Wizkid praises Tems as -Essence- bags platinum certification
Wizkid, the Grammy Award-winning musician, has accomplished yet another achievement with his 2020 single, “Essence,” which includes fast-rising Nigerian talent, Tems. The song was certified platinum less than a month after it was declared gold in the United States.
According to the BRITS Certified Awards website, songs are certified platinum after selling 600,000 units. The recordings are given gold status for 400,000 units and silver status for 200,000 units, however this is based on statistics from the Official Charts Company.
Muyiwa Awoniyi, Tems’ manager, posted a video on his Instagram account of Tems and Wizkid receiving the certification plaque. This comes after the duo played “Essence” on stage for the first time in the United States.
“I love you, darling girl, you’re a superstar,” Wizkid said Tems. It’s your turn now. This is your chance. This is your time and moment, and the rest of the world needs to hear it because it means a lot to me.”
“We have a Platinum record, and I just want to thank everyone involved in this, from Tems to the producers, Legendary beats, these are my brothers from far back,” he said. I’d like to claim that we produced a decent beat.
”Thank you to the entire team for believing in the dreams from the beginning, and to my followers, I thank you all and wish God blesses you all.”
The song is his second to be certified this year, following his 2017 single “Come Closer,” which featured Canadian rapper Drake, which was certified platinum and gold in the UK and Australia in April.
After selling 500,000 units of Come Closer, Wizkid became the first African artist to be certified Gold in the United States in 2020.
“Essence” was released in October 2020 as the 11th single on Wizkid’s fourth studio album, Made in Lagos.
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