RIAA: WizKid Captures His First Platinum Plaque Thanks to ‘Essence’

Published: Thursday 4th Nov 2021 by Rashad

As international music sensation WizKid continues to enjoy the massive success of his latest single, ‘Essence’ (currently enjoying its 8th week atop the Billboard R&B chart), the tune – which also serves as the Nigerian hitmaker’s first top 10 hit (as a lead act) in America – is seeing its success mirrored at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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Just two months after unveiling the Justin Bieber-assisted version of ‘Essence,’ WizKid (born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun) learned the RIAA took to press to announce the tune had crossed its threshold for Platinum status – a measure that means it’s sold the equivalence of 1 million copies in the United States alone.

With its new certification status, ‘Essence’ becomes the first tune of Balogun’s career to be certified as high.

He previously enjoyed a Gold certification for his 2017, Drake-assisted hit, ‘Come Closer.’  Said certification plaque is awarded to songs that have collected the equivalent of 500,000 copies in U.S.-based sales.


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