Baba Hafusa, the 3rd studio album by Nigerian rapper Reminisce has debuted at Number 12 on the Billboard World Music Albums Chart. Having received massive critical acclaim, the album which is selling out fast both online and offline made it to the prestigious music chart this past week http://www.billboard.com/biz/charts/2015-05-16/world-albums (Subscription required).
Tuface Idibia’s Ascension as well as ASA’s Beautiful Imperfection are the only other Nigerian albums to have made it to the Billboard top world music album chart, debuting at number 12 and number 5 respectively. No Nigerian Hip-Hop album has ever made it to the chart.
The Baba Hafusa album which was released on the 30th of April 2015 remained on the number one spot on the iTunes World Music chart for seven days straight, prompting fans, critics and music aficionados to label Reminisce’s 3rd album as a major contender for Album of the Year in any Nigerian or African music award lineup.
Chart positions on the Billboard Chart are generally determined by key fan interactions with artistes’ music, and include album sales and downloads, track downloads, radio airplay as well as social media interactions.
In July 2014, TIME Magazine named Reminisce as one of its seven world rappers to meet in the article “Forget Eminem: World Rappers You Should Meet” http://time.com/2977682/forget-eminem-world-rappers-you-should-meet/
We still have issues as to determining when an album goes platinum, Can we use this as one of the yardsticks for determining when an album goes Platinum ? – @bilo_milov1