Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran’s ‘Peru’ Hits No. 1 on Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs Chart

Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran’s ‘Peru’ Hits No. 1 on Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs Chart

After placing at No. 2 on the inaugural Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart, Nigeria’s Fireboy DML and the U.K.’s Ed Sheeran climb to No. 1 on the latest, April 9-dated list with “Peru,” led by 4.8 million streams in the week ending March 31, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data.

As previously reported, Billboard has partnered with music festival and global brand Afro Nation to launch the first-ever United States-based chart for Afrobeats music. The chart premiered with the ranking dated April 2, ranking the 50 most popular Afrobeats songs in the U.S. based on a weighted formula incorporating official streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of leading audio and video music services, plus download sales from top music retailers.

“Peru” reaches a new high on the Billboard Hot 100, as well. In its ninth frame on the chart, it rises to No. 53. It also holds in the top 50 of the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts, after reaching the top 40 of both surveys.

Swapping places with “Peru,” CKay’s “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” dips to No. 2 on Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs. Wizkid’s “Essence,” featuring Justin Bieber and Tems, Tems’ own “Free Mind,” and Omah Lay and Bieber’s “Attention” round out the chart’s upper echelon at Nos. 3, 4 and 5, respectively.

Not only does Fireboy DML ascend to the summit, his follow-up release, “Playboy,” debuts at No. 8 on the strength of 1 million streams in the tracking week.

Fireboy DML & Ed Sheeran’s ‘Peru’ Hits No. 1 on Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs Chart After placing at No. 2 on the inaugural Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart, Nigeria’s Fireboy DML and the U.K.’s Ed Sheeran climb to No. 1 on the latest, April 9-dated list with “Peru,” led by 4.8 million streams in the week…