In another show of his staying power, Ghanaian artiste Sarkodie has debuted on the Billboard Social 50 chart.
Debuting at number 48 makes the ‘Sub Zero’ rapper one of the few African artistes to have joined the chart which ranks the most active musical artistes on the world’s leading social networking services.
Rihanna, BTS, Megan The Stallion and Gucci Mane are some of the other artistes on the chart.
It is based on an artiste’s weekly additions of friends, fans and followers, along with artist website views and streaming media.
Bill Werde, the former editorial director of Billboard, called the Social 50 “yet another step” in the evolution of the magazine and “important response to our changing times.”
It was launched on December 11, 2010, and had Rihanna as the first artiste to reach number one. She has spent a total of 21 weeks at the top of the chart.
BTS hold the record for the most weeks at number one, with 174. Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber follows with 163 weeks at number one.
On October 2016, the South Korean boy band BTS landed the number one spot on the Social 50 chart, becoming the second K-Pop act, after Psy, to reach first place on the chart.
Following her death in December 2012, American singer Jenni Rivera became the first and only artist to top the chart posthumously. Since its launch, 20 artists have reached the top spot on the Billboard Social 50.
Three of these artists—Rivera, Skrillex and Justin Timberlake—have only reached the spot for a single week.