It’s no doubt the year has been a coaster ride of musical hits from legends and fresh acts in the Nigerian music industry. They gave us new street anthems, new dance moves and even more, impressive music videos to back it up!
If we do have our own Billboard chart, then it wouldn’t be so much an effort whittling the countdown and compiling it into a list of Naija artistes who swept the music industry and our electronic media waves one good or not-so-good hit at a time! But then, our radar is till reflecting those chart toppers of 2012 and we’ve compiled them for you.
So, fans, let’s see where your favorite artistes stands among the mix this year and it’ official!
NOTE: The countdown is not based on the number of album sales of the artistes or the number of downloads of their songs but popular air plays from local radios, DJs, and local and international TV stations.
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2012 CHART TOPPERS BOTTOM FIVE!
10. OLU MAINTAIN
It might have been a make-a-hit-and-run deal in music for Olu Maintain this year but he gave us a classic club anthem in the super-hit single, Nawti! From beautiful tunes, superb video with hawt girls and Mr Olu himself all wrapped on the track, NAWTI is a chart topper of 2012!
9. NAETO C
If you’re such a fanatic for this artiste and you believe just about everything he says, I suggest you take a moment of doubt right now. Naeto C sang it in every classy way to us that he’s gentle but hey, hell no! Don’t you tell us you’re gentle when the same you bad pass Tony Montana! If 2012 has tuned you to some good music, you should know what i’m saying already. Naeto C gave us the hits I GENTLE O and TONY MONTANA (Bad Pass) back-to-back and with very artistic, brilliant videos to go with it; and another hit of a remix of Tony Montana featuring the self-proclaimed black mamba, D’banj! It’s no doubt, this is the year we saw Naeto C in a totally new light. And remember, he didn’t take his signature classy feel to making music away from his 2012 singles.
He doesn’t come without a package for everyone. He has preached to us in several tracks from his 2012 album and I bet he knew it was the year of the rain so he sang us to put our salt on the shelf and Dance In The Rain! The Naija’s music legend of the new age also didn’t hold back from giving us a club anthem in Ihe Neme and that’s a hit even for the coming year.
Whatever this guy has done to TRACE Urban. Whatever what the deal is. Anyone could want to believe Trace TV channel came to Nigeria to promote Flavour and yea, they’re still in the business. His exceptional talent and unique style of music is definitely not one to ignore though. From collaborations with Tiwa Savage on Oyi(remix), Fally Ipupa, Kcee and Omawunmi to solo hit singles that went international and even became a Keri Hilson’s favourite, Flavour definitely got the spot on the Naija chart toppers of the year.
She’s been around and she’s still making a hit in music and she raised the bar this year with beautiful hits that sends message and entertains. If You Ask Me, i’ll say Omawunmi is a-diva-and-a-half in the Nigerian music industry right now. Bottom Belle is still a popular single she dropped this year and is still getting the airplay both on TV and radio.
Superb music videos sure is a bonus for Davido’s hit singles and you can forget whether he’s making good music or not. But the radio stations and DJs didn’t ignore him either, and the new fresh act in Naija music even made hits in collaborations that became an anthem for his fans! He had the media in his pocket, almost every track from his O.B.O album got heavy airplay on radio and TV stations.
To be continued…..