Official U.K. Afrobeats Chart to Launch This Weekend on BBC Radio 1Xtra

Championing the best Afrobeat sounds.

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The Official U.K. chart has announced a new Afrobeats category that has been initiated by Afro Nation and will be compiled by the Official Charts Company.

A new Top 20 weekly rundown will spotlight the latest and greatest Afrobeat sounds in the U.K., totaling numbers from over 9,000 outlets including streaming sources, sales data from both downloads and physical numbers, and music video streams.

Some of the U.K.’s biggest artists are expected to feature in the weekly Top 20. Artists such as J Hus, Burna Boy, Not3s, Yxng Bane, Kojo Funds and more have all featured in the weekly U.K. Top 40 before, and have now been listed in a chart that notes the 20 biggest Afrobeat tunes of the past 12 months, which can be heard on a Spotify playlist.

Afrobeats has had lots of growth over the past year in the U.K.’s mainstream music scene. In 2016, Drake and WizKid‘s “One Dance” reigned at number one for 15 consecutive weeks, becoming the U.K.’s longest-running number-one single of the millennium.

BBC Radio 1Xtra will be airing the inaugural Official U.K. Afrobeats Show and chart listing on July 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. BST.

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