“I love you baby girl, you are special and you are a super star” Grammy-award singer Ayodeji Balogun popularly known as Wizkid has publicly declared to his duet partner Tems as their hit collaboration ‘Essence’ goes platinum in the United States of America.
‘Essence’ was released in October 2020 as the 11th song on Made in Lagos, Wizkid’s fourth studio album.
In a video that went viral today, September 4, 2021, the 31-year-old congratulated Tems, saying that she is a superstar and the world needs more of her.
Kemi Filani reports that Wizkid and Tems received the gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Sunday night.
Read Wizkid’s full post to Tems below:
”I love you baby girl you are special and you are a superstar. This is your time and moment and the world needs to hear this because it is special to me.
“We have a Platinum record and I just want to say thank you to everyone involved in this from Tems to the producers, Legendary beats, these are my brothers from way back. I want to say we made a good beat.
”Thanks to the whole team from believing in the dreams from early, to my fans I appreciate you all and I pray God bless you all,” he said.
In 2020, Wizkid became the first African artiste to be certified gold in the United States, after 500,000 units of ‘Come Closer’ were sold.
‘Essence’ becomes his second to be certified this year after his 2017 song, ‘Come Closer’, featuring Canadian rapper, Drake, was certified platinum and gold in the UK and Australia respectively in April.
The song also peaked at number 16 on billboard hot 100.