times Square New York, YouTube Music, and Apple Music‘s “Up Next”. Fast-forward to three months later again, Rema drops yet another EP tagged “Bad Commando” EP. This made it Rema’s 3rd project in just 9 months since his debut. This made fans challenge other artistes in the industry.
A few weeks ago, fans compared Rema to Olamide because of how Impressive Rema has being since his debut. This has pushed artistes like Joeboy, Wurld, Sarz, Ycee and Peruzzi to release albums. As they have learnt from Rema, this adds to their music catalog and with proper promotion, a big step to greater heights.
Also, Artistes like Fireboy DML, Oxlade, Olamide, Wizkid, and Davido have albums lined up to be released also this year just so as to be able to match up with the fast rise in the music culture and also to give their fans new and fresh music. Hence, this has prompted the fast rise of the release of albums this year.