10 Hottest Nigerian Artists 2017 (December Update)
The time has come to close the curtain for the Hottest Nigerian Songs in 2017. earlier in in June we completed our list and it’s about time we unleash the final list for 2107.
The year 2107 started very slow with not so massive tunes until towards the middle and end of the year when we had massive spree of banger after banger from our favorite artistes.
A bit disappointed though, as no new talent has been discovered this year, we have not seen any Kiss-Daniel-like type of artiste springing up and dictating the sound in the industry. Rather, the its been the well-known hit makers that held down this year.
Special recognition to 13 year old Destiny Boy who has impressed with several covers to popular songs. and we hope for the best for him in 2018.
Let’s dive right into this dirty job, yes dirty job because many of our readers will either like or dislike our compilation, which is very understanding as everyone has their own opinion of who is HOT and who isn’t.
READ ALSO: 15 Best / Hottest Nigerian Songs Of 2017 (Updated December)
Ycee is now a household name and you can’t mention the best new acts without mentioning his name. He has proven to be a force to reckon with in the industry. The song Juice featuring Maleek Berry landed him on the spotlight. He dropped his debut album this year titled “First Wave EP” which has some great songs such; Wavy; Link Up ft Reekado Banks, Bubbly ft Falz. etc. The juice singer also released more singles after the album, This and That but known has shook us all like Juice and Omo Alaji
Simi enjoyed an exciting year. The X3M Music queen started the year on a very good note with the release of the infectious tune Smile For Me and later Joromi which ushered in her album “Simisola“which dropped 8th September 2017. (Amazing album) The album has also won her an award for Best Song Writer at the BET awards , and also on our No 1 spot for 10 Best Nigerian Album Released 2017.With this said, we expect another interesting year ahead for Simi, hopefully with more features and collaborations.
8. Maleek Berry
Maleek Shoyebi aka Maleek Berry is a popular British-born Nigerian producer and recording artiste. Widely known for awesome music productions. He has worked with acts like Wizkid, Davido, Runtown. etc. In the past / currently he has/working with Wizkid on so many hit songs and he also produced couple of tracks on Wizkid‘s recent international album. “Sounds From The Other Side“. When it comes to production he is very talented and his sounds are very distinct which has kept him soaring higher.
Maleek Berry is finally getting the recognition he deserves as an artiste, his style is unique and almost no one sounds like him in Nigeria at the moment. The singer dropped several chart topping songs this year, like; 4 Me, Kontrol, Been Calling, Bend It. etc and has since being ladies favourite.
We are most certain that 2018 will be a Maleek Berry year, no doubt.
Mayorkun is signed to Davdo’s record label (DMW) and ever since his deal, the singer has dropped nothing but hit songs, months after months, starting from Mama and Che Che and several features. The potential Henessey Next Rated act. 2017.
We think Mayokun deserves this spot for all his hardwork and relentless effort to make great music for all of us.
Runtown is one of the most sort-after artiste in 2017 for collaboration and shows across Nigeria and Africa., though when it comes to releasing songs, Runtown has been very conservative. two songs were released this year, For Life and Energy.
The Mad Over You singer need to release more materials if he is to maintain being at the top.
The countdown get’s competitive from here; Tekno as we all know has been on full rotation since 2016, dropping hit after hit. The young star has being selling out shows/events lately. This year alone he dished out, BE, Samantha,Yawa, GO , Only One among other hot collaborations and productions. You can’t have a party without hearing all 4 songs from Tekno (guaranteed).
Though Tekno has been working very hard , we are yet to see him recognised by award bothers. Hopefully, if he drops his speculated album in 2018, that will see him clinging to awards ?. We also need to recognise Tekno for giving Davido his most outstanding production in 2017 IF.
4. Mr Eazi
The first part of this year, the Nigerian / Ghanaian ( …still deciding) singer Mr Eazi was on fire, with the release of his debut album “Accra To Lagos”. (READ OUR REVIEW HERE) The album has many hit songs like Leg Over, Fight ft DJ Cuppy, Skin Tight ft Mr Tekno, Feelings, Tilapia and Life Is Eazi (feat. Olamide & Phyno). and recently he dropped another hot tune – Pour Me Water
He released and featured on several songs. He’s been on the international spotlight very frequently, several big interviews and of course a lot of sold out shows especially in the UK but unfortunately still no awards..
Olamide is a confirmed hit maker who started up really slow beginning of this year. He dropped a good number of songs but they didn’t deliver the level of impact we’ve come to expect of YBNL boss. He also had some major intentional collaborations: like Fine Girl by Wale… etc. and of course countless* numbers of features locally. He somehow got back his grip and it’s been one banger to another, serving the best of street jams to his fans after the release of WO,.
Olamide has also released his 6th studio album,which features some good songs though many has tagged the album as a flop already.
He has also held one of the biggest concerts in Lagos featuring all the big names in the industry.
Wizkid needs no introduction nor justification for being on our No. 2. He has been nothing but a hard worker since the beginning of the year. Wizkid went international since 2016 and still counting. He has featured top acts internationally and has also been featured. He has topped billboard charts, radio, blogs. etc. sold out shows around the world. won over many awards already in 2017. His latest single – Manya is out and banging on every medium.
Our initial list in June 2017 had Wizkid on No. 1 but things got a bit interesting after then which has brought him down to No. 2
In 2016 Omo Baba Olowo was exploring the international audience, he featured international acts and shot expensive videos but however, had no major hits in Africa / Nigeria. By 2017, Davido realised he had to come back to basics, to produce that sound that has made him appealing to everyone and ever since he did that, he has been on the chart with every song he drops. Currently IF and FALL, FIA, Like Dat ,has remained on charts for months. The HKN boss is currently enjoying success, shutting down shows allover the world. without going into much details, he deserves the number 1 position. He dropped more hits than anyone else on this chart.
We can only but imagine how 2018 will be for Davido !.
COMPILED December 2017
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