Tyla Laura Seethal, the South African sensation recently signed to Epic Records, through a joint venture with Johannesburg/New York-based Fax Records, and co-managed by We Make Music and Africa Creative Agency has shattered records on Spotify, emerging as the African artist with the highest monthly listeners. Born and raised in South Africa, Tyla’s journey to stardom is as remarkable as her chart-topping hit, “Water.”

Hailing from South Africa, Tyla’s early life laid the foundation for her remarkable musical career. Her upbringing in the vibrant cultural landscape of South Africa undoubtedly offered her music a fresh perspective on pop and R&B, infused with the vibrant rhythms of South African amapiano. Her songs shimmer with the euphoria and energy characteristic of this genre, captivating audiences with it’s infectious beats.

Her breakout single, “Water,” catapulted Tyla to global fame, establishing her as a formidable force in the music industry. The track’s infectious beats and captivating lyrics resonated with audiences worldwide, earning Tyla a billboard hot 100 debut. The single made waves as a cultural phenomenon, sparking the viral TikTok “Water Challenge” with an astonishing 5 million global “creates” and over 9.6 billion views to date. 

The track’s immense popularity gained hundreds of millions of streams and a coveted spot in the Top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100, ultimately reaching #1 on the Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs Chart. It even won her a Grammy award. The remix featuring Travis Scott quickly gained attention, amassing a million views on YouTube within the first 24 hours of its release and currently standing at an impressive 5 million views in just a week. The original video, released five months ago, has skyrocketed to 145 million views on YouTube, further solidifying Tyla’s status as a music sensation.

However, as a South African musician Tyla’s impact extends beyond borders, with her Spotify streams reaching unprecedented heights. Surpassing her peers, Tyla’s streaming numbers and increasing international prominence are propelling her to the forefront of the continent’s music scene. Surpassing Rema on Spotify, who currently boasts over 29 million monthly listeners, Tyla’s impressive tally over 30 million monthly listeners holds her to not only be the South African artist with most Spotify monthly listeners but also the only artist with the most Spotify monthly listeners in the whole of Africa.

Furthermore, Tyla’s debut album “TYLA” is making waves globally, charting in an impressive 140 countries on Apple Music. Currently, it has achieved remarkable positions, reaching number 4 in the UK and number 6 in the USA, with the potential for further ascent. Across over 70 countries on Apple Music, the album has secured a spot in the Top 10, showcasing its widespread appeal and popularity.

Critics and entertainment platforms have lauded Tyla’s debut album, praising its diverse range of tracks that delve into various facets of her persona, including themes of love, desire, passion, and purpose. This positive reception further cements Tyla’s status as a multifaceted artist with a global appeal.

As Tyla continues to break barriers and defy expectations, her impact on the music industry is undeniable. With Epic Records backing her every step of the way, Tyla’s future is bright, promising even greater achievements and milestones on the horizon.

Here’s a list of the top 10 Spotify Monthly Listeners in Africa 

  1. Tyla ?? – 30.5 million
  2. Rema ?? – 29.6 million
  3. Burna Boy ?? – 16.3M
  4. Tems ?? – 14.6M
  5. Ayra Starr ?? – 10.5M
  6. Libianca ?? – 10.2M
  7. Wizkid ?? – 10M
  8. Soolking ?? – 9.5M
  9. CKay ?? – 9M
  10. Omah Lay ?? – 8.9M

By: Hilary Nwachukwu 

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