Nigerian musicians have made a significant mark on the global music scene, with music streaming giant Spotify reporting that Nigerian artists earned more than N11 billion in revenue from its platform alone in 2022. This disclosure was made in Spotify’s recent report on the growth of Afrobeats, a music genre that originated from Nigeria and Ghana.
According to the report, the streaming revenue for Nigerian artists in 2022 saw a remarkable 74% year-on-year growth, surpassing the 64% revenue growth recorded by the entire Nigerian music industry during the same period. This milestone underscores the growing influence and popularity of Nigerian music on the international stage.
Spotify’s Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, highlighted the company’s commitment to supporting professional musicians and ensuring they can sustain a livelihood from their creative work. The decision to release revenue figures is part of Spotify’s dedication to transparency and accountability, demonstrating its mission to enable artists to thrive financially from their craft.
Furthermore, the report revealed a substantial increase in the number of Nigerian artists earning significant royalties from Spotify. The number of artists who earned over N10 million in royalties from the platform rose by nearly 25% in the past year. It’s important to note that these figures solely represent revenue generated from Spotify and do not encompass earnings from other sources like concert tickets, merchandise sales, or other streaming platforms.
In specific figures, the revenues generated by Nigerian artists from Spotify alone surpassed a staggering 11 billion NGN in 2022. This growth is particularly impressive given the already impressive 63% increase in the overall revenue of the Nigerian music industry from 2021 to 2022, as reported by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). The unique contribution of Spotify’s platform accounted for a 74% growth in revenue for Nigerian artists over the same period.
Afrobeats, the genre that traces its roots back to Nigeria and Ghana, has been a driving force behind this growth. The genre has experienced a meteoric rise from its West African origins to becoming a global sensation. Several factors contribute to Afrobeats’ popularity, including international collaborations, the amplifying power of social media, the surge in music streaming, and the influence of the African diaspora.
The international appeal of Afrobeats is evident as top cities beyond Lagos, such as London, Paris, Abuja, Nairobi, Amsterdam, and Accra, feature among the locations where the genre receives the most streams. The genre’s popularity is a testament to the success of African artists in reaching audiences worldwide.
Spotify’s report concludes by acknowledging that music streaming has democratized the music industry to a significant extent. By connecting African creators to its vast network of 550 million active users, Spotify is playing a pivotal role in introducing their art to new audiences and generating more streams for the artists. This commitment not only promotes the financial well-being of African musicians but also enriches the global music landscape with diverse and vibrant sounds.
In a world increasingly driven by digital platforms and streaming services, the revenue figures and insights provided by Spotify’s report demonstrate the immense potential for Nigerian and African artists to flourish on the international stage.