Having burst onto the scene in 2019 with her eponymous EP, Ayra Starr has swiftly ascended to become one of Nigeria’s prominent artists, achieving notable commercial success. In a groundbreaking accomplishment, the award-winning singer has become the first Nigerian female artist to exceed 300 million views on YouTube for her hit single ‘Rush.’
Released in 2022, ‘Rush’ garnered immediate acclaim both domestically and internationally. Domestically, it topped the TurnTable Top 100 charts in Nigeria, while internationally, it made waves in countries such as Canada, Lebanon, Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa, Hungary, Ireland, and France, reaching an impressive No. 5 position. Notably, the song also secured a spot on the UK Singles Chart, making Ayra Starr the first Nigerian lead female artist to feature on the chart.
The song’s remarkable success is underscored by its substantial YouTube viewership, positioning it among the most-watched Nigerian music videos on the platform.
Looking ahead, Ayra Starr is gearing up for the 2024 Grammy Awards, where her hit single has earned a nomination for the inaugural Best African Song Performance. She shares this nomination with hit singles from fellow Nigerian superstars Asake & Olamide, Burna Boy, and Davido.